How to Avoid Shanking the Golf Ball

Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by Cameron Kaplan | No Comments

Golf Advice from Shane LeBaron

If you’re a golfer who shanks the golf ball, one of the worst golf shots we can have, we need to fix it and we need to fix it now.

If you shank the golf ball, the reason this happens is because the golf club is stuck too far behind your body on the down swing, swinging too far to right field with a wildly open club face, exposing the hosel of the golf club.

Now, when I say right field, you can see I’ve got first, second and third base (there are three balls placed on the ground in front of Shane). When you’re shanking the golf ball, the club is dropped and stuck behind you, swinging to right field with that open club face somewhere over that first base line.

For us to correct this crazy move, we need to change bases. We need to feel as if we are swinging between second and third base. So get to the top of your back swing. Make some golf swings where you can feel the club come down and exit somewhere between second and third base.

Here’s to you hitting better shots. I’m Shane LeBaron.

Shane LeBaron, Director of Instruction at the Plane Truth Performance Center at the Wigwam Golf Resort, is among the best young minds in golf instruction. Shane has worked with or studied under many of the countries elite teachers including Jim Hardy, Butch Harmon and Mike and Sandy LaBauve.

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