OK, handle on third maul split too! :ahhh: This one lasted about 1/2 hour! No I didn't miss the wood. There isn't a mark on the handle., and I am the only one who has touched it. I even put an extra wedge in to sure up the head. (there was a sliver of movement from the store) I called, and they are going to give me my money back, but I need a maul! I just don't believe that I could put enough on it, to consistently break handles this fast and consistently.... I'm 5'7" and, solid built, 200 pounds. My form I believe is good. Start with focus grounding, and visualisation. My feet are shoulder width apart, full swing. one hand on end of handle the other up against the head.Start building power between 2:00 and 3:00, and power through while bringing hands together on the end of the handle, slightly bend knees and break wrists, to increase head speed, just before impact. Am I doing this wrong? I am balanced and grounded through the whole movement. The problem i am thinking has to be in the tools. I think there was a pressure point where the handle split. The wood was bunched up against the head. Does anyone sell a 6 pound maul that has the head properly fitted? I know I need to do something different. The cheaper tools just won't hold up, but I haven't found a "quality" tool, in the weight range I'm looking for, for less then $100. I'm at wits end!