Golf: Correct stance fixes the shank

Golf: Correct stance fixes the shank

For a golf instructor teaching the skills comes easy.

But what is difficult is knowing what the student golfer is thinking.

Golf guru Garry Doolan could not figure out what Melvin Singh was thinking every time he shanked the ball at the Champions Golf driving range last Friday.

The New Paper's deputy editor described his predicament as a mental block.

"When I hit the ball, it's more about me not wanting to miss or catch it thin, than wanting to hit it," Melvin (left) said.

As a result, Melvin, who picked up the sport seven years ago, stood far too close to the ball and tucked his left arm behind the body on the follow through.

"He has no extension on his swing," Doolan said.

"A golfer has to feel his arms going wide, away from his body. This is also why Melvin sometimes hits the ball left."

In his third session with instructor Doolan, a former Australian PGA professional, Melvin seemed to have forgotten the previous lessons.

Old habits began to reappear and his swing got further complicated when Doolan noticed how he tilted his head just before striking the ball.

The tilt was because Melvin needed his "sharper" left eye to take aim at the ball.

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