A Common Myth about Lie Angles

                                                                                         LIE ANGLES ALONE DON’T BALANCE YOUR IRONS

There is a wide held belief out there that says simply says if you hit the ball on the toe then your club must be too flat. Conversely if you hit the ball on the heel your club must be too upright. If the club is “Balanced” your tendency will  to hit the club in the middle of the club face regardless of the lie. The lie influences where the ball starts off. Too upright and it moves the launch of the ball to the left and if it is too flat moves the ball to the right (for a right handed player). Almost every day that I do a fitting I have situations/examples where the player is hitting a club off the lie board out on the toe (this a mark on the sole where the sole hits the ground at impact) and yet are almost shanking the ball. There goes that theory out the window again. 

If the lie angle truly determines where you hit the ball on the face. All you would have to do is get your lie angles adjusted perfectly and you will hit the ball in the middle of the face every time. If you don’t hit them all in the middle of the club face it PROVES that THE LIE ANGLES ALONE DON’T BALANCE YOUR IRONS. Take them somewhere else and get all the lies bent and then see what happens. I bet you wont hit them all in the middle of the face because they won’t all be balanced. I had the owner the new Ben Hogan call me and said that he has had his iron lie angles adjusted at the factory and then re adjusted and double checked and all his lies are perfect but he hits the ball on the toe on some of his irons and others he hits in the heel.

PROOF AGAIN THAT LIE ANGLES ALONE DON’T BALANCE YOUR IRONS

Recently for example I had a top female High School player who’s clubs came in that I was going to adjust to her specs. We determined she needed 2.5 degree flat for her lie angle that got her the desired ball flight we were looking for. When I took a look at her 9 iron using my “Hanging Method” I could surmise that it was “Toe Down” and because the shaft hung low in “Position 2” i could determine plotting those 2 positions that she would hit the ball low and on the toe, even though the club was too upright. So I gave her dad a piece of paper that I wrote “low on the toe”, I folded it up and gave him the piece of paper. I asked her to hit a few shots. She hit a series of shots and of course she hit the ball low on the face and on the toe. So it was lie boarding on the heel of the club yet she was hitting the ball on the toe!  There goes that theory out the window again.

Note: There is a tendency to hit the ball a little towards where it lie boards but the point is there is more than just lie that determines where you hit the ball on the face. It is a Matter of Balance ! IF the club is balanced you will hit it in the middle of the club face. If the club is say 2 degree too flat you will push it. If it is say 2 degrees too upright you will pull it but hit it in the middle of the club face.that if its balanced you will hit it in the middle. In extreme cases if the lie is 4 degrees too upright or 4 degree too flat it will effect where you hit it on the face. It’s fascinating stuff.

Todd Pallis

The Club Whisperer