The Foolproof Method To Eliminate Shanks From Your Game

So you’ve been killing it on your short game, the drives couldn’t be better and the handicap is dropping nice and low. You couldn’t be happier with your progress except for that dreadful mishap from time to time: yes, the annoying and embarrassing shank.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, every single golfer is bound to face this at some point. After it happens once, you can’t shake off the idea that every next swing will result in another darted mess. So what can you do to bring back your form and make those miscue shots part of the past?

First Of All, What Is A Shank?

In simple terms, a shank happens when you hit the ball with the hosel instead of the clubface. As you look down at your club, the hosel is the small area connecting the clubhead to the shaft. When you strike the ball with the hosel, the ball will violently ricochet to the right for right-handed golfers and the opposite takes place for the lefties.

What Causes A Shank?

The thing about golf is that while we do see the outcome of a shot, we can’t watch our form while we swing. Many golfers incorrectly believe shanks are the result of an open clubface, because in most cases, the ball bolts to the right. The reality is quite the opposite. Most shanks occur when the player swings down with the clubface closing in. This allows for the hosel to hit the ball before the clubface even gets a chance.

How To Eliminate Shanks For Good

There isn't a more effective way to beat shanks other than deliberate practice. So next time you’re in the drive range, consider this simple, yet effective tip:

  • Grab one of your wood’s headcovers and place it right outside your ball. If you want a straighter alignment, use a small piece of wood or a cardboard box.

  • Your goal here is to not hit your barrier, so you will naturally find yourself swinging with the faceclub a bit more open to avoid striking the obstacle in front of you.

  • Every time you hit your headcover, you will know that was a shank waiting to happen.

  • As you become more comfortable with this motion, try it without the barrier. Make sure to visualize the headcover in your mind and keep your focus.

  • Don’t try to just hit a ball for the sake of hitting it. You want maximum attention for every single shot.