The dreaded shank is a shot no one ever wants to experience during a round of golf.
It’s a shot that has assumed many different names over the years, such as the ‘hosel rocket,’ the ‘Davie Crockett,’ and the ‘socket.’
Regardless of what we call it, it’s a shot that is struck off the hosel, resulting in a ball that flies off at right angles to the intended target and leaves your playing partners diving for cover.
We’ve all experienced it.
Everything is going smoothly and out of nowhere - BOOM...Sh-sh-shank!
Some people don’t even like hearing the word because it starts to stir negative thoughts and emotions.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I doing in my swing that is causing this shot”?
If so, this blog post and video below is for you.
Mitchell had a similar question and he emailed to ask:
Hi Sean, every now and again I go through a case of the shanks. I have absolutely no idea what might be causing them, or what I can do to avoid them. Can you please help me out?
The Main Reason You Hit the Shank Golf Shot
There are a few reasons why people shank the ball, but the most common fault I’ve seen is early extension.
Early extension is when your hips thrust excessively towards the ball.
As you initiate the downswing, the pelvis and/or hips move towards the ball during the transition from backswing to downswing.
This results in the entire body moving closer to the ball, which in turn causes you to strike the ball off the hosel.
Think about it - if your body moves closer to the ball and your arms and hands don’t compensate, then this thrust forward will result in the ‘sweet spot’ of your iron moving to the hosel.
What I would like for you to focus on is imagining your tailbone resting against a wall.
As you are initiating your downswing, I want you to focus on keeping your tailbone on this imaginary wall for as long as possible during the swing.
This will help you to reduce - and eventually stop - your pelvis and/or hips from moving towards the ball.
Because ultimately, what's happening is that you are losing posture.
This is a swing fault that affects many golfers.You don't see many of the pros on the PGA Tour loosing their posture, they stay down and through the golf shot.
Early extension causes more issues than just the shank - it will cause a lot of different ball flight issues and shot patterns (check out our topping the golf ball video).
The more that you can stay in your posture, the more better your swing will be.
Watch this video on How to Prevent the Shank Golf Shot
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