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Tom Stickney II

Tom Stickney II
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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction at Combine Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona. 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 60 people in the world.
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Golf can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. All too often, I see golfers who get too wrapped up...

You know those lonely days on the range by yourself when, for whatever reason, every little mishit and mistake drives you crazy? I'm going...

A golf swing is like a fingerprint; no two are alike. While some golf swings may look more aesthetically pleasing, there's no one swing that...

After watching Justin Thomas win the PGA Championship on Sunday, it is 100 percent clear to me that the “young guns” today on Tour...

If you watched the live coverage from Quail Hollow's practice range the other day, you probably saw Rory McIlroy carrying three woods a ridiculously...

As you've probably heard from friends, instructors, and instruction articles like this one, improving your wedge play from inside 100 yards is essential to...

In my article last week, I discussed the benefits of maintaining flex in your rear knee (the right knee for right-handed players) during the...

A point of contention in the golf swing is whether the rear knee (the right knee for right-handed golfers) should straighten or remain flexed...

Most golfers know their "dominant eye" heavily influences putting alignment, but did you know the dominant eye affects the long game, too? More specifically,...

I went through a rough period as a kid fighting a nasty snap hook; almost 30 years later I can still remember that dreaded...

For whatever reason, golf is overrun with instructional clichés. You know: Keep Your Head Down Keep Your Left Arm Straight Swing in a Barrel Swing Easy When It's...

The equipment you play can have a major impact on your performance on the golf course. Your consistency, your ability to hit different shots,...

When it comes to studying the golf swing and thinking out of the box, two people's names consistently come to mind in the instruction...

So far in 2017, we've seen some of the best golfers in the world drastically shake up their equipment, more so than in any other...

The time is here: longer days, practicing after work, playing an extra nine late, and for competitive golfers, summer tournaments. As you probably know,...

As you've probably been told before, footwork is key in the golf swing. But did you know that your foot position at address can have...

In today’s Q&A I want to introduce Mr. Chuck Evans, one of the leading, if not the leading authority on The Golfing Machine, written...
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Many years ago at one of the Top-100 Instructor retreats I was sitting next to Brian Manzella. He introduced me to his friend, a...

The enigma of "reading greens" has puzzled many players over the years. What was once considered just an art -- either you could do...

If you've been lucky enough to see Augusta National in person, you've likely noticed two things about the greens: They are flawless surfaces. They have amazing undulations...

Much has been written over the years regarding putting and the benefits of using a square-to-square putting stroke versus having some arc in the...

Countless people teach the short game for a living, but few have made a name for themselves like James Sieckmann. Not only was he...

Every invention is born out of a problem, which rings especially true when it comes to training aids for golfers. Nearly every training aid...

The new age of golf instruction is a crowded space, which can make it difficult for students who want to improve their game. With so...

For the majority among us who often struggle to hit fairways, watching a good driver of the golf ball can seem like a magician...

If you watch the best players in the world hit wedges, you'll see them frequently using a shot that most amateurs don't have. It's...

It's amazing how complex we manage to make the game of golf. Remember, the goal is to get the ball in the hole in as...

If you're like me, you love to read anything and everything written about golf in hopes of picking up a little tidbit here or...

So you're on the range slicing your driver right of right, ball after ball, and your buddy hands you his driver. And you start...

Think of your home course or a course you play often. Is there one hole that always seems to give you fits? If you're...

One of the most difficult shots in golf is undoubtedly the short pitch shot over a bunker to a green that's running away from...

Brandel Chamblee -- a famously controversial, but tremendously knowledgable golf analyst -- has taken a very firm public stance on the way golfers should...

If you watch the vast majority of Tour players putt, you'll notice that their hands start in front of the putter head at address, and this...

One of the most important aspects of putting is the repeatability of your stroke. That's because reading putts perfectly isn't very helpful unless you...

"Tom, I'm coming over the top and hitting big slices! Help!" Nothing can ruin your score quicker than hitting three off the tee after you...

19th Hole

Bob Carney, long-serving golf writer, penned a piece for Golf Digest in which he confesses to have approached improving his golf game from every...