The Drills to Fix Shanks
When players start hitting shanks, they try to stand further away from the ball to avoid hitting it off the neck.
This may seem to fix your problem, but it doesn't.
Players hitting shanks are moving closer to the ball on the downswing. If they put the ball too far away from their body, they are going to have to move closer to the ball. This will make things even worse.
But if you put the ball closer to your body at address, it won't solve the problem either.
The cause for shanks is outside in swing or coming over the top. So you need to fix your swing path if you want to fix your shanks.
To fix your swing path, I want you to swing inside out for practice.
Here is the drill that let you do that. Before you work on this drill, see The Cause and Cure for the Shank first.
1) Set up to the ball using your 7-iron
2) Swing back and try to hit it on the toe of the clubface
Don't try to hit it on the sweet spot. Instead, try to catch the ball more toward the toe of the clubface.
If you are confident, try to set the heel of the clubface to the ball at address. And try to hit it more toward the toe of the clubface.
To hit it on the toe of the clubface, you need to swing inside in.
Check Your Right Shoulder at Address
Most players hitting shanks have their right shoulders high at address. Their shoulders are level with the ground at address.
This will cause the reverse pivot which will force you to come over the top on the downswing.
So make sure your right shoulder is lower than your left at address. Lower your right shoulder first and then grip the club.
This will help cure your shanks.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker