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JOHN LANG-PLAYER LESSON

JOHN LANG-PLAYER LESSON

Mike Malaska works on the golf swing of Malaska Golf member, John Lang. Mike starts with his experience and how he made the sports connection between the sports he has played and golf.

When Mike came to golf from baseball, he likened the clubface of a golf club to that of a baseball bat. When Mike set up to the ball and opened the clubface slightly, the ball would go to right field. With a slightly closed clubface, the ball would go to left field, and, of course, if Mike hit it straight, it would go to center field.

Mike starts by making sure John has the right grip. The proper grip will help create the best speed producers with your wrists. Your left wrist serves as a chopping action, while your right wrist is more like a throwing or slapping motion. If you don't have the correct grip, it will be hard to achieve this.

Mike stresses to John that the club must be in his fingers. For John to completely understand this concept, Mike brings out his famous sharpie.
John gets a quick anatomy lesson on the difference between your fingers and your palms. Mike draws lines on John's hands to illustrate the separation.

At the last point in John's lesson, Mike reiterates the importance of feeling the club in your fingers. Tour players rest the club on their shoulders, holding it in their fingers with their hands lightly on the club. Or, they toss the club in circles to accentuate the feel in their fingers.

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JOHN LANG-PLAYER LESSON
  • JOHN LANG: THE CLUBFACE IS YOUR BASEBALL BAT

    Mike Malaska works with John Lang on his golf swing. He starts with his experience and how he made the sports connection between golf and other sports he has played.

    From a baseball, tennis, and basketball background, this was the first sport Mike played where the ball wasn’t moving but was stat...

  • JOHN LANG: THE RIGHT GRIP FOR SPEED PRODUCERS

    Mike Malaska helps John understand the importance of having the correct grip.

    The correct grip will help create the best speed producers with your wrists. Your left wrist serves as a chopping action, while your right wrist is more like a throwing or slapping motion. If you don't have the correct...

  • JOHN LANG: GET YOUR HIP OUT OF THE WAY FOR MORE SWING

    The next step in John's lesson is to get his right hip out of the way on his backswing.

    Mike makes John drop his right foot back in his stance and wants John to push his right hip back on the backswing. This allows John to have more swing with the right foot back while pushing the right hip back...

  • JOHN LANG: THE CLUB IS IN YOUR FINGER NOT YOUR PALM

    At the final point in John’s lesson, Mike reiterates the importance of feeling the club in your fingers. Tour players rest the club on their shoulders, holding it in their fingers with their hands lightly on the club. Or they toss the club in circles to really feel that in their fingers.

    Mike sa...