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Tom Stickney II

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.
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One of the most difficult shots in golf is undoubtedly the short pitch shot over a bunker to a green that's running away from...

Brandel Chamblee -- a famously controversial, but tremendously knowledgable golf analyst -- has taken a very firm public stance on the way golfers should...

If you watch the vast majority of Tour players putt, you'll notice that their hands start in front of the putter head at address, and this...

One of the most important aspects of putting is the repeatability of your stroke. That's because reading putts perfectly isn't very helpful unless you...

"Tom, I'm coming over the top and hitting big slices! Help!" Nothing can ruin your score quicker than hitting three off the tee after you...

Some golfers want to implement the swing changes their golf instructor suggests, but simply do not have the talent or time to make lasting...

Hey, I know what you’re doing wrong. How many times have you heard that while on the golf course? Sadly, there are struggling golfers who...

There's always that one guy you know -- maybe he's in your weekly foursome, or maybe it's you -- who seems to never miss...

There's a lot written about the proper bunker shot technique -- you know, open your face and stance, and thump the sand -- but...

Let's face it, struggling golfers will try any and every drill that's ever existed; anything that's ever been prescribed in magazines, on TV, or...

The best way to improve at golf is to take lessons and practice hard, but selecting the right teacher, while often a difficult task,...

Note: If you don't have the chipping yips, hit the back button right now on your browser. You don't need to hear this stuff!...

If you're not analyzing how your golf ball lies in the grass before every shot, you're costing yourself strokes. All too often I see amateurs...

As one of the world's biggest Tiger Woods fans, I am sad to officially say Tiger is finished. He's done. It’s over people. Honestly, I...

Despite what your buddies might tell you, you do not need a 3-wood in your bag. By playing such a low-lofted fairway wood, you're...

Becoming complacent in the sport of golf can often be at the detriment of your game. Let me give you an example of what I...

If you struggle with your pitching and chipping, hitting the ever-popular chunks, skulls, and flipping at the ball at impact, then I have a simple,...

One of the best feelings in golf is to hit a monster drive within wedge range -- especially when your buddies have 7-irons in...

One of the worst feelings in golf is not being able to hit a certain shot, and more specifically for many, not being able...

By now everyone has heard the benefits of getting your putter -- and really, all of your clubs -- custom fitted to your stroke/swing....

As most of my regular readers know, I started playing golf as a kid and was lucky enough to play all through my teenage...

I hate to admit this, but when I first started teaching golf in 1992, golf swing video analysis was in its infancy, and there...

If you know nothing else about your golf swing, know this: the flight of your golf ball begins mostly in the direction of your...

A troubling trend I see with golfers today, both amateur and professional, is the lack of overall ownership they have with their golf swing. I...

Impact is the point where the golf ball is programmed by your swing to fly high or low, with curvature or dead straight. Most...