I get a lot of positive feedback from golfers who claim the Peak Performance Golf Swing has completely changed the way in which they understand and play the game of golf. But, sometimes I'll get some criticism as well. A few weeks ago, I published a daily titled, PPGS & The Vertical Position. In that daily, I responded to a critic of the PPGS, as did many of you.
Drew Danko was one Surgite who came to the defence of the PPGS. In his response, he had some really great comments and observations that I want to share with the rest of the Surge Nation. There's a reason this swing is called the body-friendly golf swing, and anyone who suggests otherwise should take a hard look at the laws of physics and physiology!
I'd like to add my two cents to the golfer who criticized the PPGS system. Don should not have bothered responding to the guy as he was way off base. As I have studied Don's swing and compared to other tour pros' it seems to me there is not much fundamental difference, especially with swinging the irons.
I think the only really significant difference is the vertical position at the top versus being parallel at the top which of course requires more shoulder and hip turn. But, that position also requires more timing, strength, flexibility, practice and it creates greater stress on the body. What Don has done by introducing us to the PPGS is to free us from a pro golfer based model and a multitude of somewhat contradictory golf instructions.
If one is fortunate enough to have the flexibility, available time and talent to go parallel, then by all means do so. But I'm 73 and although I've been playing golf for 46 years my swing is better now than it ever was. Yes, I'm playing from the senior tees and scoring better, but my progress stems more from having greater ball control rather than greater distance. Furthermore, because of the PPGS mechanics, my back and hips are better protected allowing me to play with less discomfort and forced time off.
The PPGS system is all about accuracy, consistency and playing until you drop. And if that requires a vertical swing I'm staying vertical as long as I can.
Don, keep up the good fight.
I really like how Drew ended his comments. A new Surgism could possibly be, "Swing vertical as long as you're vertical!"
Two things I really want to cover in Drew's response has to do with when he was describing flexibility and going to parallel. Drew stated that "If one is fortunate enough to have the flexibility, available time and talent to go parallel, then by all means do so." But, even if you're flexible enough to swing to parallel, that doesn't mean you should do it. It still violates the laws of physics and physiology, so why even do it?
The reason we've got so many golfers over the age of 60 on this site that play golf regularly is because they're able to play pain-free. With a big turn and a backswing that gets to parallel, there's no way they'd still be able to play the amount in which they do. This is all because of the way in which the Peak Performance Golf Swing adheres to the laws of physics and the way our bodies were designed to move.
With the PPGS, we move our bodies less and swing our arms faster to generate more distance and power. We play in harmony with gravity, not against it. Our bodies are not designed to turn and we've actually got a very limited range of motion. The spine has approximately 28 degrees of turn from top to bottom and the five lower vertebrae have almost no rotation. Where do you think most golfers develop back pain? The lower back!
Less body movement leads to less margin of error. Reduce your angles and decrease your error to increase your success and remain pain-free. Golf's no fun if you're in pain everytime you play. If you haven't already, make the shift to the Peak Performance Golf Swing and start enjoying the game again. Tell your friends what they're missing out on and let's grow the Surge Nation!
Keep it vertical and pain-free!