More often than not, a shank occurs when a player’s weight gets too far onto the toes, causing a lean forward. Instead of the center of the clubface striking the ball—as you intended at address—the hosel makes contact with your Titleist, and—cover your ears and guard your soul—a shank occurs.
Why am I suddenly shanking the golf ball?
What causes the shank to happen? The shank happens because the clubface is closed and the toe of the club hits into the ground producing a long, skinny divot. What’s worse is that once a golfer thinks it’s caused by an open face, most players will try to close the club even more resulting in more shanks!
Why am I shanking my irons all of a sudden?
You will often shank a golf shot because your hands are farther away from your body at impact than they were at address. Check how far away from the ball you stand. If you are standing too close, the swing angle will be disrupted, you will lift the club on the downswing and possibly hit a shank.
Why can’t I stop shanking the ball?
Make sure that you have little tension in your arms and hands because that is the number one cause of shanking. Excessive tightness makes it impossible to release the club properly, and the hosel leads right into the ball. A good drill is to force the bottom hand over the top hand while going through the hitting area.
Can a weak grip cause shanks?
It’s in a weak position, meaning there isn’t much room left for the hand to rotate through impact. It’s already almost facing the target. The weakness inherent in this grip can cause the clubface to remain open at impact, again leading to the dreaded shank.
Can standing too close to the ball cause a shank?
Standing too close to a golf ball can cause a shank. This is one of the most common hits experienced by a player who stands too close to the ball. A shank is one of the worst hits possible because there is just no way to know where the ball will end up after the hit.
How do you treat shanks with wedges?
To fix it, try this simple drill: Place a towel across your chest under both arms. Using a wedge, make half swings focusing on using your chest to swing the club. The towel should stay under your arms from start to finish. When you get comfortable hitting the ground in the same spot over and over, try it with a ball.
What is the difference between a slice and a shank?
A golf slice is a specific left-to-right velocity shape for a golf ball created by a significant tilt or misalignment of the spin-axis of the golf ball to the right Also known as a clockwise spin (for right handed golfers). A golf shank is where a golfer accidentally miss-hits the ball with the club face.