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WATCH: What you really need to know to control the direction of your shots

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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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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. Scratchscorer

    Dec 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    When I click what I anticipate is an article, and then see it’s a video or podcast I just keep it moving. I can get stuff like this on YouTube. I come to GolfWRX to read. No offense, just my two cents..

    • James

      Dec 2, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      I’m in agreement. Give us the written version every time. Add a video for our choice.

  2. Dan Kent

    Dec 1, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I’m never getting that 2 mins back. What a waist of internet space. I hope nobody pays for a lesson from this guy. ????

  3. Rich Douglas

    Dec 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    This is lame. He starts by telling you there are two factors that influence the direction of the ball, lists them, then fails to discuss one of them (swing path). His advice will lead you to “hold off” and block the ball up the target line. Good luck with that.

    • ^m9

      Dec 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Exactly. It’s like telling a golfer to aim the face of the club, your body, your feet, your shoulders, etc. down the fairway and your ball will end up there.

      FAIL.

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WATCH: How slow-motion training can lead to more power and consistency

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Eddie Fernandes has made big changes to his swing (and his power and consistency have gone up) by mastering the key moves in slow motion before he speeds them up. Everyone should use this kind of slow motion training to make real changes to their swing!

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

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While surfing through some old swings, I found a great photo of two players hitting pitch shots at Augusta. Both are great pitchers of the ball but use differing techniques. It goes to show you that there is more than one way to get the job done and in fact it reiterates that there is really no “law” when it comes to what shot to play under certain circumstances.

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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Stevenson: Is your timing out of whack? My 2 favorite tips to help

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For the experienced golfer, “timing” is a buzzword that is used in the clubhouse after a round when your buddies ask you how you played. If you played poorly, your response might be that your timing was out of whack. But what does that really mean and how can you improve it?

Timing is the coordinating of the body’s different segments. These segments work together in a sequence so that you are able to transfer energy efficiently through your body and out to the clubhead in order to produce the shot you intend to hit. As I’m sure you innately understand, the quality of your round is entirely reliant on how well you are able to coordinate the timing of your body in your swing.

In this video, I am really excited to share with you my two favorite tips that will help you learn how to improve timing in your golf swing.

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