Editor’s Note: DogLegNews welcomes accomplished instructor C.D. Gaughan to our team. C.D. will be bringing tips to The Lesson Tee to help improve your game or as you’ll see in today’s first installment, how to rid yourself of that shot no one even wants to mention.
Just the word alone makes all golfers cringe.
It is the most destructive, most feared, hated and the one word no one wants in their shot vocabulary.
The shank is simply dreaded. Pure fact.
A shank can destroy your entire day, whether it’s on the golf course or the practice range.
The way to cure the common shank is to realize what causes it. There are a number of reasons for a shank. I’m going to address the most common ones.
A shank occurs when the club returns to the ball with an exaggerated inside-to-out path.
The club winds up further from you at impact than it was at address.
You end up on your toes at impact and end up hitting the ball with the hosel of the club.
Practice on the range with a ball under each of your feet. Position the golf ball under your feet so that your toes are off the ground and your weight distribution is more toward your heels.
This drill will keep you back through the hitting area and help you get rid of this mind-altering shot.
Until next time.