If you’re like me, there is nothing more frustrating when you are on the golf course and the dreaded shank happens out of no where! It’s embarrassing and can be dangerous for your playing competitors, that’s for sure.
What if I told you that I have a simple 3 step corrective process that will help you get rid of the shanks FOREVER? Well, you are in luck! In this video, I’ll outline a bulletproof plan that will help you identify what the main cause of your shank is, and more importantly, I’ll show you how to overcome it for good.
Step 1 – Identify what kind of shank you have
In order to start the corrective process, you must understand what kind of shank you have. Getting stuck in the downswing, or coming too far from the inside is the most common shank we see as instructors. However, you can also have a shank that is derived from a more over the top swing path. To help you determine your path, it is best to use a golf swing analyzer. We have a great tool for premium members on the website that will allow you to do self analysis for this process.
Use an elbow plane line to determine your swing plane, as well as the tush line and right knee line as demonstrated in the video.
Step 2 – Fixing your golf release
The release is the most important part of the golf swing. It is where the big payoff is and can determine not only how straight you will hit the golf ball but will also determine if you are getting the most bang for your buck in the speed department.
To fix your release in the golf swing, it is best to eliminate a lot of distractions and focus your attention of the lead wrist. Here are some quick checkpoints…
- Stand with your stance a bit narrow and position most of your weight on your lead side.
- Grip the club in you lead hand only and make sure that you are completely relaxed.
- Swing your lead arm out past your trail thigh and stop at hip high (9:00).
- Check to make sure your club shaft is parallel to the ground and make sure your glove logo is facing directly in front of you.
- Allow the arm to swing underneath the shoulder and rotate the wrist until you reach 3:00.
- Check that the glove logo is now facing directly behind you and the club shaft is parallel to the ground.
- Make sure you are relaxed and not pulling the arm to quickly and do not push on the shaft with your thumb.
- Keep the pace nice and smooth and do several hundred reps of this.
Step 3 – Fixing your path
Now that you have worked on training your release, it is time to correct your path and put it all back together. Use the drills in the video to help develop a perfect path and make sure that you are not taking big swings at first. You need to start slow and work your way up to full swings.
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If you are coming too far from the inside, check out this drill that will get you on top of your shot and compressing the ball just like you want every single time.
Good luck on your game and get to work on never hitting the hosel rocket ever again.