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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.

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....

I am a huge Tiger Woods fan, and I admire what he has done for the game and how he has impacted a new generation...

Most golfers struggle to hit their driver as well as they hit their irons, which makes scoring very difficult -- especially on courses with tight...

Around the green, tour professionals have ALL the shots in their bag. This gives them options to choose from in a given situation when...

"How do I fix a slice?" That question gets asked of me more than any other, and it's what most of my lessons revolve around....

"Keep your left arm straight" is a phrase heard a lot on the golf course. Some golfers swear by it, while some are skeptical...

For 22 years I have taught golf full time, and the one thing that has NEVER changed is the unrealistic expectations golfers have of how...

As the game has evolved over the past decade, there has been a shift toward a stronger grip position. While I have no issues...

Well, the time has come for me to admit that I’m NO longer a long-iron carrying player. I’m a hybrid convert! And I’m not...

One of the most confusing things I see after a Demo Day is a shiny new adjustable driver in someone’s bag -- set on the standard...

Junior golfers should be encouraged to enjoy the game, but we want to make sure they don't instill detrimental tendencies into their swings that...

If you say the word "balance," the first thing golfers think of is their full swing -- their driver to be more specific. But there's...

When I see most golfers hit a "cut" or a "fade," it's usually a weak shot that curves away from their intended target. That's...

I'm as guilty as the rest of the golfing population when it comes to replacing my wedges too infrequently. Quite frankly, the only time...

I love Trackman and its ability to measure what actually happens through impact regarding the club and the ball, but it's also fun to...

“I need more distance!” golfers always tell me. Sadly, with golf courses getting longer and agronomy improving, gone are the days of golf courses with...

I believe that teachers learn more from students than students learn from teachers, since they have a different perspective on how everything feels during the...

Your lower body action is important for many reasons within the golf swing. It can influence things like power, attack angle, balance and swing...