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Tom Shanks

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  1. What's wrong with hitting it straight?

    This is incorrect. Clubface angle may be the major factor in determining direction, but it's not the only factor. If you bounce a basketball on a perfectly flat treadmill moving at 5 miles per hour, do you think it's going to bounce straight up and down? No. A golfball compresses when struck, so there's friction. If you swing 20 yards left of a target and at contact your clubface is perfectly aligned with your target, that ball is gonna move left.......not 20 yards left, but probably 5 or more depending on the club. This isn't my opinion. These are simple laws of physics. If you don't believe me, try it with a putter on a practice green or carpet, etc. Keep the face square to the target but make a stroke that cuts out to in across your target line. I assure you the putt will start left.
  2. What's wrong with hitting it straight?

    I'm sorry, but if you have somewhat of a repeatable swing a draw and fade can be controlled with setup. I tend to draw, so if I want to play a fade I aim left and open the clubface so it's pointing at my target. Then I just make a normal swing. There's really nothing more to it than that regardless of what your handicap is.
  3. Could Bubba Watson Benefit From Instruction?

    Look at his stats to see where he needs coaching. It's not his driving. He's at or close to the number 1 spot on driving distance and even if his accuracy is off, last year he was #2 in GIR and this year he's #1. Unfortunately if you look up almost every putting category imaginable, he's close to the bottom of all those lists.
  4. They say about 60% of swing speed comes from releasing the lag angle. So while you may have felt like you were holding it, you were releasing it to some degree. Maybe you were not releasing enough? I've started lessons for the first time in the last 2 months and I had the same sort of issues driving and with fairway woods. I'd usually drive 235 on the fly, which made no sense given my strength and shape. Lower body was one issue, but the other was not letting my wrists release fully. I know it's the internet and everyone drives 300 on here, but even with a few quick tips I was adding a ton of yards. Last session we were focusing on lag and release and I was consistently driving 260.......from a static position starting at the top of the backswing! Off the tee I say let those wrists go! Off the deck is another thing.
  5. Going from Draw to Fade

    Take a look at Dustin Johnson's backswing and position at the top. When I start opening the face on the way back I'll hit pushes. It helps me a lot to keep the clubface square as long as possible when hitting a draw. This gets rid of any unnecessary hand/arm rotation on the way down.
  6. Going from Draw to Fade

    You know you can hit fades with a draw swing right? Open stance, open clubface..... No sense changing mechanics to shape a shot. Try video based practice or lessons to see what's going on in your swing. Maybe there's only a small fault in your swing that you can correct and pull everything together.
  7. Changing your swing is a difficult thing, especially when you're dealing with the swing plane. You have to understand that while you're working on one part of your swing, other parts may not necessarily fall apart, but you may not be paying as much attention to them. With a flatter swing, its going to be a little longer and the impact position with your hands and arms is gonna feel different. I would check your shaft angle at impact. I wouldn't be suprised if you were just releasing too early.
  8. Problems caused by interlock grip?

    Just today I've realized that the interlock IS causing me a lot of problems. For whatever reason, I physically cannot match the strenght of my right hand to my left(righty). The right hand is always much weaker. Sure I can fiddle around with it for awhile and get them to match, but when I do it feels uncomfortable. This has been causing me to hit a lot of pushes, feeling a little uncomfortable at the top, and having trouble turning the club over(because my hand is already turned over!) Changed to an overlap today and my hand fell into place almost too easily. Everything lined up perfect, got a draw with less effort, and increased my lag a tad. Guess I'm just not built for the interlock. Anyone else discover issues like this?
  9. For most people, when they swing "harder" they actually increase their muscle tension leading to slower swing speeds. There have been tests confirming this where they've monitored long drive champions who lost 40mph + when they "tried" to swing hard. Hard and fast are two different things.
  10. Detroit Red Wings

    Being a Chicago fan I'm pretty biased, but I fear the Wings are in the same spot I see the Blackhawks being in 5 years from now. You try to keep a group of guys together too long without making any major moves.......you'll eventually see them go down one by one. Maybe it's due to retirement, maybe injury. The game has changed so much that I think it's gonna be rare to see any of these young guys tough it out to 40.
  11. Magic Moments/Unattractive Opposites

    First of all, the other 95% of the world's golf population would probably sell their wives and children to be able to post scores like that. I think the word you're looking for is consistancy. It's something that every golfer regardless of handicap is always looking to improve on. Ask any high handicapper what the worst part of his game is, and 9 out of 10 are going to say consistancy. The best rounds I've posted have been when I wasn't adding up my strokes during play and I thought I actually didn't play so well. The 2 eagles I've recorded have been complete luck. One an inadvertant low cut shot on a short par 4, ball landed 30 yards shor of the green and rolled to the back, caught the slope, and rolled to the right stopping 2 feet from the pin. The other, going for a par 5 in 2. Missed the green pin high and caught the craziest bounce i'd ever seen. Bounced straight left and hit the pin. Both scores from both rounds were 3 under my handicap. Most likely would have bogeyed both those holes.
  12. Fall Northeast Golf - a little disappointing!!

    Anyone use the Oakley golf specific lenses? They were probably one of the best purchases I've made. Makes it so much easier to spot balls and read green contours on your approach.
  13. How to handle slow players?

    Just a thought. Why doesn't someone make a poll to determine the ideal time people would like to finish in a foursome? I've had 2 1/2 hour rounds and I've had 5 hour rounds. 4 is the magic numer for me.