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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 and
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Recent Posts

  • 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....

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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 7 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 14 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 21 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 28 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 35 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 40 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 49 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 56 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 63 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 70 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 78 days ago
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    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 84 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 91 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 98 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 105 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 113 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 126 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 133 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 140 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 147 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 154 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 168 days ago
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    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 175 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 182 days ago
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  • Photo 13

    Master these 3 set-up keys for fewer 3 putts

    It seems that everyone wonders why they do not make more putts. But if you consider the multitude of variables that affect putting, it is a wonder that golfers make any at all. Identifying the most important...

    • Posted 189 days ago
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  • Better look or better numbers?

    Looks or numbers: What makes a better golf swing?

    I have seen many things come and go during my 20 years on the lesson tee. But the two things that have stuck around and will continue to be a necessity for golf instructors are digital video...

    • Posted 196 days ago
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  • Phil Mickelson (3)

    The Mental Game: Training vs. Trusting

    Do you stand over EVERY shot running down a mental checklist of the 24 basic swing components and their variations? I promise you that tour players don’t, which is why they are able to look and swing...

    • Posted 210 days ago
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  • THE PLAYERS Championship - Preview Day 2

    Do old school teachings have a place in golf’s new school environment?

    Every week, I watch golf telecasts that show the best players in the world playing tough golf courses and hitting shots that challenge their skills. It’s a joy to see what they can do with a golf ball....

    • Posted 225 days ago
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  • phil-mickelson-golf

    Understand your wedge data to find the “magic yardage”

    Being a good wedge player can really help golfers lower their scores in an instant. Wedge shots from inside 100 yards from the fairway are a safe zone, the place where golfers lay up on a par...

    • Posted 231 days ago
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