February 28, 2014

The Importance of Proper Lie Angles

How many of you have been having a great round going only to have a perfect yardage for your nemesis club? For most of you, an explanation is not necessary. For those of you who don’t know what a nemesis club is, it’s the club that gives you horrible results no matter how good the attempted swing was.

It must be a mental block or a faulty swing right? There’s a possibility that it may be one of the latter. However, in many instances the problem may be caused by something as simple as an incorrect lie angle.

What is golf club lie angle you ask? Simply put, it’s the angle made between the shaft and the clubhead. A proper lie angle at impact helps ensure the following:

•Proper Face Angle at Impact (the most important factor in ball direction)

•Center Contact

•Proper Turf Contact and Divot Depth

A 9 iron that is two degrees too upright or flat can cause a pulled or pushed shot of approximately 11 feet off line. A 5 iron that is two degrees too flat or too upright can cause a pulled or pushed shot of approximately 20 feet off line. Simply put, improper lie angles greatly hurt your chances to play your best on any given round of golf. Imagine spotting your playing partner 10 or 20 feet on every green while putting. That’s what you’re effectively doing with ill fitting lie angles.

Okay, so you need to get your lie angles checked? What’s the next step? Pay a visit to your trusted club fitter. Your club fitter will have you hit some shots of a lie board which will help him determine if your lie angles are too upright, flat or spot on.

Chances are that your nemesis club will have the worst fitting lie angle in your entire bag. However, don’t fret. A quick adjustment in your club fitter’s loft & lie machine should correct improper lie angle issues.


Joey Tadeo is a golf professional with over 15 years in the golf industry. He has multiple certifications in equipment fitting and building.