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Golf is not a complicated sport when you really think about it. It’s been played the same way for hundreds of years. My goal is to give you a better understanding of why things happen the way they do. So, ask me anything. If one of my videos raises a question, post your question in the comments section beneath it. Every week or so I’ll be exploring the most common questions, and I’ll post my video responses right here for everyone in the Malaska Golf community to see.

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  • MAX OUT YOUR DRIVER

    There is a skill development process to max out your driver and get the best distance.

    The first part of this process is your grip and the lever system. Start swinging your driver back and forth with your left hand. Notice the lever created with your left hand, the club on the backswing, and th...

  • SHAPE UP YOUR GAME

    Start with your golf swing if you want to shape up your game. The L to L drill is a great exercise to get your swing going.

    First, drop your right foot back and swing at the ball, creating an “L” with your arms and club on your backswing and a reverse “L” on the follow-through.

    Most people stru...

  • COMBINE WEIGHT SHIFT WITH PUSH AWAY

    Mike discusses how to not hit the ball fat when you practice the Left, Right, Left Drill, and push away.

    A lot of this is about creating a feel. When Mike sets up for the Left, Right, Left Drill, he first goes left and pushes his left hip out of the way. Then, Mike’s left leg moves right on the ...

  • THROWING A BALL AND TURNING THE CORNER

    Mike discusses the concept of “turning the corner” on the downswing and how that relates to throwing a ball.

    The turning the corner analogy comes from motor racing. It is where the cars speed into the corner using momentum and centripetal force to slingshot them out of the turn. It is the same ...

  • THE PROPER CLUB FOR CURVE CONTROL

    When you are practicing working on curve control, start with a 7 iron. Using a pitching wedge or a sand wedge with more loft in the clubface doesn’t create a lot of curve.

    The 7 iron has the right amount of loft where you can start hitting curves to the left or the right. It doesn’t take much f...

  • COUNTERBALANCING YOUR CLUBS

    Counterbalancing helps reduce the natural movement in the clubhead that inevitably happens while swinging golf clubs. This movement can't be stopped but can be controlled with counterbalancing. You can do this when getting fitted for your putter.

    A club fitter will have you try a putter, and th...

  • THE ARC OF THE SWING CHANGES FROM CLUB TO CLUB

    The swing plane and arc does change from club to club slightly. The driver is on the most incline compared with your wedge, which have the smallest arc.

    If you set up a wedge middle iron and a driver together in you hands, you can definitely see that the arc will be different. The putter actuall...

  • STOP HITTING THE BALL ON THE HOSEL

    Stop struggling with hitting the ball on the hosel and making pitch-out shots.

    What causes you to hit the ball into the hosel? When you set up to the ball, your hands and arms move farther away from you, or your body moves closer, which runs the hosel into the ball.

    Swinging too much from the i...

  • HOW TO CREATE SPEED SOFTLY

    One of Mike Malaska’s baseball heroes was Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In one of Sandy’s books, he made a comment about pitching. It was about being able to throw a pitch fast, softly.

    This statement impacted Mike at a young age as a pit...

  • MAINTAINING THE M-SYSTEM WITH IMPACT

    Mike talks about maintaining the M-System after going through the videos. The most important part of the M-System is the first, and Mike practices this daily. Mike starts with Line of Compression, how your right arm pushes the shaft, and how your wrist works.

    Take your club, hold it with your r...

  • YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS YOUR BEST COACH

    Most of the time, you are not necessarily your best swing coach. Often it is better if you can have somebody watch, review, and give you feedback on your golf swing. You are usually not your best critic. Getting another set of eyes to look at what you are trying to accomplish will help in this pr...

  • HAND ACTION WITH STRONGER GRIP

    A Malaska Golf member noticed that Mike Malaska’s grip in a video on YouTube from five years ago appeared to be weaker than it is now. Mike concedes that is probably true. His grip changed from his natural baseball style grip, where he first started throughout his professional career, but is back...

  • LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, HIT - WEIGHT SHIFT IN THE SWING

    Mr. Masleck asks for clarification on weight shift. This is a great request and I want to spend the time on this because weight shift, force transfer, or whatever you may call it. It doesn't matter, it is a Top Ten concept that you need to understand if you want to be a good golfer. This is actua...

  • INCORPORATE THE HINGE DRILL IN YOUR SWING

    Tim Lawless asks about Joe Nichols and the Hinge Drill. The background Tim supplies is that when he practices the Hinge Drill from the elevated plane, he can make great contact with the ball and hit it fairly well. However, when he goes back to hitting the ball from his normal setup, he's unable ...

  • BOTTOM OF THE SWING

    Where your swing bottoms out is an essential part of hitting the golf ball.

  • CONTROLLING DISTANCE

    Distance can be controlled by the length of the swing or pace at the bottom.

  • FOUR STEP DRILL

    In the Four Step Drill, force is on your left side in step three.

  • LOSING THE BALL TO THE RIGHT

    The ball goes to the right because the club is coming from the inside, or you are not finishing the swing around to the left.

  • PIVOTING THE CLUB

    Pivoting the club is about the lever system and how it works with and without your body.

  • RIGHT FOOT DROP BACK DRILL IDEAL SHOT SHAPE

    Practicing the Right Foot Drop Back Drill correctly will allow you to hit a slight draw.

  • HITTING UP AGAINST A FIRM LEFT SIDE

    A firm left side is about stabilizing and stopping lateral movement. Although, it still continues to rotate away from the ball and accelerates the club.

  • TURNING AND NOT HURTING YOUR BACK

    If you turn correctly by moving your hip sockets, you won’t put any pressure on your lower back.

  • CHAIR DRILL: DOES IT APPLY IN ALL SWINGS

    When doing the Chair Drill, the hand action is the same for the driver, 7-iron, 5-iron, and wedge.

  • GETTING STUCK BEHIND AT IMPACT

    Get the club out in front of you and feel the club's momentum at impact. This will prevent you from getting stuck, bringing the club around to the left.