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post #1 of 25
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Do you think it's possible to cure the shanks forever? Or are they just part of the game and always will come back?
What's your experience and opinion?
post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by Reval14 View Post

Do you think it's possible to cure the shanks forever? Or are they just part of the game and always will come back?
What's your experience and opinion?

 

There's probably people that have never shanked a ball in their life likely never will.  If you have done it in the past, I'd say it is certainly within the realm of possibility you could see another.  I can hit a lovely shank if I don't shift my weight right.  At least I think what the cause is, focusing on the weight shift seems to help me make it stop...  Even pros have one surface from time to time.

post #3 of 25
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I can't imagine there is a Golfer that never shanked a ball in his life.
post #4 of 25

Just like an ugly cart girl, shanks are a part of every golfer's golf game. When it come to shanks there are three kinds of golfers. Those who already have, and will continue to shank. Second are those who golf but have not shanked....yet (they will). Third are those folks who have not taken the game up yet. (they eventually will too) 

 

No there is not a permanent cure against the shanks, unless of course you give up the game, never to return. 

 

All I know about what causes the shanks is that pretty much anything that can go wrong in a golf swing, has gone wrong in the short time it takes to make that shanking  golf swing. My cure, if I hit more than one, in a short period of time, is to back off, and disappear quietly. A very cold beer works wonders for me. :beer: 

 

BTW I have heard that just talking about the shanks can bring them on. Best that all of us who partake in this thread be really careful for the next few months.:surrender: 

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Reval14 View Post

Do you think it's possible to cure the shanks forever? Or are they just part of the game and always will come back?
What's your experience and opinion?

Of course it's possible. Hit the sweet spot every time. Cured. My bill is in the mail.
post #6 of 25
put the shaft in the toe end of the club. shanks no more.
post #7 of 25
You can cure the shanks forever. Get yourself a set of Cleveland VAS irons.

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608021310376182092&pid=15.1&P=0
post #8 of 25
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Why don't they build clubs where the hosel is behind the club face?
post #9 of 25
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Why don't they build clubs where the hosel is behind the club face?


They do. :-D

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/281379136671?item=281379136671&vectorid=229466

 

And there have been times I was tempted to go that route. LOL

post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by vangator View Post

You can cure the shanks forever. Get yourself a set of Cleveland VAS irons.

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608021310376182092&pid=15.1&P=0

I'm sure I'd find a way to shank a ball off of one of those beauties

post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Reval14 View Post

Do you think it's possible to cure the shanks forever? Or are they just part of the game and always will come back?
What's your experience and opinion?

 

Yes it's possible to "cure" it. A shank is just a miss hit on the heel, the key is just figuring out why you're hitting it there and make the necessary changes. Same if you were hitting it off the toe, slicing it, hooking it, thinning it, find the priority piece and make it better. You know why you shank it (my post in your swing thread) you just need to put in the work to fix it.

post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Patch View Post
 

Just like an ugly cart girl, shanks are a part of every golfer's golf game. When it come to shanks there are three kinds of golfers. Those who already have, and will continue to shank. Second are those who golf but have not shanked....yet (they will). Third are those folks who have not taken the game up yet. (they eventually will too) 

LOL. :beer:

 

I know a couple of people in that group. Maybe they've shanked a ball or two but never had "The Shanks" (there's a difference).

 

Those people actually think it's:

 

(A) Because the rest of us are total spastics with no coordination.

 

or

 

(B) Because we are suddenly doing something "wrong" with swing mechanics (forgetting that we always did something wrong without shanking the ball).

 

If the day ever came that those people got "The Shanks" I don't think I would be able to hide the secret smile on my face (unless of course they are on my team). :-D

 

One of the team captains in our game got "The Shanks"  a couple of weeks ago and didn't show up last Saturday but that was no fun because:

 

(A) He's a really nice guy.

 

and

 

(B) He's had bouts of them before.

post #13 of 25

Take you ususal setup - then walk an inch or so closer to the ball.   This helps me not shank chips and pitches - which I have always struggled with.    The occasional full swing shank is an anomaly for me - just comes out of nowhere ...

post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post
 

 

Yes it's possible to "cure" it. A shank is just a miss hit on the heel, the key is just figuring out why you're hitting it there and make the necessary changes. Same if you were hitting it off the toe, slicing it, hooking it, thinning it, find the priority piece and make it better. You know why you shank it (my post in your swing thread) you just need to put in the work to fix it.

 

 

Yea, I agree with this. I got the shanks, when I was playing golf in Highschool. I had them for about a week. 

 

For me, I get the shanks when my head moves a lot in my swing, and I get flippy. Though sometimes I will get the uber open clubface position, and the ball doesn't really shank but goes way right. It doesn't feel shankish, but more just a very glancing blow right. 

post #15 of 25

Ever since I started taking lessons, I have started to shank it more. Generally I am hitting it a lot better, but they pop in every now and then.

 

Yesterday had two beautiful shanks on the course - only happens with my wedges. I watched some swings in slow motion - and my hands drift away from my body about 2 inches at impact

post #16 of 25

With regards to shank proof clubs. Do you think it is possible to contact the out side of the ball (farthest from the golfer) with that part of the  hosel, that is closest to the golfer? In other words for a right handed golfer, the shanked ball would travel behind them, or to the extreme left side of the target line. If so would that be considered a shank?   

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Patch View Post
 

With regards to shank proof clubs. Do you think it is possible to contact the out side of the ball (farthest from the golfer) with that part of the  hosel, that is closest to the golfer? In other words for a right handed golfer, the shanked ball would travel behind them, or to the extreme left side of the target line. If so would that be considered a shank?   

I think at that point, nomenclature for that shot is relatively low on one's list of concerns. 

post #18 of 25
I have a Golden Touch sand wedge (Jerry Barber i think) that has a flatened hosel and a leading edge in front of the shaft. It's called "shank resistant".
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