Click here and enter your email address to watch the full video
Tyler Ferrell is the only person in the world named to Golf Digest's list of Best Young Teachers in America AND its list of Best Golf Fitness Professionals in America. Meet your new instructor.

Subscribe now to watch the full video.

Shank Gate

A gate drill is a style of drill where you put objects on the ground, on in the way of the path of the club, to change your visual or spacial awareness of what the club is doing through impact. It can be very useful for helping you become aware of the path of the club.

When you are shanking the ball, the club head is moving further away from you so that you make contact with the ball on the extreme heel of the club. While I think it is useful long term to figure out WHY you are having this, you can always use the shank gate as a way to find a playing feel and get yourself functional for the round at hand.

Tags: Poor Contact, Release, Drill, Intermediate

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:03,000
This drill video is the shank gate.

00:00:03,000 --> 00:00:09,000
So the shank gate is a really quick and easy way for you to help yourself get reconnected

00:00:09,000 --> 00:00:12,000
to where this club head is swinging.

00:00:12,000 --> 00:00:16,000
If you're battling the shanks, possibly just as part of your swing because you're

00:00:16,000 --> 00:00:22,000
late then, straight in that trail arm to early, get the club face to open for whatever

00:00:22,000 --> 00:00:27,000
reason, or if you're working on some shallowing pieces and getting out of these patterns,

00:00:27,000 --> 00:00:29,000
sometimes the shanks can creep in.

00:00:29,000 --> 00:00:35,000
So this is a very simple way that you can do it either on the course or on the range.

00:00:35,000 --> 00:00:39,000
Just to reconnect with where the club is and help you find kind of a band-aid to get

00:00:39,000 --> 00:00:43,000
through it until you can reassess why you're having trouble with the shank.

00:00:43,000 --> 00:00:49,000
So the shank gate is much easier to do outside, but I'll show you that you can do it

00:00:49,000 --> 00:00:50,000
indoors as well.

00:00:50,000 --> 00:00:55,000
Basically, I put two tees in the ground and I can make this as challenging or as easy as

00:00:55,000 --> 00:00:56,000
I want.

00:00:56,000 --> 00:01:00,000
And if I was doing this outside, I would probably put these tees a little bit further

00:01:00,000 --> 00:01:01,000
into the ground.

00:01:01,000 --> 00:01:08,000
But basically, I'm putting them about a half inch outside of the hazel and the one on the

00:01:08,000 --> 00:01:13,000
inside and putting on the kind of the hazel angle over the lying angle and then the wooden

00:01:13,000 --> 00:01:18,000
teel on the outside straight up and down and it's about a half inch away.

00:01:18,000 --> 00:01:24,000
So basically what I can do is I can practice as slow as I want and kind of start building

00:01:24,000 --> 00:01:31,000
up speed, getting the club to swing and brush the ground in the middle of the gate.

00:01:31,000 --> 00:01:36,000
So hopefully I can take some full swings and get the club to brush right through the middle.

00:01:36,000 --> 00:01:42,000
If I am shanking the ball, then or if I'm having shanks when I'm taking my swings,

00:01:42,000 --> 00:01:47,000
what it means is that quite simply the club is moving out towards this wooden teer

00:01:47,000 --> 00:01:49,000
the one further away from me.

00:01:49,000 --> 00:01:56,000
So if I had a golf ball here in the middle just like so and I moved out like so, I would

00:01:56,000 --> 00:02:00,000
shank the ball and I would just clip that wooden teer.

00:02:00,000 --> 00:02:06,000
So a couple things you can do is once you've got four or five swings where you're right

00:02:06,000 --> 00:02:12,000
in the middle of the gate, then you can actually try and purposefully hit the inside teer.

00:02:12,000 --> 00:02:15,000
So can I set up here and then hit the inside teer?

00:02:15,000 --> 00:02:16,000
Can I set up here?

00:02:16,000 --> 00:02:18,000
Get hit the inside teer.

00:02:18,000 --> 00:02:23,000
Once I make it past that challenge, I'm going to put a club where I'm going to put a golf

00:02:23,000 --> 00:02:29,000
ball in the middle of the two tees and now I'm going to try and do my best and not focus

00:02:29,000 --> 00:02:39,000
on the golf ball and just try and make it through this gate.

00:02:39,000 --> 00:02:43,000
So if you do it right, it should be just like the practice swings that you have been

00:02:43,000 --> 00:02:46,000
working on and you shouldn't hit either of these two tees.

00:02:46,000 --> 00:02:52,000
Now again you can challenge it and you can start yourself setting up closer to this

00:02:52,000 --> 00:02:55,000
wooden teer.

00:02:55,000 --> 00:02:59,000
So we'll put the ball close to the pink teer and I'm going to set up close to the wooden

00:02:59,000 --> 00:03:00,000

00:03:00,000 --> 00:03:06,000
All I'm trying to do is get used to what it's like to have these arms or have the club

00:03:06,000 --> 00:03:10,000
even or slightly closer to me than where it started.

00:03:10,000 --> 00:03:16,000
So even though my arms are extending through the shot, I need to make sure that I'm not

00:03:16,000 --> 00:03:20,000
swinging the club too much out which is part of what drives this a hazzle shot or the

00:03:20,000 --> 00:03:22,000

00:03:22,000 --> 00:03:26,000
So if you have to play right away, this is one that you can do on the course.

00:03:26,000 --> 00:03:31,000
You can just put up two tees assuming you're not playing in tournament or if you're

00:03:31,000 --> 00:03:36,000
on the range this is a really quick and easy way to see where your path is going and

00:03:36,000 --> 00:03:39,000
get you a temporary solution to fix your shanks.

Subscribe now for full access to our video library.