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Top 100 teacher Tom Stickney points out a common, distance-sapping fault he sees from amateurs and the simple solution that will build speed in the golf swing, leading to longer drives.

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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. RBImGuy

    Jan 15, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Student added 80 yards from tee.
    He tells me that’s with a 3w and rangeball from the deck.
    He says 100+ is likely.
    from am 220 to 300+ yards
    That is a speed increase.

  2. Don

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Sic – I was going to say the same thing. 😉

    Appreciated the response.

  3. Jasonic

    Jan 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Great video not explaining HOW to gather speed just that you need to. Ummm duh

  4. geohogan

    Jan 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    “Gravity makes falling objects gather speed. Objects fall faster
    as they zoom closer to the ground.”

    When we let our arms and club fall with gravity, they gather speed.
    Isnt that what Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and others also said?

    • sic sicneill

      Jan 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Nothing to do with gravity. Gravity in and of itself adds nothing to swing speed. The “gathering” that Stickney refers to is the proper sequencing of the transition and downswing. The most important force at work is centrifugal force which acts upon the clubhead as it moves in a circular path around the swing center (ie, the body). The correct sequencing of the use of the two primary levers in the swing- the levers created by the body and the lead arm and by the lead arm and clubshaft- allow the player to retain the force until the correct moment when the “release” of the angle created by the lead arm/clubshaft lever allows centrifugal force to supply substantial speed at the moment of impact. Releasing the angle early or inefficiently allows centrifugal force to dissipate the retained energy too soon, ie, casting or flipping.

      • geohogan

        Jan 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

        @sic
        The primary levers you speak of, work to create clubhead speed by angular momentum
        Centrifugal is not a real force… a fake force like your argument.

        The gravity drop (so named by Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Ben Hogan etc)
        allows building of angular momentum. The vernacular being lag.

        BTW gravity travels at the speed of light.

    • Rick

      Jan 29, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Ummm. no, not quite. Gravity is a force that pulls objects down toward the ground. … Gravity causes an object to fall toward the ground at a faster and faster velocity the longer the object falls. In fact, its velocity increases by 9.8 m/s2, so by 1 second after an object starts falling, its velocity is 9.8 m/s. That being said, what you’re not considering are the torques applied by the golfer to the grip and the linear and angular accelerations applied.

      • geohogan

        Feb 3, 2019 at 1:19 pm

        https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/download/6828/6125

        This is the science, measured force exerted by the hands during the golf swing.

        We hold the club, with minimal force exerted by both hands, relative to angular momentum that results in clubhead speed.

        The angular momentum built by gravity and Lag, and wrists acting as free hinges
        is what creates clubhead acceleration, NOT torque exerted by our hands.

        • geohogan

          Feb 3, 2019 at 1:26 pm

          “These results indicate that the longitudinal force along the grip handle exerted by the gripend side hand would be a great contributor to the generation of the club head speed because
          the force shows the largest value compared to other components of exerting forces of the individual hands. “

          • geohogan

            Feb 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

            “During a collision between the ball and driver, peak force applied to the ball can be as high as 4000 pounds.” 18,000 N

  5. Carlos Cordero

    Jan 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I found a blog to learn and it helped me a little … I think that by taking the good things here something amazing is achieved

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Swing speed vs. quality impact

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In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.


Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.


If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.

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Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
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TPI, NSCA

Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.

He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.

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Tip of the week: Let the left heel lift for a bigger turn to the top

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In this week’s tip, Tom Stickney gives a suggestion that would make Brandel Chamblee proud: lift the left heel on the backswing for a bigger turn.

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