Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Golf Tip Week Ending 3-6-2013

By Darren

This weeks tip is about a common lie angle fault I see teaching people golf.

In understanding lie angle the first thing to note is the lie angle setup really represents our impact position, making the lie angle at address is basically unimportant.

So the mistake I see is that even though people use upright clubs they very rarely set up with the club soled properly, so the toe sits up at address.

What happens is if you use clubs that are upright just visually seeing the toe up will alter your idea into impact. Instinctively you will raise your hands up to try and get the sole of that club to even out with the grass- whether you know it or not—your brain is smarter than you and the visual look of the club makes your instinct do that even if it is subconsciously.

So say you used club 2 degrees upright and did a measurement of your hands in relation to the ground and your body at address. For eg, we could say your hands are 27 inches above the ground and 5 inches from your belt or girth.

Now what happens when you swing and try and return that visually looking upright club into the ground with the sole bottoming out even with the grass?

1) You will raise your hands up to try match the lie angle correctly
2) The distance between your hands and belt/girth starting point will elongate and become larger in distance

So I would say because of the hands lifting into impact you are now actually bringing the club across the ball and hitting the ball towards the toe of the club…

Hard to explain 100% in words….but grab a club and a ball and start off normal at address then take a slow or mini swing and raise your hands up through impact and stop at the ball (to try match a more upright lie angled club) and see that you are essentially pulling the clubface inward toward you as your hands raise up… no surprise really that a toe hit would result.

It is all based on timing but clubs too upright will make the body quit, the hands raise and then it all depends on how much you slap and roll as to the quality of the strike…and if you can somehow square the face up while all that is going on

Flatter clubs make you instinctively want to bring the hands in lower through impact (remember the brain picks this stuff up) and you come closer to imitating your address position at impact… so nothing much changes as drastically throughout impact….so over time things become easier to manage because you are rotating the club through on a truer plane instead of quitting, stalling, slapping and raising all at once and relying on pot luck for a decent shot.