Golf shanking can not only be frustrating but also embarrassing when out on the course. I don’t think there is anything worse than shanking a ball on the first tee in front of the club house. The people playing behind you think, oh no….we are in for a long day. It is also embarrassing when you do it out on the course and you only have to walk a few meters to have your next shot, while your playing partners are already on the gree waiting for you. Well this video will really help you improve your golf.

Before I get into this video it is important to note that shanking can come from you standing too close to the ball. First of all take a slight step back from the ball and see if this makes a difference. You don’t want to be too far away from the ball but you should feel that your weight is slightly on top of the balls of your feet.


Now the other main cause of the shank is your takeaway. Often amateur golfers take the ball away and fan the club face open. This can cause the shank. Essentially this means that the club is too far behind you and it cause you to attack the ball from the wrong position. If you have the club going too far behind you in your takeaway it means the club will come from too far in front of you in the down swing. This will cause you to hit the ball off the hozzle.

To fix this problem you need to focus on your takeaway. What many golfers do is focus on taking the club face away rather than the handle. This is because you are told the the club face needs to be square at waist height etc. But if you focus on taking the handle away, the club head will follow and will actually be square at waist height.

When you take the club away, a great point to check is at waist height. Here the club should be parallel to the ground and parallel to the target line. This puts you in a great position to hit the ball cleanly. At this point, you should also check the the club face is square or slightly closed.

Continue to just focus on your takeaway without even playing a shot. You can do this at home or at the range. It doesn’t require any training aids. It jsut works on muscle memory through repetition. This will help eliminate those embarrassing shanks and you will feel more confident out on the course.

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