Malaska Golf // Full Swing Pivot // Downswing – Changing Direction – Body Movement

Jack Nicklaus always talked about how you couldn’t release the club from the top too soon. Understanding the pivots in the golf swing will help you get a feel for changing directions at the top of your swing and how your body moves.

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    26 Replies to “Malaska Golf // Full Swing Pivot // Downswing – Changing Direction – Body Movement”

    1. Gazza Gee says:

      Great video but how is compression and shaft lean created?

    2. crimn says:

      This is pretty much all you need to know about swinging a golf club correctly. Watch this and do it, and u will be a great ball striker.

    3. Mr. Malaika, a big thanks for your wonderful lessons. I went to the range today and hit the ball effortlessly after watching your lessons on getting rid of tension in the swing and and training the full swing in a sequence. For the first time ever, I felt confident that I could repeat the swing each time.

    4. A very instructive demonstration. My interpretation is that the goal is to get the hands down to a low point close to where they started. Personally I always mess it up as soon as I start “manipulate” using hand movements and movements such as rotation of the arms in transition or early in the downswing. I loose focus and the relaxation of the arms. As the shaft shallows out in transition and starts to fall a bit when shifting pressure it looks as you are on plane already. The question is, do you then have to use your hands to direct the club head and it’s momentum towards the ball, or is there an alternative? It would be easier (at least for me) if some other body part than the arms and hands, such as the shoulders, would be involved in directing momentum.

    5. RedHed97 says:

      90% of golfers emulate the other top 10%….and it all goes hell in a hand basket…..BTDT.

    6. What happens if you have a lack of feel… this caused by too much tension in the upper body?

    7. Mike, you talk about semantics in golf. “Tipping” the club head is a poor choice of words. The club head moves correctly and automatically when you pull your left hip back and pull the club head down.

    8. Mitch says:

      Mike described it best in his video with Julie Yang. He says, have the feel you bring both elbows down at the same time keeping them level. This feel is what made me get it. at the 30 second mark.

    9. S T says:

      What is the right elbow doing during this move?

    10. Honor Bean says:

      Mike, I've tried this move and had a lot of trouble at first. The problem was that my right hand was leading my elbow on the downswing. The correct way to picture the downswing is to have the right elbow lead the hand, as if you were skipping a rock. This is important as it forms the motion of a trebuchet. The motion of a trebuchet is where the arm (from elbow to shoulder of your body) leads the sling (forearm to wrist of your body).

    11. Russell Akre says:

      1:48 invaluable information to tie it all together. I have never hit it so effortlessly in my life. Thank you kind sir. You are the best.

    12. hai nguyen says:

      Still got disconnect in the downswing. I can not find the pivot point

    13. Mike, thank u for all your video and your easy to understand methods. All your viewers should search for the video with Tiger and Butch about the drill that Butch had Tiger do for hours so Tiger would not get the club behind him. Your method of tipping the shaft is a magical move but they forget to shallow and tip the shaft…….They should also look at Justin Rose pre shot routine. Again thank you and keep them coming

    14. How to get a good backswing

    15. Good way to teach Mr malaska , you help me a lot more than anyone else, thanks GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

    16. when I move my hips away from the ball, I always hit it fat.

    17. If you trace the club-head, your method shows it is completely on a proper unimpeded downswing plane.Provides effortless power and accuracy. Mike, amazing and unique, no other instructor has seen this or explained it so well, they are teaching a complex acquired move and ignoring the physics.

    18. jim Taylor says:

      Thank you Mike , after watching your tee peg drill late in the evening , the following day I practiced on my club driving range….my 30 year frustrating – erratic golf swing cured overnight . You are my hero !

    19. Bob Sanders says:

      This turned me into a shot maker. Best teacher I've come across. I review these videos regularly.

    20. Paul Lazarus says:

      My results from using Mike's pivot ideas are nothing short of spectacular!!! It greatly simplifies the swing and in fact it virtually gets you into the right positions naturally. I barely need to go to the range anymore to work on my swing. The improved distances with all clubs but especially driver are amazing and I won't quote any as you'll think I'm a crazy man.

    21. Joe Koski says:

      First of all i think your method is great. Aren't your arms actually steepening?

    22. Darko G says:

      For years I tried to play the way most of golf teachers still teaching or explaining and with no consistency at all. Mike`s explanations and demonstrations are best you can get. Go through his videos, but THINK what he says and you will be better ball striker. As he pointed few times it is about developing feeling what club is supposed to do. Personally, I am doing one thing which Mike until now did not mention and it fits perfectly in Joe Nichols theory. This is part of Don Trahan vertical swing which I saw few years ago ( but my late release was reason I drop that swing). Point is that once you move your arms in backswing in line with your toes as Don say, next move is straight up. This will make swing less circular but on the way down club will easy and without mistake be in square (Joe Nichols square point before flat spot) in front of you chest and after that as Mike pointed many times you start to think of keeping clubhead in front of your arms. You can swing more circular in backswing but it needs more practice to get to square spot. To recapitulate swing is circular to toe line and after is vertical and opposite in downswing or at least I feel it this way. But again without Mike`s explanation of what means club is behind, when to release, keeping room for arms and hips movement I would still struggle as I was for 20 years.

    23. Jeffrey Mann says:

      Mike stated that somebody did a huge video on the "Malaska Move" where that person demonstrated a gross "tumble action" while simultaneously claiming that it represents Mike Malaska's teaching approach. Mike stated in this video that it doesn't represent his teaching. Mike states that his personal golf instructional teaching is demonstrated at the 1:35 minute time point of this video. I have captured an image from that time point of this video and I have placed it alongside an image of Adam Scott at the same P6 time point of the mid-downswing.

      See –

      Image 1 shows Mike Malaska at the P6 position. Note that his right elbow is alongside his right hip area. Note that his right forearm is only minimally supinated and that causes his right palm to be partially on top and partially behind the club handle. That biomechanical combination involving the right arm/elbow/forearm is typical of a punch elbow motion. Note that it causes his clubface to be tilted slightly forward beyond the vertical position.

      Image 1 shows Adam Scott at the P6 position. Note that his right elbow is in front of his right hip area. Note that his right forearm is significantly supinated and that causes his right palm to be partially below and partially behind the club handle. That biomechanical combination involving the right arm/elbow/forearm is typical of a pitch elbow motion. Note that it causes the clubface to be tilted slightly back from the vertical position.

      Most PGA tour golfers use a TGM swinging action (where they maintain an intact LAFW throughout the downswing action) and they use the same pitch elbow motion as Adam Scott (where the right palm is kept continuously parallel to the inclined plane on which the intact LAFW descends during the early-mid downswing action between P4 and P6). Mike is free to teach a different golf swing action (involving a punch elbow motion), but it is not the golf swing technique used by the majority of PGA tour golfers.

    24. Vabraxys G says:

      Mike, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. I'm one of the ones that, until about a month ago, found myself with the club constantly stuck behind me and having to wrestle the damned thing to get it out at the ball. I'd seen you in a video of another Youtuber but, to be honest, ignored what you were saying because it didn't fit was I was taught as being "conventional". I encountered one of your videos and found your teaching both passionate and compelling, so I decided to swallow my pride and give your method a go. Your approach to the swing is so sensible and the execution is so natural. Thanks Mike. I'm hitting the ball better than ever. You've brought joy back into my game.

    25. Ramon Ramos says:

      Golf club campestre MTY n l

    26. Keeping the hips back and out of the way to allow the pivot, and to allow it without the hips pushing the club out….
      seems to be the key
      Firing the hips, early extension prevent the pivot….the hips only fire once the club is back in front of you, once the pivot has been initiated……IMO

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