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The Most Demoralizing Shot in Golf


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4 hours ago, Troy Ocker said:

A varying number of shanks have sneaked it's way into my rounds lately. With them I feel a lot more insecurity when I stand over the ball. 

It can be on any type of shot, from tee, from rough, from fairway, full swing, half swing, a short pitch etc. In my round on Saturday I had a stretch of tripple, tripple, double on three par 4 holes in row where I found myself in the middle of the fairway between 50-90 yards out after a great drive..... Ended up shooting 93 after going 20 over on the last 11 holes. Parking lots, houses next to the course etc. nothing was safe. It was like the connection I usually feel between eyes, hands and clubface was none existing for 2,5 hours....and it repeated itself yesterday, when I counted 12 pure shanks and shot 89..... there were some positives too, but with 3 tripples and 2 doubles on the scorecard I hardly feel comfortable standing over the ball now.

Hopefully the curse will be lifted soon and I'll give it another go today.  

@Troy Ocker I came across this drill/advice about a month ago. Maybe it could help.

"Shanks are not really 'bad' swings they are usually indicative of a shot pattern that is a bit too close to the heel.  If you look at video of a shank swing vs. a flush hit you will not be able to see any difference.  A shank fix drill that I have never seen fail is to setup to the ball normally and then take three practice swings missing the ball completely on the inside and then go ahead and hit the ball with the next swing without changing your stance / setup position.  For some reason this drill seems to calibrate the eye to hit the ball with the good part of the club."

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14 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

A shank fix drill that I have never seen fail

Well come on over. I’ll fix that.

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Yeah. No sooner do I finally get somewhere with my driver than the wedge-shanks pay a visit.

Piped one down the 9th fairway on Saturday and hit two shanks in a row before skulling shot four through and out of a bunker and onto the green. Two putt for a double after being 60 yards from the green after the drive.

Magically, the wedge shanks disappeared Sunday, but then the driver misbehaved again. 

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4 minutes ago, mcanadiens said:

Yeah. No sooner do I finally get somewhere with my driver than the wedge-shanks pay a visit.

Piped one down the 9th fairway on Saturday and hit two shanks in a row before skulling shot four through and out of a bunker and onto the green. Two putt for a double after being 60 yards from the green after the drive.

Magically, the wedge shanks disappeared Sunday, but then the driver misbehaved again. 

that is the whole of my golf experience: never I am playing with all cylinders firing. Invariably, one part of my sucks (putting). On the days I putt well, I hit 2-3 GIR 😔

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If the announcers were correct, there were at least 2 shanks by US Open contenders this week, including one by the guy who almost one, and who is regarded as a great ball striker. 

As an addendum/clarification to my previously posted litany of worst shots, I will say that I have stubbed putts before (not often; I am much more likely to forehead a shot than fat it), but a friend told me on Friday of one type of bad shot I've never hit. It was the nightmare of stubbed putts. It was actually in a member-member championship playoff, and he took a divot on a putt. 

 

 

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I've reached a par 5 in two and 3-putted. Granted the eagle putt was difficult, but the short birdie putt lipped out. I wanted to throw my putter, but 48" putters are difficult to throw. 

Even more demoralizing is topping a 5W tee shot about 100 yds on a par 4, and then topping the 5W again when trying to reach the green.

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My short game is usually pretty good and I have to rely on it a lot to salvage scores. The worst feeling in the world is facing an easy chip or pitch and boning it across the green. It's like a two shot penalty.

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