Mike Malaska’s career has spanned over 37 years of instruction as well as competing at the highest professional levels on the Asian Golf Tour and the PGA and Champions Tours since turning pro in 1976. He has based his golf instruction philosophy on decades of “putting his knowledge to the test” in competition. His understanding of the golf swing, as well as his expertise at being able to analyze his student’s own physical capabilities, has made him one of the most sought after instructors in the world today. Mike has spent countless hours researching every aspect of playing and teaching the game. He has compared hundreds of different philosophies from the vast number of golf instructors, and now has simplified how the game should be taught. His goal is for every player, at any age and skill level, or with any physical handicap, to be able to enjoy and reap the rewards of the game.
A graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he was a college “All American” in 1974 and was inducted into the University’s “Athletic Hall of Fame” in February 1999. Weber State honored Mike in September, 2013 with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” for his service to his community and to the University’s Golf Program.
Malaska has competed in a number of Asian Tour, PGA, and Champions Tour events, including the 1988, 2009, and 2010 PGA Championships, and the 1982, 1986 U.S. Open Championships as well as the 2006 PGA National Club Pro and 2011 PGA Senior Championship. Mike won the 2011 Southwest Section “Senior Player of the Year”, and the 2013 Southwest Senior Section Championship with scores of 68, 68.
Awarded the “Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year” (1996), the “Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year” (2010) and the “PGA National Teacher of the Year” (2011), Malaska is a highly sought-after guest lecturer throughout the world. He has spoken at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits, the World Golf Fitness Summit in 2012 and numerous national corporate functions. He has appeared many times on the Golf Channel and in television commercials for products that he has endorsed..
Honored as one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers” since 2000, and currently ranked 15th in Golf Digest’s Ranking of the Top 50 Instructors, he has been featured in hundreds of publications including cover stories for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and PGA Magazines.
In 2004, Malaska produced his own instructional DVD, "You Are Your Own Swing," featuring detailed golf and fitness instruction. In June of 2013, Malaska authored and released his first instructional book,“I Feel Your Pain,” (with the forward written by Jack Nicklaus) to rave reviews.
Mike worked alongside the late Jim Flick with the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools from 1991 through 2002 and served as director of instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Tokyo, Japan (1992-1995). He was voted “Teacher of the Year” in Japan in 1993. Malaska has worked as a consultant to TaylorMade/Adidas Golf Worldwide since 2002, and presently travels the nation educating their staff professionals. Malaska established Malaska International Golf in 1993 and also owns Malaska Golf in Mesa, Arizona. He is the Worldwide Director of Instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies, the PGA Director of Instruction for the Superstition Mountain Golf and C.C. and the Las Sendas Golf Club in the N.E. valley of Phoenix, Arizona. His students have included multiple PGA and LPGA Tour players, as well as celebrities and prominent political figures.