Here's some other ways of thinking about it. If you have quite a bit of arch, like it sounds like you do, and your shackle is straight up and down, when your axle trysto drop the shackle will move forward. It won't be able to move very far forward before it becomes inline with the length of the spring, and when it does it won't droop anymore.
The spring needs to be able to change length from tip to tip, the shackle allows that length change.
If your angle is too steep, when the spring compresses/tucks it's trying to get longer and the shackle is already nearly at it's furthest distance it will prevent the spring from elongating to it's full potential.
Hope that makes sense.