Positive Attack Angle With Negative Shaft Angle

I have said – and will be showing in the upcoming “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video – how you can create excellent positive Attack Angle (hitting “up” into the ball with the Driver) when you are properly set up with the MCS Golf Swing model.

That of course is how the modern driver is supposed to be utilized.

This is usually accomplished with the driver shaft leaning or tilting backwards at impact, meaning the club head reaches the ball before the hands do, and that is what I call a positive shaft angle.

What some people don’t know is that you can still get positive Attack Angle and a high launch angle even if the shaft angle is negative, meaning the hands reach the ball before the club head does.

Both involve the hands of course, but I can show with a rough picture display with a driver swing how I don’t worry about my shaft angle with the driver due to the MCS Golf Swing model giving me positive Attack Angle whatever my driver shaft angle is.

I alluded to this in an earlier post, but didn’t show the evidence

Of course, it’s optimal to have the driver shaft at a positive angle coming into impact:


That is pretty standard, and you’ll get nothing but a positive AA getting to the ball in the manner shown above, of course.

However, what about this below:



Considering that my hands are well ahead of the club head and already have passed the vertical plane of the ball, you would expect a negative Attack Angle, correct?

And to get some form of positive Attack Angle, you likely see me doing some weird stuff with my body, such as the “flying foot” or falling backwards to try to get “vertical lift” with the driver head, correct?

Not necessarily:


If you take the Launch Angle of the ball as I did with a compass, I got at at least 10-11 degrees of Launch Angle, and that was with a driver that has 8.5 degrees of loft:


That would give me a positive Attack Angle of at least 2 degrees, probably between 2-3 degrees up (with around 4 degrees up being optimal), even though I have a negative shaft angle coming into impact.

That is not magic, but what the body is doing at impact based on the way one sets up and swings mechanically.

The importance of being able to do this with the setup and mechanics is that even when you get careless with your ball placement as I did on this swing, you won’t pay as steep a price as you might otherwise.

I might not get maximum carry and distance with the drive above, but it would likely still be well over 300 yards in total distance because the elements (positive AA and low spin) are there.

The second part of the video is nearly completed and I should be formatting it for downloading tomorrow, which means a release of late tomorrow or more likely, I will be sending out Part 2 of the video to the pre-order crew tomorrow and releasing the video officially on Thursday.

Whatever happens, we’re just about there!


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2 thoughts on “Positive Attack Angle With Negative Shaft Angle

  1. D.L. Moriarty

    I hope its available Thursday! I’d like to download it before Hurricane Florence comes through North Carolina and my internet and power go out! Itll give me something to do other than entertain 2 cooped up dogs.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I was thinking about the WAX Nation citizens in the storm’s path when I read today’s updates, D.L. – I hope you all are going to be out of harm’s way by the time it makes landfall!

      The video is trifling news compared to what’s coming, but I am positive it’ll be available for download before everything hits the fan. If it helps anyone distract themselves to help pass some down time, so much the better.

      Stay safe, everyone!

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