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As I played a few holes the other night at Promontory with a buddy, we laughed and discussed life and he shot pictures of our round together. I have included several of his photos of my swing to point out things I noticed about the shots I hit that night.

These are the things that an inexpensive digital camera can tell you about the time you spend on the golf course. This simple exercise will provide you with many lasting thoughts in order to improve your golf game for good.

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  • Alignment on this left-to-right tee shot is not bad for a shot that will begin over the left edge of the bunker and fade with the shape of the hole.
  • Lower-body action is very tight and under control, not usually my strong suit.
  • Arms tight to body and under control, however, the club is slightly across the line and shut — something new I need to pay attention to in the future.
  • The shot result: slightly left of my target — could be a shut club face issue at the top.

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  • Sidehill Lie with ball above my feet — aiming right to hit a draw into the front right pin position — hopefully winding up in the front right bunker if the shot does not come off as planned.
  • The mental thought above is good, however, my alignment too far right causing me to over-work the ball in order to hit the green.
  • Footwork looks good.
  • Other than the excessive right alignment, this was a pretty good swing.

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  • Trying to hit a high bunker shot over the steep lip. The stance is slightly narrow and the ball is too far back for this type of shot.
  • Good release for the “super” high bunker shot.
  • Head is down and steady so I didn’t come “out” of the shot too soon.
  • Successful shot and I am pleased with what I see.

If you will have a buddy take a few action photos of you while you play or even a video or two you can easily audit the positives and negatives of your game. It’s things like this I try to do from time to time in order to better understand my “trends” on the golf course.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. Paul Kraus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Picture 1 – Club face looks on line with the back of the flat left hand to me and I would have said it was on plane rather than shut.
    Anyone care to comment why that is shut?

    • steve lee

      Aug 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      its looks slightly closed to me too. the shaft looks a little bit inside target line maybe resulted from a slight weight to the left (im thinking slight reverse pivot) and the face seems little shut to me too. but what do i know its Tom stickney!! he know better than the most. its always good to see new articles from Tom! and its free of charge too!

      • Tom Stickney

        Aug 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Thank you for your kind remarks…slightly shut due to the fact that I didn’t maintain the cup in my left wrist at the top that I established at address.

  2. golfwb

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    How did hole #2 go. It’s generally interesting.

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