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PLAYER LESSONS

PLAYER LESSONS

IMPROVE EVERY DAY
Whether you’re a Tour Pro or a weekend player, there’s always room for improvement. The more you understand about the forces at work in the golf swing, the better you’ll be able to control the club face and strike the ball. When I’m on the range or on the course as a coach, I do my best to explain these natural forces in a way that reveals the “a-ha moment” for players. It doesn’t matter what your handicap is, seeing how other golfers are applying their understanding to improve will ultimately help you fine tune your swing as well. I’m also going to share firsthand experiences at some of the world’s finest courses, so you’ll know what to expect when you visit and play. This is what the Player Lessons section is all about.

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PLAYER LESSONS
  • 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...

  • GRIP REVISITED

    Mike takes another look at Kory’s grip. Because it's still not strong enough, he makes the adjustments using baseball analogies to get the point across.

  • USING AN IMPACT BAG

    Using an impact bag with an alignment stick will help you feel how the hands work and swing through impact.

  • IMPACT POSITION

    It is imperative to have your left leg push your left hip out of the way at impact position.

  • OFFSETTING FORCES

    Mike works with Kory on getting the left hip out of the way at impact. Offsetting forces create more speed with the driver.

  • ANALYZING THE SWING PART 1

    Mike takes a closer look at analyzing Kory’s swing from down the line. He works on getting Kory’s left hip out of the way as he swings through impact.

  • ANALYZING THE SWING PART 2

    Mike analyzes Kory’s swing from face-on, looking at stopping Kory’s left leg and left knee from sliding forward at impact.

  • SPEED PRODUCERS

    Mike introduces Kory to multiple speed producers, such as hands, wrists, arms, and off-setting forces.

  • BAG STAND DRILL DRIVER

    Kory uses the bag stand drill to work on his driver. He focuses on not sliding his legs and knees forward and getting his hips out of the way at impact.

  • BREAKING DOWN THE SWING

    Mike analyzes Josh’s swing and discusses grip, posture, alignment, dynamic swing plane, and clubface.

  • PATH CONTROL: CURVE IT TO THE LEFT

    Mike illustrates the momentum of the club and the up to under in the golf swing. Mike then finishes by getting Josh to curve the ball left.

  • THE BASEBALL SWING

    Mike connects the relationship with baseball to golf and how the grip is almost identical at impact. Hitting a golf ball and a baseball is essentially the same.

  • YOUR HANDS ARE THE CLUBFACE

    Mike emphasizes that the hands are the clubface and the club shaft is just an extension of your arm. Mike examines how the clubface works in both hands.

  • GRIP: YOU HOLD THE CLUB IN YOUR FINGERS

    Mike starts with the importance of grip, how the hands move, and making sure the wrists are the strongest at impact.

  • FULL SWING GETTING UP TO COME DOWN

    It is vital in the backswing to get the club and your arms up, so they can come down and drop into the ball. Extending your lats is a great speed producer.

  • RIGHT HAND & CLUBFACE WORKING WITH YOUR HIPS

    The right hand and clubface work in harmony with your left hip to get the club on the ball.

  • RIGHT HAND ONLY PRACTICE USING YOUR ARMS

    Practicing with your right hand only and swinging independently of your shoulder teaches you to swing the arm and take the tension out of the shoulder socket.

  • GRIP IN YOUR FINGERS

    It is imperative to grip the club primarily in your fingers and not in the palm of your hand. Mastering your grip is paramount to having the most leverage and strength in your hands.

  • FAIRWAY BUNKERS GETTING THE BALL IN THE AIR

    Mike works with Danie on fairway bunker play and getting the ball in the air. Drawing a line in the sand is a great drill to figure out ball position and setup.

  • FAIRWAY BUNKERS TAKING THE LIP OUT OF PLAY

    Mike continues to work with Danie on fairway bunker play. If you are worried about the lip, taking a club one or two higher allows you to have a buffer zone and take the lip out of play.

  • RETURN TO NATURAL JOINT ALIGNMENT

    When you move your left hip out of the way, your right hand goes under so it doesn't have to twist. You won't hit a pull hook.