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Top-100 instructor Tom Stickney shows a simple way to maximize your clubhead speed through impact, thus maximizing your distance.

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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. Michael

    Nov 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    OMG hilarious. I can’t believe you’re showing GolfWRX members the swish drill. The same drill thats been in Golf Digest every 4 months since 1972.

    Next comes the “fire your hips to hit it long”. LOL….

  2. Bob Jones

    Nov 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    It seems to me you would want your maximum clubhead speed to occur at the ball rather than a foot or two past it. Am I missing something?

  3. Mbwa Kali Sana

    Nov 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Sorry ,this is a completely misleeding and useless drill .It makes you swing with the arms and the hands not with the core and the hips .To send the ball faster and further ,you must improve the speed of your hip rotation ,the arms and hands just follow the rotation of the hips.

    • steve

      Nov 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Most (97%) of all recreational golfers cannot rotate their hips past impact and must block hip rotation to bring their pot bellies to a stop and thus hold balance and save spinal injury. Also they rotate their hips and shoulder in unison for a weak swing.

  4. larrybud

    Nov 26, 2018 at 10:31 am

    The problem with this is that since your mind takes 1/4 second (at best) to recognize when the “swish” occurs, you really don’t know where it occurred in the swing.

    • steve

      Nov 26, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      …. and by the time you ‘feel’ impact in your hands and brain the ball is 15 feet off the club face…

  5. joey

    Nov 25, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Swish??… I prefer the “SWOOSH” image… like the Nike swoosh … or a toilet flushing 😮

  6. steve

    Nov 25, 2018 at 1:08 am

    What if the “swish” is just before the golf ball… does that mean your speed is highest just at impact?

  7. Shawn Clement

    Nov 24, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Right on Tom! I find that many of my female students respond well to that; if they look for the swish sound well past the ball, the weight shift happens properly with good timing and the body clears very nicely; one of the best tips in golf and a great reminder to the average player trying to get more speed. A little tip to go with this: make sure that grip is strong enough to feel that when you do go for that swish, you feel no need to square the club manually through impact…

    • Tom F. Stickney II

      Nov 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks sir! We need to get you down to Mexico soon!!!

      • xavier

        Nov 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        Mexico is an unsafe narco state where they hate gringos….

  8. Joe Baker

    Nov 24, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    You’re kidding, right? What’s next? Keep your head down? Look at a spot on the front of the ball? Keep your left arm straight?

    • steve

      Nov 25, 2018 at 1:14 am

      … and the longer the shaft the greater the “swish”. How about extra long club shafts to get that swish up up up ??!!!

  9. gps

    Nov 24, 2018 at 11:22 am

    With more weight in the hands(butt end of the club) as opposed to the clubhead, our subconscious will automatically put more effort into the movement,even though total weight has not changed. Just as our body adapts automatically when we know a box we are going to lift is heavy, compared to one that is not so heavy.

    It is the reason that counter balancing the golf club, CORRECTLY, is so effective. Wearing a golf glove or changing to an oversize grip all counter balance the club.

    With more of the total weight in our hands, rather than in the clubhead there is less tendency to swing the clubhead and more tendency to swing the handle, resulting in more Lag(swish in front of the ball is evidence of delayed hit).

    • steve

      Nov 25, 2018 at 1:12 am

      Are you suggesting that all golf clubs should be counter balanced with counter weights to be more “effective”? If so, why haven’t the club and shaft manufacturers incorporated backweighted so they can claim higher swing speeds and longer shots?

      • gps

        Dec 1, 2018 at 10:42 am

        absolutely , CORRECTLY counter balancing the golf club will be an improvement for every golfer.
        The problem is that there may be only one person in the world who understands why and how to counter balance the golf club correctly. He applied to patent counterbalancing all hand held devices 30 years ago. The cost to pursue world wide patents was too costly and never pursued.

        Simply adding weight to the butt end of the club and calling that counter balanced is a joke. May as well do nothing than to do it incorrectly. There is a scientific basis(formula) for correctly counterbalancing a golf club or any hand held device.

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