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Golf Club Shaft Droop and the “Proper” Iron Lie Angle

Golf Club Shaft Droop and the “Proper” Iron Lie Angle

Golf Club Shaft Droop and the “Proper” Iron Lie Angle

It’s important to have them both properly fit for your game.

Most experienced golfers understand the importance of being properly fit with the correct lie angle on their irons. However, many expect the iron head to be soled at address — when it’s resting on the ground in preparation for a shot — as they would like to see it at impact.

This is a mistake. You actually need to be fit so the iron’s sole is setting slightly toward the heel while resting on the club’s sole.

Why in the world would you purposely want the sole not to be even and straight at address?

This is because as you swing the club at full speed a phenomenon happens to the golf shaft called dynamic bowing — which is most often referred to as “droop.”

Droop is a downward bending of the golf shaft during the downswing.

The weight of the clubhead actually pulls itself down toward the ground. A result is that the flexible golf shaft is slightly bowed, causing the club’s sole, or underside, to be presented to the turf (the ground line) at impact at a slightly flatter lie angle than what the manufacturer intended.

Take a look at the accompanying pictures and you’ll get the idea.

You’ll see an iron head soled as it should be at impact, which is nice and even and straight across the ground line (allowing for the curve of sole’s radius, of course).

Lie Angle and Droop

An example of an iron soled properly at impact.

Next you’ll see the sole as it should be at address. This lets you position your arms and hands where they should be to simulate the striking of the ball. Notice that the club is soled slightly toward the heel of the sole. This is to allow for the shaft’s droop.

Lie Angle and Droop

Here’s an iron soled properly at address.

Now take a look at the picture showing how the shaft is bowed or drooped which creates a flatter lie at impact.

Lie Angle and Droop

This is what it looks like when a shaft droops.

Finally, there is one more picture showing an iron head that is soled too much toward the heel at address. See (Below.) how the clubhead is setting way back toward the heel. In this example the clubhead would be way too upright to allow for the droop.

This causes the golfer to come into impact with the head soled excessively too upright.

Lie Angle and Droop

Hopefully, you can spot when your iron is too upright, such as this one.

It would cause you to hit the ball off to the left of the intended target (for a right-handed golfer).

Why is that? If a clubface is too upright at impact, the clubface will be pointing slightly to the left.

Conversely, if the clubhead impacts the ball with a lie angle that is too flat, then the clubface will be pointing too far to the right of the target. Also, the greater the loft on the clubhead, the greater the face plane is misaligned and the greater the target is missed.

Hopefully, you now understand that getting fit for the proper lie angle will not only improve your chance of making solid contact with a nice clean divot, but also help you fine-tune your shot-making accuracy.


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