No golfer likes to hear the "S" word during a round. That's right, I'm referring to the shanks. Even I prefer to call them hosel rockets, but a question was sent in that asked how golfers can avoid shanking a golf ball and what may be causing it.
When you shank a golf ball, it's typically because the ball is hitting off the hosel instead of the center of the clubface. The frustrating thing is that sometimes the shanks seemingly come from out of nowhere. Even Tiger Woods had his battles earlier in the year, which forced him to rededicate himself to his short game. He looked sharp around the greens during The Masters, but that was only after months of fixing the issues!
Weekend golfers and amateurs don't have the luxury of beating balls from sun up to sun down, so it's important that you find the cause quickly, so you can enjoy the game again!
Usually the shanks can be traced back to the movement of your knees. If you're bending your knees too much before impact, the club will not return to the same spot it was in the setup position. Your knees are the levelers and stabilizers of your golf swing. Move them too much, and you're going to get stung.
Watch the video above to see how bending your knees too much can lead to the shanks!
Keep it vertical!