How Golf Club Lie Angle Affects Your Swing

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Whether at one-on-one lessons or on the course with friends, we see countless amateur golfers whose clubs aren’t properly fitted to their body structure. Too long, too short, of course that happens all the time. But the aspect of club fitting that’s most crucial but most often incorrect is their lie angle. Proper golf club lie angle is essential for solid contact with the ball, and this is a fact that so few amateur golfers have been taught.

In this helpful video lesson, PGA Professional Eric Hogge teaches you why golf club lie angle is so important for the outcome of your stroke. He uses a lie board to show you exactly what he means, and explains the effect of having your clubs fitted to you rather than you adapting to your clubs.

Why Golf Club Lie Angle Matters

Shaft angle, or the angle at which the hosel exits the head of the club, ought to be tailored to your swing. If the situation is reversed, and you’re adjusting your swing to accommodate the shaft angle, your ball contact will be inconsistent and you will always be uncomfortable with your swing.

To demonstrate his point, Eric pulls out a lie board to help you better understand the purpose of proper golf club lie angle. With a lie board, you can learn where the bottom of your club is making contact with the ground. If the mark is on the toe of your club head, the ball will go sharply one way. If it’s on the heel, it’s probably going to go the exact opposite. The goal is, obviously, consistent square contact as near to the club face as possible.

You can learn a lot about your swing habits by examining the marks you make with a lie board. Give the lie board a try and incorporate some of Eric’s golf swing tips into your training routine, and you’ll be happy to see what happens to your score!