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THE GOLF SHANK: What is it and SIX top reasons why a golfer might succumb to the dreaded shank


A golf shank is a shot in golf where the ball is hit off the hosel of the club instead of the clubface.


The hosel is the part of the club where the shaft and the clubhead meet. When a golfer hits a shank, the ball often flies erratically off to the right (for a right-handed golfer) or to the left (for a left-handed golfer) in a low, sharp trajectory.

It is generally considered one of the most frustrating and embarrassing shots in golf, as it can result in a significant loss of distance and accuracy.


A golf shank can be caused by a variety of factors, including:


  1. Poor setup: A golfer's setup can have a significant impact on their swing. If a golfer stands too close to the ball or has the ball too far forward in their stance, it can cause them to hit the ball off the hosel of the club.

  2. Swing path: If a golfer's swing path is too steep or too outside-in, it can cause the clubhead to move away from the ball, resulting in a shank.

  3. Grip: If a golfer's grip is too strong or too weak, it can cause the clubface to be misaligned at impact, resulting in a shank.

  4. Lack of focus: If a golfer loses focus during their swing or becomes distracted, it can cause them to make an incorrect movement and hit a shank.

  5. Nerves: When a golfer becomes nervous or anxious, they may become tense and alter their swing, resulting in a shank.

  6. Improper equipment: If a golfer's clubs are not properly fitted or are damaged, it can cause them to hit a shank.

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