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Should I Check My Lie Angles

Written by Bobby Lopez


Posted on February 18 2014

Should I Check My Lie Angles

You bet ya! That should be one of the first things you do for this new season. If you worked on your golf swing over the winter, (and I hope you did or you’ll get a spanking and the golf course is going to be the one to give it to you), you might have a slight change in swing path. Your lie angles should accommodate your swing path.

golf lie AnglesYou’re going to hit two things. The ball and the ground. How the sole of your golf club travels through the ground is vital. Any resistance by the toe or the heel of the golf club will flip the club face open or closed.

The better the quality of your golf club head the easier it is to bend.  In the same breath, the easier it is for your lie angles to move through regular use.  Buying golf club heads is somewhat like buying jewelry.  The 1030 carbon steel metal is softer and easier to bend but far more expensive.  Twenty three carrot golf is softer than lets say fourteen carrot. For the very advanced player, the forged or carbon steel head can also be ground on the sole to even further accommodate the players swing path through impact.  Some players may want a little shaved off the toe or heel.  Maybe beveled a little more on the leading edge.

The more mass produced golf clubs use 431 stainless steel which is produced by melting the metal and pouring it in a mold.  That process tends to make the steel harder and more difficult to bend.  You also need to be careful when bending any molded golf club because you might end up with two piece in your hands.  It can happen, but it might be worth the risk if you want your lie angles right which equals straighter more consistent golf shots.

A serious word of caution!  In many golf establishments, you can ask to have your lie angles checked, they ask you to hit a few balls of a lie board, (a hard plastic surface to determine where golf club is at impact, and they immediately offer a suggest for upright or flat based on the mark on the bottom of your golf club.

One MUST consider the path you’re swinging the golf club on!  For instance, if you’re over the top, (swinging outside in) the force of the swing bows the shaft and forces the golf club head downward making it appear as if you need a more upright golf club.  This is a false reading and most likely, (if you do bend your golf clubs upright) you will be doomed to swing outside in for ever in order to get a decent golf shot with the upright configuration.

Make sure the individual that checks your lie angles is a qualified teacher.  You can ask questions like, does my swing path effect my lie angle.  See if you get a similar answer to what I just described for you. 

You’re about to start the 2014 season.  Hit some balls and make sure you’re comfortable with your swing and then get your lie angles checked.