Get to grip with your attack angle

Pirie World of Golf. Clydebank.
Pirie World of Golf. Clydebank.

When using Trackman Radar, one of the most important boxes to tick correctly is the attack angle. Generally speaking, higher handicappers tend to be excessively steep and low handicappers are prone to being too much from the inside, on a shallow angle.

It is actually quite difficult to consistently get it right as it literally can change from swing to swing. Take a look at the first picture and I will explain. You will see that I am approaching impact with a medium iron and one glance at the shaft position reveals that it is on much too steep an angle of attack.

Pirie World of Golf. Clydebank.

Pirie World of Golf. Clydebank.

Note how the shaft is between my right shoulder/neck with the club head directly in line with my hands. This is not good as the shaft should always be slightly behind the hand path, as it is in picture two. When this is allowed to happen (steep attack) the following shots will always occur: striking the ground before the ball and pulling the ball well to the left of target. The ball flight will also tend to be high/floaty, with a distinct loss of power.

Now have a glance at the second picture. This time note how much the shaft is lying down well below my right shoulder, and almost along my forearm. At this point my left hip should have cleared more, to allow the club to be delivered powerfully into the back of the ball, on an attack angle with my 6 iron of roughly 2.5-3 degrees. Good, tell tale signs to look for are nice shallow divots, that point slightly left of your intended target - and a much lower/penetrating ball flight, with more power.

So there we are, try to feel as if the club shaft slightly drops behind you as you start your downswing movement. This allows the downswing arc to be correctly shallowed out and creates the proper angle of attack into the ball. It will feel strange at first, especially if you have been a steep attacker, but persevere as it will be much better when you get used to it. Good luck as always. I would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. Next week: Towel drill