Colin Montgomerie is one of the greatest European players to have ever played the game. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last year and has since made his transition to the Champions Tour. He is regarded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time and was also the winning captain of the 2010 European Ryder Cup Team, so it's safe to say that he's one of the best!
One Surgite wrote in to mention that he thought Mr. Montgomerie had a really nice vertical swing. He mentioned some of the similarities between Colin's game and the Peak Performance Golf Swing. I would agree that he has some elements of the PPGS, which speaks to what I've said before. Golfers from my generation (and the current generation on the Champions Tour) learned to swing vertically.
I may have not fully explained clearly my thoughts, but i'm sure yourself has observed many mid, high and even low handicap golfers who 'think' they are doing a rotary swing but are really just using their own hand/eye coordination to propel the ball forwards, often such players will get some success but it is more due to curiously doing the wrong thing regularly!! So, they obtain a degree of consistency, for example a friend of mine massively hoods the club, he turns a wedge into a 7 iron and hits huge low right to left shots, but such players of whom there are legion never truly hit golf shots.
On your site have you ever mentioned Colin Montgomerie? He has a tremendous vertical swing (not withstanding his long back swing). At his best he never hit a bad shot tee to green, he had very little hip turn, more of a hip nudge to the right with his weight shift and then a nudge back again, his finish was awesome with his club running straight down his back, perhaps he may be some one you may look at on your blog.
I love getting emails like this because it shows me that the Surge Nation is very knowledgeable as to what a good vertical swing looks like. Colin Montgomerie may have swung to parallel and had some extra movement on his finish, but there's no doubt that he is a vertical swinger.
At the end of the day, all of these great vertical swingers from the past show that a rotational swing shouldn't be regarded as the superior swing. It simply causes too many injuries to swing around your body. Tiger Woods has to miss the Masters for the first time in 20 years because of a back injury. I'll be discussing Tiger Woods situation in the near future so stay tuned!