Irons Angle of Attack

There's a completely different approach to evaluating your attack angle with your irons compared with your driver.

Irons Angle of Attack.  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.

You want a positive angle of attack (hitting up), creating less spin on the ball with your Driver. You want a negative angle of attack (hitting down) with more spin with your irons.

Irons Angle of Attack

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.


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  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


      I am glad that you enjoy them.

      Thanks for the kind words.


  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


      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.


  3. DUANE

    January 19, 2019 at 7:22 am


    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.


  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.

  5. Paul Heine

    March 24, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    You stated that a negative angle will be better for irons. I agree with that. But you also said that a negative angle will start the ball lower in flight. Did I misunderstand you? I agree with that as far as your driver is concerned, but the negative angle of attack would seem to start the ball flying higher since the impact would compress the ball and thus hit it higher immediately. Where did I go wrong in my understanding of this concept?

    • Gene Parente

      March 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm


      A negative angle of attack causes the club face to be de-lofted coming into impact. If you see tour players hit their irons their hands are far ahead of the ball at impact. If you statically try this you will see that the only way to hit the ball in this position is to decrease the amount of loft on the club head for the ball to go straight.
      To give you some numbers on tour the average launch of a 5 iron is 12 degrees. A 5 iron has 23 degrees of loft so in order to launch at 12 degrees they have a high negative angle of attack with a closed or de-lofted club face.



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