What is Lie Angle?
Lie angle is a simple subject which can become confusing if misinterpreted. Simply put, lie angle is defined as the angle between the centre of the shaft and the sole of the club head.
Is this important? Definitely! In golf, lie angle is an important aspect, as it can affect the direction in which the ball will travel after impact. If the lie angle is too upright, the ball will tend to go to the right (for a right-handed golfer), while if the lie angle is too flat, the ball will tend to go more to the left.
Lie angle does change for different golfers and depends on factors such as their height, swing type, tempo and impact conditions. We would always suggest utilising the services of a professional club fitter, such as the staff at Perth Golf Centre, that can help determine the ideal lie angle for your clubs.
Should Lie Angles Always Be Checked During a Fitting?
Yes, lie angle is an important factor that will be considered during all iron and wood club fittings. It is one of the key specifications that can affect the performance of a golf club and having the right lie angle can help improve ball flight and accuracy.
A club fitting will typically involve an evaluation of numerous aspects including a golfer’s goals, current ball flight, launch angle and spin rate. We also take into account the golfers body type including height and arm length and the club fitter will use this information along with impact tape, plus the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer to determine the ideal lie angle for each club in the player's bag.
Once the lie angle is determined, it can be ordered for a specific set and can be adjusted by bending the clubhead. The fitter will typically make several adjustments until the perfect lie angle is achieved.
Overall, a proper club fitting can have a significant impact on a golfer's performance and checking the lie angle is an important step in the fitting process. If you're looking to improve your game, we would recommend considering a club fitting to ensure that your clubs are properly fit for your swing and body type.
Is This Only for New Clubs or Can I Change the Lie Angle of my Current Set?
You can check the lie angle on your current clubs, and if necessary, have them adjusted to improve your performance. A club fitting can be done on both new and used clubs, and it is not limited to just new clubs.
If you've been using your clubs for some time and have noticed any issues with accuracy or ball flight, having your clubs checked for proper lie angle is a good idea.
It's worth noting that over time, clubs can become bent or altered from their original specifications, which can affect their performance. Having your clubs regularly checked for proper lie angle is a good way to ensure that they are performing optimally and helping you play your best golf. Depending on the clubhead material used for irons we would normally suggest a lie angle check and adjustment every 12-18 months if you play regularly. This is especially important if you use forged irons as they bend easier.
To sum up the blog, lie angle is an important aspect to take into account when purchasing clubs and if it's something you have never checked before. It affects the direction in which the ball will travel after impact, and having the right lie angle can improve ball flight and accuracy.
If you would like to have your current clubs lie angles checked or book in for a fitting, please don’t hesitate to contact us or making a booking on the link below.