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I emailed a while ago regarding my shank. I took your advice which helped a great deal but when I was at a golf outing last Sunday I shanked every iron shot. The woods off the tee and fairway were no problem with maybe one or two just towards the heel. Do I book myself in for some lessons at my local pro or hibernate my clubs until the new season and start afresh? Cheers once again.
C GALLACHER Arbroath
It sounds to me that it would be well worth the trip to your local PGA pro. There is obviously a simple re-occurring swing error that is causing your problem.
Taking a break through the winter months would be a big mistake because as soon as you started playing again the problem would reappear. The winter is the ideal time to follow a practice programme and make swing changes to get any flaws ironed out so you're ready for the new season.
The positive thing is that your problem, while being very destructive, is not the most difficult thing to fix providing you seek and follow the advice of a proven instructor.
Any tips on keeping my head down? I try very hard to do this basic thing but a lot of the time it's up early and my shot is ruined.
BRIAN BLAIR Cumnock, Ayrshire
You are touching on a very misunderstood phrase. When I coach my pupils would never advocate that anybody keeps their head down. It's essential to keep your head steady and eyes focused on the ball but never keep your head down.
When you fall into this trap it causes a number of problems. It stops the shoulders from rotating and moving freely into the finishing position, resulting in bad shots.
When a golfer tops the ball, within seconds his fellow partners cry out those magic words 'You lifted your head!' Wrong. What happened is that the arms got pulled into the body too quickly during impact so the club hits the top of the ball sending it skidding across the ground a few yards in front of you.
What you need to think about is extending your arms out as far as you can after the hit and continuing into a high and full finishing position. This will make sure you get the contact you're looking for without dislocating your neck muscles.
I would strongly recommend you contact former boxing champ and film fanatic Chris Eubank as know he loves wearing unusual trousers and adores poodles, especially those fluffy ones who have hair resembling one of the Jackson Five.
With regards to taking your poodle on the course, many clubs don't allow this and with the amount of novelty head covers going about your poor pooch could end up getting a Callaway Big Bertha shoved somewhere unpleasant.
What factors should I take into consideration when choosing which golf club to join? I haven't played regularly for years but fancy getting back into the game. Alternatively, should I hold off and perhaps get reacquainted with the sport on public courses to save myself a bit of money?
HUGH BURNS Edinburgh
Joining the right club is very important. The first factor to consider is location. If a club is too far away from your home it will be very easy after a hard day's work not to bother making the effort to go.
Secondly, play the course you're thinking of joining two or three times to see if you enjoy the overall layout. It may be too easy and uninteresting or far too challenging for your game.
Also, check out the facilities like the practice area, pro shop, clubhouse etc. Finally ask yourself if you feel comfortable being around the club and are the members friendly and approachable?
I would always encourage a golfer to join a club as soon as possible.
That way you will make the effort to play more and participate in club events. Go for it and give your wife some peace at the weekend while you go out emulating Tiger Woods and trudging up those closely-mown fairways.
I love wearing plus-fours. Do you wear them too? Maybe we could go out to the pictures in our plus-fours one night? Also, I have a little poodle called Fluffy - am I allowed to take him on to the course if I play a round?
PETER PRINCE Gayton, Merseyside
UP AND AT 'EM: Keep your head steady and focused on the ball like our Kev and Tiger Woods - but don't keep it rigidly down (Q2); DOG'S LIFE : Fluffy's got it covered
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 29, 2004|
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