Top 10 Shanks by PGA Tour Professionals Caught on Camera

We thought it might bring a little humor to your day if we compiled a list of “mishits” to bring a smile to your face. Now, these shots tend to happen more to me and you than to tour professionals, but then again we are all human.  I’m not going to say “that word” for what you’ll see in these clips because the mere thought of “that word” makes the hair on my arms stand up. Pay heed, watching these may cause you to cringe and have horrific nightmares. The golf gods are always watching…….

10. Peter Hanson, 2012 Masters – “I’ve never seen that”

9. Justin Rose, 2012 Zurich Classic – “Was that a shank?!”

8. Webb Simpson, 2012 BMW Championship – “And that did take off at 45 degrees”

7. Heath Slocum, 2011 Honda Classic – “We talked about the S word”

6. Scott Brown, 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions – “Whoa, that is a cold shank”

5. Peter Hanson, 2012 PGA Championship – “Whoa”

4. Steve Stricker, 2013 US Open – “That was a dead shank”

3. Henrik Stenson, 2014 Cadillac Championship – “He’s hit it right out of the pipe”

2. Hunter Mahan, 2012 WGC Accenture Match Play – “What, Wow, Hello”

1.  Hunter Haas, 2013 Valero Texas Open – ” That’s one that we want to erase from the memory banks”

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10 Things to Know About Custom Club Fittings

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The technology to understand how your golf equipment affects your golf swing has never been better. It makes little sense to use an instrument ill-fit to your stroke motion. This leads to compensation and, most likely, failure.

Custom fitting can set your mind at ease. A qualified club fitter is most certainly near where you play. They can give you information about how your swing motion affects ball flight which, in turn, can lead to customized equipment needs. In many instances, these PGA professionals charge for their expertise, and it’s worth the investment.

The custom fitting process can be a game-altering experience, regardless of your current ability. When you do decide to go through the custom fitting process, make sure you understand these 10 things.

1. Do “Your” Homework

  • Have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand what you want to improve and what you feel comfortable doing.
  • Set up an appointment to screen your fitter. You should know who you might be spending a couple of hours with to establish rapport.

2. Keep an Open Mind

  • You may have pre-determined how the session may go. Don’t overreact when the fitter suggests something contrary to what you came for. They may be just trying to fill in the blanks.
  • The fitter may surprise you with something you never thought of that works better than you might have imagined.

3. Have Realistic Expectations

  • Most golfers go into a fitting thinking they are going to stripe it, every swing. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself that you can’t perform.
  • It’s important for the fitter to see you hit shots that you might see on the course. In this case, ‘normal’ is better, if not best (see #5).

4. Now is the Time

  • Getting fit is crucial for all established players. Even if your game is on track, fitting can only enhance your game.
  • New golfers can get fit anytime. The amount of fitting needed may be small compared to better players.

5. Play Your Normal Game

  • Do not hit shots that you would not normally hit on the course.
  • Do not try to kill every drive or hit the flop shot because it’s cool.

6. Know Your Current Equipment

  • What’s in your golf bag? Do you really know what types of clubs you have picked up over the years??
  • Figure out what clubs work best for you and which ones do not. You might think your 8 iron works great but your 5 iron stinks. The fitter needs that information.

7. Go for a Fitting, Not a Lesson

  • One thing that throws off every fitter is the golfer who keeps grinding away at trying to show them their best swing.
  • No question the club is moving because of you, the golfer. Be sure to ask fitting questions and not swing questions. Set up a separate time for a lesson after the fitting.

8. Choose an Experienced Fitter

  • Check out manufacturers’ websites for certified fitters in your area.
  • Make sure the fitter has the most current tools, carts, and technology available.

9. Adjustment Period

  • When you get your new clubs, there may be a period of time to adjust. This is normal.
  • It may take anywhere from 4-6 rounds to 4-6 weeks for you to get comfortable. Some golfers will see an immediate improvement.

10. Know Your Specs

  • When you get your fitting specifications, have your fitter email them or write them down for you.
  • It is unlikely that you will change much from being +1/2” and two degrees up any time soon.
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TaylorMade’s Limited Edition SLDR White Driver: Bringing Back the White Crown

sldr-white-crown-soleThe number one driver on tour, the TaylorMade SLDR, is now available in a white finish. This limited edition driver features the same modern clubhead shape as the SLDR except it has a different color scheme; a white finish on the crown with a black button-back graphic for easy clubface alignment. Brian Bazzel, the senior director of metalwood product creation, gives a simple explanation as to why TaylorMade felt the need to release a white headed driver:

“The white crown with black button-back delivers a remarkable appearance at address. Many golfers fell in love with white when it came out in 2011, and now we are delivering a limited edition white SLDR with low and forward CG for more distance when you loft up.”

sldr-white-technologyThe SLDR features a low and forward center of gravity promoting higher launch angles with low spin rates. These two combinations create a lethal, long distance producing driver. The 20 gram sliding weight positioned towards the face of the club helps with the low center of gravity but brings additional support as well. The moveable weight is simple and easy to use; sliding back and forth and snapping into place with a twist of the tool. The different positions will create up to 30 yards of shot shape adjustability. The limited edition driver also comes equipped with TaylorMade’s loft sleeve, allowing you to increase or reduce loft up to 1.5 degrees with 12 different positions to fine tune and find optimal trajectory.

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The Limited Edition SLDR White driver is available in 9.5, 10.5, 12, and 14 degrees of loft. The shaft on the driver is the Fujikura Speeder shaft with a length of 45.5 inches which will deliver consistency and promote faster ball speeds.

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