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. Most of the comments revolved around what the announcers were saying, such as Inbee swinging too vertically and not turning enough. Well, she went on to win her 2nd career major, so I don't think she's too worried about pleasing the commentators!
First of all, I have never worked with Inbee, so I cannot speak to her swing thoughts. However, it is clear that she's closer to a vertical swing than she is to a rotational swing. She turns a bit more than I would teach, but her results sure speak for themselves.
It all goes back to when a vertical swing was no longer the norm in golf. If you look at any of the great players from before the 1990s, most of them swung vertically. When the "X" factor swing (which is now simply known as a rotational swing) became popular, the vertical swing became a thing of the past. It's unfortunate because swinging vertically is the way your body was designed to swing a club. Just look at the longevity of a guy like Tom Watson. In 2009, at 59 years of age, he nearly won his 9th major championship. If he had been using a big rotational swing his whole career, there's a good chance his body would not have held up the way that it has. It's a testament to his hard work and staying in shape, but it's also because of his timeless, vertical swing.
There will always be a debate between rotational and vertical when it comes to a golf swing. That's why my job is to spread the Peak Performance Golf Swing as far as I can, so that one day we can become the majority again. With your help, I think it's possible!
Keep it VERTICAL!
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