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Top-100 instructor Tom Stickney shows you how to avoid compounding a mistake when you’ve missed the ball on the wrong side of the green.

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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. Bob Jones

    Nov 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    That’s a nice shot to have, and pretty easy to hit. I practice it frequently. I also play a ball that spins, which helps the ball stay put when it lands.

  2. Jay

    Nov 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t believe this is the best advice due to the fact that many of your viewers are amateurs and above single digit handicappers, meaning they most likely don’t have the skill to hit that shot. Just my two cents

  3. Greg

    Nov 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Good advice. Now I just have to learn how to hit a miss on the proper side of the green.

    I do have a nagging question. I noticed you took a gentle full swing follow-through but it was very controlled i.e. well under a normal swing speed, slo-mo. How do you do that? I tend to over cook the gentle flop and put my playing partners in danger zone.

    What swing thought can I think (lead arms (led), dead arms) that will not finish/stop at the ball which either causes the dreaded karate chop (my 12 yr old son named it) or the famous turf burger?

    • Tom F. Stickney II

      Nov 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Allow your pivot to “pull” the club through the impact zone. Rotation allows the tempo to be more smooth.

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In this video, Top-100 Teacher Tom Stickney shows you how to better control the direction of your shots by understanding how both the club face and swing path determine where your ball goes.

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Stickney: There are many ways to pitch the ball that work

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Note: I did NOT say that one was better than the other; I said both work, but you must decide which style works better for you in the end.

In the photo on the left, the player in the white sets his wrists fully, but as we look at the player on the right (in the blue) you can see no wrist hinge at all. So, which is more correct? Both are!

The player on the left hits his pitch shots with more of a driving of the leading edge, which relies on a steeper angle of attack. The golfer on the right uses more of the bounce of the club and thus will come into the ball more shallowly. Not setting the wrists as much helps him to do so.

So, remember that you must experiment with both styles to find your best way…but don’t forget it’s nice to understand and learn how to use both!

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