I saw a cool little article the other day by Rick Lipsey over at Golf.com and they were asking for the best shank stores…so I thought it couldn’t hurt to borrow their idea and ask for you to post your absolute best shank story.
I really hate even bringing up the dreaded “S” word, but maybe talking about it will help some of us overcome the disease. I’d love to hear your shank stories . Where have you shanked? With what club? Do you constantly worry about banging one off the hosel? Have you been able to shank-proof your swing or find a shank-proof club? Have you hit somebody, broken something, sought the help of a pro?
My worst case of the shanks came when I was playing a practice round before the annual City Tournament several years ago. About halfway through the round, the day before the tournament was to start, I banged one off the hosel, and proceeded to shank every single wedge shot for the rest of that day. I immediately went to the practice tee after that round and hit about 200 balls trying to get it figured out.
I stepped on the first tee of that tournament scared out of my mind. I had no idea if it was just nerves or what the hell was going on, but I knew the shanks we’re not gone. I played that round and only hit one mild shank, but it took me months after that to get my confidence back with any wedge in my bag. I never want to go through that mess again.
Even the pro’s manage to throw in a shank now and then. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but man are they embarrassing. So are you a shanker?