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    5 exercises to avoid during the golf season

    In a previous story, I explained my reasoning behind developing an improved approach to training during the season. A transitional approach gives you the best opportunity to avoiding overtraining while potentially maintaining performance gains made in the...

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    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...

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    Winning Swings: Tim Clark, don’t sweat the small stuff

    Tim Clark is a world-class player who has built his swing around a physical condition that doesn’t allow him to rotate his palms upward. In the video above, I take a look at his mechanics and swing plane,...

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    Find the bottom of your swing arc by learning to read your divots

    Golfers can learn so much about their swings and how to improve from looking at their divots. If we look at the depth of a divot, it tells us a story about the angle of attack at...

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    Winning Swings: See how Rory McIlroy drives it so far

    Rory McIlroy stands only 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs a mere 160 pounds, yet he’s able to drive that ball longer than all but a handful of the golfers on the PGA Tour. What’s his secret? In...

    • Posted 10 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...

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    Preventing Low Back Pain: A Golfer’s Guide

    Whether you’re a once-a-month golfer or one who hits balls every day, there is a good chance you’ve experienced some kind of discomfort in your low back as a result of swinging a club. A host of...

    • Posted 12 days ago
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  • Montgomerie and Harman Swing
    Winning Swings: Comparing Colin Montgomerie and Brian Harman

    How can two very different swings both produce championship results? That’s the topic of this week’s “Winning Swings” segment, which compares the swings of John Deere Classic winner Brian Harman and Colin Montgomerie, a 31-time European Tour...

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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...

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  • Will static stretches decrease your driving distance?

    It looks goofy, but Miguel Angel Jimenez’ dynamic pre-round warm up helps him hit longer drivers and avoid injuries.  In golf, static stretches were once considered the best way to increase your range of motion. I don’t follow this belief,...

    • Posted 17 days ago
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    Take your range game to the course with this practice routine

    I constantly come across golfers who tell me something along the lines of “I hit it great on the range, but I can’t do it on the course!” So, what’s really going on here and how can you...

    • Posted 21 days ago
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    Tips to get the most out of your swing changes

    If you believed everything you read in golf media, it would be easy to assume that a few small swing changes or the adaption of a new technique is all that is required to play your best...

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    Know what’s right for you: The dangers of unsolicited swing advice

    Golfers, in their never-ending quest to improve, will listen to almost anything if it means knocking strokes off their score. They should be aware that this practice can be really dangerous for their game, because not all...

    • Posted 23 days ago
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    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 23 days ago
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    Two secrets to improve your ball flight

    In recent years, advances in golf technology have shown that there are many variables that go into a desired ball flight. Doppler radar launch monitors like FlightScope and Trackman have proven that the club face’s position at...

    • Posted 28 days ago
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    The Mental Game: Go Beyond SMART Goals

    In my last article, I discussed how to kick-start your focus and create positive actions through the use of goal setting. Due to the positive reception and requests for more details about SMART goals, I would like...

    • Posted 29 days ago
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    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 31 days ago
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    Custom Fitting: The most overlooked club in your bag

    Golfers have learned that custom fit clubs are necessary to lower their scores, but they often neglect a crucial scoring club in the fitting process: the putter. Last year, I was able to perform close to 50...

    • Posted 34 days ago
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    A Transitional Mistake: Are you still training like it’s the off-season?

    Both off-season and in-season training share equal importance when it comes to building and maintaining swing speed, power, efficiency, recovery and consistent performance. There is a distinct difference, however, between how you should be training for both...

    • Posted 34 days ago
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    What do top teachers think about the current state of golf instruction?

    Photo from http://www.youtube.com/user/tomstickneygolf 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 38 days ago
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    Beat the yips with these simple tips

    The yips is a disease that affects the cognitive process of the brain and disrupts fine motor movement of the body. Golfers are predominantly affected by the disease on short putts, but can also be affected on...

    • Posted 43 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 44 days ago
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    Use the right golf fitness program at the right time

    The kettlebell swing (above) is an exercise that can be utilized in all three seasons. It is designed to condition the core, lumbar spine, lower body and most importantly engage the dynamic pelvic thrust, a movement that...

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  • How do you win a U.S. Open? Perspective from a mental game coach

    The U.S. Open is at the majestic Pinehurst No. 2 this week, where for the first time in history, the men and women will play our country’s national championship in back-to-back weeks on the same course in...

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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 52 days ago
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    Backswing 101: Tips to get the club on plane in the backswing

    While Flightscope offers my students a host of swing data, one of the most common statements that I hear is: “I don’t know how to consistently get to the top of my backswing.” The old saying, “The...

    • Posted 56 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 58 days ago
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    Drills to hit the best putts you possibly can

    I had just hit a 6 iron pin high, about 15-feet right on No. 17. I was about to play my second-to-last hole in the 108-hole European Tour Qualifying Tournament, and was either right on the cut...

    • Posted 58 days ago
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    Rethink how you practice your putting

    If you want to make more putts, you should begin by concentrating more on the putter face instead of the path that it travels on. I see many golfers who work on their putting strokes by trying...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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    Possibly the worst swing shape in pitching

    There are so many ways to hit good pitch shots, however, there are a few that just don’t work. I have seen just about every shape of golf swing in my career as an instructor, and most...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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    Seven tips to help shave 10 shots off your game

    For golfers, the change from being a 95-shooter to scoring in the low- to mid-80s is huge. It changes the way they feel about the game and opens their eyes to their true potential. I remember when...

    • Posted 64 days ago
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    Four ways to get your game ready for the summer

    I have to admit, I am very spoiled when it comes to golf and the weather I have chosen to work in and around all my career. Personally, I detest cold weather: playing in it and teaching...

    • Posted 66 days ago
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    Fix your hook with the “bucket drill”

    The great majority of articles on how to fix a ball flight are based around what? People who slice the ball. It’s justifiable. Stats are thrown around that say about 90 percent of golfers slice the ball....

    • Posted 69 days ago
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    Find the bottom of your swing arc for better golf

    One of the fun things about watching great ball strikers is observing their divot patterns.  The bottom of their swing (and their divot) is in the same place time after time. Fat and thin shots are rare...

    • Posted 70 days ago
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    Do bunker shots overwhelm you?

    Most good players will say that the bunker shot is the easiest shot in golf. They could be right… you don’t even hit the ball. However, the less talent a golfer has, the more difficult their bunker...

    • Posted 72 days ago
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    Goals are the fuel of greatness

    “Set goals for life, set them high and persist until they are achieved, set bigger and better goals. You will soon find that your life will become happier and more purposeful by working toward positive goals.” —...

    • Posted 72 days ago
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    The technique you need to hit a proper draw

    It seems that just about every right-handed golfer wants to hit shots that move right to left, otherwise known as a “draw.” Mastering it will make you the envy of your playing partners, as it is the...

    • Posted 73 days ago
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    Yet another reason to use a launch monitor: Trackman’s Shot Optimizer

    In the golf world, there are always new technologies and software updates that make the jobs of instructors or club fitters easier, faster or both. One of the best I have seen to date is Trackman’s new Shot...

    • Posted 78 days ago
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    Golf talent: What is it?

    There’s a German proverb that says, “You will become clever through your mistakes.” Most people don’t think of this saying when it comes to the most talented people in their fields, however. In the golf world, athletes such...

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