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Backswing

Got a question from a longtime surgite, Dewitt Strong, about forward press in the swing to start the backswing.

Published on: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 10:51

An effortless golf swing is created on the foundation of a vertical three-quarter turn golf swing. Stress on your body is reduced by limiting the rotation in your golf swing and using a vertical three-quarter turn backswing. Mainstream golf will often say that a longer backswing puts less stress... more

Published on: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 09:37

A question came in from a customer in Australia regarding the Driver Swing video and laying off the club in the backswing. What is perceived in the video and what you have to do in the backswing?

Published on: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 06:00

There is a minimal amount of layoff in the PPGS backswing. But one golden rule, never must we swing into the sacred burial ground! We had a comment on the blog about the lay off of the club in the backswing, I want to clarify what is happening in the backswing. 

Published on: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 20:44

A tip based on golf schools over the last year, proper turn in the backswing. The Peak Performance Golf Swing is a "limited turn" golf swing; that does not mean no turn at all!

Published on: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 06:12

How many times have you heard of tucking your trailing elbow (right elbow for righties) in the backswing? Some will say to hold a towel under your elbow and do not drop it. In the rotational swing world, this is what they do, but not to swing vertical golf swing that we practice.

Published on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 08:00

Most golfers have the issue of turning too much in their backswing, which diminishes their ability to get back to a solid impact position. The opposite actually happens for me!

Published on: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 14:00

At the time of writing this blog, Jason Day has overcome Jordan Spieth in WGC rankings and now sits at the world's #1 in golf. Just two days ago Jason Day was interviewed on TV, and he elaborated on issues he has been having this week that center around back spasms.

Published on: Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 15:38

In order to execute a proper vertical lift in your backswing, your bottom hand must be actively engaged in keeping the club from laying off when you take the club back and up. It's a natural lift, so you don't need to take the club away low or over-extend with your arms.

Published on: Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 12:00

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

Many golfers insist on using a forward press before they start their takeaway and backswing. As with most things when it comes to golf, I'm on the opposite side of the road compared to other instructors on this subject.

Published on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 14:00

Today I'll go over how to properly lift the golf club in your backswing to maximize your driving distance. It's all about swinging and maintaining a light club, because you can swing a light club a lot faster than a heavy club!

Published on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:00

The Surge Nation truly is global because today I'll be answering a question that was sent in all the way from Switzerland!

Published on: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 14:00

I love sharing swing thoughts that are sent in from the Surge Nation. It's a great way to practice the fundamentals of the Peak Performance Golf Swing in a way that someone may not have ever thought about...even me!

Published on: Tuesday, September 1, 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

The Peak Performance Golf Swing is the only swing that is based entirely on science. The physics of a golf swing and the physiology of the human body must be in harmony. If they are, you're left with the most body-friendly swing being taught today.

Published on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00

Today I'm going to go over some of the most common mistakes I see from PPGS golfers. Many students who show up at golf schools or private lessons don't even realize that they're doing anything wrong. That's when having a second set of eyes comes in handy.

Published on: Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 14:00

Good wrist action is no wrist action, meaning there's no cocking of the wrists. You don't need to cock your wrists in golf. Instead, you need to hold your wrists firm and rotate your arms.

Published on: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:00

The setup determines the motion. I've said that for years, and it's absolutely true. But, the takeaway determines the backswing, so it's important to understand exactly how to start your swing once you're ready to pull the trigger. By now, you should know that you need to take the club back toe... more

Published on: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:00

Hello Surge Nation! Have the golf courses been kind to you so far this summer? I'd be willing to bet that some of you just hesitated when thinking about the answer, which means you're probably not entirely enamored with the current state of your golf game. It probably doesn't help seeing Rory... more

Published on: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:00

Your clubhead position at impact is extremely important. But, having it in the right place in both the backswing and forward upswing is just as critical. That's because the position of the club at impact is directly determined by where it is in your takeaway and backswing.

Published on: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 12:00

I've been on a personal mission to find the areas that Surgites are struggling with the most. I've already shared a few revelations with you, but I want to keep it going. One of the most common issues I'm currently seeing is with head movement.

Published on: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:00

Because vertical swingers are in the minority, many times other golfers will supply advice that doesn't conform to the teachings of the Peak Performance Golf Swing. To someone that has never heard of or seen the PPGS, your swing may have an unfinished look. So, they'll tell you that you need to... more

Published on: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:00

For today's daily video, I'm going to share a great swing thought that was sent in from a Surgite. John Borgas had been having some trouble with the concepts of taking the club back into the catcher's mitt. He was worrying so much about where his hands were, the rest of his swing was being... more

Published on: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 12:00

If you don't keep your knees relatively level, you're going to fall out of dynamic balance and start hitting bad shots. The key to staying level is being in an athletically ready position and resisting the front knee from kicking in during your backswing. The knee can move slightly, but it ... more

Published on: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:00

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