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How to Perform Mace Swings

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Stronger Grip Mace / Core Club

Since putting up the post last week about the Stronger Grip Mace and Core Clubs being available here, I have had some readers ask me about how to perform mace swings with them.

It seems like many people are making this movement more difficult than it should be…

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I can summarize the basic mace swing in 2 short words: Push & Pull.

The movement begins by moving the hands upward and pushing the bell over one shoulder.

The movement ends by pulling the hands quickly and forcibly back to the starting position. This has to be done rapidly enough so that the bell follows along and stands straight up.

Depending on your preference, you might start the mace swing with your right or your left hand on top. Since I am right handed, I can perform the swings most efficiently with my right hand on top. Here are two ways to swing the mace with your right hand on top.

First Push Over Left Shoulder Pulling the Mace Back over the Right Shoulder

In the first image above, I push my hands upward and allow the bell to drop down over my left shoulder. In the second image, the bell has traveled around in a circle and I pull the handle back toward my stomach and the bell follows.

right top right first push right top left finish

In this sequence, I push my hands upward while the bell falls over my right shoulder. As the bell swings around I violently pull it back over my left shoulder and back to the starting position.

For me, the movement in the first sequence above is quite a bit easier. It seems to flow better when I push over my left shoulder first with my right hand on top.

Below are the combinations you can perform with your left hand on top.

left top right first push left top finish

Above with left hand on top: I push the bell over the right shoulder and pull it back over the left shoulder.

left top left first push Left Top Right Finish

Above with left hand on top: I push the bell over the left shoulder and pull it back over the right.

One last thing to keep in mind about swinging a mace, especially one the length of the Mace Core Club: the movement HAS to be smooth.

Do not mistake the mace swing as some sort of strict levering movement, because this is not the case. The head of the mace is very heavy and trying to swing it rigidly will cause the momentum to stop and you won’t get it back to the starting position.

In the video below, I show you exactly what I am talking about with the Push and Pull Technique. You’ll also see how important it is to keep the movement smooth and maintain the momentum.

Stronger Grip tools are high quality equipment. You will see for yourself the first time you have the Mace in your hands.

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All the best in your training,

-Jedd-

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6 Responses to “How to Perform Mace Swings”

  1. gene pires Says:

    would you say that this is a conditioning tool? (with either a 8 or 13lb sledge?) How would you fit this into your training?

    thanks

  2. Jedd Says:

    I feel it is a great one. It really hits me hard in three ways.

    First off, it hits my grip hard. I feel a real good pump in my thumb pads, pinky pads and wrists afterwards which gets a ton of fresh blood into these regions and helps me recover from my grip workouts.

    The next way I really feel it is in my core. Swinging the mace and core club is really a full body movement and hits the core hard from all the coordinated twisting and explosion.

    Finally, I feel it in my heart and lungs. Especially when you get up around 20 reps with the mace, your heart and lungs really start pumping.

    However, depending on your level of conditioning, I am not sure an 8 or 12 lb sledge is going to give you this same result. They are a little light. Maybe with lots of reps though, you will start to feel it. Please give it a try and leave another comment Gene! Thanks.

    -Jedd-

  3. jamie Says:

    the disadvantage with using a sledge is that you cant load it.Once you have some shot sliding around in the mace it switches things up a gear, you have to work even harder against the shifting weight

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