Where the h*ll do the shanks come from and why??? Suddenly I have developed a bad case of the shanks. If I go out to hit some balls the first few are fine and then suddenly the shanks start and just get worse, and worse, and worse. I have never had this problem in the 30+ years I have played golf. I am a 10-12 handicap and I am becoming very frustrated and discouraged. HELP!!!!
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Record your swing, something has changed. Maybe post it here for help. I had the same problem off and on for three years. Make sure you are not coming over the top, casting, unbalanced, or have bad posture. Placing something outside the ball probably forces you to come more from the inside. When you remove it you might be coming back over the top and swiping across the ball.
There is no one reason for shanking but imo there is a good chance the handle is backing up, might have too much cup in your left wrist at impact, club head swinging left.
This would be a good drill to do when you warm up. Also when you set-up make sure the hands are forward, butt of the club pointing to your left hip.
Also you could be hip thrusting toward the ball. When I had the shanks, I was early extending and trying to hit a draw. Also, if you spin out and come over the top you could also get the hozel out to the ball. Or, you could be too far from the ball (also related to early extension) and be diving down at the ball too much.
Everyone has their own cause of the shanks. Figuring out what your key issues are is part of the fun!
Did you stengthen it? If so, I just went through that change as well in my lessons. It seems it forces you to come more from the inside, because if you don't you will snap hook the heck out of the ball.
I used to use a neutral interlocking grip and here is what I have done: I take a basic "baseball" grip with my left thumb going down the right side of the shaft and my right thumb going down the left side of the shaft. I rest my left thumb inside the pocket formed by my right palm. Looking down on it it looks maybe a little stronger, but not much. I don't know exactly what this has done for me, but it seems that my right wrist hinges a little less than it did with the interlock. Whatever it did it has helped a lot.