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when im out playing around if i hit a shank shot i just drop another ball in the same spot and hit again taking mental notes on what i did differnt and what not. i can see both ways on how i can be hurting my self and how it could be improving my self. i have been dropping balls less and less every round i shot.
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If i play for practice i do this quite frequently when i´m not happy with the shot/putt. And doing this on catastrophic shots like shanks - just get it out of your mind and keep the good one in mind you hit afterwards. Nothing wrong with that.
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When I first started playing golf, the following was the conventional wisdom. When hitting two balls, do it for the whole round(assuming you have the course to yourself. Here's the rub - pick up the better ball - play the ball with worse result. In the long run, you'll play smarter and try to minimize the damage, so even your worst is still playable. I still believe that's the way to go.

Edits - my spelling is very poor today.
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If nobody is waiting behind you, I support this, and I think it helps you improve.

yea i only do it if there is nobody behind me unless i shank it in to the woods then i rehit and dont even go look for the first one.

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If I am playing a practice round and I shank a shot or do something along those lines I will drop another ball and hit. But only if I will not be holding anyone up. It is helping you in the long run and your also getting better.
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I will drop a second ball but never play or score the result of the second ball. It helps me because generally the though process on the first shot was fine but the execution sucked. The second shot is usually right on target. So goes my golf game...
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there is no harm in dropping another ball, but if you dont drop a ball and play the shank or topped ball you will learn how to make "scramble" pars which help your score out quite a bit.
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I did this and I liked it. I could see my improvement this way. When I first started playing on courses.... I was hitting like 1/5 shots well. That slowly crept up.... until now! Now I hit all my shots well

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