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.

Instructions

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.

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