Golf Club Angle: Tips to Improve Your Swing

By Steve Silverman

The angle at which you hold the clubhead when you strike the golf ball will be one of the primary factors in determining whether your ball goes straight, right or left. Your stance and your grip on the golf club are also important factors.

Address the Ball Squarely

To hit the ball correctly on address, you need to be lined up squarely to your target. Make sure your left shoulder is facing the green or the spot on the fairway you want the ball to go. Your left foot needs to be underneath your shoulder. Your feet should be shoulder-length apart. The clubhead needs to be directly behind the ball.

Clubhead Angled Right

If your clubhead is angled to the right, your ball will almost certainly go to the right on impact. Your clubhead can also turn to the right if you are not gripping the club firmly enough. Hold the club at a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. This is the equivalent of a firm handshake with a business associate. If you do not grip the club firmly enough, the clubhead can move right on impact with the ball and send the ball to the right.

Clubhead Angled Left

If you are not aligned correctly with your shoulders and feet, the clubhead can be angled to the left when you make impact. This will cause a right-handed golfer to veer off or hook to the left. A grip that is too tight can also cause the ball to go left. If you are squeezing the club too tightly with your right hand, the ball will almost certainly angle off to the right.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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