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chipsandegg

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Well,
just wanted to tell you guys that ive just bought some Mizuno MP 67'S the most attractive looking iron i have ever seen, went to the Range to have them loft and lied and shanked nearly every single shot and the more i tried not to do it, the more i did it, i have to say that i felt physically sick!! I thought surely it cant be that i cant use theese irons but i tried some ping g10's and was still shanking with them. Now im bottling it about going for a game incase they are still there... any advice???
Regards Andy
 

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OMG You actually said the whole bloomin word! That is probably why!

Nah dont worry about it, I think shan*ing is actually the 9th wonder of the world(or is it 10 im not sure) It will be gone as quick as it came and you will wonder why you ever even brought it up.

DONT try to fix it, it will just go away.
 

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Thanx Tony. i think thats what i wanted someone to tell me..
I think the most baffling part of it is the way i have been hitting my irons of late is better than ive ever been hitting them?? I set up 2 balls at the range and 1 an inch above the other on and tried to hit the one nearest to me but all i did was hit both of them about 100 yards down the range, it was terrible! Like you say, hopefully they will just go.
Loadsa Thanx mate, Andy
 

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I have a callaway 60*LW and i spent an hour at the range a few months back, hit every club I used really well, thought I would fininsh the last 10(ish) balls doing some exhibition flop shots etc. I shan*ed 3 in a row. Tried to play the rest as normal 60 yard pitch shots and proceded to shank the lot. I was devestated and thought the whole session was a waste of time.

Next time I went the wasnt sight of it, and hasn't been for a while.

Every now and then I will shan* 1 with the LW but the next shot will be perfect.

As I said, do not do anythin to try and fix it, certainly dont try and stand further away.
 

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Aim to hit the ball at 4 o'clock.

There are a ton of reasons for the shanks. Forget all the youtube vids, it is a very individual thing. I hope they go as quickly as they came.
 

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Not sure if my problem is actually shanking, but yesterday suddenly started hitting longer irons (I only go down to a 5!) way off to the right - even off the tee :eek:
Mainly with 5 iron, for some reason 6 okay.
Like CandE thought I had my irons sussed of late. My confidence has taken a dive- any suggestions?

AliB
 

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Depending on what is causing it, try standing uncomfortably close to the ball and see if that helps, then move back to a comfortable stance and see how you go. As above though there are quite a few reasons for the shermans. I have learned not to fear the odd shank, see it as a bad swing and go from there, I have had them as bad as any bloke ever to pick up a club but simply dont fear them now.
 

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I went through a stage of the dreaded sh**ks a few years ago. Started during a week long golfing holiday in Scotland and carried on for weeks and week when I got home.
I found it was because I wasn't accelerating through the ball at impact, I was in fact decelerating. I just couldn't get it right in my head. I could walk up to a chestnut casing or a pine cone on the course and hit it straight as an arrow and accelerate through it, but put a ball in front of me and I almost froze.
It took a long time, and some sessions out on the practice ground before I got over it, luckily they haven't come back...although I can still hit the odd one if I'm on a par 3 with an elevated tee and I think I've got too much club in my hand.
Rob
 

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Forget about it.You know when you park the car in the same spot week in week out perfectly profficently then one day for no reason you cant park it for toffee, well you wouldnt chuck the car or stop driving would you? Its similar to that.

Hang on, are you old enough to have driven enough to experience that? lol
 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of golf.

It will go, no doubt about it.

I have never shanked a full iron, til I bought my ZBs, and since then I have done it twice. But I do know it was me, not the clubs.

I periodically go through it with half wedges, and it is just a phase. Don't worry, it doesn't last.
 

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I played in a medal years ago and on the 11th proceeded to sh#nk 5 in a row OOB. Gave up - my only NR ever to date.

next time out at the same point on the same hole - 2nd shot 135 yards straight in the hole.

They come, they may stay awhile, they go and they come again. Great game Golf!
 

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Played 9 holes this morning. Was 1 under par after 6, irons and fairway woods working like a dream. Up next...two par threes where I thought I could maybe pick up another birdie and I shanked both tee shots.

I sometimes pull them left slightly but I never shank. But then two in a row??? Still ended up 2 over so I was happy with that considering the tee shots!!!!

Anyway as everyone else has said, wierd stuff like this happens in golf. If it didn't we'd all be playing off the same h'cap!
 

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I believe a famous pro once said something about a shank being a fraction from being a perfect shot, or something like that.

"chipsandegg" I'd really recommend going and seeing your golf pro & getting some advice to sort out the Shhh...! There could be at least one of several things going on, none of which I'd want to go into here, as to even discribe them could actually lead to some people atually inadvertantly getting the dreaded curse.

I had the dreaded curse a few months ago & really wouldn't wish it on anyone, the ironic thing is the week before I got it, I'd been hitting the irons the best I'd ever been. It got so bad one day that after the fourth ball shh....ed into the same treelined hidden pond I threw the club 15 yards infront of me, narrowly coming short of diving into a different treelined hidden pond. Before calmly explaing to my playing partner I'd see him at the next tee. It was the first time I've ever come close to completely lossing it on the course, all caused by the dreaded golfers curse.

Don't worry, you'll come out the other side of it.
 
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