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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  • 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 5 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 11 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 18 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 26 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 33 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 41 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 47 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 54 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 61 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 67 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 75 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 82 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 89 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 96 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 104 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 109 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 118 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 124 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 130 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 137 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 145 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 152 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 159 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 166 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 173 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 180 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 187 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 192 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 201 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 208 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 215 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 222 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 230 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 237 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 243 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 250 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 257 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 265 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 278 days ago
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