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“A shot that’s really, really good, but you’ve probably never thought about it.” That’s how Top 100 teacher Tom Stickney describes the long bump-and-run, which he shows you how (and when) to play in this week’s Tip of the Week.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) 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 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. Don Toth

    Dec 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Nicely done…I love that shot! That’s very good advise for many including those who don’t hit a long ball and over swing a club to a relatively short distance.

    Sound advise!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Matt

    Dec 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Hold on… His face on shot, went head high and 10 yards right of the stick. The overhead shot obviously came in at a much steeper angle of descent, landed within 10 feet of the hole and sucked back 3 feet. With a 7 iron? I think we just saw magic.

  3. Will

    Dec 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Definitely a shot that requires some practice to pull off. I would argue it’s a valuable shot to have as an option when the wind is screaming downwind as well. But what’s curious is while (at this moment) 18 people like this article, 11 consider it a shank. Not sure why.

  4. Speedy

    Dec 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    It’s an effective tool to have in the bag, Tom. Along with a punch shot to the flag, when the wind’s severely against.

    A good grip with relaxed hands makes these shots easier.

  5. Kirk

    Dec 15, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Very effective but very technical as well….not an easy shot if your not used to flying a 7 iron 50yds with 20 roll out….definitely a shot that needs to be practiced and for a golfer who has lot of feel in their swing

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