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This is a public service announcement on getting more PPGS Certified Instructors. We often find friction in the golf world with our swing because rotational is the dominant swing. Many people think the PPGS and the vertical swing is voodoo and will not work. We all know that to be false.

Published on: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 12:51

I've started to notice a trend on the PGA TOUR, and I think it's hurting some players from playing their best golf. The finish position is critical to repeatedly hitting straight shots. But, what I'm seeing is a large number of both professional and amateur golfers finishing too far left after... more

Published on: Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 09:00

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

The routine you have for lining up your target and walking into your setup is extremely critical for an accurate position over the golf ball. If you want to have any sort of consistency with your swing, you first need to start with a proper setup.

Published on: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 14:00

I see a lot of golfers who keep their head down after impact for far too long. Instead of standing up as fast as possible, they're still looking down well after the ball has been struck. This can cause you to lose clubhead speed and can hurt your ball striking consistency.

Published on: Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 14:00

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

I recently got to work with one of my top students, Keenan Huskey. Keenan is currently a member of the University of South Carolina golf team and just won his first collegiate tournament during the 2015 fall season.

Published on: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 14:00

One of the most useful shots a golfer can have in his or her bag is the pitch and run. This is especially true when it comes to getting up and down around the greens. Remember, the closer you pitch the ball to the hole, the easier it is to make one-putt pars and birdies.

Published on: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 14:00

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

I've given a lot of golf lessons in my day, and I can unequivocally say that no two swings are alike. So, when I hear students express frustratration about being unable to match my swing exactly, I tell them that each swing is unique.

Published on: Wednesday, February 24, 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

Today I'm going to provide you with a drill that I think makes the concept of the bump much easier to grasp. One of the biggest issues I see with regards to the transition is that golfers either don't bump at all or they're bumping way too much.

Published on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:00

If you've followed along with my videos and teachings over the years, you know that I believe alignment is the number one issue plaguing amateur golfers. There are so many different ways in which alignment can effect a shot, it's hard to cover everything in a short, 5 minute video.

Published on: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 14:00

I recently read an article about when it comes to the game of golf, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Really, it all comes down to your mental game and whether or not you believe you can learn something new.

Published on: Monday, January 4, 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

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

One of the most common swing mistakes that amateurs make is swinging from the inside out. This can make it very challenging to hit the ball relatively straight, which should actually be the easiest thing to do, especially if you utilize the basics of the PPGS setup and swing.

Published on: Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 14:00

I've been teaching golf for a long time and can honestly say I've never had someone ask me about how to help a blind golfer...until now. Yes, that's right, even people who are blind enjoy playing golf, and with the Peak Performance Golf Swing, it's actually quite simple to find consistency.

Published on: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 14:00

Today's video is in response to a comment I received from a Surgite who says he hits up on the ball. Though I'm a big advocate against hitting down on the ball, that doesn't mean I want you to think about hitting up on the ball. The proper term is to swing up to the T-finish. Swinging up is... more

Published on: Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 14:00

"Poptarting" is a term I like to use when describing how to swing up to the T-finish position after impact. I want you to stand up as fast as possible after making contact with the ball, just like a pop tart pops up out of a toaster when it's done cooking! Using your neck muscles is a good way... more

Published on: Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 11:00

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

Using your knees in the transition is critical for having a good impact position. Move them too much or too little and you'll never find the consistency you need to shoot lower scores.

Published on: Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 14:00

We all know the mental game plays a huge role in being successful at any sport, but this is especially true for golf. Yet, a lot of times, we lose our ability to stay positive.

Published on: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 14:00

There are many golf instructors today that claim they teach a body-friendly golf swing. "Body-friendly" is a really great term, but I'm continuing to see it misused far too frequently. 

Published on: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 14:00

Today I'm going to show you how to increase your swing speed. With the Peak Performance Golf Swing, your power and distance is directly related to how fast you swing your arms. But, there's other factors as well.

Published on: Friday, November 6, 2015 - 14:00

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