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Top 100 teacher Tom Stickney shows you what can go wrong with an improper spinal tilt on bunker shots (a common fault) and how to remedy the fault 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: [email protected]

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  1. joro

    Dec 24, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    It is really quite easy. 1. Walk into the Trap. 2. Bend your spine downward until you can pick up the ball. 3. Toss said Ball onto Green. 4. Get out of said Trap, grab your Putter and continue. Simple, efficient, usually always works,

    What a waste of words. Wide stance, weight forward, open blade and hit with normal swing. That is my answer, and I don’t worry about the Spine, it will conform.

  2. Speedy

    Dec 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Right on, Tom. Probably good advice for most wedge play.

  3. Don Toth

    Dec 23, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Awesome video Tom, what a simple sand lesson. Simplicity is often the best way!

    • smz

      Dec 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Stinkney uses the K.I.S.S. instruction principle …… Keep It Simple (for the) Stupid

  4. steve

    Dec 23, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Good advice for spinal position looking face-on… but what about the orientation of the spine in the side view?
    Should the spine be anatomically neutral in an “S” orientation as it should be for fairway swings … or should you be hunched over slightly for more lower body stability and allow shoulder rotation to swing the sand wedge?

    • smz

      Dec 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Stinkney doesn’t respond because he just doesn’t know how the Spinal Engine works. Soooo obvious

  5. Dan

    Dec 22, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Not bad. But he forgot the most important thing in the stance ,which is as the spine is straight the weight is 60-70% foward with a bow like look to the lead leg. That’s to promote a descending strike so you just feel like your swinging downhill a bit. Takes the confusion out of how down to swing.

    • Speedy

      Dec 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Unless I’m into the wind, I like the weight dispersed evenly.

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