Ok. So some people might remember me from a couple of years ago where I wanted to break into the 80's. I kept a journal on here and hit my goal. Now I need to fast forward and I have a new task.
Ill start with the fact that I was as low as a 10.8 handicap. I play golf a ton and I am willing to work to fix or get better. I know to get to a 7 I will need to make more putts and scramble better. That is what primarily got me into the 80s. Here is my issue, I have caught the shanks after finding power in my swing.
I also have a friendly match against a business associate for $100.00 per hole, match play, in October. He has to play at his target 10 handicap and I am at a 7. I have to give him 3 strokes no matter where our games are sitting at that time. It is go time.
I will journal very frequently and post videos. I know there are some players on here and guys that know the golf swing. I like to think I have a pretty good understanding of it, but I am at a loss right now. I have seen pro's and they give good tips and help but I need to settle on a swing that I can be confident with. I caught the shanks in April and I have been battling them since. I have put together some good rounds, but when they show up, it seems to be a 24hr virus no matter how I try to get out of it.
My recent finding when tweaking things was that I was not making a full shoulder turn. I started to really turn into my swing and bang my pitching wedge went from 125 to 145. I didn't realize I wasnt using my shoulders enough. I thought I got rid of the shanks by creating this lag at the top of my swing. Then, I got to the range earlier this week and now I am hitting powerful shanks.
Only 1 thing seems to stop me from shanking after it starts - A hard S&T stance and an armsy swing. This is just temporary during a session to get my confidence back as it is not a good swing.
Things I have tried -
1. I was on my toes a bit and thought I was delivering the hozzel
2. Taking club away to outside/steep/shallow/inside - you name it
3. Loosening grip
4. Taking club more shallow and more steep
5. Quick takeaway and slow take away
6. Pinning my head to watching the ball
7. Exploding from the hips at the top
8. Trying to stay connected by turning with torso
9. Right armpit tight/left armpit tight
10. Left arm straight/both arms relaxed
All of these seem to have individually helped as a bandaide until it shows up again. There must be something in the swing I am not seeing.
I did see a pro that noticed I was pulling my head out of my swing at contact and moving away from the ball and then reaching with the hozzel.
Moving forward - I will have videos this weekend as I know it is probably a guessing game with out them.
I need to retain my power and get rid of the shanks
On a side note, I am practicing chipping and putting a lot. I know how important it is and even with the best ball striking, I can't shot in the 70's without scrambling. On the other hand, if I can't get near the green, I can't get a chance to scramble.
As always all help is much appreciated.