Because the ball darts right, most golfers think an open clubface causes the shank. But shanks usually come from an excessively closed face. The player swings out to in with the face closing hard -- both actions push the hosel closer to the ball (top). If the hosel catches the ball, it's shank city.
After all, why do I suddenly start shanking? The most likely reason you are coming over the top in your golf swing is you are rushing the transition phase between the backswing and the downswing. Beginning golfers often make the mistake of tensing their shoulder and arm muscles at the top of the swing so they can make an aggressive swing at the ball.
Not only that, how do you fix a shank?
Can a bad grip cause a shank?
The weakness inherent in this grip can cause the clubface to remain open at impact, again leading to the dreaded shank. To fix the problem, strengthen your grip position by turning your left hand more to the right (as the photo shows).
Standing too close to the ball can lead to a shank. Standing slightly farther back could change impact from the hosel to the center of the club. Allow your hands at impact to return to the same position as your set up. Shanks sometimes occur when the arms and hands extend out through impact.
This is usually caused from a lack of upper body rotation. To fix it, try this simple drill: Place a towel across your chest under both arms. Using a wedge, make half swings focusing on using your chest to swing the club. The towel should stay under your arms from start to finish.
You will often shank a golf shot because your hands are farther away from your body at impact than they were at address. Check how far away from the ball you stand. If you are standing too close, the swing angle will be disrupted, you will lift the club on the downswing and possibly hit a shank.
It is possible that you are standing too close to the ball, and the primary cause is incorrect posture. To cure this, allow your arms to hang toward the ground, then grip the club as you have been taught.
It often comes when the clubface is too open on the backswing, which causes you to loop the club to the outside coming down—called swinging over the top. This re-routing can move the hosel closer to the ball, leading to a shank. It also can cause a shift onto your toes, another shank producer. Here's what to check.
“On the one hand, the shanks are something mental,” Parent said. “But you have to acknowledge that there is a physical component.” In Parent's view, this is how I'd come down with my condition: when Dan blurted out the forbidden word, I didn't seize upon it, but my subconscious did.
But there are those golfers who use strong grips and almost never hook or draw the ball, and struggle with slicing. ... And interestingly, both faded the ball. They used a fast body rotation throughout the forward swing and a holding off of the release to do so, because a normal release would result in a severe hook.
Your grip should be hard enough to keep it from getting away but weak enough not to hurt it. Also, you might have a so-called “weak grip.” A weak grip means your thumbs are more on top of the club, so when you swing it, you will tend to open the club face and hit a slice.