Golf tip of the week: Cure your shank with a 1-piece takeaway

The word shank is so powerful. Golfers are afraid to say it out loud. For the novice golfer, a shank is when the golf ball strikes the heel of the club, causing the ball to go directly right, or directly left for the left-handed golfer.

It robs a golfer of confidence and scares them so badly they are afraid to take the club back.

Curing the shanks is simple once you understand the cause.

The primary cause of the shank is not taking the club back with a one-piece takeaway. The hands and club should not move independently of the shoulders.

There is not a shot in golf that doesn’t require the shoulders to move the club, and that includes putting.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator, at his golf facility in Williamsport.