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Short Game Golf Tips - The Role of the Shaft Angle in the Short Game

The shaft angle has a very important bearing on the quality and execution of your short game shots.  Many amateurs have too much shaft lean which delofts the club and makes it dig into the ground; this results in ball flights that are lower than they should be and lots of mis-hits.  It is especially a problem in bunkers as the golfer does not get the right angle of approach into the ball with the correct loft.

Address - shaft vertical

Impact (OK) - slightly “loaded” i.e. forward - decreases loft and bounce, adds dig of leading edge

Impact (not OK) - set back “negative” - increases loft and bounce, decreases dig of leading edge


Golf Club Shaft Angle

Golf Club Shaft Angle Forward

Golf Club Shaft Angle Back Negative













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