Monday, April 24, 2006
Anyone who has played golf for any length of time can tell you about the shanks. They are not a pleasnt thing to experience. Unfortunately, my loyal and faithful playing partner, Brian Polarek, is going through an episode of the shanks currently with his iron play.
It is not pleasant to watch but I experiencing the shanks is infinitely worse. As someone who has battled the shanks once or twice in the past, you just have to fight through it Polarek.
You have two options:
1) Take a couple weeks time off and don't think about golf at all. This problem you are having is all mental. I see really no difference at all mechanically in your swing. You probably just need a few weeks to recharge your batteries and hopefully by spending some time away from the game, the shanks will disappear. At least that's the hope.
2) Get a lesson or two. YOu don't need to sign up with Hank Haney or Butch Harmon. Just go to your local range and find someone who has experience teaching golfers. You probably just need someone to give you a few things to work on and swing tip or two to concentrate on for the next time you go out. You'd be amazed how one or two tips can totally change your mental outlook. Of course, I wouldn't know because I haven't had a lesson since I was 8. But I hear they are really beneficial. At the very least, give Golf is a game not Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella a read. This book delves into the mental aspect of the game, and you certainly right now could use some mental help.
Golf is a great game, but it certainly can be the most frustrating activity out there as well. Hang in there Polarek. You'll get through this buddy...