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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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  • IMPACT AND FORCE IN YOUR LEFT HEEL

    A Malaska Golf Member mentions he is okay, feeling like he is back on the heels of his left foot, his lead foot, as the club goes through the ball.

    Mike reassures the member this is correct and what the biomechanics are now preaching in the industry.

    You play the game more from your heels than ...

  • STABILIZING YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER

    A Malaska Golf Member dips his right shoulder down when he swings. He wants to know if there is a solution.

    Mike explains that it starts with the M-System, M1, right arm, and pitching. When standing on your left foot and swinging your right arm, your left leg pushes your left hip out of the way....

  • LEFT ARM STAYS STRAIGHT

    A Malaska Golf Member wants to know whether or not to keep her left arm straight.

    Mike’s answer to that question is that it depends, and really, it’s not that important. If you have locked your left arm and are trying to keep it straight, then you will have tension in your arm. Your shoulder wil...

  • IS THE SWING PLANE DIFFERENT

    This Malaska Golf Member wants to know if the swing plane is the same with different clubs.

    To demonstrate whether this is true, Mike holds three different clubs together, angled out to where they would hit the ball at impact. The driver is on the most inclined plane, with the putter having the ...

  • SHAPE UP YOUR GAME

    A Malaska Golf member wants to know how to shape up his game.

    Mike suggests you begin by working on your grip; however, he wants to focus on the swing first.

    To begin, drop your right foot back and start making swings, doing the "L to L" drill. Make the "L" on your backswing and the "Reverse L"...

  • HOW TO MAX OUT YOUR DRIVER

    A Malaska Golf member commented on how much The M-System Driver Series and especially the Driver Summary helped him.

    Mike discusses how the industry promotes the driver, and it is all about distance. Mike isn't going to disagree with that statement; however, there is a skill development process ...

  • LOOP DRILL SHALLOWING THE CLUB

    A Malaska Golf Member wants to know about The Loop Drill and its purpose.

    When you watch Tour Players on their backswing, by the time the club gets waist high and parallel to the ground, the clubhead is even with or to the golf ball side of their hands. No one has the club pointed back behind th...

  • LINE OF COMPRESSION AND IMPACT

    This Malaska Golf Member question is about the Line of Compression and Impact.

    Mike explains that 90 percent of his teaching focuses on this concept and how Impact is the only position that counts.

    Regardless of the club, you want to maximize the amount of force that gets into the shaft and the...

  • KEEP THE FACE 90˚ ANGLE TO YOUR SPINE ANGLE

    A Malaska Golf Member wants to understand the clubface staying at a 90-degree angle to the spine angle or sternum.

    Mike elaborates on this question. He sets his club on the ground and then lifts it waist-high so the clubface is in line with his sternum. Then Mike sets up and swings his club a qu...

  • BLENDING ARM SWING, WRIST HINGE AND BODY TURN

    This Malaska Golf Member wants to know what you do on the backswing after hinging your wrists.

    Mike Malaska says you must be careful to avoid getting too segmented in your swing; instead, think of it as a blend of motions.

    Swing the club slightly forward, then start the club back and toss the m...

  • HOOK TO FADE

    A Malaska Golf member initially struggled with a hook when strengthening his grip. Then when he started to work the clubface more, he started hitting a push fade.

    Mike talks about how many golfers have a weak grip or, as the industry calls it, a neutral grip. The problem with this grip is when y...

  • EASIER TO GET YOUR LEFT HIP OUT OF THE WAY

    Mike discusses the Right Foot Drop Back Drill. Does this drill make it harder to get your left hip out of the way and where it’s supposed to be?

    It does slightly, and if you watch many Tour Players as they set up to the ball, they drop their right foot back. Why? It lets them get their right hip...

  • STANDING ON YOUR LEFT SIDE

    If you stay on your left side when you hit the ball 100 yards in, is it ok to do that with all your clubs?

    Mike says this is the Stack and Tilt method, and you are basically playing off your left foot. Force is going from right to left. You aren't trying to hit the ball as far as you can, but yo...

  • HOW TO PICK A GOOD COACH

    When picking a good coach, there's a lot of information and ways to swing a golf club. Many teachers have good reputations for improving golf swings.

    First, Mike suggests you look at what a specific coach is saying. Does it sound like something you can do?

    If it makes sense to you physically, t...

  • START WITH THE M-SYSTEM

    MalaskaGolf.com is a powerful site with over a thousand videos to watch and learn. The best way to use the site and simplify the golf game is to understand The M-System.

    You need to have a process each day. Begin with step one, execute that, and move to the next step. Work on something different...

  • DON'T GET SO MECHANICAL WITH YOUR SWING

    Mike believes many people get too mechanical with their swings because the golf industry fixates on golf positions.

    Mike sets up multiple balls in random positions and swings continuously, one after the other hitting each ball. Part of this exercise is to trigger your hand-eye coordination and y...

  • STOP HITTING BEHIND THE BALL

    Mike discusses a lesson he gave where the member was having problems with hitting behind the ball.

    The member on the backswing would return to their right side, and their whole upper body would shift to the top of the swing and stop. Then on the downswing, the member couldn’t get to their right ...

  • UNDERSTANDING THE TEEING GROUND

    Mike Malaska talks about learning to understand the teeing ground. Golf architects challenge golfers with how they design the teeing grounds, the angles and tricks they play on your eyes, and the ability to aim the ball.

    Mike sets up some alignment sticks to show where the teeing ground is aimed...

  • MASTERING UNEVEN LIES

    Learning to play golf is about how to accommodate uneven lies. There are more uneven lies on a golf course than flat lies. Even fairways that look relatively flat have slopes, and the more you make little adjustments to compensate, the better you will become.

    There are two essential things to un...

  • HITTING THE BALL SOLID WITH ATHLETICISM

    When it comes to playing the game and understanding the mind, Mike’s good friend Phil Blackmar is probably one of the best in the world, in his opinion.

    Mike was recently talking with Phil about hitting the ball solid and what works for Mike is that he focuses on just that concept. Making sure h...

  • HOW TO MAKE THE BALL DRAW

    Mike Malaska shows us how there are three ways to hit a draw.

    First, you can set the clubface closed and make your normal swing. That will make the ball draw.

    Second, set up, and move the ball back in your stance, making your swing path come more from the inside, which will also make it draw.

    ...

  • USING MOMENTUM TO STABILIZE THE FACE

    Mike Malaska goes over a drill where you make a swing, and as you run the club into the ball, you let your right hand come off, so your left arm swings through.

    This is a great drill to feel how the momentum of the club straightens your arm and stabilizes the clubface. Your right hand will not t...

  • USING A TENNIS SWING MACHINE TO PRACTICE TRANSITION

    Mike Malaska talks about the change of direction in a golf swing. He believes there is no "top of the swing," just a start and a finish.

    There is a point and time in the backswing at the club transition point where inertia takes over, and you start on the downswing. This should be one fluid mot...

  • RIGHT FOOT BACK WILL CURE YOUR GAME

    The Right Foot Back Drill works so well because you can get your hips out of the way, and it gives you the space for your arms to swing down into the ball.

    When you drop your right foot back, it makes it easier to time the outside circle of the clubhead with the circle of your center as you go i...