Use a Towel to Stop the Shanks

By Glenn Mcanally

All golfers have shanked the ball before. A shank is when the club hits the ball with the hosel (the area between the club face and shaft.) This sends the ball off at a sharp angle away from the target. The shanks occur more often with the wedges because the swing path is steep and the club moves from outside to inside the ball. These shots have a more open club face to get lots of loft. The problem is this puts the hosel close to the ball. To minimize the shanks, give the following towel drill a try.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Start with a towel on the ground right along the swing path line with the ball about two inches away from the towel.
Step 2
Fold the towel neatly so that you can tell if it has received even the slightest touch from the club.
Step 3
Let the arms hang naturally from the shoulders at address or set up, leaving the golf ball slightly out of reach from the club head.
Step 4
Stick your buttocks back like you would before you sit in a chair. That will bring your club up to the ball and put space between your arms and body.
Step 5
Take a swing and see if you have disturbed the towel. If you have, that tells you that you shanked it because your hips and buttocks pulled in toward the ball.

Tips & Warnings

At the end of your backswing, let gravity initiate the downswing and you will stay in better alignment. As you get better, try moving the towel closer to the ball.
At the end of your backswing, let gravity initiate the downswing and you will stay in better alignment.
As you get better, try moving the towel closer to the ball.
Don't do this on a grass mat.They are not meant for practicing with wedges unless you are hitting your wedges at a teed up ball. Striking irons against a hard grass mat will eventually cause tendonitis. Irons and wedges are meant to strike down and through the grass, which absorbs the shock instead of your arms.

About The Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

Subscribe Today

Get our best training tips, videos, and tee times deals -- straight to your inbox

Tee Times Deals to your inbox
Join our mailing list today!


Rodney R.  just went PRO!

Kristy M.  just went PRO!

Dave G.  Scored 72 at  Belmont Henrico, Virginia

Pablo G.  Scored 100 at  Brookside 1 Pasadena, California

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Selecting The Irons In Your Bag Watch Video>>

Tee Time Deals

Monday, Mar 19 to Saturday, Mar 24

Related Articles

Article Image How to Hit a Golf Ball on a Bad Lie

What could be worse than hitting a perfect drive and you find that it h...

Article Image Golf Tips to Swing Hard

Under most circumstances, golfers are urged to swing the club with some...

Article Image How to Grip a Golf Club

Of all the things you must learn to play better golf, the grip is the m...

Article Image How Can I Get More Distance Out of My Driver?

The driver is the most difficult club to hit since it is the longest. T...

Article Image How to Eliminate a Golf Slice

A persistent golf slice is the mark of an amateur. This occurs when the...

View All Related Articles