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Tip no. 23 - Curing the Shank
with Pachesham Golf Academy

Probably the most dreaded shot in golf, the shank can cause panic when it strikes and the result is usually more shanks! Step back, breathe slowly and deeply, and work through these simple tips to eliminate it.

Please note: all lessons refer to right-handed golfers

The shank occurs when the ball is hit by the neck of the iron, and flies violently to the right. The shank is caused by:

• Too much tension in the grip;

• Too much weight on the toes in the downswing;

• An excessive out-to-in swing path, often when trying to hit the ball too hard.

To cure the shank:

•  Make sure you hold the club firmly, but not too tight - about 5 on a scale of 1-10.

• Feel the weight in your heels at address and during the swing, but stay balanced.

• Check your aim and alignment at address to make sure you are not standing open. Keep your feet parallel to the target line and swing the club along that line.


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