5 Golf Tips For Improving Your Iron's Shaft Angle

Learning to connect the ball at the correct angle is more a case of omitting certain mistakes than it is learning new techniques. There are four actions that should be avoided; from when you address the ball, all the way until the end of your swing. At the end, we will give you one more practical tip to help you along even further. Here they are:


Don’t try to scoop the ball

The one action you should try most to avoid is scooping the ball. This is most often what will cause your shaft to be angled incorrectly. When performing your drills, try to stay conscious of your stroke. If you find yourself purposefully scooping your swing upwards, you will more than likely end up with a fat shot. Let your stroke be natural and straight without any attempt to manipulate the height or angle of the ball.


Recognize that your shot depends on your club, not your hands

Part of not scooping the ball is trusting your club. Your club wasn’t designed to be manipulated during your swing; it was designed to create lift naturally as a result of a straight, methodical stroke. This can take a lot of discipline because it requires you to remain consistent in your arm and wrist movement. Keeping your head down during a swing can help maintain this discipline; but in the end, the more drills you practice being conscious of what not to do, the more consistent you will become.


How you start your address will determine how you connect

You will finish as well as you end. At address, there are some habits to get into which will create the consistency you desire. One important aspect of addressing your ball is pushing the handle slightly forward. It lends you more control during the entire swing and will ensure that your shaft remains at the correct angle at all times.


Check that your stance has the ball slightly left of the centre

Another rule to adhere to when addressing the ball is to make sure the ball is sitting more to the left of your centre. This too gives you a strong feeling of control because you can make a better judgment call on where you are connecting the ball.


Practice your drills with an alignment stick

If you are still struggling with your shaft angle, use an alignment stick to see where you are going wrong. Use the alignment stick at the back of your club and check where it is during your swing. If it’s moving skew in any direction, work on some drills to correct your bad habits.