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What is going on?  Out at the grassy and quiet practice range doing my 50 yard pitches up to the green, all going good with 52* A wedge, 46* p wedge, very happy.  Suddenly, no advance notice, here come 6 shitty shank shots, in a row, both clubs. .  Look at the hosel, and sure enough  there are the ball marks.  All shots zip off to the right, about 45* off target line.

Having a hard time figuring out what is happening with my body motions to cause this. Something suggests that i am sending my hips out towards the ball on the downswing, esp right hip.  This causes right arm to go along 45* angle towards ball resulting in clubhead way twisted and open, meaning hosel strikes ball before clubface gets to ball.

Any help available or comments on my theory?  BTW, have been working on getting flatter swing so might be some confused action going on between lower/upper body parts. The shanks are a huge drag and brings NO benefits, esp to confidence game.

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You think 6 is impressive? I could hit a dozen in a row back in the day.

This Butch Harmon video is interesting though I've found that focusing on rotating my hips through impact always cured me.

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I get shanks once in a while...The sweet spot is heading too far out, hosel gets in the way. Happens to me more frequently with the short irons/wedges
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Yeah, 6 shanks in a row is practically a part of my warmup routine on the range, like yoga is for Miguel Angel Jimenez.
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Back in late April, I played the worst round of golf since I began playing 5 years ago.

I shot 106 and shanked almost every shot....including 20 yard pitches. Not even joking. 106 shots, probably 70 shanks in there somewhere.

I took my lunch break, played another 18, and shot 83, on the same course.

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Most shanks come from an over the top move. Most think the club face is too open when it's actually that the clubface is too closed.

Work on some over the top drills to get you on line again.

the opening or closing of the clubface doesnt predetermine a shank.  you can hit a shank with either.  and you can hit a shank with an over the top swing or with a swing that comes from the inside.

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What is going on?  Out at the grassy and quiet practice range doing my 50 yard pitches up to the green, all going good with 52* A wedge, 46* p wedge, very happy.  Suddenly, no advance notice, here come 6 shitty shank shots, in a row, both clubs. .  Look at the hosel, and sure enough  there are the ball marks.  All shots zip off to the right, about 45* off target line.

Having a hard time figuring out what is happening with my body motions to cause this. Something suggests that i am sending my hips out towards the ball on the downswing, esp right hip.  This causes right arm to go along 45* angle towards ball resulting in clubhead way twisted and open, meaning hosel strikes ball before clubface gets to ball.

Any help available or comments on my theory?  BTW, have been working on getting flatter swing so might be some confused action going on between lower/upper body parts. The shanks are a huge drag and brings NO benefits, esp to confidence game.

My pitching shanks usually happened when I have too much full swing movement in them.

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I get them occasionally.  I try to remember that a shank is 1/4" from being a solid shot.  It's a mystery to me--they come and go without much warning or correction.  Good luck, and stay patient.

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I get them occasionally.  I try to remember that a shank is 1/4" from being a solid shot.  It's a mystery to me--they come and go without much warning or correction.  Good luck, and stay patient.

uh...maybe .5-.75 inch from a solid shot.  .25 inch would still be on the heel.

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Thanks. Will.  Send camera.


Make one small change at a time until you find now that makes it disappear?

I get them when I'm screwing around with my arms too far out from the body.

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Update on shanks.  Continual problem and mostly hard to see why.  But found this video today with good explanation and I can surely relate to ideas presented by Australian pro teacher.

Club swing plane too flat on short shots.  But often i find the flatter swing plane lets my hips move more. Will get to the range tomorrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8UFCupZhSU

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The problem is that there are a variety of things that can lead to the shanks. See the following quote for examples. As someone who's currently working through them myself, I can give you drills to minimize the problem, but the underlying fault will likely still be there. I would recommend getting professional help or filming your swing and posting here so we can see what's going on.

Regardless of the swing method you're using, I'm going to make a comprehensive list of EVERY cause of a shank. Here goes.

The ball is making contact with the extreme heel of the club.

There you go. There's your definitive, all-inclusive list of the causes of a shank.

Now, before you flip me the virtual bird, consider very carefully what I've said. The club has a sweet spot, and in order to shank the ball, the sweet spot is being delivered outside of the golf ball, resulting in contact towards the heel of the club.

What can cause the sweet spot to be pushed outside (used interchangeably with "to the right" for right-handed players)? A few things. In no particular order:

Weight is in the heels at setup. As you swing your body seeks to gain better balance and your weight - and thus your body - move towards the golf ball.

Arms flying off your chest prematurely. I.e. arms being too much "out" and not enough "down" coming into impact.

Simply standing too close or too far from the golf ball. Too close and you can't "get out of the way" enough, and too far and you're forced to reach for the golf ball a bit. Over-reach and blammo - shank.

Head (shoulders) moving towards the golf ball without a compensatory move in the opposite direction (Tiger adds side bend and gets closer to the golf ball, but jumps like crazy [among other things] to get back out of the way).

Exaggerated uncocking of the wrists coming into impact. Usually ties into something above, though.

Good luck.

P.S. Reading the book is great, but I don't think you have a "My Swing" thread and you don't seem to be working with an instructor. Odds are the book has helped, but I doubt your swing looks like you imagine it does, and even a lesson or two may prove eye-opening.

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Update on shanks.  Continual problem and mostly hard to see why.  But found this video today with good explanation and I can surely relate to ideas presented by Australian pro teacher.

Club swing plane too flat on short shots.  But often i find the flatter swing plane lets my hips move more. Will get to the range tomorrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8UFCupZhSU

You can shank it swinging on an upright plane or a flat plane, just as you can miss it off the toe with either plane. This instructor isn't analyzing your swing so you don't know whether the fix he's giving you is right for your swing.

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