Don't Let a Shank Ruin your Game
What is a Shank?
The most dreaded shot in golf is the infamous shank. But what is it? Basically, it is when the golf ball is hit with the hosel of the club. For the right-handed player, the ball flies off sharply to the right and for the left-handed player, the ball flies off sharply to the left.
Shanks can come from nowhere, on the driving range or on the course. Once it gets into your head, it is hard to get rid of and it robs you of your confidence to hit good, quality shots. Watch the video below and see that it happens to the best players too.
Getting Rid of Shanks
If you've reached this page then you are shanking your ball. It happens to beginners and to the best players and worst, it comes out of nowhere and stays with you, haunting you on every shot. If you want to fix it, take a look at this video. It explains what a shank is and how to get rid of it.
In the Studio...
If you like watching the Golf Fix then let Michael Breed fix your golf shank. In this video, Michael talks about how to distribute your weight when you address the ball. He suggests that if you let the weight shift in to the balls of your feet then you are going to hit a shank. I like this video because it also suggests what the end of the club should point to. It looks like it should point to your belt buckle.
Latest Shank: Lynx Ridge Golf Club
If you're ever in Calgary, AB, be sure to stop by Lynx Ridge Golf Club and say 'hello' to Nathan at the pro shop.
Last Monday, I was fortunate enough to play alone with just my wife. The group ahead of us were really slow and there was a single with his mother riding with him behind us. On days like this, I would rather be doing something else because with a slow group in front of you, it just makes for a longer round and it throws you off because of the pace.
On hole # 9, there was a maintenance guy sitting just off the cart path. From the blue tees, I really had a problem driving the ball. Whenever there is any doubt in my mind, my tee shot goes errant. I'm always thinking of the worst, hitting a line drive towards this guy. Surely, my tee shot wimps out to the right.
My third shot to the green was with a sand wedge from 82 yards. When I delivered the clubface to the ball, I shanked it right. My ball ended up in the bunker. It was a horrible feeling when you hit a shank.