I receive a lot of comments and emails praising the Peak Performance Golf Swing. Many times I'll hear how it's enabled golfers to enjoy the game again, whether it's through pain relief or the simplicity of the swing. But, every once in a while I get the other side of the coin.
Today, I want to read an email that was sent to the website from someone whose name I won't share. They asked me not to use their comment for a daily video, but it's got some good observations and it challenges the PPGS, so I just had to devote a daily video to it.
Your vertical position is awful! You talk about eliminating angles and yes, that is good, but you never address how the muscles work! The body must reroute the club to impact position...you are using a Furyk swing. Yes, it is radical. You are manipulating the club and teaching a methodology that requires a routing of the club against its design and then rerouting to impact. Jim Hardy does the same thing on a one plane swing but the opposite way. The club is closed on the backswing till the body can't do it anymore, then he recommends the forearm rotates to square at the top, then re-rotates closed on the down swing...gee...sounds easy doesn't it? To me, your methodology is exactly opposite.
No it doesn't work for me. Common sense says you get the club too vertical. The club is designed to swing on an arch not a vertical plane. To swing a club vertical goes against the physics of its design. Sorry, but that is the truth of the matter, as the pendants say on TV.
First of all, I do address how the muscles work. You can check out any number of dailies or the full length videos in Surge's Shop. The particular daily video he's referring to was more about positions than what the muscles do, but to say I've never talked about it is false.
I'll be the first to tell you that Jim Furyk does have similar positions to the PPGS because he never gets the club in the sacred burial ground. Another famous golfer who did this was Lee Trevino. These are really good observations and it's clear to me that this person has studied the golf swing extensively.
The golf swing is an arc because it's not a perfect circle. He says it's not designed to be a vertical plane. But, everything has a vertical plane. We swing on the maximum, vertical, incline plane for our posture. If I don't swing vertically, the club would become too heavy. When he says I get the club too vertical and says it's wrong, common sense would actually suggest that vertical is better, not worse.
The PPGS makes sense because it's based entirely on physics and physiology. I want him to see that this isn't based on logic, it's 100% fact. I didn't invent the physics of the swing, I just figured it out by piecing it together with the experts. I always want people to understand why we swing the club the way we do. I don't just tell them what to do during a lesson, I explain why we're doing it.
It doesn't bother me when people challenge my methods because it just gives me an opportunity to explain them in greater detail. If you've followed the site for any significant period of time, you know that I constantly provide facts about the physics of a golf swing. If someone isn't having success with the swing, I suggest looking at some of the videos in Surge's Shop, as they are far more detailed.
I genuinely believe that the Peak Performance Golf Swing is a swing that can help everyone, as long as they are willing to forget what they've been taught in the past and come into it with a fresh perspective.
Keep it vertical!
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