First off, I'll come right out and say it, I need a swing exorcism.
Started off the year shanking the ball here and there and now I can't hardly get anything more than a 9 iron off the ground. EVERYTHING is impacting on the extreme heel, right next to the hosel, and many times, it seems like my clubface is wide open at impact.
I picked up this game pretty easily 2 years ago, never had anywhere near the problems that I'm having now. I'm pretty much a self taught player. After these problems started, I took my first two lessons ever from a guy at the course about 30 miles away. He's not a PGA Pro or anything like that, but choices are rather limited here. He has me working on much less wrist hinge going back and less active hips(less open at impact). He also has me hitting punch shots to groove this feeling. I can hit those punch shots fairly good, but I still shank some of those too. Full shots are a disaster 80-90% of the time, I either hit them off the heel and hit a high, weak fade, or I shank them dead right really low. I know I don't flip, never have been a flipper. On the punch shots, I hit more of them in the center with a straight to drawing ball flight, but I still hit some of them with the same flight and curve as my full shots.
I know that I overswing a bit, have too much wrist cock and could use some more shoulder turn, but I'm athletic enough to where I should be able to at least get the darn ball off the ground even with these imperfections. Once I get to the point where I can actually hit the ball decent again, I want to start working on those things.
To me, it feels like I have either a setup issue, or balance problems during the swing. I've expressed these concerns to him, but he seems confident that he's on the right path, but I am not. I had 2 range sessions after our first lesson, then I had another lesson, and I've had two more range sessions since then. Each range session has consisted of 4 to 6 buckets of 35-40 balls, and it is meaningful practice, not just out there beating balls aimlessly. I am honestly not hitting the ball any better.
I will note, I did change my setup over the winter, mostly just standing a little taller to the ball. The third video is my OLD swing. , from almost a year ago. I'm only posting it for comparisons' sake, so you can see the setup changes I made. Sorry, I have no face on view of the old swing. My ball flight at that time was about a 20 yard hook. Hitting a push draw or a hook in the center of the face, with ball first contact, has NEVER been a problem until this year. I don't think I could hook the ball to save my life right now.
Here's my videos and some stills of my downswing. Any thoughts appreciated.
Old swing below.
I NEVER shanked with this swing.