Why Do You Shank A Ball?

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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+

10 Responses to “Why Do You Shank A Ball?”

  1. November 24, 2020


    Hi Paul
    I have started to hit occasional drives that are high pop ups off the top of the club just inside the hosel. Sometimes there are plastic marks on the hosel just above the club head. They typically go high left because of the curved slope on the drivers head. It just looks like a shank. I am standing tall at address. What else could cause such a shot? I am not shanking my short irons.

  2. November 25, 2020


    Hi Paul,
    I usually shank my chip shots which can come out of the blue which then sets a trend. I use pitching or lob wedges where the swing is shorter and more of a putting or rocking the shoulders type motion. It seams impossible to stop once it has happened, especially when practicing. Help!!


  3. November 25, 2020


    As a very slightly better player, it’s in a greenside bunker where I can shank. Could it be by having the club face more open in a bunker?
    Excellent reminder of the cause of and the cure for the “unmentionable word.”

  4. November 25, 2020


    Hi, Paul
    Oddly enough, I had a couple of shanks today with my wedges, so this is a timely lesson!
    During the video, you mention turning around-i.e. rotating in the backswing. As a player who developed a habit of having a more see-saw like backswing, I have been working hard to create rotate the shoulders in the backswing. I have done the helicopter drill, and can easily rotate with making a swing in the air. I have even watched your video on the backswing triggers. I know the correct feeling. The problem is, as soon as I put my club back on the ground in address position with my arms outstretched and ready to hit, I cannot get that same feeling of rotating the shoulders. It seems the arms don’t want to give up.

    What do you recommend?


  5. November 25, 2020


    Excellent video, Paul! Thanks! Since I’m so tall, 6’9″, I shank my wedges 2-6 X/ round. I know I need to stand up taller, but it’s so uncomfortable. All my clubs are 2″ longer than standard. Do you think I should put an additional 2″ on my wedges??? Thanks!

  6. October 13, 2021


    Paul I have worked for two weeks on my six,seven, and eight irons that i shank. I am 89 play 4-5 days a week.never have been a good iron man (no distant) I can live with that. I stand taller,weight on laces, turn around . When I hit an iron it does not have a good sound.sounds more like a click. I am very confused have never in my life shanked a ball. Now I have no confidence .i have looked at numerous videos different ideas .i like all your tips you have an excellent voice
    And a nice slow delivery as I am hard of hearing.any tip I would appreciate. I have never been so down on my game.

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    May 30, 2023


    Timely Tip Paul – Shanks always come out of the blue for me, once I hit one, I can’t seem to recompose. Shanks are uber costly to scoring well and you are right, confidence drops to OMG level.

    I will definitely practice everything you mentioned. Will let you know how it goes.

    Sue Tee

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