How to prevent shanks

2013 08 Shank

Scott Clark cures the shot we all love to hate



The infamous shank! Seeing a golf ball shooting off sideways rather than towards your target because you have contacted the ball with the part of the clubhead that supports the shaft rather than the middle of the clubface causes embarrassment, confusion and a loss of confidence in your golf game. The key to eradicating this potentially damaging shot from your game is by maintaining the balance and space you establish at set-up throughout the movement of your swing.

Block your path

Placing a headcover next to your golf ball just outside your swing path and not hitting it during your swing encourages an accurate strike on the clubface by suppressing and highlighting any excessive movement you may have of the golf club or your weight moving forward towards the golf ball.

• Perfect posture

You must maintain your centre of balance throughout the swing as the club rotates around you. Set-up is key to achieving this. Naturally balanced, your weight needs to be on the balls of your feet and your upper body’s tilt should encourage your hands to hang naturally down from the shoulders in a position of space away from the legs.

• Stay centred

Having your weight too much on your heels produces an upright posture that brings your hands too close to your legs. This unbalanced position will lead to either excessive stabilising body movements during the swing and/or pushing your hands outwards towards the golf ball in an attempt to create space through the impact zone.

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