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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Mike Malaska on Using Your Hands (Video)

People think using your hands will mess up your golf swing, but that's wrong. I'll explain what causes the problem after the video, but first listen to Mike Malaska explain how hand and wrist action creates clubhead speed.

Alright, I said I'd explain why hand and wrist action doesn't mess up your swing. The reason is really simple.
The problem isn't hand action. It's using hand action at the wrong time in your swing... and using your hands at the correct time isn't difficult to learn.
Too many people use their hands and wrists when their hands are at the top of their backswing. That's called casting -- like casting with a fishing rod -- and it means you're flinging the head of the club in the opposite direction that you want the ball to go. It means you're making a motion as if you were throwing a ball overhand, like a baseball pitcher. That's wrong.

You want to use your hands and wrists when they're down near the ball when it's sitting on the ground. Think of a softball pitcher throwing the ball underhanded. That's where you want to use your hands and wrists during your golf swing, and it feels very similar to that underhanded pitching motion.

Note that Mike recommends you start practicing this motion without trying to make a hip or shoulder turn; you just use your hands and arms to hit the ball, without trying to kill it. This is also a good use for the L-to-L drill (this link is for the most recent post I did with videos of the drill) because it's only waist to waist high... and that means you CAN'T cast the club from the top! It's a painless way to learn the correct feel of this move, and it's something you can do in the backyard with just a tee stuck in the ground as a target instead of a ball.

This may be the closest thing to a magic move that weekend golfers will ever find. Try it, please!


  1. I love Malaska's approach to golf and teaching.

    1. He has become one of my favorite instructors as well.