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WATCH: How to play par 3’s with a forced carry



We are excited to announce a new weekly instructional series with Tom Stickney, a top-100 teacher and the Director of Golf Instruction at the new Punta Mita Golf Academy in Mexico.

Below is the intro video for the series, and the first episode where Stickney provides tips on how to handle par threes with a forced carry. Enjoy!


Episode 1: How to play par 3’s with a forced carry

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ( 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:



  1. Bob Jones

    Sep 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Another way, if it’s a long carry, is to chip down to the forward tee and play over with about three clubs less. Easy bogey.

    Holes like the one in this video, though, are stupid. I would never play on a course that had one.

    • Glfr

      Sep 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Hurricane Florence will flatten it into a shoal….!

  2. Mr. Replier Guy

    Sep 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Gotta say this is stale content, guys.
    So much new information which actually helps, so why this same o same o?

    • sid

      Sep 9, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      It’s a promo series for Tom’s new home Punta Mita. GWRX tends to boost their contributors.

  3. joe

    Sep 9, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Are these tips helpful?? Take at least enough club because you don’t want be short, smooth transition?

  4. TRUMP2020

    Sep 9, 2018 at 1:53 am

    I dont have this problem because I don’t travel to dumps like Mexico. You will get drugged and your clubs stolen before you reach this hole anyways.

    • snarflax

      Sep 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

      Based on your ignorant comment I’d say the chances are high you don’t travel very far beyond your fly over state trailer park.

      • joe

        Sep 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

        You got suckered. Why even respond? He even created his userID to stir the pot. These aren’t his real opinions, he just wanted to get your reaction.

      • TRUMP2020

        Sep 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

        Hawaii is so much better than Mexico. Who goes to Mexico besides drunk college kids?

    • ronald

      Sep 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      I will never ever vacation in murderous Mexico again. It’s a narco state feeding U.S. druggies. Stay away, it’s dangerous!!

  5. stevet

    Sep 9, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Love that par 3 at Punta Mita and look forward to your swing series. However, hope you follow up with your next article on the Science of Square using the Hack Wrist Motion Sensor as well. Thanks in advance

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