ACK! The Shanks


Out of all potential swing errors for golfers on North Myrtle Beach golf courses, by far the most frustrating and unexpected of all is the shank. The shank often occurs when the golfer least expects it and has the potential to throw the confidence of the golfer off for the rest of the round. In order to avoid the shanks, one must know how the shanks are caused.

A shank is a shot that immediately flares almost directly to the right after it is hit. It is accompanied by an unpleasing feeling like the golfer just hit the ball with the only the shaft. This shot is potentially the worst sight and the worst feeling a golfer can see and feel on the golf course, because of its potential as an instant game-changer. A shank could easily cause a golfer’s ball to fly out-of-bounds or into a similar unflattering situation. In addition, after a shank is hit, golfers become prone to even more shanks, as a mental block occurs after a shank where the player loses confidence in their swing.

In order to correct a shank, it is important to know what causes a shank. A common misconception is that a shank occurs when the ball strikes at the toe of the club. Rather, a shank occurs when instead of striking the club head like the ball is supposed to, the ball strikes the hosel of the club instead, where the clubhead and shaft meet. This sort of contact can be caused by a large variety of swing faults. Often, the shanks disappear overnight; however, this may not be the case all the time. When this happens, it is important to consult a teacher or the Internet in order to diagnose the exact problem. This understanding of the shank is important in ultimately correcting the shanks.

The shanks are a swing disorder that plagues thousands and thousands of golfers every year and it is not uncommon to see a shank on a North Myrtle Beach golf course. As such, it is important that you do not lose confidence in your swing if it happens to you. Losing confidence in your swing could be deadly to your game for an extended period of time.