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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GolfWRX Writer of the Month: May 2014


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  • SwingModel

    Do golf swing models work?

    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 students with great success — Jimmy Ballard, David Leadbetter, for example. Others...

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  • Furyk low spinner

    How to hit the low spinner

    One of the most frequent questions I get about the short game is how to hit the low spinner — you know, the one that hits the green, takes one big hop and stops. It is the only...

    • Posted 11 days ago
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  • Fork in the road stickney1

    7 questions to ask yourself before you change golf instructors

    Sometimes, a teacher-player relationship just isn’t working out. It’s a natural progression in the career of most avid golfers, whether they want to make a major swing change or simply want a new perspective on their game....

    • Posted 18 days ago
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  • Why Chris Como was a great choice for Tiger Woods

    Well here we go again… Tiger Woods’ new swing coach has been announced and the speculation is in full force. Will Chris Como help Tiger? Will he help Tiger break Jack’s record? How will he compare to...

    • Posted 25 days ago
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  • DustinJohnsongolfswing

    The most difficult swing fix to make without an instructor

    People often ask if it bothers me when I see members on the range working on their golf swing without my help – or anyone else’s for that matter. My job is to be an employee first, a...

    • Posted 33 days ago
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  • Stickney instruction changes

    5 Reasons Why Golf Instruction Will Never Be The Same

    I have been teaching golf full-time for more than 20 years and during this time I have seen countless training aids, swing theories and new technologies all claim to be the holy grail in golf instruction. Some...

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    Use the new ball flight laws to understand your tendencies

    If you are a golfer over the age of 25, you were probably taught the old ball flight laws. You know, the one stating that club path determined the starting direction of the golf ball and that...

    • Posted 47 days ago
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  • Stickney Top-100

    Stickney: Behind the scenes at the Top-100 Teaching Summit

    Every year, Golf Magazine hosts a “Teaching Summit” for its Top-100 Instructors. It brings together all types of teachers with different perspectives of how golf should be taught to the masses. Some teachers are from the old...

    • Posted 54 days ago
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  • So TaylorMade Face Slots really work

    Do TaylorMade’s RSi Face Slots actually work?

    Yes, I’m a teaching professional, but I don’t hesitate to use all the technology that equipment manufacturers are building into their new clubs. Like you, my job keeps me from playing and practicing as much as I’d...

    • Posted 61 days ago
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  • Stickney How to hit a draw

    By the numbers: How to hit a draw

    Doppler radar launch monitors have proved at least two things about ball flight. The golf club’s face angle at impact controls the ball’s starting direction. The club’s path influences the ball’s curvature. Simply put, this means that...

    • Posted 68 days ago
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  • TigerWoodsWind

    Stickney: How to play like a pro in the wind

    I was going over some Trackman and Tour data the other day — as I often do from time-to-time in order to keep my perspective fresh — and I came across a chart I’d like to share...

    • Posted 75 days ago
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  • CollegeGolfer

    Why do low-handicap college golfers miss left?

    As instructional tools evolve, we as teachers are better armed with technology that helps us become better instructors. The video feature on my Trackman helps me to better understand the dynamics of impact and the issues of...

    • Posted 82 days ago
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  • william-murray-0

    Do you have the right attitude to improve?

    Over the last twenty years, I have seen all types of golfers with different attitudes come to the lesson tee — some people are excited to learn, while others are in full-scale panic mode. Whatever your state...

    • Posted 90 days ago
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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 96 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 102 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 109 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 117 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 124 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 131 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 138 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 145 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 152 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 158 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 166 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 173 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 180 days ago
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    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 187 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 195 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 200 days ago
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