One of the best golf lessons is to understand that most so-called shank golf shots are not true shanks. Most are push-slice golf shots.
A best golf lesson also is they look very much alike in terms of ball flight in that both fly extremely to the outside the body line. Understanding the difference will help you toimprove your golf game.
However, it is very difficult to hit a true shank because it requires the hosel of the club face to contact the ball instead of the face of the club.
Unless you are standing extremely near the ball at final address a true shank is difficult to hit.
On the hand other hand, a push-slice golf shot is very easy to hit because the face instead of the club is what contacts the ball at impact. The similar appearance of ball flight is what causes so many golfers to assume they shanked their ball instead of push-sliced it.
Most golfers who habitually push-slice their golf shots move around quite a bit before finally addressing the ball or widen their stance appreciably when finally addressing the ball.
Try this experiment and see for yourself how easy it is to hit a push-slice golf shot.
First, assume a comfortable posture and stance to your ball before gripping your club handle.
Next, center the sweet spot of your clubface as near to the back of your ball as possible without moving your ball during the process.
Then assume either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball type of grip on your club handle.
Do not unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb ater completing your grip.
Lastly, widen your stance as much as comfortably possible while keeping your clubface centered as near to the back of your ball as possible without moving your ball in the process.
Then execute a simple golf swing without trying to manipulate it in any way.
If you follow these golf swing instructions precisely you should observe your ball flying extremely to the outside of your body line in the same flight pattern as a shank.
The only difference is that you did not shank your ball but rather push-sliced it.
Understanding the difference between a shank and a push-slice remains one of the best golf lessons.