Shanking a wedge is one of the most demoralising shots in golf. There's nothing worse than picturing the ball soaring into the air and landing with a thud next to the pin, only to hear that unmistable 'clank' as hosel meets ball and sends it scuttling off to the right quicker than a UKIP politician.
Show us a golfer who has never hit a shank and we'll show you a liar. Justin Rose has hit a shank. Henrik Stenson has hit a shank. Tiger Woods went through a stage where a shank followed every time he so much as looked at a wedge. We've all done it, and none of us enjoyed it.
Can the Anti-Shank wedge by game-improver brand Hotblade eliminate this hosel-based pain for good? A patented ultra-thin neck design and parallel offset head promises to do just that.
Does it work?
In a word... no. It is definitely still possibly to hit a shank with it, particularly on full shots. Any club that has a shaft and face that meet at an angle – as all irons do – will have an area that you simply cannot afford to hit.
That said, the danger area does seem to be slightly further away from the face than normal. As such, a mishit chip shot is less likely to make contact with the hosel.
If shanks are a persistent issue for you, this wedge may help, but it will not solve the problem. Only addressing and fixing the root cause within your swing can do that.