By Kiel Christianson
Shanks are mysterious things. Most of the time, the swing feels great and then suddenly the ball shoots off dead right (or left, for lefties).
Generally, a shank results from moving closer to the ball through the swing, and then the ball hits the hosel of the club.
In this video swing tip, Justin Bruton, Director of Instruction at Biltmore Golf Course in Miami, Fla., demonstrates a drill designed to help you shake the shanks.
It's called the "Bucket Drill" because you position your ball an inch or less from a range bucket – if you move closer to the ball, the toe of your club is going to kick the bucket.
One word of caution: Make sure your practice range has the light, plastic buckets, and not the heavy metal wire ones. If you hit a metal bucket with your club, you could hurt yourself pretty badly.