This week I'm dedicating this column to anyone that has questions about their golf swing. However, your questions don't have to be about the swing itself, it can be anything from golf etiquette to rules, or even putting and chipping. All you have to do is send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to answer any question you have.
It may be helpful to everyone if I'm able to share your questions in my column in the following weeks. The information might be useful because we may find a pattern or common frustrations other golfers are experiencing. For instance, if I get 5-10 e-mails from people experiencing pulling the ball or hitting fat shots, I'll be able to help all of you in one column. So, don't be shy because there's nothing in this game that everyone hasn't experienced one time or another.
I had this one guy that kept shanking the ball time after time. To the point that he could hardly hit a good shot. I know, no one ever wants to hear the word "shank." It's probably the most dreaded shots in all of golf and yes, it happens to everyone from time to time, even the best players. In this particular case it was a simple solution. He was simply standing too close to the ball at address. If you do shank the ball on a regular basis, check to see if you are too close to the ball. A good indication that you're too close to the ball is that you will feel more weight on the heels of your feet, while in the address position and a sense of crowding your body with your arms. You just can't swing the club properly from this position. Keep in mind, you don't want to be reaching for the ball either. If you're reaching for the ball at address, you will feel more weight on the balls of your feet. Personally, I like to feel that my weight is equal between the balls of my feet and my heels. This will give you sense of good balance and will enable you to shift your weight more efficiently.
So, whatever current frustrations you have, please e-mail me and let's see if we can set you straight. Please keep it to one question per email. I will do my best in answering all emails. It may take me some time to answer them, depending on how many I get, so please be patient.
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Sal Martignetti is an independent golf instructor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (603) 986-3376. His free e-book is available at elusivegolfswing.weebly.com.