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ASK MIKE: WHAT'S NEW

ASK MIKE: WHAT'S NEW

Have a question? Did Mike answer it? These are the latest Ask Mike's to be answered by Mike Malaska or one of our Malaska Certified Coaches. Check back weekly for new content and maybe you'll even see one of your questions get answered. This is a great place to start if you just want to see what other golfers in the community are struggling with.

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ASK MIKE: WHAT'S NEW
  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • HOW TO PUT THE CLUB IN YOUR HANDS

    The club length doesn't matter much if you are a shorter player. Many shorter tour players used standard-sized clubs. However, your swing arc will be on a slightly different swing plane and less vertical than a taller player.

    With all the varying heights of players, their golf clubs typically on...

  • WHATS YOUR MIND DOING

    What should your mind be doing when you hit a golf ball? The last thing you want to do is to start thinking about positions and giving yourself
    verbal commands.

    Mike often makes practice swings off to the side and incorporates a couple of drills for what he wants his swing to do. Then Mike ties ...