Originally Posted by Carl Spackler
The weird thing for me is that I only get the "shanks" when I am on the driving range and someone comes up and starts hitting in the spot to my immediate left. As a lefty I can see them and I guess it messes with my mind. Being the weirdo that I am if the guy is already there and I walk up next to him....no shanks. Go figure.
Funny he mentioned this... I have the same problem when someone's behind me, especially with longer clubs. Drives me nuts. I know in my mind that I can't reach them on my follow through, but they always bend down to pick up balls or something and I end up messing up. It's not the distraction, I can hit with noise and movement distracting me, but anything within my bubble when I'm swinging really jams me. It's not necessarily shanks, but I often pull a pitching wedge and try to hit 3/4 shots where I know I'm staying as far from the bloke's head as possible.
Sure enough, when the guy leaves and I pretend I'm knocking his teeth out on my finish, I hit the cleanest shots of the day. I've learned to take notice of this effect and not allow my swing to get restricted.