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Hoselitis is a PITA.  I get it atleast once a season and it is miserable.  I have walked off the course after only a few holes because I know what the rest of the round will be like.  It is as if you forgot how to play all together.  Almost everyone I play with goes through it for a round or two and POOF, it vanishes as fast as it came...

 

Anyone else deal with this dreaded disease????? 

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It happened to me last year and a range session cleared it up. Hasn't happened this year, knock on wood. I think it was something simple in my setup position that was causing the problem.

 

At the same time, I think it's as much mental as it is anything else. If you're thinking about hitting the hosel before you swing, that's what your mind focuses on. Same idea with hazards. If you're thinking about hitting it into the water, guess where it's probably going to end up.


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Never had major issues with them on the course, just once in 20 or so years.

 

I'll chuck a rogue one into the mix from nowhere, but that'll be it.

 

But sometimes when practicing I'll hit 6 or 7 on the spin - have to go to a quarter swing and then build it back up.


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For years I had a professional meeting every July that alternated East Coast - West Coast and they had a scramble tournament on the Sunday before the meeting started.  Everyone submitted their HCP and this friend of mine put together the teams; each team having an A, B, C, and D player.  (My team won 3 times by the way!)  However, in June I always got them, but when I got to the tournament I was fine... until last year.  Something happened.  I got them in June and they never went away!  Not every time I played, but often enough to make me mad.  

 

I would go to the range and hit a bucket of wedge shots (they always start with the wedge, but I can do it with a 5-iron too).  No shanks.  Go to the course and they would start on the 3rd hole for some reason.  If I was playing a match, I would be fine until about #17 for some reason.  I guess I was focusing more than during a casual round.  

 

I think they are a symptom of a swing flaw.  Probably a little mental thrown in, but its from not doing something right.  I have studied all the various reasons why shanks happen, but the drills that were shown never seemed to do it for me.  One drill did work for awhile; I would place a 2x4 on the ground with a ball just off the edge of it.  I used an old wedge, not my SCORs!  A few times hitting that board, and I will be swinging from inside fairly quickly.  However, it didn't last.  Back on the course, still a problem.  

 

My swing is not typical for most golfers.  I have bought into the Moe Norman single plane swing method because it fixed my wicked slice.  I was watching a Moe Norman video the other day and I think I have found out what my problem has been.  Apparently, I have a swing flaw where I bend my knees slightly forward on the downswing causing the heel of the club to be further away than at address.  I have also struggled lately with my driver because I am hitting heel shots; same problem, different club.  I believe that I developed this because my back knee has been hurting from the extra stress placed on it following replacement of the other knee.  I spent a day at the range focusing on my trail leg not bending, and I haven't hit a shank in the last 3 rounds that I have played.  In fact all wedges have been right in the sweet spot; driver too and I picked up some of the distance that I lost!  I can't say for sure that they are gone, but I certainly have more confidence that I am going to hit a decent shot, and I have at least an inkling of the cause and cure for me.

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Hoselitis is a PITA.  I get it atleast once a season and it is miserable.  I have walked off the course after only a few holes because I know what the rest of the round will be like.  It is as if you forgot how to play all together.  Almost everyone I play with goes through it for a round or two and POOF, it vanishes as fast as it came...

 

Anyone else deal with this dreaded disease????? 

I feel your pain. I've been fighting it for a few weeks, now. I think I'm over it and then it starts again. It sucks and I just want to put the clubs away for the rest of the season........ but I'm way too stubborn for that! B)

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I debated not posting here purely out of superstition but the answer is no.... I have shanked maybe a few in my life on the course. May have one every 5 range sessions but that's because of not taking my time.

 

A friend I play with had them so bad a couple months ago. It was hard to play with him. I shuttered every time he did it too bc I once got a bad case of the yips in baseball. It was so miserable...


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Hopefully I didn't jinx myself by starting this thread...I have been shank free for a while now, but I can say they cost me big time in the past.

 

A few years back I played in my local course championship.  Tied for the lead in the middle of the fairway on 18 and hoseled my second shot into a creek. 

 

I used to get sooooo angry, but it is all mental.  Yes, I know there is a setup/swing flaw in there, but you can't shank one and just forget about it on your next shot...it sticks with you for a little bit, then it's gone. 


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It was worse for me when people would advance out in front of me to my right. I could see them there and even if they are out of play for a normal shot, I would launch one towards them. It got to the point that I would ask people to stay back for their safety! When that's in your mind, it's hard to shake.


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It can happen at the end of a round when I am tired, and fall forward or lunge at the ball when coming on the downswing. Also when grip pressure increases at the end of a round. Other than that got checkpoints for set up now and have really cut down on that.


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I've hit a few hanks in my life. (refuse to say the word). I've never had them constantly enough to throw away a round. However, they do make enough appearances that I know they may suddenly spring up outta nowhere.


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About 10 years ago, I was visiting a friend of mine in Phoenix and we played Ocotillo GC, a Troon course in Chandler.  There is a LOT of water on that course!!  I hit a great drive on the first hole, then proceeded to shank my second into the water.  After losing 3 balls doing the same, I ended up playing the rest of the round using a hybrid for anything off the grass!  That was the worse round.  The next day... no problem!  Go figure.


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I dont get it very often, maybe once or twice a year.  Getting back to the basics (stance, posture, grip, takeaway) seems to clear it up.


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Once this year. Very early on in the season. Was about 15 yards off the green on the left side of the fairway. Took a big swing with my lob wedge and sent my ball straight right, over the fairway and into the driving range. Hit it OB from 15 yards off the green. Later that round I was probably 50 yards off, was trying to one hop stop my SW onto a BIG BIG green. Hit it straight right into the lake, got mad dropped another ball right down and did the same thing .... Hit 4 balls in a row into the lake trying to get it right. 

 

I've found when it happens its because my swing is getting too steep. Simple fix. 


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Never had them for years.  Then about 10 years ago, one every now and then would creep in on a full shot.  Now...different story.  I shanked 4 chip shots last Saturday, 2 on Monday.  Have not played since.  


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I simply don't have this problem.

 

But I have enough other problems to make up for it.

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I simply don't have this problem.

 

But I have enough other problems to make up for it.

Same here

Driver- Tmag 2017 M2 tour issue 8.5* actual loft 7.8* w/ Diamana Ahina 80X 44"
Fairway Metal- Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta 3W 13* w/ Matrix 7m4 X 42.5"

Utility- Mizuno MPH5 1 iron w/ Aldila RIP 85X (depending on course/ conditions)

Irons- Mizuno MP-18 FLI HI 3i and 4i w/ KBS C-taper lite X
          Mizuno MP59 5i and 6I w/ PX 6.5

          Mizuno MP69 7i-PW w/ PX 6.5

Wedges- Scratch 8620 Driver/Slider set.  50*, 56* bent to 55* w/ rifle spinner shafts

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Same here

 But I can hook the ball 40-50 yards with ease.


 

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Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

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But I can hook the ball 40-50 yards with ease.

I have a 2 way miss going on right now that's killing me. I feel your pain


Driver- Tmag 2017 M2 tour issue 8.5* actual loft 7.8* w/ Diamana Ahina 80X 44"
Fairway Metal- Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta 3W 13* w/ Matrix 7m4 X 42.5"

Utility- Mizuno MPH5 1 iron w/ Aldila RIP 85X (depending on course/ conditions)

Irons- Mizuno MP-18 FLI HI 3i and 4i w/ KBS C-taper lite X
          Mizuno MP59 5i and 6I w/ PX 6.5

          Mizuno MP69 7i-PW w/ PX 6.5

Wedges- Scratch 8620 Driver/Slider set.  50*, 56* bent to 55* w/ rifle spinner shafts

                and Titleist Vokey 60* M grind

Putter- Never Compromise Dinero Mogul
Ball- Bridgestone Tour B XS

Bag- Ogio Aquatech Cart Bag

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What's a shank?


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