Butch Harmon: Fixing The Shanks

Golf Digest Top-Ranked Teacher explains the reasons—and offers a cure—for the dreaded shank.

Released on 1/28/2014

Transcript

00:03
What is a shank?
00:04
It's pretty simple.
00:06
A shank is when the ball hits the hosel of the club
00:08
and it shoots off to the right.
00:11
Most people think they come in with an open club face
00:14
and they hit it this way.
00:15
That's not what happens.
00:17
The club closes as it comes in,
00:20
the ball hits the hosel of the club here,
00:22
and it shoots off to the right like that,
00:25
not very far and it doesn't feel very good.
00:28
Let me hit one for you.
00:30
Gosh, I hate even trying to hit this,
00:32
but I'm gonna do it just for you
00:33
so you can understand what happens.
00:39
There's the shank.
00:40
Let me explain why this happens.
00:42
This club face comes in closed like this,
00:45
the toe of the club hits in the ground,
00:47
and you get a long, skinny divot like that
00:50
as the club exits.
00:51
The reason it's so hard to get rid of
00:53
is everybody thinks they do it
00:55
with the open club face and they say,
00:58
I'm gonna get that right hand in there this time,
01:00
and it gets worse and worse.
01:02
If you're on a practice tee
01:05
and you're having trouble hitting shanks,
01:07
a simple drill to help you get out of it.
01:09
All you have to do is take your head cover
01:11
off your driver, bring it over here,
01:14
and put it right next to the ball,
01:18
just so the toe of the club
01:19
is almost touching the head cover.
01:21
The first couple shots you hit,
01:23
you're going to see that you come over the top,
01:26
and you hit the head cover with the toe of the club.
01:29
To help you, one other thing.
01:31
Address the club a little bit on the toe,
01:33
make your swing, and have the feeling
01:36
you're hitting the inside of the ball, swinging out.
01:40
If you get the shanks, remember,
01:43
most of the time you do it with a closed club face.
01:46
Use the head cover drill,
01:48
you won't shank again.
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