Comfortable address can eliminate shanks

November 20, 2001
By Jon Ebert
Question: I am a 13 handicapper, and something recently happened to me for the first time. A case of the shanks! Just like Kevin Costner in "Tin Cup." What causes this shot and how is it corrected? I hope it's one of those things that a good night's sleep will fix. Now I think about it on every shot. -- J.N., Naples, FL

Answer: I wish you could sleep it off, but I doubt if that will work. There's a flaw in your swing that needs to be corrected.

The shank occurs when the ball ...

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