Editor's note: Each week, Megan Padua, a teaching professional at Maidstone Club (East Hampton, N.Y.) and Belfair Plantation (Bluffton, S.C.), and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers, offers tips and advice for women golfers.
By Megan Padua
In my last post, I helped you overcome shanks if your swing path is too out-to-in. Now, I'll help you avoid shanks if you swing the club so in-to-out that the hosel makes contact with the ball.
Here's a drill for you to try: Buy a two-by-four from a hardware store. Place the board a couple of inches outside of your golf ball (as shown, below). Set up to your golf ball and hit the shot without making contact with the board. If you hit the board, you'll instantly know your swing path was too far out-to-in.
The placement of the board will provide a reason for you to release down the line. After a couple of clanks, you'll start making solid contact!