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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.

  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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