Causes for the Shank [Infographic]

causes of shank

Definition: when the ball is contacted on the “clubface-side” of the hosel, causing the ball to veer wildly to the right (for right-handed players).

If a golfer knows how to shank a golf ball on purpose, he/she can then correct the flaw by doing just the opposite.

The basic cause of the shank is that the clubhead moves further away from the golfer at impact (or takes a path further away from the golfer) than is established at setup.

Causes for this include:

  • Spine angle change through impact,
  • Weight goes to the toes through impact,
  • Tension causes the club to move “outside” the desired path through impact,
  • Excessive knee flex through impact, etc.

Rather than focusing on what is causing the shank, practice hitting the ball on the toe of the club – just the opposite of hitting it in the heel.

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