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Video Tip: Avoiding the Shanks, Part 1

He says the dreaded word out loud here, because for Scott Tanguay at the Coastal Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C., there’s no need to fear the “shank.” In fact, he’s here to help show you how to avoid hitting it!

Scott Tanguay:
Hey guys, Scott Tanguay here with the Coastal Golf Academy. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most frustrating shots: the shank. Yes, I said it out loud. Don’t worry about saying it out loud. It’s not that big of a deal. Okay?

The shot will look a lot worse, but let’s understand what’s happening. We’re coming in here and it’s typically two reasons that’s going to happen. Either we’re just swinging too much from the inside. So you see my path is really going out to the basket there, kind of hard to avoid. That’s typically one reason.
Or the other simple reason is just our weight or our hands are just kind of getting out towards the golf ball too much. So you see my weight’s falling towards the ball. It’s going to be hard to avoid hitting that inside part of the golf club. So what we want to do is feel like we’re swinging more on plane, which would be good. The more you swing too much from the inside, the easier it’s going to be. And then when you’re swinging, you almost feel like your weight’s more into your heels here, or at least through the middle of your shoe lace.

If you get out kind of getting your knees out or your toes like this, it’s going to be hard to avoid. So what you can do is put a basket down. You can put another ball right next to it. You can put another club, really anything. Just put it a little bit out in front of the ball and just simply try and avoid it and see if you can do that and try and keep it more athletic. So we’re here. Okay? I don’t want to get into my toes and swing two out to the right. We’re just going to keep steady over here and make sure I don’t hit the basket.
Nice flush shot. Good to go!