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Question

I’m a 5-handicap and have a MAJOR problem with the shanks. It seems like I move forward on toes at impact. Do you have any drills to help?

Ken W
November 07, 2015

Bobby’s Answer

The SHHH….SHHHH…the SHANKS!  That dreaded word that most golfers are too afraid to let roll off their tongues, but its a shot that plagues nearly everyone.

But for something that affects over 90% of golfers, people fail to understand it. So what is a shank and what causes it?

A shank is caused when the ball is struck on the hosel of the iron and then hits the club face. Hitting the hosel generates spin on the ball which causes that nasty shank & results in a high score.

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So here are three things you can do to stop hitting those ugly shots:

  1. Stand farther away from the ball.
  2. Check your balance!
  3. Make sure your arms aren’t separated from your body.

To practice hitting the sweet spot I have a great drill for you in the video below.

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Comments

    1. In GENERAL. It’s because you have tight ARMS ,the muscles contract in the downswing and the width of the swing is reduced ,leading to the ” toed” contacts .

  1. find myself consciously hitting @ golf ball like a stroke in baseball, golf is played on uneven lies , for example a severe down-hill lie say @ cherry hills in Denver , how deep should I try to take a divot?

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    Kurt Bischofberger

    Hello Bobby,
    Kurt here! Don’t forget to mention (next time you’re addressing the -dreaded- shank): let the hands move over the shoes not the ball (Homer Kelley said this differentiates the hacker from the player, remember?). Best wishes for a happy and safe 2016! Kurt
    PS: If you’re ever in Columbia, SC, let me know, I’d love to cook you a authentic Swiss meal at my home.

    1. Kurt, how nice to hear the “voice” of a fellow Swiss living nearby. My mom was Swiss and I spent many of my childhood summers in Grisons, our home canton.

      Your surname rings a bell – it’s the name of an art gallery that used to be or is still located in the center of Zurich. My first cousin worked there for a number of years and my father’s college roommate, Sol Lewitt, had his art displayed there as well for some time many years ago.

      I am just up the road from you in Charlotte, NC and it appears we both love the game of golf. Drop me a line if you would like to chat.

      – Dean

    1. Keep loose and fully relaxed ,your ARMS Will stretch out both in the backswing and in the throughswing .in the backswing ,feel Like your pulling a wet mop a long a straight Line backwards.

  3. Shanks are 90 percent in your head. Your eyes see the ball shoot to the right and your brain thinks it’s hitting off the toe of the club. You then subconsciously make a incorrect adjustment. If you can learn to intentionally hit the ball off the toe of the club the shanks will be a thing of the past.

  4. Help!!! My drive off the tee is slicing at the apex of the flight. It starts out great and at the apex it makes a right turn. It happens about 50% of the time. Other times it is straight. My question is, how do I correct my swing?

  5. I agree with Tom, above. The sound volume of the video/email I received from you today is WAY to low. I watch lots of videos and your video is the ONLY video on which I have to increase the volume (up to 50% on Windows 10 desktop PC). On the vid itself, it is set to max volume.

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