The lie angle of your golf club—that is, the angle formed between the center of the shaft and the ground line—is extremely important for a more accurate and consistent hit. However, since the majority of clubs are mass produced, chances are that your lie angle isn’t properly adjusted. To get it adjusted, there have been two main methods: using a lie board or using dynamic lie fitting. While using a lie board has been the main method for decades, a dynamic lie fitting is a more accurate way to determine your lie angle. Here’s how:
A lie board always lies
A lie board is a flat board with a textured service that, when you swing your club against it, leaves a mark on the sole. In theory, this mark will show the lie angle of the club. If the mark is in the center, then your lie angle is properly adjusted, but if it is not, then it needs to be corrected. However, things are not always that simple. A lie board does not allow for a clean, straight hit, as it impacts the head and shaft when you swing. Additionally, you are unable to make a divot, something that is necessary when using any irons. This results in an inaccurate lie angle.
Dynamic lie fitting is a modern, more accurate solution
A dynamic lie fitting, meanwhile, does not have the drawbacks of a lie board, as it allows you to hit balls from the grass, just as you would when playing a typical round of golf. It’s also remarkably simple to administer. All you have to do is to draw an ink line on the back of the ball and then hit the ball as you normally would. Afterwards, you should see a faint ink line on your club. If the line is in the center, your lie angle is correct, but if it is not, it will need to be adjusted.
Here at Heiser Golf, we use the dynamic lie fitting model in order to accurately judge your lie angle. To learn more, contact us today to schedule your custom club fitting.