Quiet Knees Good Shots - Crazy Knees Bad Shots | Swing Surgeon - Don Trahan Peak Performance Golf Swing

Quiet Knees Good Shots - Crazy Knees Bad Shots

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 10:58 -- Don Trahan

Your stance is very important. Rotational swingers want you to bend your knees, snap your knees, etc. If you think snapping knees is good, look what it did to Tiger Woods. Quiet knees are the key to good shots. Too much movement in your knees (or Crazy Knees) will cause bad shots.

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Submitted by Kevin McGarrahan on

Amazing! Once again, Surge comes out with a daily reminder the day after I figure it out! Keep it going, Surge! I love what you are doing!

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Submitted by Kevin McGarrahan on

When I first started on this blog, there were a lot of Surgites. Now, there seem to be very few. I wonder of late how many have fallen away from The Peak Performance Golf Swing and why. I stick with it for one very good reason: I can still play golf in spite of my shoulder and knee problems, without significant pain. Of course, there is a limit to how far I can hit the ball since I had shoulder surgery 4 years ago. I have yet to get my club head speed back up in the 90's due to a torn muscle, but I can still make good swings and get around the course pretty well.

On another note, I have noticed recently that many of the "top" instructors and coaches are implementing and advocating various aspects of PPGS and Surge's philosophy. It is a shame that they don't give credit to Surge, where it is due.

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Submitted by dknapp88 on

I'm one of those Surgites who has never contributed to the blog, but I have usually kept up with the latest discussions. I converted to the PPGS about 9 months ago after realizing my lower back disc issues were caused by or made worse by the "standard" golf swing twisting and turning on the backswing and follow through. I am 57 and I self-taught myself the PPGS, then took a few lessons by one of the certified instructors. My scores and ball striking improved a lot, and all was going well for a while before I "lost it" a bit and gor frustrated. Then I tried a few lessons from one of the popular golf instruction chain locations that recently opened in El Paso, where the pro promised me he could teach me a swing that was back friendly. Well, after about 5 lessons, lots of practice, and a big increase in lower back pain, I'm back to the PPGS and won't leave again. I'm looking forward to attending one of Surge's clinics the next time he returns to the Phoenix area or to another location close to me in the southwest.
Oh...now that I am back to the PPGS, my scores are improving again, though I have yet to put together an entire consistent round. Example...the other day I shot 51 on the front 9 (mostly due to errant drives going OB with the associated penalty strokes) followed by a 42 on the back (much better!). My main issue continues to be reverting back to the old twisting follow-through to finish my swing, instead of swinging "up the tree." I'm working on it, but 40-year old habits are hard to break.

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Submitted by Kevin McGarrahan on

If you are in the Phoenix area, you have a certified instructor, Stretch Condor, at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. He's really good. I had a lesson with him when I visited my brother in Paradise Valley.

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Submitted by dknapp88 on

Stretch in Phoenix is the PPGS instructor I mentioned in my first post. I had a couple of lessons with him last spring in Phoenix. He helped a lot. Thanks for the referral. I need to reconnect with him if I get back there before a (hopefully) upcoming Surge visit.

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Submitted by shortgamewizard on

Kind words an humbled that the lessons helped. As to the fade in Surgites I guess alignment the big bug rears an ugly head and is the main culprit in advancing the PPGS swing. In the years I have taught the PPGS I have only seen 2 golfers who lined up correctly. Even so both did not swing where they were aligned. Both alignment and swing path need to agree to hit shots as good as Surge does!

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Submitted by dknapp88 on

A funny thing happened on the way to the golf course...
After shooting the 93 and struggling as I posted a few days ago, magic happened on Monday as I tried to focus on a few of the basics of the PPGS. Keeping my head still on the backswing, and keeping my weight from shifting to the outside of my feet at address as I got my knees in position. Consciously focusing on these two address thoughts before starting the swing worked wonders...my first complete round in quite a while. Hit most irons as crisply as I have in quite some time. Shot an 81 even with some adequate, at best, drives. Felt really good to have the swing working for an entire round. Hope I can keep up some semblance of consistency. When the swing is clicking, it feels SO good to hit sweet shots.

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Submitted by Dale S. on

Actually I don't usually have a problem with alignment so much as I do by rotating my swing plane to the right after getting aligned as opposed to just rotating my shoulders. Being blessed (not) with a very inflexible body, I have to be very careful trying to get my left arm to the toe line. I have a tendency to rotate my shoulders and hips, and subsequently swing plane to the right, then staying there through the swing. I play a very hilly course, and I especially can have a problem on forward uphill lies including the ball above my feet when the uphill direction isn't towards the green. Gravity tries to pull me back parallel to the incline rather than staying parallel to the line to the hole.

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Submitted by Dale S. on

Kevin,

I've been a Surge disciple for a long time, as have you. I guess I haven't participated in a long time because once you get the simple concepts, there's not much more to learn. However I usually check in daily to see the videos as they are great refreshers.

I have also struggled with physical limitations, the latest being post viral arthritis which struck this past spring and is only now subsiding.

I've completely changed out my clubs to women's Calllaway clubs for the shorter length and lighter swing as my clubhead speed is so slow now. However, without the Surge, I would have given up this wonderful game long ago.

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Submitted by Kevin McGarrahan on

Dale,

I always liked hearing how others are doing with PPGS, especially the random issues that they, like I, have from time to time, and what adjustments they make to the basic PPGS. I like that you've switched to women's Callaway clubs. I have a new 43" Nickent driver put together by John Huheey in Tennessee. I am now hitting drives that are much more consistent in accuracy and distance. My swing speed was measured at 72 mph and carry distance at 155 yards. Since getting the driver in September and becoming comfortable with it, I have increased my carry distance to 164 yards. My goal is to get my carry distance up to 175 yards. I have managed it once with a 15 mph tail wind.

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Submitted by kenandjo5458@ya... on

I usually don't blog as Don usually hits it dead on and I usually get his meaning. I have the opposite problem as I have 2 buldging discs l4.l5 and l5.s1 and don't turn enough.
I believe for the PPGS to work a preloaded right is paramount to get the forward up swing to engage correctly. No turn results in no bump.
Thanks again to Don and Doc for getting me back on course
Ken Mackay
Australia