Tom Stickney II

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Director of Golf Instruction
Bighorn Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif. (Nov-May)
The Promontory Club, Park City, Utah (June-Oct)
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
Golf Digest Best Young Teachers Under 40 (2006-2011)
Golf Tips Top 25 Instructor
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GolfWRX Writer of the Month: May 2014


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  • So TaylorMade Face Slots really work

    Do TaylorMade’s RSi Face Slots actually work?

    Yes, I’m a teaching professional, but I don’t hesitate to use all the technology that equipment manufacturers are building into their new clubs. Like you, my job keeps me from playing and practicing as much as I’d...

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  • Stickney How to hit a draw

    By the numbers: How to hit a draw

    Doppler radar launch monitors have proved at least two things about ball flight. The golf club’s face angle at impact controls the ball’s starting direction. The club’s path influences the ball’s curvature. Simply put, this means that...

    • Posted 10 days ago
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  • TigerWoodsWind

    Stickney: How to play like a pro in the wind

    I was going over some Trackman and Tour data the other day — as I often do from time-to-time in order to keep my perspective fresh — and I came across a chart I’d like to share...

    • Posted 17 days ago
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  • CollegeGolfer

    Why do low-handicap college golfers miss left?

    As instructional tools evolve, we as teachers are better armed with technology that helps us become better instructors. The video feature on my Trackman helps me to better understand the dynamics of impact and the issues of...

    • Posted 24 days ago
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  • william-murray-0

    Do you have the right attitude to improve?

    Over the last twenty years, I have seen all types of golfers with different attitudes come to the lesson tee — some people are excited to learn, while others are in full-scale panic mode. Whatever your state...

    • Posted 32 days ago
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  • LongDrive

    A modified “Stack and Tilt” swing that encourages upward hit with driver

    New and innovative swing models are always fun for me as a golf instructor, because they’re good for golf and push us as golf teachers to become better. Out of the box ideas and their fundamentals make...

    • Posted 38 days ago
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  • Stickney effect launch monitor

    Stickney: Fix the real cause of the problem with a launch monitor

    As teachers, we all have our own ideas of how golfers should swing the club. Sometimes our recommendations for a particular student follow the norm while other times they can be a little different because of an...

    • Posted 44 days ago
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  • FowlerChokeUp

    Between clubs? Choking up is always the best strategy

    What should golfers do when they’re stuck between yardages? Alter their swing? Hit their shorter club harder? Hit their longer club easier? The answer is neither. I recommended that most golfers simply “choke up.” Think about it:...

    • Posted 51 days ago
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  • HunterMahan

    For solid impact, control your low point

    Besides “consistency,” the second most common request I get from my students is they would like to hit the ball more solid. There’s nothing like the feeling of a compressing the golf ball, and I firmly believe most...

    • Posted 59 days ago
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  • SergioTee

    Analyzing golfers’ “favorite” shots on Trackman

    In a previous article, I showed you how the face and path interact in order to produce curvature on a golf ball. In this article we will examine the numerical data from the Trackman while I hit...

    • Posted 66 days ago
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  • Bubba-Watson-PGA-Championship-2014

    Are you curving the ball too much?

    As a teacher, I have to admit that the invention of the Trackman has been one of the most amazing additions to the golf instructional world; however, as with any type of technology, it can be utilized...

    • Posted 74 days ago
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  • 5 fundamental positions to improve your game

    There’s no one perfect way to swing a golf club, but there are specific positions that have proven to be consistently successful. In this article, I would like to show you five, time-tested positions that we can...

    • Posted 80 days ago
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  • ImpactPointsFeat

    How a cure for athlete’s foot can lead to longer drives

    Impact is arguably the most important part of the golf swing. It’s the only point in which the golf club meets the golf ball and it’s where the ball is programmed with all the information necessary to...

    • Posted 87 days ago
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  • StickneyInside

    Identifying the two types of inside takeaways

    Aside from a lucky few, every golfer at one time or another has gotten into the habit of taking the club back too far to the inside, which causes the club to get “behind” a golfer’s hands...

    • Posted 94 days ago
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  • Stickney driving irons

    Are you a candidate for a driving iron?

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article comparing the performance of my 5 wood, hybrid and 3 iron on Trackman to better understand the pros and cons of each club. It wasn’t that hard to guess...

    • Posted 100 days ago
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  • Are you wasting your time practicing putting

    Are you wasting your time on the putting green?

    As a teacher, I’m always investigating ways to help my players become more proficient both on the golf course and within their practice time. That’s why I am so excited to have come across one of the best...

    • Posted 108 days ago
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  • 1173

    Club Test: Should you carry a fairway wood, hybrid or long iron?

    I was teaching a lesson the other day and a student asked me what would be better for his game: long irons, hybrids or or higher-lofted fairway woods? While we discussed this, I defaulted back to the...

    • Posted 115 days ago
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  • Stickney

    What do top teachers think about the current state of golf instruction?

    Photo from A few weeks ago, I was on a plane heading back from a corporate outing I do every year with about 20 other teaching professionals. All of us were either a Golf Digest Top-50 Teacher...

    • Posted 122 days ago
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  • maxresdefault

    Three slice patterns and how to fix them

    Nothing makes golfers more aggravated than hitting the dreaded slice: a shot that moves left to right for a right-handed golfer when they don’t want it to do so. Many slicers think their doomed to slice forever,...

    • Posted 129 days ago
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  • Get a better understanding of spin loft

    One of the most misunderstood facets of the Trackman is the measurement of “spin loft” and what it means for a golfer’s game. I want to take a few moments of your time to help you understand...

    • Posted 137 days ago
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  • Examining the best ways to hit lower-flying shots

    On a windy day here in Southern California, I was goofing around on the Trackman before one of my lessons hitting the ball higher, lower, curving it, etc. I love seeing what the numbers do as I...

    • Posted 142 days ago
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  • DCGC Frost 014

    Four ways to get your game ready for the summer

    I have to admit, I am very spoiled when it comes to golf and the weather I have chosen to work in and around all my career. Personally, I detest cold weather: playing in it and teaching...

    • Posted 151 days ago
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  • Kuchar_Draw

    The technique you need to hit a proper draw

    It seems that just about every right-handed golfer wants to hit shots that move right to left, otherwise known as a “draw.” Mastering it will make you the envy of your playing partners, as it is the...

    • Posted 157 days ago
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  • optimize trackman

    Yet another reason to use a launch monitor: Trackman’s Shot Optimizer

    In the golf world, there are always new technologies and software updates that make the jobs of instructors or club fitters easier, faster or both. One of the best I have seen to date is Trackman’s new Shot...

    • Posted 163 days ago
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  • Secret Bunker Shots

    Five secret short game shots

    You know that professional golfers on any major tour have great short games. They are blessed with the time to practice, superior mechanics and “feel” that is second to none; however, they do know something that most...

    • Posted 170 days ago
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  • Stickney Angle of Attack

    Experiment with your AoA for more distance

    Over the last year or so, there has been talk of what the best angle of attack should be for players of different levels, and like most teachers, I find it quite interesting. Therefore, with no real...

    • Posted 178 days ago
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  • DynamicLoftWRX1

    Dynamic loft, angle of attack and your launch angle

    I want you to remember way back to when launch monitors first became commercially available and what they actually measured. My first monitor showed me club speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, carry distance and smash factor....

    • Posted 185 days ago
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  • Stickney fitting yardage gaps

    Why you’re not good enough not to get fit

    Since the beginning of custom golf club fitting, players have always wrestled with the question “should I get custom fit?” or “am I good enough to get custom fit?” While these seem like valid questions, I tell...

    • Posted 192 days ago
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    Use launch monitors to rediscover the lost art of shot making

    I’m always amazed at what I learn about my own game every time I hit a few shots on my Trackman. As a full-time golf teacher, I don’t get to practice like I used to in college,...

    • Posted 199 days ago
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