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ASK MIKE: BODY MOTION

ASK MIKE: BODY MOTION

How your body moves is an important part of the swing. It is also a big speed and control producer (if it works correctly). However, if it is trained incorrectly it can make it almost impossible to reach your speed and control potential. It can also potentially create patterns that can lead to injury.

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ASK MIKE: BODY MOTION
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • STEEP FROM THE INSIDE

    What causes you to get steep or stuck from the inside? This is a big problem for a lot of people. It is about the club and the circle it is in relative to your center.

    When Mike watches swings, he sees circles, not necessarily positions, and how these circles work together.

    Being steep from the...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PUTTING, CHIPPING, AND FULL SWING SETUP

    Setup for putting, chipping, and full swing is essential for the right arm and line of compression.

  • ROTATING THE LEFT ARM ON THE DOWNSWING

    Rotating your left arm out of the top is what pins your arm against your side and gets your club in the correct position.

  • LEFT-ARM DOMINANCE

    Feeling pull in the left arm, if it's in a circle, can be very valuable in the golf swing.

  • STAGGERED STANCE PROGRESSION

    Dropping your right foot back gets your right hip out of the way and makes it easier to hit balls on the range and the course.

  • SHUT CLUBFACE AT IMPACT

    Many players feel the heel of the clubface leads going back. As they come into the ball, the heel of the clubface leads into their swing arc.

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PULLEY DRILL

    Performing the pulley drill creates the same force applied in your left and right foot in a golf swing.

  • WEIGHT SHIFT

    Force transfer is more important than weight shift, but it is crucial to understand when and why.

  • FACE CONTROL AND STABILIZATION

    The momentum of the club will create the alignments you want at impact.