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ASK MIKE: LEVER SYSTEM

ASK MIKE: LEVER SYSTEM

The lever system is the source of one of the biggest if not the most important speed producers in the swing. It is also the source of most of the control of the ball. Your hands are the only contact you have with the club. How your hands are placed on the club and how they work determines your ability to reach your potential. Not only with speed but with control.

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ASK MIKE: LEVER SYSTEM
  • HOW TO PUT THE CLUB IN YOUR HANDS

    The club length doesn't matter much if you are a shorter player. Many shorter tour players used standard-sized clubs. However, your swing arc will be on a slightly different swing plane and less vertical than a taller player.

    With all the varying heights of players, their golf clubs typically on...

  • JOE NICHOLS LOOPING THE CLUB

    The one concept that everyone should learn from Joe Nichols, Mike Malaska’s mentor, is the lever system.

    Joe would make his students practice the Looping The Club Drill. You would push the handle of the club down on the backswing, and the clubhead would go up and make a circle on the downswing a...

  • SHAPE UP YOUR GAME

    Start with your golf swing if you want to shape up your game. The L to L drill is a great exercise to get your swing going.

    First, drop your right foot back and swing at the ball, creating an “L” with your arms and club on your backswing and a reverse “L” on the follow-through.

    Most people stru...

  • MAX OUT YOUR DRIVER

    There is a skill development process to max out your driver and get the best distance.

    The first part of this process is your grip and the lever system. Start swinging your driver back and forth with your left hand. Notice the lever created with your left hand, the club on the backswing, and th...

  • HOW TO CREATE SPEED SOFTLY

    One of Mike Malaska’s baseball heroes was Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In one of Sandy’s books, he made a comment about pitching. It was about being able to throw a pitch fast, softly.

    This statement impacted Mike at a young age as a pit...

  • HAND ACTION WITH STRONGER GRIP

    A Malaska Golf member noticed that Mike Malaska’s grip in a video on YouTube from five years ago appeared to be weaker than it is now. Mike concedes that is probably true. His grip changed from his natural baseball style grip, where he first started throughout his professional career, but is back...

  • PIVOTING THE CLUB

    Pivoting the club is about the lever system and how it works with and without your body.

  • LEAD ARM CHIPPING, PITCHING, AND FULL SWING

    The lead arm has to do its job for the trailing arm to work correctly for chipping, pitching, and your full swing.

  • THE MOST POPULAR PUTTING GRIP

    The most popular grip is resting your left index finger on top of your right fingers. Do not interlock your fingers.

  • MAINTAINING GRIP ON THE L TO L DRILL

    It is ok if your club pulls out of your fingers a little when you rehinge it, as it potentially creates more speed.

  • WRIST EXTENSION

    Don't focus too much on exactly when your wrists hinge. Let the momentum of the club do it for you.

  • LEVELING THE CLUB OUT

    This is a great drill to feel the momentum of the club and where it is in relation to the ball.

  • HOW THE HANDLE WORKS: LIFTING THE CLUB

    The handle of the club stays fairly level to the ground as the clubhead breaks up. That’s not lifting the club and actually creating width, which is keeping the handle or club level to the ground.

  • TRAJECTORY: CHIPPING AND PITCHING

    What clubs do you start to learn to chip and pitch with to control trajectory.

  • DIRECTING THE MOMENTUM OF THE CLUB

    Directing momentum of the club correctly.

  • CURVING THE BALL: FACE CONTROL

    Using your hands to control the face to make the ball curve the way you want it to curve.

  • GRIP WITHOUT TENSION

    It is important to make sure there isn’t any tension in your hands and arms when gripping the club.

  • GRIP AND HAND PLACEMENT ON THE CLUB

    A close-up look at hand placement on the club.

  • STRONG VS. WEAK AND NEUTRAL GRIP

    What is the difference between Strong and Weak Grip.

  • ARM DROP WITHOUT TENSION

    Allowing your arms to drop down and pull back is important on the downswing.

  • L TO L MISCONCEPTIONS

    The L to L is actually L to J or L to reverse L. The hand action is important on the backswing and the follow through to correctly do this drill.

  • MAINTAINING LAG

    The key to maintaining lag is left hand grip and having the clubface in the right spot.

  • RELEASING THE CLUB

    When releasing the club the left arm should rotate and fold. Let the momentum of the club do the work.

  • FIGURE 8 BACKSWING

    In the figure eight backswing you push the handle down and the clubhead goes up. When you take the club away low and slow it creates tension in your shoulder and your body moves off the ball. Swinging on a figure eight makes your shoulders turn on a better angle.