The best angle of attack to transfer the most energy to the ball is a shallow sweeping path rather than a steep one. To achieve a shallow path, keep the arc of the swing as wide as possible. The wide backswing will put you in position to return to the ball on a shallower path at impact with great clubhead speed. This will give you more solid contact, translating into a more driving ball flight. You'll get the opposite result from a steep downward path, caused by picking up the club abruptly on the backswing, then chopping down at the ball. Another benefit of this sweeping swing is less stress on your joints at impact. This smooth motion will help you avoid injuries. So clean up your swing with a clean sweep and let it fly.