Driver Angle of Attack

Meet Gene Parente, President of Golf Laboratories. Gene is in the business of teaching golfers like you the math and science that make up a golf swing. Watch as Gene explains Driver Attack Angle, something every golfer should understand the science behind. <br />

Driver Angle of Attack.

Meet Gene Parente, President of Golf Laboratories. Gene is in the business of teaching golfers like you the math and science that make up a golf swing.

Driver Angle of Attack

Watch as Gene explains Driver Angle of Attack, something every golfer should understand the science behind.


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  1. Rob Keller

    June 5, 2018 at 4:37 am

    In both screen shots the attack angle is -3 degrees, but the second drive goes much further. Why?

  2. jerry

    June 5, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Great most golfers knew this, but what you should have told us is where to we place the ball to get this positive angle in relation to our stance…

    • Gene Parente

      June 6, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Jerry start with the ball directly in front of your left heel (if you are a right handed golfer). You can then move the ball forward ½” at a time until you start to see more of a parabolic ball flight. One note as you move the ball forward you will have to raise the tee height slightly as you will be hitting up on the ball.

  3. Richard

    June 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    A positive attack angle would require that the club head bottom out about 3 inches behind the ball. And then travel up to the ball. Yes? Therefore, do you focus your
    eyes on that single blade of grass at the bottom of the swing arc (3 inches behind ball) OR do you focus on that single dimple on the back left side of the ball?

    • Gene Parente

      June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      The best way to measure your angle of attack is with a launch monitor. This provides you with the exact angle. If you do not have access to a launch monitor I recommend looking at the ball position. If your ball placement for your driver hit is located on your left heel or in front (right handed golfers) you most likely have a positive angle of attack (with the exception of golfers that slide their left shoulder forward during the downswing).
      To answer your question I would take a practice swing at different ball placement positions and observe what the arc of the club is doing in relation to the ball. I would also use your smartphone and video your swing to make sure your body is not moving in one direction or the other which will influence angle of attack.

  4. Raymond CHASTEL

    July 21, 2019 at 3:06 am

    All the comments above are well taken .But the position of the ball is not the only single factor .More important is the shape of the swing ,the forward and downward swing in particular .To maximize the swing arc you should drag your clubhead along the ground in the downswing “like a mop ‘”then come in the downswing/forward swing very close to the turf .GREG NORMAN did that beautifully .
    You should also place the tee/ball in front of the left big toe ,not behind the heel and extend the arms utmost

    • Gene Parente

      July 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm


      You are correct, path is just as important and related to angle of attack. Also you are correct about dragging the club head like a mop but only with irons. If you do this with a driver you will hit the ball low with a lot of spin.


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