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Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« on: April 10, 2015, 06:11:48 PM »
So, beginning of every season, it seems I "laterally hoselize" my chips around the green for a few rounds. After that, I'm fine for the rest of the season. Haven't played a round yet, but may start tomorrow. I'm already thinking about my first chip shot. Is there any way to skip this stupid phase of a new season? Thanks.

John

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2015, 08:56:41 PM »
GIR... ;D

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 01:52:21 AM »
John - You are going to think I am kidding. I AM NOT.

Hit it with your eyes closed.
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2015, 09:02:42 AM »
Thanks, Bruce. I'll try that.

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 02:29:56 AM »
john i have the same problem with my hybrids, for whatever reason for the first few round i hit 40 yard pushes (not exaggerating ) or snap hooks, My brother says it looks like im aiming 30 yards left and just push it off the planet. He checked my alignment on other swings and no problem.... this is a stupid game sometimes
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2015, 08:50:55 AM »
I tried the "eyes wide shut" method last weekend. Mixed reviews. Started off like magic, but not as good by the end of the round (like everything else!).

Question is, why does it work? Is it because with your eyes open you can see the sideways shot coming, and seeing it makes it happen?

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2015, 10:03:25 AM »
Putt with your eyes close,  chip with your eyes close......should golf in general just be played with your eyes close?

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2015, 11:48:53 AM »
I was hitting some fat and thin chips/pitch shot early the past two years epecially in wet conditions.  I just heard a tip from Paul McGinley (Golf Channel Academy), to lead with back forarm on take-away.  This keeps the loft more consistent.  This helped me!

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2015, 12:49:18 PM »
Works because you swing your arms in harmony with your body alignment instead of trying to swing the arms independently of your alignment.

Open stance means swing left not dtl. so as you reach away from you to continue down the line with an open set up you shove the heel of the club into the ball.

John - Step 2 after swinging with eyes closed is to hit chips from a closed stance with eyes open. Try to hook them.

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2015, 01:47:28 PM »
Yes, Doctor.  ;)

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2015, 08:30:25 AM »
You lucky devil John, I shanked a full blooded 7 iron the other day and nearly killed the Lady Captain on the adjacent fairway fortunately, she'd recovered well in the 19th but and its a big but, on my bloody tab !!! >:(
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2015, 08:41:23 AM »
Yikes! I might have repaired to the 19th immediately.  :o

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2015, 08:55:55 AM »
Teach yourself what the shot feels like instead of what it looks like. We learned this using puttlab and measuring putts eyes open and eyes closed. If they don't match then you know you are steering the club with your vision when the eyes are open. Turns out the same reasoning works for shanks. If you shank it with your eyes closed we know it is mechanics. If you don't we know it is an attempt to steer the club. The most likely way to to shank is with an open stance, swinging the club away from you. The reason for the trying the closed stance is it creates a tendency is pull the arms in as you try to swing towards the target, reducing the chances for a shank.

Moral to the story is to always swing the club where you body is aligned and never toward the assumed location of the target.
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2015, 09:43:19 AM »
Makes a lot of sense now, Bruce. Thank you, again!  :)

BTW, who won the B1G women's golf championship at your place?   :D

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2015, 02:34:14 PM »
Makes a lot of sense now, Bruce. Thank you, again!  :)

BTW, who won the B1G women's golf championship at your place?   :D

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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2015, 10:04:33 PM »
The dreaded 's' word.  Some of the teaching pros don't even like you using it.

I had this problem on those intermediate chips - you know 30-50 yards not requiring a full shot.  I'm long off the tee and and I remember an article by Bubba saying he has this chipping distance all the time and would just use his 64* wedge and hit it hard and not even look up.  Good tip for some but didn't work consistently for me.

I had a pro look at my shank chip and I was coming up early, not rotating my body and not getting through the stroke.  I was also swinging an arc around my body too much.

My solution still works now and if I miss, it's a chunk from not gripping down enough or 'dipping' my body down into the shot.

So I focus on these things and try not to over-complicate it;

Straight back swing (or less arc at least)
Grip down
Keep body/knees quiet through backswing & contact
Rotate the body through the stroke
stay down straight back swing, grip down rotate body through

The position of my feet varies and gets closer/narrower on short chips but I think this is less relevant than above.
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2015, 11:20:11 PM »
James Sieckmann recommends right hand only practice swings, open stance.
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Re: Can I Skip the Shanked Chips?
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2015, 11:41:28 PM »
I tried Bruce's tip and hit chips with my eyes closed for a couple of rounds. IT WORKED!

Thanks, Pro.  :)

John