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Vertical Swing

Once you've mastered your targeting and setup position, executing a solid backswing is the next step to a solid golf shot.

Published on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 14:00

Today I'll share my thoughts on the PGA TOUR's youngest super star, Jordan Spieth. Currently the number one player in the world, there is much to be admired about Jordan's game. But, what really impresses me about Jordan is the way he credits the team around him, such as his family and caddy.

Published on: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 14:00

I receive a large volume of positive feedback from golfers who have switched to the Peak Performance Golf Swing. Most say they've never hit the ball better and with so much consistency. But, one of the questions I hear a lot is, "How much should I bump?"

Published on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 14:00

I love when Surgites around the world send in emails about successes they're having. Today I want to share a story from Ray, who expressed that a flying front elbow (first time I've ever heard that term!) was causing him to lay the club off in his back swing, which spells disaster for a vertical... more

Published on: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 13:00

I like sharing success stories because every single one is unique. It's also because sometimes these testimonials can help other golfers who are having similar problems. 

Published on: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 15:00

The bump is one of the secrets to creating power and distance with the Peak Performance Golf Swing. Yet, a lot of golfers I work with in private lessons and golf schools don't quite grasp the correct motion of the club while transitioning with the bump. 

Published on: Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 15:00

I know you've faced it. A tough dog leg left with out of bounds on the right. It's holes like this that make you wish you could hit a draw. Well, you can hit a draw and it's not as hard as you think.

Published on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:00

The game of golf is seeing participation drop all across the world. Golf courses and clubs are struggling to stay open and overall rounds played are way down. What could be the cause of all this?

Published on: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 14:00

Before I went under the knife, I tried to shoot as many short videos as I could. That's because the questions just keep rolling in from the Surge Nation. Today, I'm going to share a revelation that a student of mine had at one of my golf schools he attended.

Published on: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 08:00

It's a big week for golf, as The PLAYERS Championship has come to be known as "the 5th major." Many of the top players in the world are at famed TPC Sawgrass in Florida trying to become the next PLAYERS champion.

Published on: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00

Many golf instructors will teach a particular type of swing, yet they do not use it themselves. They tell you to do as they say, not as they do. Well, I think that is simply ridiculous. If you don't use the swing you teach to others, what's the point of teaching at all?

Published on: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 14:00

I don't have any emails to read today because I wanted to talk about a recent lesson I had with one of my regulars. During the lesson, I noticed that this particular Surgite was really tucking his elbows during the backswing and forward upswing. It was quite noticeable because he wasn't getting... more

Published on: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 14:00

I'm going to keep today's written description short. That's because I think the story I'm going to tell you is much better when you hear it directly from me instead of reading it.

Published on: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 14:00

Russ Cochran is a former PGA TOUR Champion as well as a 5-time Champions Tour winner, so it's safe to say he knows what he's doing when it comes to swinging a golf club. What you may not know about Russ is that he's actually a vertical swinger, which is not all that uncommon amongst golfers on... more

Published on: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 14:00

Today I'm going to share some stories that have been sent in over the last couple months. They all have to do with golfers who have found success after switching to the Peak Performance Golf Swing. 

Published on: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:00

The ball doesn't know what club you're holding, so why would you change your swing? The same swing that works for your irons will work for your driver, your 3 wood, and on down to your hybrids and wedges.

Published on: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:00

Rotational swingers swing around their bodies and get the club laid off. They swing into what I call the "sacred burial ground." You can stand in it, but if you swing in it, you're dead! Because the club gets laid off, it becomes a heavy club. It's a lot easier to swing a light club than a heavy... more

Published on: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 12:00

In honor of our country's independence day, I'm going to talk about the greatest American golfer that has ever played the game. Jack Nicklaus won more majors than any other golfer and was at the top of the game for decades.

Published on: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:00

Today I'm going to talk about the golf swing of Fred Couples. Being a hall of famer means Fred has done remarkable things in the game of golf and his swing is one that is talked about quite often. He's known for his fluidity and length, but also for his persistent back problems.

Published on: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:00

A month ago, I published a video that responded to many questions I had been receiving regarding Inbee Park's golf swing.

Published on: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 12:00

There are a lot of other golf websites that are available online, and some provide tips and drills like we do here.

Published on: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 14:00

Today's question comes from one of our female Surgites. Tina B. is having some trouble getting the club vertical in the backswing, and says the only way that she's able to do so is by cocking her wrists at the top of the swing. As you may or may not know, I advocate no wrist cock in the golf... more

Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 14:00

If you've ever thought about skipping your backswing and just starting your swing from the top, you're not alone. Steve Ruis sent in an interesting question about the possibility of cutting out the backswing all together. He equated the idea to how a baseball player starts a swing with the bat... more

Published on: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 14:00

After Inbee Park won the Kraft Nabisco Championship last month, I got a few emails from Surgites asking if she was using the Peak Performance Golf Swing on her way to victory in the year's first major.

Published on: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 14:00

If you have a tendency of turning too much, there's a good chance that you have an outside to in swing. That's the issue that Mark Higgins is facing as of late. It's causing him to hit a slice, so he's looking for some expert advice to help eliminate this improper movement in his swing.

Published on: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 12:00

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