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If you’re at the edge of the distance you can hit your wedge on an approach shot, it might be better to take a longer club that easily covers the distance and make a shorter, softer swing to reduce your margin of error, says top-100 teacher, Tom Stickney.

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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. Jamie

    May 4, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Where’s the pin? Where’s the trouble? That dictates shorter or longer club.

  2. Bob Jones

    May 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

    First of all, Tom, I like how you get to the point right away and stay on the point, unlike many other people who put up instruction videos.

    Second, if you calibrate your wedges a la Dave Pelz, the problem you speak of never comes up.

    • Jim K

      May 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Why wouldn’t you? No matter how you calibrate your wedges, you’re eventually going to have borderline yardages that require a choice of hitting one club hard or another club easy.

    • W

      May 5, 2019 at 1:09 am

      What if it’s not wedges? What if you have to hit want to hit a 6 iron into a 7 iron position because you just want to fly it in lower and with less spin, for example. Duh

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