The Perfect Golf Shaft Angle at Address

April 5, 2022

The Perfect Golf Shaft Angle at Address – How to Make Solid Contact Throughout Your Golf Bag

How much does golf shaft angle really matter?

Well, let me ask you this:

What do you love most about the game of golf? If you’re like a lot of golfers, great ball contact is probably high on your list.

That satisfying cracking sound, the long, straight shot…

When you make solid contact, you feel like you’re in control. At least I do. That’s why it’s so maddening to hit a great shot off a six-iron only to top it off a pitching wedge.

The good news? Finding consistency might just be a matter of adjusting your golf club shaft angle at address.

Because the rules aren’t the same for every club. If no one ever taught you this, you’re in for a game-changing discovery.



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How to Improve Contact with Your Golf Setup

Shaft angle is key to hitting your clubs consistently. And the ideal shaft angle is not the same for every golf club.

Why not?

Well, first of all, different clubs require a different angle of attack. Second, every club in your golf bag is a different length. When you take that length into account, your shaft angle at address influences your body position, your distance from the ball, and your ability to control your golf swing.

So how do you know which golf shaft angle is best for which clubs?

I’ll walk you through the proper setup for:

  • A wedge
  • An iron
  • A driver

Put these principles to work in your next round, and I guarantee you’ll start seeing more of that solid, satisfying contact.

Let’s dive in.

Golf Shaft Angle for Your Wedges

Your golf wedge is your shortest golf shaft. This places you closer to the golf ball than you would be with an iron or your driver.

Now, when you get setup with a wedge, you want the butt end of your club pointing slightly below your belt buckle. To achieve this golf shaft angle, you’re going to need to get your hands low. This creates a somewhat severe angle between the club shaft and your lead forearm.

It also gives you more control over your swing, contact, and ball flight.

Now, let’s take a look at a longer club.

Golf Shaft Angle for Your Irons

Your irons start to get a little longer, so your shaft angle is going to be a little bit higher.

For an iron, the butt end of your club should be pretty much right at the belt buckle.  You’ll notice that the angle between the club shaft and your arm is now a little less severe than it was with the wedge setup.

Golf Shaft Angle for Your Driver

Your driver is the longest club in your bag, so you’ll be the farthest from the ball when using driver.

For your driver setup, you want the butt end of the club to point just above your belt buckle. Try it, and you’ll see that the angle between the golf shaft and your forearms is less pronounced than it was with your wedge and your iron. You’ll also notice that your hands feel much higher.

Speaking of hands…

What About Hand Position?

Great question! This is important. We’ve been talking about your up-and-down shaft angle, moving the butt end of your golf club closer to or farther from the ground. Hand position affects your forward-and-backward shaft angle—whether the butt end of the club moves closer or farther from the target.

This type of shaft angle influences crucial details like your angle of attack and loft.

Here’s where your hands should be as you set up for each shot.

Hand Position for Driver Setup

When you get set up with your driver, you want the club shaft in a neutral position. To make this happen, think about getting your hands in line with the ball or slightly behind the ball. This angle will help you hit up on the golf ball—the ultimate goal of all driver shots.

If you find you’ve been hitting it off the heel or hitting low bullets with your driver, odds are good that you’ve been setting up with  your hands in front of the golf ball. Try moving them back a bit the next time you’re at the driving range and see if that fixes your problem.

Hand Position for Iron Setup

For your irons, focus on setting up with your hands equal with the golf ball. This is going to help you get good solid contact and hit down on the ball.

Hand Position for Wedge Setup

You’ve probably noticed by now that there’s kind of a three-bears pattern with all these instructions. So you can probably guess what comes next.

For your driver, you want your hands even with or slightly behind the ball. For irons, you want your hands equal to the ball. And for wedges…

That’s right. For your wedge shots, you want your hands slightly in front of the ball at address. 

Now let’s package all this information in quick checklists you can reference on the golf course.

Golf Shaft Angle Checklists

We’ll keep this short and sweet.

The Perfect Shaft Angle for Your Driver

Perfect Shaft Angle for Your Irons

  • Butt end of the club points directly at the belt buckle
  • Hands are even with the golf ball

The Perfect Shaft Angle for Your Wedges

  • Butt end of the club points just below the belt buckle
  • Hands are slightly in front of the golf ball

It’s pretty simple when you see it all summed like that, isn’t it?

But don’t be fooled. As simple as this is, these seemingly minor details can drastically improve your contact, accuracy, and consistency. Give a try. Then…

Let Us Know What You Think!

Were you already aware of these tips, or was this news to you? Did you find this helpful? What other questions do you have?

Join us in the comments and let us know what’s on your mind! We love hearing from you!

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  1. What about club length ? I have long arms, and am a bit shorter from the waist down. Driver always seems too long for me. Tend to hit behind the ball, or too low on the ball.

  2. Paul,

    The key relationship is arm length to overall height. Have you ever done a club fitting?

  3. Todd, your lessons have helped improve my game immensely. Your explanations are short, sweet and to tthe point and they are so easy to understand. Thanks.

  4. Tom, thank you for those kind words. If you like our content here, you may enjoy my book, The Bad Lie which you can find on Amazon. Hope the summer is treating you well.

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