Enjoy this great video lesson to help fix your shank. For those of you who often fan the club open on the backswing… also known as rolling your wrists open, this drill is for you! Don't miss this one. 

Fanning the club shanking drills

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5 Thoughts on “Video: Shanking & Fanning the Club

  1. Jeremy wolf on February 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm said:

    I have played golf for 5 years and I have learned the proper swing for any club. I have never had a lesson but really want to get better. I lose my swing a lot. I shank shots and have trouble getting a wedge in the air. This is frustrating because I just can’t fix it. Any advice.

  2. Jeremy wolf on February 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

    Correction. I have not learned a proper swing.

  3. Golf DrillGuru on February 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm said:

    Hey Jeremy, what do you mean you have problems getting the ball in the air with your wedges? Do you skull them? Hit them thin? or hit them well, just not with the height you’re looking for?

    A shank combined with a lower ball flight leads me to think you have a flatter swing path. You may want to try making it more upright.

    Any more info you could provide would be healpful.


  4. Jeremy wolf on February 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm said:

    Yes. I skull them and they tend to go right. This is the same for all my irons. My woods go high but tend to go right as well. I have tried to come straight down with club but hit everything fat. Kinda lost to be honest. Standing above ball and having no clue what is going to happen. I hate that feeling.

  5. TheGolfDrillGuru on March 1, 2011 at 5:21 am said:

    Hey Jeremy, sounds to me like you have a flatter swing and you’re attacking the ball from the inside… but not quite getting around so you’re pushing the ball. I’d go back to the basics – check your body alignment, swing path and setup.

    In particular, I’d take a look at your setup. Your arms should be hanging naturally from your shoulders.. nearly straight down. If you are reaching for the ball, you’ll know your standing too far from it. This is often the biggest contributor to a flat swing.

    You could also give this drill a try to help fix it (I’ll apologize in advance, that the picture doesn’t work):


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