PopTart Tips | Swing Surgeon - Don Trahan Peak Performance Golf Swing

PopTart Tips

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 14:00 -- Don Trahan

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.

Instead, you need to focus on what I like to call "pop tarting." This basically means that after impact, I want you swinging up to the T-finish position as fast as a pop tart popping out of a toaster.

Watch the video above and I'll show you some benefits and tips for pop tarting correctly!

Keep it vertical!

The Surge

Comments

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Submitted by NeilofOZ on

From my perspective, there are possible 3 reasons why PP followers keep our heads down much longer than what Surge prescribes, as follows:-

1. Playing rotational over long periods, ie, "keep your head down"
2. Coming over the top, to allow manipulation of club.
3. Slower club head speed, Surge is around 104MPH, me around 80MPH.

I have tried on many occasions to pop tart as Surge prescribes, but it always brings me undone, so I stick to the lesser evil, unfortunately. This could be why my most penetrating shots are always left, but rather be long and left than slicing and in the bush.

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Submitted by Leednc on

I went to a demo day yesterday looking for a driver and was both surprised and disappointed. I am hoping one of our hardware guru’s can explain this to me.
I tried the 2015 Callaway XR with the stock 55g shaft (Project X LZ 50 Blue Graphite) and with a swing speed ranging from 99.8 to 101.5 I had a carry of 248 with a total of 274 yds. I also tried the M1 with the Fujikura Pro shaft (60g I think) and though my swing speed with it went up to a 103 average I only got an extra 4-6 yds with it. (not worth $500)
Now the kicker. I went to the car and got 13 year old Ping G2 10.5 degree driver with a s 65 NV Aldila shaft and took some swings. Swing speed in the 100-102 range, ball velocity 148, launch 11.5, carry 248.5 and total length 274. So with all the advances in design I am surprised that my old driver more than held its own with the new toys.
Anyone else experienced something like this?

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Submitted by Brady on

You have been around here a while, so I am going to assume you have missed some of the dailies on golf clubs? You keeping your old driver doesn't put money in their pockets. Due to a lot of the restrictions on golf clubs by the USGA, there really is not a lot that can be left to be improved. I have seen other sports like this that have restrictions on equipment you use, road bikes is another example. Bike companies could make faster bikes but they would not be "legal" to race. So they do other things to keep you buying products, some don't really help - it is just a new toy and we love new toys!

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Submitted by Jerry Gaughan on

Lee:
Sounds to me your distance is correct. I was told by my club fitter that the proper driver distance is you get 2.5 yards per MPH. Me 85 MPH X 2.5 = 210-220 yards.
So if your swing speed increased 2 mph that's 5-6 yards. New technology might get you a yard or two but not that much.
A better way to get more distance is to see a club fitter. Case in point - I saw my club fitter yesterday (Greg Courtnay - Ionia, MI) Getting fit for new Irons, I tried a least 6 different shafts to get what I was looking for. Normal distance for 7 iron = 130 yards. 1st shaft we tried was a steel shaft much lighter than what I was using. Average distance = 153 yards!!! I ended up going to a stiff graphite, wanted to keep my distance, plus graphite is better for my arthritis - less shock. A club fitter can make adjustments in shaft, loft, weight, and many others to get extra yards. But in the end the 2.5 yards X MPH usually holds true.
Good Luck and play well friend.
Jerry - Warren, MI

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Submitted by t51plus on

Surge, a lot of times I feel like I start "pop tarting" just a hair too soon, making my body lift up a bit early and therefore not hitting the ball square but topping it a little, giving me line drives instead of the higher arc ball flights. Is this just a timing issue? is it something else? What can I do to fix this?

Tim
Farmington Hills, MI

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Submitted by Jerry Gaughan on

Surge:
Another great lesson. Have spent a lot of time on You Tube watching a lot of your older dailies, a lot of good info.
Me: Have played five times this year (Last year 1st outing was 4/11) weather has been good. Played a round in February for the first time ever. Don - you did a blog about how far you stand ball a while back. Someone from customer support please send me the link. This has been an issue for me, hit a few shots fat because I feel I get too steep because of this.
As I said in a reply earlier I saw Greg Courtnay, the Swing Surgeon Club Fitter in MI yesterday to get fit for Wedges, Irons, and three Hybrids, plus ordered a 5 Wood. A great 3 hours, cannot wait to get the clubs!!!. Greg did an excellent job, very through, tried many shafts, club head combos. He even took a club from his bag and regripped it to try! His work with the wedges was amazing. Surgites in Michigan - Greg has a first class operation - an excellent studio. In December 2015, The International Clubmakers Guild awarded him with the 2016 North American Clubmaker of the Year. Plus is a certified swing teacher as well - made several helpful comments during the fitting. For me a 1 3/4 Hour drive - but well worth it, you would too.
DJ: Any idea what schedule DJ is going to be playing the next several weeks?
Thanks for all you do Surge, Good luck DJ,
Jerry - Warren, MI

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Submitted by Brady on

Right now, we never know DJ's schedule because he is playing completely on exemptions. Many times he has just only a week notice for a tournament.

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Submitted by Leednc on

Thanks Jerry. I have found a Wishon certified fitter close to me here in the panhandle and we are going to get together next week. Since I moved from Charlotte I didn't know where to go so I am finding some people that are qualified to help me.
Thanks for the other replies as well. Thank you all.
Lee - Destin, Fl

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Submitted by Brady on

Assuming you have moved to Florida, we have two certified fitters in Florida. We would recommend you see our certified fitters since you are a user of the PPGS. If you want more details why, you can read the blogs that talk about fitting here on the site.