How to Stop Shanking the Golf Ball


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Shanking the golf ball is a common and frustrating problem. This presentation gives you some easy tips to help you stop shanking the ball.

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How to Stop Shanking the Golf Ball

  1. 1. How to Stop Shanking the Golf Ball
  2. 2. The desire to stop shanking the golf ball, especially during competitive games, is the greatest wish of most golfers today. Really, it can be very frustrating especially in situations where a golfer is unlucky to have consecutive shanks in a particular game. It is common knowledge that shanking occurs when you hit the ball with the recess near the hosel rather than with the face of your golf club.
  3. 3. In order to stop shanking the ball, you have to understand what causes shanked shots and work towards avoiding them while delivering your swing. Below, we have listed and explained tips that can help you to stop shanking the golf ball.
  4. 4. Relax and Refocus Your Mindset
  5. 5. It has been noted that most of the reasons why numerous golfers cannot stop shanking the ball are psychological. This can account for the fact that there is a much higher probability that the next shot will be shanked if the previous one went that way. To stop shanking the ball, you have to keep a positive mindset, and focus on the ball and not what happens to it. Above all, you have to aim towards making a proper shot instead of trying to play safe. Guess what? Most shanks results when golfers try to take “safe shots.”
  6. 6. Do Not Stand Too Close to the Ball
  7. 7. One big reason most golfers cannot stop shanking the ball is because they stand too close to it while delivering their swing. If you are standing too close to the ball, you will find yourself trying to adjust during the swing in order to be comfortable and to hit the ball properly.
  8. 8. While trying to do this, a shank would most likely occur. The best way to avoid this is to master the exact distance which you should stand during your different golf shots. You should take a mental note of these different distances. Standing at the proper point will help you to stop shanking the ball.
  9. 9. Keep Your Weight on Your Heels
  10. 10. If you really want to stop shanking the ball, you have to keep your weight on your heels rather than on your toes during the swing of the club. If you transfer your weight to your toes, your body tends to move forward and your body balance will be poor. Finally, you will find yourself hitting further away from the ball, and this has to be avoided.
  11. 11. Prevent Your Arms From Moving Away
  12. 12. Another very important thing you’ll want to do if you want to stop shanking the ball is to prevent your arms from moving away from your body. While delivering your swing, you have to ensure that your arms do not move away from your body. If this happens, you could further move the club face away from the ball, resulting in a shank. Rather, your shoulders should deliver power to the swing in a straight manner.
  13. 13. From these tips above, it can be seen that proper delivery of the swing and body balance are very important in order to stop shanking the ball. Thus, practice has to be concentrated on these areas.
  14. 14. You can easily eliminate shanks from your game and never have to worry about shanking the ball again. To find out more, just go to There, you'll find tips, techniques, strategies, and exercises that will help you shave strokes off your score and play the best golf of your life.
  15. 15. You’ll find our latest free report, Instantly Solve Your Golf Frustrations , which deals with the problem of shanking the ball and gives two easy exercises to make sure you never shank it again.