HOW TO DRIVE THE GOLF CLUB WITH MIKE MALASKA


We’re gonna talk about a perception in golf,
what people are trying to do. It has to do with lag. It has to do with a lot of things, but there’s
one big concept that, what I have seen, has really hurt people. In fact, it really hurt me. When you swing a golf club, when the club
gets to the top of your swing — this driver, for instance — when it’s up here, it only
weighs about 12, 14 ounces. The problem is — as soon as that club starts
down, it gains in weight and force. And, so, what’s happening is — as you start
down, this club is getting heavier and heavier, and it doesn’t want to go out towards the
ball. It wants to fall back behind you. So, really, a golf swing is about all these
offsetting forces. What you see in a golf swing from a video
are effects. So, what do you have to feel like to make
a swing work? If I take these balls here and I put it on
this club, there’s about 5 pounds there. Now, if I put that up there, when you start
a club down, the minute it starts down, it gains in weight and force. In fact, a driver, by the time it’s waist-high,
weighs about 20 pounds of force, and that force — gravity — is going straight down. It doesn’t want to go out. So, what you actually have to do to make this
club work, what you have to feel like you’re doing… when you’re at the top of your swing,
when you start down, you have to feel like the handle of the club is coming down and
you have to feel like the clubhead is working out. It’s like a steering wheel on a car, and this
is a car and it’s going around the corner. You have to start to turn the wheel before
you get to the corner. If you waited until you got to the corner
and you turned the wheel, you’d go right into the wall. Okay, so, you’re up here. You’re starting down. The weight of the club wants to go this way. You’re trying to turn it the other way. Because of the physiology in your body, those
two things match out, so they balance each other out. So, all of a sudden, you get into this position
that everybody wants to get into, but you’re not trying to get there. In fact, you’re trying to feel like you’re
out here. You see a lot of tour players, now, making
practice swings where they get up here and they’re doing this. And people will say, “Well, they’re coming
over the top.” No, they’re not. They’re making a practice swing that’s gonna
offset those forces so the momentum of the club is in the correct arc. So, a good way to practice this… If you just get a tennis racket — You don’t
have to put a handle on it. Just a tennis racket. And you set up to the ball. And you get up to the top of your swing. Now, this is a steering wheel on a car. Here’s the car. So, as you start down, you’re taking this
car and you’re turning the corner and you’re turning that corner into the ball. It has nothing to do with unhinging your wrists. So, this is what a lot of people describe
as release. You know, they say they’re releasing the club. Well, they’re making this move. They’re not making this move. They’re not unhinging their wrists. So, you’re taking this. You start down. You turn the weight of the club out in front
of you. And now that weight of that club is coming
over the top of your hands from inside the target line. So, you’re basically over the top from the
inside. Now, if you put me on a video and I make that
practice swing and then you put me on a video and you watch my swing, when I actually hit
it, they don’t even look close to the same. The biggest thing I’ve learned in 40 years
of teaching this game — golf swing’s invisible. You can’t see it. What you have to feel like you’re doing to
make all these things show up that people want — it’s not exactly that particular thing. There’s multiple effects and multiple forces
going different directions. Try that little drill. I know you’re gonna get more control of the
club. You get a lot more speed. You can hit the ball in the fairway.

96 thoughts on “HOW TO DRIVE THE GOLF CLUB WITH MIKE MALASKA

  1. Thank you so much for this tip, I can now strike all my clubs so much better and longer fantastic contact and straight! You've changed the way I think about golf and I now need to gap test all my clubs because everything is longer. God bless you Mike, I'm off to turkey for 7 games on extremely long courses and expect to reach them in 2 instead of 3 or 4. Amazing tip thank you thank thank you Bob

  2. What a terrible just awful way to explain things. This is when the person doesn't know what their talking about, they just make up none-sense with foolish forces and gravity and all the things that no other good golfer ever thinks about.

  3. I used to drive dead straight about 2/3 the time, but not that far maybe 180-200. I watched a few YouTube videos to improve my drive, and now I hit 240 but off into the woods slices and fades with a few nasty hooks, not hitting a single ball straight on my last 18. About to sell my clubs.

  4. LOL His understanding of physics is so of that it is more logical to imagine that pigs always fly when you turn your back to them! X(

  5. I have never seen a golfer suffer from the head of the golf club falling behind their back like he demonstrates.
    Not sure what he means about a club head getting much "heavier" unless he's referring to momentum, which is a product of mass and velocity.
    However, the first movement of the clubhead during the "swing" (not the backswing) is upward and "outward" (to the right for a righthanded golfer). This is the exact opposite direction of falling behind the golfer's back so I don't know what Mike M. is talking about here.
    Mike, can you clarify? This doesn't make sense to me based on basic physics.

  6. I like his putting tips, but this analogy will only work for a limited few. Any motion (steering wheel idea) that pushes the right elbow behind the hip and above the left elbow is a recipe for disaster IMO. Most players need to learn to 'allow' the club to drop behind and not 'steer' the club head over the top which is an instinctive reaction to 'control' the club head and deliver it to impact. I would encourage the exact opposite turn on the steering wheel to produce better results – 😮

  7. This guys is legit. No I don't know this guy. But i see a lot of people's comments on here critiquing Malaska's method of explaining universal moves that will apply to most people's swing faults. It's probably why most of you can't ever be better than the chop down the street. Sharing you swing tips you saw on the Golf Channel like virus's to other people having them adopt the same bull$h!t and so on. Also your sweater folding club pro is not always a sure thing. Just like anything else in this world do some research…

  8. I think I've had too many beers….. is Mike promoting a vertical hand path while steeping the shaft in transition? Feel or real, I'm not understanding.

  9. I'm not sure about this. Nearly ever other golf coach encourages letting the club dropping down behind you and I was of the understanding that the club should shallow out in the downswing, not steepen. You look at pros like Furyk and Ryan Moore and they have extremely steep backswings, but then really shallow out the club on the downswing. Plus, for anyone who has struggled with an over-the-top swing (myself included) this is only going to worsen that problem.

  10. Worked for me. I got a launch monitor, just tried this tip for a few minutes, and shot consistently the distances that previously were my one-off-lucky-ones (without warming up). I watched lots of videos here on YouTube and many were very useful for understanding the golf swing, so I can recognise the flaws in mine when I record it with the V1 app. But in order to replicate all the essential features of the perfect swing making conscious efforts ("hold the lag", "get the right elbow in front of your body", "let the club end face toward the target" etc.) didn't really do it for me. My swing is now a sequence of sometimes counterintuitive "feels", e.g. putting pressure on the right food as if I pull the starter of a chain saw (Chris Ryan Golf), pushing a swing (Shawn Clement on rhythm), hear the "swoosh" behind the ball, and now this tip here. I added 30% in length in the last couple of months this way and I can see this elusive "lag" on my swing videos now. So, this gentlemen sacrificed some of his time to give us free advice. Thank you! I appreciate that. Whether it works for you? Try it out. Or not. Keep working on your personal swing! (And some here on their communication skills, too)

  11. OMG! The LAST thing amateur golfers need is the feeling that they're going to "cast" the club head outward. no, no, no, No, NO!!

    Our biggest challenge is the brain telling a right handed golfer (with a dominant right side) to bring the right shoulder over and smash the ball.

    EASY FIX FOR ANY SLICE & SIMPLE BALL CONTROL

    Looking down the target line, see at the back of the ball cut into 4 equal sections (down the middle & across the center). Number them counterclockwise from the top left. #2 being the BOTTOM LEFT quadrant.

    THAT #2 is where a right-hander needs to strike the ball for a baby draw. Focus on striking the ball from the "inside," so that the clubface (square to the target line) strikes #2 , entering from 7 o'clock and exiting out to 1 o'clock, with 12 o'clock as the target line.

    I guarantee this, proved it myself with my "7-2-1 LEAN Golf Swing" with success for myself and my students. Forget everything else and focus on that. You can fade at will by hitting Quadrant #3 and work the ball as easy as pie!

    Try it!

  12. i am amazed at he disparaging comments below. I have taken many lessons and studied many golf instruction theories. Malaska's instruction is most sound and insightful concerning the forces at work during the golf swing. Now that I am a senior golfer in my 70s, I especially find his instruction most helpful in getting the club squared up in the impact zone without the additional body rotation necessary to overcome the clubhead that stays behind the hands during the downswing, I have been a single digit handicap most of golfing career and I am striking the ball very well using his pivot point and "push away" from the club teachings. I think if the naysayers studied all of his tapes and applied his swing instruction to their own swings they would be more appreciative.

  13. For me, the split hands hockey drill/feel is way more relatable than this idea. i don't get what he's saying.

    I suppose thats what makes him a great teach – the ability to address the same concept in different ways. ill ignore this one, though.

  14. In Mikes defense teaching golf for 40 years both amateurs and pros Mikes teaching here is exactly what most pros are working on and that's getting the club back in front of them and still staying connecting. Most tour teachers teach similar ideas Ballard Springing the shaft left arm connection works about the same. You would never see a tour pro practicing lag or trying to keep the club behind in the downswing and the reason most pros have such strong pivot actions for the club gets stuck. On the other side I can see amateurs being appalled at this because most don't have a dynamic pivot were there creating lag thru there pivot. So I would agree this would probably a bad piece of advice for most amateurs who cannot create pivot acceleration .BUT if you get good enough we're you can accelerate your pivot to were creating 105 clubhead speed you'll find this teaching very beneficial

  15. Too many teachers these days try too hard to explain simple movements.This is a typical example of a good coach over egging the pudding,as an ex pro ,I don't find this particularly helpful for the average player. Its a little confusing.Check out 'Chris Ryan', he posts on Youtube and explains everthing simply and so well.

  16. I can say this move has helped me hit every club in my bag. I think the club head is going to be high coming down, but the weight of the swinging club lowers the club to the ball. WOW ! Thanks Mike. It really works…..

  17. This gets the back of the left hand looking at the target at impact instead of to the right of the target. Mike Malaska is a very well known and respected instructor and has been for many years. Listen to what he's telling you.

  18. videos like this make me think golf teachers don't actually care about people learning how to swing a club. this is literally nonsense.

  19. Hi Mike, how do you combine this with the teardrop move?
    http://www.golf.com/video/jim-flicks-best-lessons-tear-drop

  20. "You're over the top from the inside"????

    This video is terrible, and utterly confusing. You're going to have people who already have a slice – have an even worse slice. Nothing you really said made any kind of sense, and I've been golfing for 20 years.

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  22. I know this is simplistic, but if you have to adjust the club angle/path at the top, maybe it's time to re-examine what/where the top is.

  23. This is not going to work for 90% of golfers. Most golfers don't naturally shallow the club in transition…in fact its quite the opposite. They pull on the handle, get steep and swing out to in. This is a band aid for an already poor swing.

  24. As I asked on another of your videos, from the start down you are demonstrating here, I noticed that almost every pro swing looks as if the handle is tracing the arc that you initiated on the "start down" move. By simply allowing the centrifugal weight of the club head to "release" on its own seems to generate a lot of speed without effort. In fact, trying to force "lag" or generate tension by trying to flip the wrists (other than forearm rotation) seems to slow the clubhead by forcing it off its arc. Is that correct? I've started using your down move and my swing seems to have improved in consistency and speed. By using a more vertical movement, my club tends to fight coming over the top or getting stuck behind me. I presume that is exactly your point.

  25. Makes sense to me. Imagine making a swing exactly as you would to hit a ball on a level lie but standing straight up tall and moving the ground to the same relative angle to you chest. You will notice, at the appropriate angle how high relative to your waist line you're actually hitting the ball.

    Yes the ball is on the ground but the hip hinge changes the angle to make the strike more like a baseball swing hitting the ball later in the release

  26. I think there is some confusion with the comments on here & people are thinking it's an over the top motion….it isn't. Pete Cowan explains similarly with his axe drill & Thomas Pieters uses this in tournament play today. Stenson talks about using the ground & hammering into the back of the ball with his right shoulder. Rose explains it in a short video about "pushing" into the ground & defo rehearses before every shot. If I've got this right there is no "pulling" of the handle, the left hand drops by the right pocket by " leaning" on the shaft giving it pressure all the time fighting to keep clubface square. Garcia may look shallow & is but even he states he feels like he's pulling a heavy chain. The hips push as a consequence of what's occurring. Clearing early & dropping club behind will result in weak shots & shanks. How can you create clubhead speed by pulling the handle & lagging the head? You can't. Simple.

  27. the club doesn't gain weight in the downswing. this is absurd.

    it's like a wrecking ball on a chain, your arms are the chain and your body is the crane. you don't manipulate the chain, you manipulate the crane(your body) by turning, and letting the arms swing through. any attempt to manipulate the chain throws off the whole sequence.

    i've never heard of any good player talking about doing anything with their arms or hand in the downswing unless they're trying to compensate for something their body didn't do, like turn.

  28. Possibly the worst advice I've ever heard! This move would be absolutely devastating to anyone with a decent swing. Yes, it will cause over the top. That's exactly what he's advocating. The right forearm rotates in the wrong direction much too early … truly the worst advice I've ever seen a veteran instructor like Mike give. He must be trying to drum up business by destroying swings.

  29. Agreed with many comments here. Might be a useful thought for advanced players – but I can't see how this would help a high or mid handicap (like myself). I need to feel like I'm going down, under, and through – swinging down the 1st base line — not out and around. That would really encourage a fade swing. Deadly for beginners.

  30. really? just tried that and my lead hand was cupped at impact! I prefer a bowed wrist into the hitting area..

  31. 90 % of all amateurs swings from the Outside. And your genius idea is that they should feel like they swing from outside. That doesnt make any sense to me at all!

  32. For what it is worth!! I believe his theory to be solid this does not mean I can perform it . Moe Norman's move gives me the best results. It allows for a lot lack of talent. If I was trying to develop a conventional swing , mikes concept would be my model.

  33. I liked the video because I know that what you feel and what actually happens during the golf are usually different.

    Swing in a mirror looking at your backswing and downswing starting out in slow motion. Pick up the pace as you go.

  34. I agree with Denny, What happened re the KISS PRINCIPLE. This seems very complex to me. Each to his own but not mine.

  35. Can't say this idea is rubbish but it seems to be geared for players with a lot of ability and unlimited time to practice. Making an independent move from the top to reroute the club is one thing but doing it under extreme pressure is something else. Check out this video of Hogan – www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDO9GKrdS0I – there's no indication he's making any attempt to direct the club head outside the hands and swing from the inside and Hogan's swing has no equal.

  36. I've seen Justin Rose do a similar move in his practice swings. I may be misunderstanding but where are you with what Clay Ballard calls the straight line release? That's to say that the handle only points between the arms after impact. The move you are teaching would suggest that straight line release position is before the ball.

  37. Brilliant instruction, it has me hitting straight and solid. Hooking is a thing of the past, thanks Mike!

  38. There might not be a better drill for players of any ability! What is the biggest problem with ALL golfers…..good…..bad …..new…..experienced? The SYNCHING of their arms and body at impact! If every golfer got to impact with their shoulders square to the target (therefore with their arms/hands directly in front of their chest……yes, I know about Furyk, Trevino, Daly, Player, and all of those that are 'open' at impact……and I can explain those in another post if required…..), the average score would plummet and golf would just become a putting contest; and this drill does more to get people to feel that 'proper' impact than any other drill out there! It doesn't matter how fast or slow you swing, whether you take the club back to the 'inside' or to the 'outside', getting to impact requires the SAME MOVE.
    The ONLY piece of instruction missing, here, is where Mike shows that at impact, the 'handle' of that racquet is pointed straight at the sky and his shoulders are square to the target line……which, no doubt, he would have if he had another minute or two……
    It's not easy…..in fact, it's an unnatural feeling (to most of us not named Nicklaus, Woods, Knudson, or Wright). The baseball swing feels natural but you have to hit a ball travelling 95 mph…….the golf swing is unnatural which is why the ball is just sitting there…..both games then become similarly difficult to excel at…..

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  40. What a revelation! I've been playing "over the Top and/ or stuck behind for 30 yrs !. ONE afternoon using this drill and I'm sold ! Clubhead is moving way faster with much less effort….Where do I sign up 😊

  41. The negative comments from this video come from disgruntled amateur chops that watch too much golf channel and magazines. Lol George Carlin said it best. “Think of how stupid the average person is and realized half of the are even dumber that that.”

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  44. Only issue I have with this movement is the hands dropping straight down toward the ground. Bradley Hughes (GolfAus) teaches the hands move outward and the forearms rotate clockwise at the start of the downswing then counter clockwise with body rotation to square the clubface. It promotes an inside approach to the ball. That works well for me.

  45. Now if one pulls up the video, "clubface control," it will blow your mind more. I lost it a longtime time ago with this video because I started turning the wheel with the right hand but never would allow the initial turn at the start of the swing. Omg, it really works, and now the confusion is gone.

  46. Tipping the club out is a little strange at first but when you finally "get" it it is pretty incredible. It is actually a barely perceptible movement that you don't have to think about. Also with this method the clubhead squares up at impact automatically because of centrifugal force. If you make the effort to understand and use what Mike is teaching it may just change your golfing life.

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