They're Back :(

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By Darius V

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  1. Darius V

    Darius V
    Barrie, ON

    I am not sure why, but the hosel rockets are back, and this time with a vengeance. So far I have tried a number of things to try and eliminate the issue, but they are getting worse. The sad thing is that the guys I play with watch the swing and see absolutely no reason for it. It seems no matter how hard I try, the ball insists on getting hit on the inside edge of the club and too often it gets to close and shoots off the hosel. I may be the first person who has to replace a sand wedge due to wearing out the hosel ! I know it came upon me over night so I am hoping it disappears just as quickly. I have tried moving my tees and repair tool to the other pocket, and have even tried turning my hat to the side. The only thing that does is leave the hat facing in the direction of the ball :) Looks like I need to hit the range this weekend and see if I can work it out again. If anyone has a sure fire method to get rid of this disease, I would greatly appreciate the help.

  2. Stephen F

    Stephen F
    Belleville Ontario, ON

    Darius - I am not a fan of the lateral power fade either but I may be able to help. If you remember from the movie Tin Cup - where his caddy gets him to do a bunch of weird stuff on the range - then tells him it all in his head. I say hit the range and just swing freely. Your HR's will be gone in no time....
  3. Dino J

    Dino J
    Burnaby, BC

    Hi Darius - so sorry to hear that they have returned. I read your story last week about your encounter with them and I felt very bad for you because they can be traumatic and at times difficult to deal with.

    So, after having read your experience with them, I found myself at the range and as I was just finishing my warm up routine, when lo and behold it happened to me. I tried a couple of more swings and the same thing happened.

    So here is what I did regarding them ... I remembered a couple of instructional videos or tips that Ken Venturi shared about the shanks. He spoke about it being caused primarily by a steep inside to outside swing path on the downswing.

    So the drill that I went through was to slowly and consciously practice my takeaway - one piece, slowly and fully back on a straight line before making my shoulder/hip turn. After a few minutes of this, I hit some full shots at about 60% speed to mentally make sure that I was making the downswing properly and not too steep (as can happen with our irons).

    After about 5 - 10 shots like this, I then proceeded to hit the shots at full speed. Voilà ... I did not hit another one like that since (I type this on a wooden desk with one hand touching it!). Of course, this assumes that your setup is still fundamentally sound (club face at setup, ball position relative to stance, etc.) and I assume that you will be able to keep tabs on that.

    I wouldn't wish these on anyone - they are dreadful and sap one's confidence in a heartbeat! I hope that this is helpful Darius ... as golfers we are all in this together! :-)

  4. Joseph M

    Joseph M
    Saint John, New Brunswick

    Address the ball slightly inside the toe, swing freely and experiment from there- gradually you will find the center of the clubface
  5. I’m not good enough to give advice...but having seen you play, I know you’ll figure this out.
  6. Darius V

    Darius V
    Barrie, ON

    Thanks for all the kind advice and words of encouragement...
    I actually got some great advice the other day. Given my problem is with those shots that start around 70 yds and in, my friend noted I should simply take my putter and whack the ball backwards to the 90 yd mark leaving me a full shot into the green. Sounds kind of silly, but it is only one stroke which I may even save with a great shot in and a one putt. A lot better than whacking one into the woods or a hazard and losing possibly 4 or 5 shots on the hole :)
    On a side note, I did shoot a 73 the other day, but that was mainly because I avoided the bunkers and always laid up behind the 100 yd marker. I even played a par five by hitting a 3 wood followed by a nine iron to leave me 130 yard wedge shot into the green. Turned into a birdie !!!! The day before I hit my second shot to 60 yds and took an 8 !!! SO - the lesson for me is to lay up and play to my strengths until this goes away.

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