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When working to improve the "flat-spot", golfers can become confused regarding the relationship between shaft lean & angle of attack. In other words, we know that there is no direct correlation between the two. While this seems counter-intuitive, we know that it is possible for a player to have his/her hands ahead of the club-head while still being able to hit up ("positive" angle of attack) on the ball; if we think of the best drivers in the world, this would often describe their impact conditions.
This separation is important to remember as it can improve our training process; most golfers need to create more shaft lean, but also decrease their angle of attack. This seems tricky, but if we use the right release mechanics (such as ulnar deviation, trail wrist extension, etc.), we can accomplish both goals and end up with more efficient and repeatable impact conditions.
Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Impact, Release, Concept