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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 www.tomstickneygolf.com and www.youtube.com/tomstickneygolf tom@tomstickneygolf.com **Guest Students Welcome** GolfWRX Writer of the Month: May 2014

"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...

I was testing out some new equipment the other day on Trackman when a member said, "Why don’t you swing like that on the...

Ah yes, the transition. It's one of the most troublesome movements in the golf swing for everyone from beginners to professionals. “What’s the best way...

For most average golfers, stopping the ball on the green with anything but their shortest irons is an issue. There is nothing worse than...

As the age of video draws to a close and the age of launch monitors begins to take over, people seem to be less...

I read a great article on a golf blog recently about what distance people think they hit their drivers versus how far they actually do,...

For beginners and intermediate golfers, the wealth of information about golf can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to hitting short game shots --...

Your backswing length needs to produce enough speed to create the necessary distance, but also provide consistency for the most accurate shots possible. Sometimes...

If you're into New Year's resolutions, you've probably already made them -- but did you make your 2015 golf resolutions yet? As an instructor, here's...

Books, DVD's, TV shows and magazines have discussed for years how the golf swing should look and what types of shots these different "looks"...

The more technologically advanced we've become in the golf instruction world, the better we've gotten at correcting swing flaws. We've also gotten better at...

It's a question that will always linger in the instruction world: do swing models work? Many great teachers have taught a particular model to their...

One of the most frequent questions I get about the short game is how to hit the low spinner -- you know, the one...