Swing Left Through Impact and To Finish

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:58 -- Don Trahan

Hitting a ball square and solid can be easily done if you obey the rules. The rules are dictated by how our bodies are created. What most people, amateurs, professionals, teachers, etc. do not understand that the body can naturally hit the ball square and solid. The golf swing is simple.

Obey physics and the physiology of the body and you can hit a ball more consistent than you ever have.

The Fundamentals of the Peak Performance Golf Swing


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Submitted by kjmduke@aol.com on

Have been doing the Surge Swing since 2010, after not swinging for one year due to the injuries on back. I picked up the game at age 50, and kept wondering why I was always injuring myself. After a year off recuperating , I googled golf swing for bad backs, and Bingo. My first game back after a year of not playing was a New Year's invitation to play Pebble Beach for my first time. I shot an 87 when I would have at best shot over 105. I have not had a back ache since from golf. The caddie for the other couple said he liked my swing and that he was also trying to go Vertical when I told him that was my change.
I try and tell my club professionals and hurting friends that there is a swing that they can teach to people that is easy to understand and can relieve their pain. Still, no newcomers to want to learn a valuable tool for so many golfers.
I encourage viewers to send to this video to their friends and teachers so they can continue to pass the sensible teachings of a body sound, physics based golf swing. Kevin McCarthy kjmduke Miss seeing all the old guys/gals comments

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Submitted by SQFI on

Dear Surge,

Thank You for the daily lesson ..
Please allow me to share a drill to the square forward finish (upswing).
I stand with a club head close to the bottom of a wall . This swing thought ( drill) is imagining the club head at impact , the club head follows up the wall , vertical upswing , at shoulder height I’m looking at club head which is pointing up the corner ninety degree , thus keeping the club head up following through upward shoulder square to recoil and relax finish .. I back away from the corner and also away from the wall using irons then finally the driver ..
It's swung slowly keeping the swing thought square through finish ..
This drill has helped me , to not turn towards the left , vertical upswing finish ! I hope it help others , thank you for letting me share this drill .. Jon

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Submitted by westwood on

Nice straightforward summary of ‘Why’ PPGS. I am a pretty good straight hitter now. Occasionally I will hit a drive left and to prevent myself doing this again I concentrate on making sure the ‘The bump’ is directed parallel left to the target. The rest of the PPGS then seems to follow square and solid. Hope this is a useful comment to others. Thanks for your blogs.

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Submitted by peter saika on


Thanks for this video. The golf season is just getting into the swing of things. It is amazing how we forget the basics a wee bit at a time and next thing you know you don't know how you got there.

Great refresher. I started this season with the basics and shot a great first round this year.

Take care and thanks again.

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Submitted by miked85284 on

I bought a group of golf lessons,but I cannot find them on my computer.I am Mike Doughty

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Submitted by sreade123@yahoo.com on

The reason golfers slice (the primary swing fault) is ... simple. Yes, I said simple. The tighter you make a muscle the slower it will return to its starting position - full square on the ball. If the club face is open by as little as 1°, you're looking at a strong fade. Couple that with hitting it a little toward the toe, and your drive is toast. Of course, most men really "muscle-up" for that big "all-male" smash, and you'll spend the rest of the afternoon looking for it in the OoBounds. If you hit it relaxed ... you'll hit it square AND dead center. It's that magic moment when the club does do all-tbe-work and the ball flies straight down the fairway. But, it's like catching lightning in a bottle (Been Franklin actually did!) ... it's very hard to not tense-up or muscle-up on that big drive. Also, forget that straight-down-the-flight-line swing. Hit it inside-out and you will definitely hit it straighter and tighter.

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Submitted by Mitch H on

Hello...I discovered this great site/swing theory as many before me by searching for "back friendly" golf swing. You know what...It works!! Hitting the ball much better...and with less lower back pain. I already had implemented a 3/4 back swing but was turning way too much, and finishing with a huge turn/twist left through impact into a painful "C" finish.
So...I have been implementing the PPGS concepts a little at a time with great results! I thank you for the potential to continue this great game well into my later years...Bravo !!!

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Submitted by Brady on

There is no better validation than when people see improvement with the swing and come here to tell about it! Keep up the good work!

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Submitted by robb60 on

I just read where someone had been with ppgs since 2010 and it made me think back. I'm pretty sure I started in 2013. It's been a great ride and my appreciation to Don is hard to put in words. Many things Don teaches I do automatically now. Flared feet, aligment, and set up for sure. I get off kilter now and then but I can always find my way back. If I hit a bad shot. Big deal. A few of my golfing group have gone through injuries and surgeries. knee, shoulder, back. Normal stuff. So far I've avoided it all. Knock on wood. I'm almost Don's age and I'm feeling a little older.Not bad. Just older. I started with a slice cut with ppgs and now I'm the straightest hitter in group and it's not close. I'm disappointed I can't convince more of my group to try ppgs, but I keep trying. Longer than I meant to write. PPGS forever baby!

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Submitted by michael@horizon... on

Hello, Been a member/follower for years and years... just couldn't connect the back swing, down swing and up swing.. I would study your swing and how smooth it was, but couldn't repeat it for me... Finally I was in the middle of a round and decided the down swing was ruining my game ... so I thought.. eliminate it !! I then started my swing back to the mitt, up the tree and from there I started the up swing to the T-finish. Wow, what an improvement.. no more swinging down at the ball.. no chopping at the ball.. no cutting across my body and ending in sacred burial ground. Now it's a smooth swing.. Thanks for all your help and videos... sorry it has taken me too many years to finally get it.

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Submitted by kjmduke@aol.com on

When I first started, it was an easy swing. Then, I began to really get into it and started dissecting and it became unstructured. Like you, when I went back to the simple basics, the swing became what was meant to be, easy and repeatable. Nice going.

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Submitted by michael.perkins... on

I am thoroughly confused by the concept of my palms being perpendicular to the ground throughout the entire rotation of my arms in front of my body.

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Submitted by Doc Griffin on

Well, I'd suggest taking your hands and putting your hands together with palms facing each other. Then, rotate your arms to 1 hand is on top, and 1 hand is on bottom. In this position, the hands are parallel or horizontal to the ground. At no point in the golf swing are your hands in this position unless you are swinging the club flat and completely laid off and around yourself. Now, granted your hands do not stay perfectly perpendicular to the ground except at address and at the bottom of the swing arc. However, they remanl more perpendicular than horizontal at all.

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Submitted by michael.perkins... on

Thanks for responding Doc. I really thought that is what was meant by the "palms always remain perpendicular to the ground" concept but wanted to be sure.