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
The Golfing Machine, GSED
www.tomstickneygolf.com and www.youtube.com/tomstickneygolf
tom@tomstickneygolf.com
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GolfWRX Writer of the Month: May 2014

 




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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 4 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 11 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 16 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 24 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 32 days ago
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  • Stickney

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

    Photo from http://www.youtube.com/user/tomstickneygolf 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 39 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 45 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 53 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 59 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 67 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 74 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 79 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 87 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 95 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 102 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 109 days ago
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  • maxresdefault

    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 116 days ago
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  • How much do mishits matter in putting?

    Whenever you impact a putt, the ball is programmed with all its directional data. It is at that point that a golfer’s consistency is either compromised or enhanced by the actions of impact alignments. Impact alignments will...

    • Posted 122 days ago
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  • Stickney Three Ways

    Three different ways to set up to the golf ball

    Over the course of time there have been several different setup positions that people have used to play successful golf. The most frequently taught setup position, which I call the Right Tilt, has golfers leaning away from...

    • Posted 130 days ago
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  • Stickney spotlight timing signatures

    Charting the putting stroke differences in different handicap golfers

    One of the most troubling parts of putting for many golfers has been the relationship between line and speed. Most golfers know that the proper line is determined by the speed at which a putt is hit,...

    • Posted 137 days ago
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  • Like to hit it low with your driver? You must like shorter drives

    Ricky Barnes has the PGA Tour’s lowest average launch angle with his driver in 2014, 7.45 degrees, a little more than half that of launch angle leader Jeff Maggert (14.62 degrees). So despite Barnes’ above average clubhead...

    • Posted 142 days ago
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  • PHOTO 02

    Which putting grip improves the average golfer’s alignments?

    I’ve found that the most damaging flaw within a golfer’s putting is the breakdown of the lead wrist through impact. This flaw causes many more problems than anything else for the average golfer’s putting such as adding...

    • Posted 151 days ago
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  • Stickney putting teaching feel

    Teaching feel in putting

    One of the most enigmatic portions of putting has been the relationship between line and speed. Golfers know that their lines are determined by the speed in which they hit a putt, but how do they know...

    • Posted 158 days ago
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  • Bunker Shot

    Keys to finding the right angle of attack in a bunker

    Thwack — that’s the sound of the ball coming out of the bunker at ankle high and moving at Mach One over the green — what a great feeling! If I had a dollar for every shot...

    • Posted 164 days ago
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  • 9601aac7a39afc2557161a1a9c68a242

    Use caution when “Lofting Up”

    By now, most golfers have forgotten the sound and feel of a wooden driver against a balata ball, not to mention how small the original metalwood drivers were compared to today’s multi-material, adjustable behemoths. It’s funny, but...

    • Posted 172 days ago
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  • maxresdefault

    The three things that need to correlate for more driving distance

    By now, each of you has heard that if you want to drive the ball farther you must increase your driver’s loft to increase carry distance. And I know what happened to most of you when you...

    • Posted 180 days ago
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  • 15

    Impact location by handicap

    I was teaching a PGA Tour professional the other day and while we were hitting drivers on the Trackman, I sprayed the face with Dr. Sholl’s Odor X in efforts to see the impact point on the...

    • Posted 186 days ago
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  • Stop Slicing

    Hitting hooks and slices? Here’s how to control your ball’s curvature

    As with most golfers, controlling the curvature of the golf ball in flight tends to be the most common issue plaguing players’ consistency on a daily basis. While there are a ton of fundamental reasons why your...

    • Posted 193 days ago
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  • Trackman vs. Video_FI

    To use video, Trackman or both?

    Video analysis has indeed changed the way we practice, play and view our golf swings. With the advent of Doppler radar launch monitors like Trackman and FlightScope, teachers now understand that “position golf” isn’t the way to...

    • Posted 199 days ago
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  • Tee It Forward: Photo from PGA Catalunya Resort

    Forget pace of play: “Tee it Forward” for fun

    It seems that courses are continuing to get longer, handicaps have not gone down and still many players have ignored the “Tee it Forward” program espoused by the USGA and PGA of America. Sadly, the disregard for...

    • Posted 207 days ago
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  • SergioGarcia-1

    Curing excessive “lag” at impact

    Technology is a wonderful thing. It is making both teachers and students better, as it allow us to understand more and more about the golf swing with the inventions of systems like 3-D Motion Analysis, Force Plates and...

    • Posted 214 days ago
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  • wrists putting instruction stickney

    Wrist action: The No. 1 killer of good putting

    The lack of control of the lead and rear wrist actions during the putting stroke causes more problems for golfers on the putting green than anything else. In my putting academy, I use several high-tech systems in...

    • Posted 227 days ago
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  • FI

    The causes of head movement during the putting stroke, and how to fix it

    As we all know, putting requires a solid stroke, a stable body and very controlled motor motions in order to be consistent from day to day. It is with this thought in mind that most players focus...

    • Posted 235 days ago
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  • Tom Stickney at The Kingdom

    Using Trackman has made me LESS technical as a teacher

    Early in my teaching career, I was told that in order to a successful instructor I had to have great communication skills and possess a talent to describe a highly complex motion in an understandable way to...

    • Posted 242 days ago
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  • Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 10.25.54 AM

    When lining up square is wrong

    From the time I first picked up a golf club, I was taught to align my body square to my target line to help me hit the ball with as little curvature as possible. The only time...

    • Posted 248 days ago
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  • trackman flightscope comparison

    What Flightscope and Trackman can tell you (and me)

    I have worked with all the technologies that have come along in my 20 years as a golf instructor in an effort to make my job much easier. In the beginning I only used my eyes. Then digital...

    • Posted 256 days ago
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  • Photo 2

    Instruction: Only change the things that need to be changed

    As a golf instructor for more than 20 years, I have gone through my own professional maturation when it comes to my instructional style and the way I have chosen to help my students. Golf instruction is...

    • Posted 270 days ago
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  • 5

    The ‘arc’ vs. ‘square-to-square’ putting method: Either or neither?

    There’s hundreds of different golfers try to putt, but putting really just boils down to two schools of thought. There are those who try to move the putter head “straight back and straight through” along the target...

    • Posted 276 days ago
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  • Tom Stickney

    The importance of the elbows in putting

    As we all know, putting requires a solid stroke that is derived from very coordinated motions of the shoulders, arms and hands, not to mention the complex set of psychomotor motions that must be mastered between the...

    • Posted 284 days ago
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