What The Heck HappenedMay 24, 2016

How To Cure The Shanks (There, We Said It)

The fix for golf's worst shot
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Timmy from Virginia sent us an email we knew would come sooner or later, but that we were dreading nonetheless. Timmy went out and played twice this weekend, both times he had the shanks.

We know, we know. You don't even want to talk about it for fear bringing the subject up will cause you to catch the shanks. But like it or not, you might find yourself in a situation where you're going to want to deal. Though awful, the plague of the shanks is curable.

First thing you have to do is take a break from the course. You need some alone time to sort this out on the range.

Start by checking in on a few basics. Make sure you’re standing tall with your chest up during the swing, don’t hold the club too tightly, and make sure your weight isn’t sneaking up towards your toes. David Leadbetter told us that not tending to all of these little things could be causing your shank.

He also gave us a drill that will cure your shanking woes.

Set up like you’re going to hit it, and then put a tee in the ground just outside the toe of the club. While you’re swinging, think about keeping the grip end of the club near your body. “Miss the tee at impact, and you’ll hit the ball in the center of the face,” says Leadbetter.


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