Mike Malaska Named 2009 Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year

Mike MalaskaMike Malaska of Mesa, Arizona has been named the 2009 Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year. In addition to being the Nicklaus Academies World-wide Director of Instruction, Mike is also a lead golf ambassador for TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Director of Instruction at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club and Las Sendas Golf Club outside of Phoenix, Arizona. 

The Teacher of the Year award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of the PGA membership and is based on the professional’s overall performance in teaching; unique and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.

Mike has long been regarded as the ‘expert’ of the relationship between the golf swing and the body. His working knowledge of how to properly assess a student physically, and then translate that assessment into the correct adjustment of the players’ swing has been developed through years of study alongside a number of the most knowledgeable and innovative trainers in the world of sport. Combine this experience with that of an All-American Collegiate golfer, a participant in a number of US Opens and other PGA Tour events, and years of teaching with Jim Flick and a host of other PGA Teacher of the Year recipients, and it is little wonder why Mike is one of the most sought after speakers among his peers.

Over the past several years, Mike has presented his concepts and philosophy of instruction to the majority of the PGA Sections across the US and the National Teaching Summit. In addition, Mike has trained and certified Nicklaus Academy instructors from around the world including Nicklaus Academy locations in Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Japan, Korea, China and the US.

Mike is a Top 25 Instructor, a contributing instruction editor to GOLF Magazine, a frequent presenter on The Golf Channel, and an instruction contributor to Golfer’s Guide.


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