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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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  • USING THE SWINGYDE

    Mike responds to a comment from Rob about the swingyde. There are no new swing tools. We used to make guides out of coat hangers to help us. Here's how to use the modern version of the swingyde.

  • THE BODY FOLLOWS THE HANDS

    Mike responds to a question from Larsa. If you try to focus on your hands, shoulders, wrists and elbows, you will get lost. Instead, remember how to throw a ball. Everything lines up with your hand.

  • A PROPER SETUP LOOKS OPEN

    This Ask Mike is in response to a question from Linda Crass (Atascadero, CA-US). Find out why pros set up with the clubface looking open and amateurs overcorrect.

  • AVOID LOSING MEANING IN WORDS

    Mike responds to common questions about terminology. Words are confusing to many people. It is important to know what concepts they point to instead of getting lost.

  • WORKING AROUND TIGHT SHOULDERS

    This response is to Ian (Winnipeg, MB-Canada). You can still have a good swing without needing to externally rotate your arms too much. Simply try to increase shoulder turn and use that momentum to your advantage.
    The original video can be found here: https://www.malaskagolf.com/videos/skill-path...

  • SHALLOW THE CLUB FOR DISTANCE

    Mike responds to general comments and questions around shallowing the club. To better understand the idea of "Shallowing" the swing, let's take a look at baseball, tennis, and airplanes. Once we see this, we can start to gain more distance.

  • WORDS FAIL TO DESCRIBE THE SWING

    Mike answers general comments and questions surrounding how words do not sufficiently describe the golf swing. People think that when we use different ideas to describe the swing, we are expressing different concepts. This points to a limitation of words, more than anything.

  • PLANT YOUR HEELS SAFELY

    This Ask Mike is in response to a question from Marc (Wales, UK). Knowing where and how to transfer force into the ground will keep you safe as your ball flight increases.
    To view the original video, view this link: https://www.malaskagolf.com/videos/ask-mike-body-motion-twist-into-the-ground

  • THE KEY TO WORKING WITH SOMEONE

    Response to the "Teach The Teacher" segment with Billy Fitzgerald. Mark Heirigs from Vancouver, WA reminds Mike to pay attention to Joe's right corner. Before you start to work with someone on your swing, make sure you know what you are trying to work on. Too much information will drown you.

  • ADDING LEVERS TO MR. HAVERCAMP'S SWING

    Response to an Ask Mike video called "Growing Your Swing". Adam Larson from Liberty Township, OH asks for more detail on how to apply levers to the swing. Mr. Havercamp can use what he has to make an efficient swing. All he has to do is add levers.

  • CREATING THE BRIDGE IN YOUR RIGHT HAND

    Dave in Port St Lucie, FL asks a question surrounding the Right Hand Grip within the M-System. In pool (billiards), we create a bridge to stabilize the cue stick. In golf, we bridge with our right hand to stabilize the club.

  • RIGHT HIP IN THE CHANGE OF DIRECTIONS

    Response to a comment from Hung yen Sung (Alpharetta, GA) on the Player Lesson with Nocy Karkour "Train Your Driver Using Tempo With Nocy". Mike expands on a comment regarding the right shoulder & why feeling the right shoulder drop during the backswing is good.

  • ROTOR DRILL TO ACCELERATE

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on AM | 2018.46 | 02. RE: Why Is The Rotor Drill So Good - 20181117 // Mike answers a question regarding Joe Nichols and the rotor drill.

  • LEARNING TO SWING WITHOUT TENSION

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on AM | 2020.08 | 04. RE: Should I Straighten My Left Arm In My Backswing - 20200222 // Swinging without tension is a skill you can learn and develop. Here is a simple way to feel how to develop it.

  • HOW MANY BALLS TO HIT

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on IFYP | FULL SWING | 05. Full Swing Drills // How many balls does Doug Roberts recommend hitting in order to practice? There is such a thing as too many. It is more important to know the task at hand.

  • OFFSET MOMENTUM TO FLOW

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on SP | TIPPING THE CLUB | 03. Directing Momentum In Your Back-Swing // Momentum flows throughout the swing. Here's how to offset it to stay balanced

  • TWIST INTO THE GROUND

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on PL | MICHAEL BERGBAUER - 202104 | 06. Add Pushaway To Your Chipping Shots // The part of my foot that I pressure into changes from the backswing to impact. Let's take a look

  • CHOKE DOWN WITH YOUR FINGERS

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on GT | MIKE MALASKA ON GRIP | 01. How Grip Affects Your Swing // Grip the club in your fingers. Do this by creating a trough for the club to rest in. Change accordingly.

  • EXTERNALLY ROTATE INTO POSITION

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on AM | 2021.14 | 03. RE: How Does Baseball Pitching Connect To Our Swing - 20210409 // Your arm moves because your shoulder socket moves. This is a common misunderstanding when it comes to the rotation of the arm.

  • THE GENIUS OF JOE NICHOLS

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on GT | JOE NICHOLS - 201801 | 08. Joe's Backswing // Joe Nichols was ahead of his time. Here is one of the thoughts he would share to get the club working the right way.

  • OLYMPIC LEVEL CONSISTENCY

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on PL | MICHAEL BERGBAUER - 202104 | 06. Add Pushaway To Your Chipping Shots // Olympians are able to perform at the highest level because of consistency. Here is how consistency can be achieved in your golf game.

  • POWER IN GOING SLOW

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on AM | 2021.27 | 03. RE: Set Up Using Your Dynamic Plane - 20210709 // If you cannot go slow with something, you cannot have a feel that holds under pressure.

  • CONTROL YOUR SHOULDERS

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on AM | 2018.32 | 04. RE: Stop Feeling Stuck - 20180810 // Your elbow stays 90 degrees to your shoulder socket. Here's how to avoid compensations that happen otherwise.

  • MAINTAIN BALANCE THROUGHOUT YOUR SWING

    RESPONSE TO COMMENTS on PL | MICHAEL BERGBAUER - 202104 | 02. Adjust To What You Feel // Struggling with distance to the ball at set up is common. Here's the role that balance plays with this issue.