Let me ask you a question: Do you think the shaft and your arms should be in a straight line when you address the golf ball? I am guessing you are going to say yes to that question because the majority of the golfers I see set up with their arms and shaft in a straight line.
To be in your most powerful setup position, there needs to be a small angle between your hands and the shaft.
There are two reasons for this:
- your arms should hang straight down from your shoulder sockets at address, and
- all golf clubs are built on an angle.
Therefore, if the club is at an angle and your arms hang straight down, there has to be a bit of an angle between your hands/wrists and the club shaft.
The position I suggest has you starting with a small hinge in your wrists; it will help allow your hands and wrists to work better during the swing. When the shaft and your arms are in a straight line, you wrists are locked and you aren’t in your most athletic position.
When it comes to your hands and arms at address, think “hang” don’t “reach”.