The Sindelar Shank

CARMEL, Ind. – The 480-yard par-4 14th is the hardest hole at Crooked Stick Golf Club, so Joey Sindelar was thrilled to see his tee shot carry the hazard that lurks between the tee and the fairway.

His second shot finished in high grass just to the right of the green, about 25 feet from the hole.

His third shot finished in high grass just to the left of the green, about 40 feet from the hole. Whoa! What’s this?

“What happened on your third shot, Joey?” he was asked.

“That’s called a shank,” Sindelar answered without delay. “The crowd was nice. The oohs weren’t very loud, and nobody laughed.”

Sindelar explained that the high grass (“It looked like a bowl of spaghetti”) grabbed the clubhead and altered its intended path.

The lie was much better on his fourth shot, and he chipped to within four feet of the hole and sank the putt for a bogey five.

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