Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 636 - November 25th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Shanks

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Tom's Featured Tip: Shanks

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I despise the "shanks" so much that I almost hate writing about the topic.

The most common type of shank, the type that plagued me, was hitting the ball at that spot that marries the heel portion of the face of the club to hosel.

The dreaded "hosel rocket" is quite possibly the worst feeling shot in golf, it's definitely the worst looking.

I had them for a period of time about ten years ago and it almost made me quit the game.

My shank was caused by a swing path that was too much from the inside, and I was presenting the heel of the club to the ball instead of the face of the club to the ball at impact.

More often than not, a shank occurs when a player’s weight gets too far onto the toes, causing a lean forward and a swing path that is too over the top - an outside to inside swing path.

Here are a few keys to keep you from shanking:
  • Have and use a good setup and posture.
  • Keep your grip light and arms tension free
  • Maintain good balance throughout the swing
  • Avoid an excessively out-to-in or in-to-out swing path
Here are a few things to work on if you shank the ball too often:
  • When you start your swing, maintain your good upper body angles to the ground, and flex your toes upward as you begin your swing. That will keep you from leaning forward and beginning an outside to inside swing path.

  • This seems counter-intuitive, but it's what cured me of the shanks. When your clubface is positioned behind the ball at address, position the ball near the heel of the clubface. This makes your brain choose the right downswing path into the ball, at least it did for me. I experimented with center face, near the toe, and near the heel ball placement. Near the heel made the difference.

  • If you have an "over the top" swing path shank, which is the most common, do this at the range to groove a better swing path into the ball. Anchor a pool noodle into the ground with a couple of long tees. in line with your target line. Position your ball just inside the pool noodle, so that if you swing over the top you'll hit the pool noodle. Hit balls until your swing path allows you to hit the ball, and not the pool noodle. This is called "constraint training" and it's perfect for grooving a good swing path. When you play, imagine the pool noodle there and your swing will be fine.
Try these fixes if you suffer from the shanks, you'll like them!


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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