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Have a question? Did Mike answer it? These are the latest Ask Mike's to be answered by Mike Malaska or one of our Malaska Certified Coaches. Check back weekly for new content and maybe you'll even see one of your questions get answered. This is a great place to start if you just want to see what other golfers in the community are struggling with.
If you want maximum downward force in your swing, you want your Lats to extend. Throwing a medicine ball hard down into the ground works the hip flexors and Lats. Make a backswing so your arms go up. Your Lats can extend and then come down and contract to create more speed.
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.
Loading the scapula helps the club get back down to a position where it levels out. Joe Nichols didn't want you to feel like you were hitting down on the ball, but wanted you to feel the club level out like a flat spot. The weight and momentum will drop the clubhead into the ball.
As you turn back your shoulder blades they retract in towards the center and slide along your rib cage. This is loading the scapula. Arm motions in sports like baseball, tennis and swimming also load the scapula. Loading the scapula begins as soon as you start the club back. It stays loaded and h...
FIGURE EIGHT AND DIRECTING THE MOMENTUM OF THE CLUB
Joe Nichols gave suggestions on what would get the club to work properly. To avoid the club getting behind you on the backswing or moving too far forward on the downswing, he suggests following the figure eight pattern. Keep the ball in the center and you will effortlessly steer the club.
Many people naturally open the face too much. If you are pulling, the clubface will be too far open at impact. People also tend to be internally rotated, changing the angle of your hands. Once you correct your grip, you will hit the ball reliably and simply.
If you tend to have too much rotation in your swing, pitching can help. Practice small shots where the club does not need to open or close from forearm rotation. Your path will come from in to out, but the clubface does not turn down. This will help you feel your right hand function properly and ...
If you find a drill that helps you, use it in every practice swing. You have to integrate what works for you, whether playing or practicing. Mike practices releasing tension so that momentum makes the backswing happen. He also uses Joe Nichols hinge drill to help know where and how to use his han...