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Tom Stickney II

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instructor at The Vidanta Golf Academies. 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.

As adults, we tend to shy away from learning new things because it’s difficult, and sometimes embarrassing. But I promise, learning the wonderful game...

There's nothing more satisfying in golf than hearing and feeling that "crack" at impact, like the one you'd hear off the club of a...

If your life is like mine, you only have a limited amount of time to practice your golf game. So when you do, you...

Most GolfWRXers know that the flight of a golf ball begins mostly in the direction of the club face at impact, and curves away...

Trackman is a wonderful tool for instructors and club fitters alike. With more than 25 data parameters, it offers extensive insight into what's really happening between the...

In most places in the world it's getting colder, so most golfers are headed indoors to practice. But don’t fret, there are still ways to...

Every golf equipment company has a theory and pitch for why you should play its wedges. I am here to say that, yes, certain wedges from...

Aiming a golf club to your target, in this case the putter, is like shooting a gun while looking at the barrel from the side....

Professional golfers can do things that most amateurs cannot, but having productive practice sessions shouldn't be one of them. There's simply no excuse for a professional to be...

When I'm struggling with my driver, I'll switch to a 3 wood off the tee for more control. Along with many others, I first...

For as long as I've been playing the game, I have always struggled hitting shots from the rough from about 200 yards or so....

One thing I love about teaching golf for a living is watching players making golf swings that look totally different, yet each work effectively...

The other day, a student asked me if they should use the same club around the green or change clubs depending on the shot....

For as long as I can remember, my buddies and I would go to the practice tee, get bored quickly, and end up seeing...

It comes as no surprise that great drivers of the golf ball employ certain fundamentals that help them hit long, straight tee shots. In...

One of the things I have enjoyed most about teaching golf the over the past two decades is the advent of new technologies that have...

This story was selected as one of the 15 best GolfWRX stories of 2015! For as long as I can remember, golfers have been fascinated...

Everyone knows that golf is an expensive sport and golf balls are one of the costs of playing, but do you really have to...

There's a old joke in the golf industry about golfers who need drivers with more loft. They are said to have a "Lack of (freaking) talent." That...

We have all heard the common expressions (and excuses) in regards to buying custom-fit golf clubs: “I’m not good enough to get fit.” “I never make the...

If you've ever played golf in strong winds, you've probably heard someone tell you to "tee it lower when hitting into the wind" with...

While I don't know what swing changes you're currently trying to make, I do know how to ingrain those changes into your swing. Hint: It's...

Over the years, we have seen a resurgence of the argument regarding the bumping or turning of the hips to begin the downswing; however,...

As we all know, the golf swing is powered from the ground up, but many golfers take that too far -- particularly when it...

I'm often asked by up-and-coming golf teachers for advice on how to set up their instructional programs to create more demand and increase revenue....