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How many people do you know that quit playing the game due to frustration? They are beaten by the game rather than playing the game. Golf does not have to be hard.

Published on: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 08:53

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

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

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'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

Today, PPGS Certified Fitter, Frank Stranick is going to prove why the putter can often be the most overlooked club in one's bag. Great putters are certainly in the minority, and it's arguably because amateur golfers just don't spend as much time practicing their putting as they do their long... more

Published on: Thursday, January 28, 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

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

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

Today is a sad day for the Surge Nation. Our dear friend and long time Surgite, Harold Lovette, has passed away. Harold was a good golfer but an even better person.

Published on: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 14:00

Today I'll briefly talk about a popular golf training aid, The Orange Whip. There's actually things about this particular device that I like, and some that I don't like.

I like that the Orange Whip gives you instant feedback based on the sound it makes, but you can get the same feedback... more

Published on: Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:00

Another great submission was sent in from Ray Johnson, who is currently playing his best golf. Ray has been using the Peak Performance Golf Swing for a couple years now, and has enjoyed the simplicity of the vertical golf swing.

Published on: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 00:00

In the Peak Performance Golf Swing, the head should stay still from takeaway to impact. That means your practice swing should follow the same rules. 

Published on: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:00

One of the requirements of any golf shot is to keep your head still. But, this is especially true when it comes to putting. I used to battle what I call "wandering eyes" when putting, until the techniques in today's video gave me consistency in my game and confidence in my stroke.

Published on: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 14:00

Some golfers like to waggle the club at address. I've seen others milk or re-grip it continuously before settling into their shot.

Published on: Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 14:00

Do you ever have a swing thought during a round that helps you hit better shots? Perhaps you have a eureka moment on the driving range before your round. Regardless, if you're constantly thinking about your swing fundamentals and ways in which you can execute them properly, keeping a notepad in... more

Published on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:00

Do you check your clubface before you set up to the ball? A square clubface is critical to hitting the ball at your intended target. It's very easy to overlook the position of the clubface, especially because it only needs to be open or shut a tiny amount in order to have a negative effect on... more

Published on: Monday, June 1, 2015 - 12:00

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