11 August 2008 Last Updated: 10 July 2013

By Scott Cranfield

The shank is the one word in golf that all golfers cringe at. The thought of hitting this horror shot that squirts sideways is enough to instil fear in any player.

If you shank a shot it is because the ball has been struck out of the point on the clubface where the heel meets the shaft.

It usually happens when golfers tense up. Another major cause is the weight shifting forward in your shoes onto your toes. This throws the clubface forward into strike the ball.

Use this video instruction tip to avoid the shank from happening.

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