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A Negative Angle of Attack with your Irons is Positive

There’s a completely different approach to evaluating your attack angle with your irons compared with your driver. With your driver, you want to positive angle of attack (hitting up) creating less spin on the ball. You want a negative angle of attack (hitting down) with more spin with your irons.

Creating a negative angle of attack with your irons, you’re going to hit the ball farther and more accurately. You’ll notice a much more penetrating ball flight.

If you don’t have a launch monitor to measure your angle of attack, a good rule of thumb is to ensure you make a divot (or contact with the ground) AFTER hitting the ball. AEkLBC6A7rg

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6 Responses to A Negative Angle of Attack with your Irons is Positive

  1. Joel Watson January 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Dear Mr. Parente,
    I have had the pleasure of watching some of your videos and found them very interesting and informative. I have used these teachings to improve my game and I see the results to my enjoyment. This video is certainly one that helps me understand what I am doing with my irons. I sometimes hit the ball high and sometimes low. Now I have a better concept to keep in mind when I use my irons. Las Vegas Duffer Joel

    • Gene Parente January 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      Joel,

      I am glad that you enjoy them.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Gene

  2. mike antala January 7, 2019 at 5:53 am #

    What should be the angle of attack for hybrids?

    • Gene Parente January 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

      Mike,

      Good question. It is dependent on how you swing your hybrids but most golfers use a hybrid as a replacement for an iron. The goal of a hybrid is to create a shot shape that stops the ball on a green when hit correctly. In order to achieve this you will want to hit your hybrid with more of an iron swing then a driver and fairway wood swing (which involves a wider arc).
      Whatever your style of iron swing: picker or digger, I would recommend the same swing with a hybrid.
      The only other option is to swing a hybrid with a wider arc like a fairway wood which will result in maximum distance but will not be optimal for green control.

      Gene

  3. DUANE January 19, 2019 at 7:22 am #

    Gene,

    Your idea of teaching is a good idea, however I would like to make an observation. If you only want to reach sophisticated knowledgeable golfers you will succeed, but that does not seem to be your focus. Those folks probably all ready know what you are talking about anyway.

    You are obviously very knowledgeable about the golf swing and you trying to deliver that knowledge to the masses so that they can play better golf. But you are not bringing your teaching of a very complicated process down to our ignorant (in a good way) level.

    For example, to drift right into a negative, neutral and positive swing path discussion without telling me what that
    is. Is that concept elementary and obvious – maybe – but probably bot. A “Dick and Jane” approach assumes nothing and is clear. Define your terms first then there is no question whether anyone is following what you are teaching.

    Also your pictures of the graf is not shown and explained to us. It seems that you assume it is obvious – it is not.

    I really like what you do, but in my opinion only I think you need to be just a tad more basic. Tell what you are talking about, and then tell me what you want me to learn.

    Just my opinion. Thank you for taking the time to help us.

    Duane

  4. Bruce Brungard February 10, 2019 at 9:18 am #

    Show and tell is a great way to teach and teach more of us amateurs.

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