Why You Shank It

By | on April 27, 2016 | 8 Comments | FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites (see below)


lock

Sorry, this content is for members only.

Click here to get access.

 

Already a member? Login below

Email
Password
 
Remember me (for 2 weeks)

Forgot Password





Tags:

Author Description

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

8 Responses to “Why You Shank It”

  1. April 27, 2016

    RYDGJR

    Wow Paul . . . You must have psychic powers. I went to the site this morning to search out the shanking fixes and this brand new daily tip was already right in front of me. I hadn’t had much of an issue with this awful shot for some time, but it showed up three times yesterday while playing. Two were back to back which is quite embarrassing. Two were with a UW anr the other with a SW. My fear of when another woud show up was with me after the very first one. (I had shanked a few SW pitch and longer chip shots in my practice session the day before, so the seed was planted then I guess. Your tip makes a whole lot of sense & I think I was doing exactly what you described. Wish I could have figured it out myself while playing, but my brain was pretty much scrambled after shank #2 and I was glad to be finished when the round was over. I did receive a couple of well meaning tips yesterday, but I don’t get caught up in that anymore
    Thanks again . . . I will get it fixed now that I have the info I needed.

  2. April 27, 2016

    KenPerez

    Well, I totally agree with the concept, i.e., weight to far forward in set up can result in shank but that is not the only way to achieve same. How do I know this you ask? I can safely say that I, as our local “shankapotomus”, have Paul Wilson beat at this shot. Specifically, a shank can also be achieved by overrotation from the top i.e., over the top AND too strong a right hand grip. JUst wanted to point this out because this awful, uglyist shot in golf can be achieved a number of ways and one fix is not all inclusive.

    Later, Ken

    • April 28, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      Ken,

      Right, but as you did this uncoil with your shoulders I bet the weight was on your toes. I say this because you would have been way over the top which would have you on your toes it the downswing. You have been a follower for quite some time. I truly hope you have not been doing this type of swing recently.

  3. April 28, 2016

    KenPerez

    Paul, old crap creeps into my swing all the time depending upon the situation. It is difficult, no, I would say almost impossible to prevent it from happening for me and I’ll bet just about everybody else who has played for years previously. I recall your comment in the video with the long ball hitter, you were “all over the place” when playing a round with him. So if it can happen to you, a professional who does this for a living, it can happen to us hackers as well. That said, I’m beating balls all the time trying to achieve the correct positions every day!

    • April 29, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      Ken,

      Are you doing nightly practice swing working on positions? The whole idea is for you to build a great swing. If you legs are always touching they would be doing the same thing. Club parallel to ears. Same thing. Coil. same thing. Hinge wrists. Same thing. Those are the 4 things you need to master. If you are doing the same thing you would get the same result. So no matter if there is a ball there or not you should be thinking of this ending point. All you do is practice swings at home every night. Over and over until you have them mastered. At the range you are doing 3 practice swings (hitting the positions) then hitting 1 ball. Make the positions more important than the ball and you will get it.

  4. Hey Paul,

    Well put me down for one of the rare few that for the first time in a long time I hit a couple of severe hosel rockets when I played with my dad last week .. and i mean directly left at about a 75 degree angle worm burner about 20 yards…

    on more than one tee “with my DRIVER ” once on a par five with a nice big open fairway in front of me … lol .. used my 3 wood and moved the ball forward about 220 yd…

    check list
    > upright stance see club and ball clearly and not toes
    > left shoulder rotating more parallel into coil

    .. anything to add?

    cheers,

    IronBrian

You must be logged in to post a comment.