We all hate hitting a shank. The root cause of it is a weight-shift issue. I’m not talking about the normal weight shift as you swing into the ball, but a weight shift towards the ball. The problems source lies in the feet… and the movement is so miniscule, it’s hard to believe it can be such a problem.


Your ability to keep your balance during your swing has a huge effect on the path your club takes into the ball. Your body weight must be centered on your feet, located close to the blue area in this picture. The simple act of your body weight resting on your heels at address and shifting to the center or even your toes is enough to turn a solid shot into a brutal shank.

Feet Balance Shank

Centering your body weight on your feet and maintaining this throughout your swing is imperative to ensuring your swing remains on path, and shank-free.

Still suffering from a shank? Hit balls while standing on a golf shaft that sits under your toes. This will make it nearly impossible for you to move towards the ball into impact.

Give it a shot!

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4 Thoughts on “How to Cure Your Shank

  1. Anonymous on September 22, 2010 at 2:40 am said:

    The root cause of a shank is not the weight shift, it is high hands. High hands get the club stuck behind you causing a shank.

  2. Stian on March 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm said:

    Great tip with the clubshaft beneath the toes! Have suffered from some violent lately, and will give this a shot tomorrow!

  3. admin on April 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

    Thanks Stian – good luck!

  4. Marko on June 27, 2014 at 8:35 am said:

    This is a good tip. A fast – or even violent – move forward with the lower body from the top has at times caused me to get “stuck,” and it’s easy to see how the body can get way ahead of the clubface and cause a shank. Good tip.

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