The Truth About Lie Angles
Well struck golf shots are the sum of about a hundred different things working together in a single moment – some mechanical, some mental, some circumstantial, and some a function of the club that’s held in your hand.
Lie angle is one such element that can have a dramatic effect on your ability to strike the ball well.
This Lesson Is For You If:
You want to hit more pure shots
You want a better understanding on how lie angle affects your swing
The Big Picture
What you are looking to accomplish when you swing the club is center face contact.
Additionally, you’d like the impact lie angle as close to 0* as possible, the face to path relationship as close to 0* as possible, and the swing direction as close to 0* as possible (or whatever intended ball flight you’re trying to accomplish).
This is the formula for optimal and consistent ball speed time after time.
Why Does Lie Angle Matter?
Why does lie angle matter to us? Because at impact, when the toe of the club is up, the planar angle of the face (face normal) will be closed to the target line. If the toe is digging, the face normal will present open to the target line.
Factors in Lie Angle
Lie angle at address or static play angles can be influenced by a great many things. The length of a player’s arms, how a player addresses the ball (posture), and the length of shaft are among the factors. However, this is not all that we need to know.
What Happens At Impact?
If a club sits perfectly at address, does that mean that it will come into impact the same way? Not necessarily. Is a club that marks the lie board perfectly the best fit for that player? Same answer.
What needs to be considered is what’s happening dynamically during the swing. Is the lie angle forcing the player into a compensation? Is the player forcing the lie angle into an undesirable position?
Here at The Studio we are fortunate to be equipped with GEARS motion capture which allows us to measure living, breathing profiles of how the shaft is deflecting, drooping and twisting throughout the entire swing. This allows us to understand the interactions between the player, shaft, and lie angle so that golfers can attain repeatable center-face contact.
Stop by The Studio and get fit for a set of the best clubs you will ever have from True Spec Golf or work on your game in one of the most sophisticated swing labs in existence.