How Does Lie affect Shot Direction?

The lie angle determines if the face of the club will come into impact square and aimed at the target or tilted and aimed to the left or right of the target.

Correct Lie

Lie Too Upright-Ball tends to go left

Lie Too Flat-Ball tends to go right

To check if lie is correct, place a piece of masking tape on the sole of the club and hit a few balls off a mat at the driving range (there are also lie fitting boards that leave a mark on the sole). Note the center of the spot where the sole is hitting the mat (the mark will be left on the masking tape) Measure the distance from the center of the face of the club that the mark appears. A mark towards the toe indicates the lie is too flat, a mark towards the heel indicated the lie is too upright. For every 1/4 inch off center the mark is lie needs to be adjusted 1 degree. Example: If the mark left on the masking tape on the sole (bottom) of the club is 1/2 inch from the center of the face and towards the toe, the lie is 2 degrees too flat and needs to be adjusted 2 degrees upright. Email me at if you have questions.

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