Be sure to make the proper adjustments to fit your golf club to the right lie angles for your golf swing. The many advantages to having a forged golf club include the ability to bend the metal to fit your particular swing. Before I go into detail about lie angles, while we are on the subject of forged irons I think it’s a brilliant idea if you aren’t already playing a set to consider switching.
The quality of a forged golf club compared to that of a cast iron is 10 times better, having forged irons will not only last longer, but you will experience a different feeling at impact than you would with a cast iron.(a much better feeling) You will start to develop an idea and feel for where you are striking the golf ball on the face. It’s achieving this feedback and awareness that enable you to become a better ball striker. Now back to the topic of lie angles.
The lie angle on your golf club is a certain degree from the bottom of your shaft that extends out towards the toe that the manufacture presets when making the golf club. There are hundreds of different golf clubs, and a Titleist iron may be different from a Callaway. There is no set lie angle.
This poses a significant problem for golfers because not everybody swings the same, nor designed specifically to swing the golf club they bought off the shelf. If the lie angle on your irons hasn’t been checked and bent to match your swing, you need to do this immediately. Especially if you are working hard on your swing. Do It Yourself Lie Angle Adjustment.
If your lie angles are wrong and your grooving a golf swing, it’s one full of compensation. Let’s say, for example, your lie angle is too upright. You make the best swing of your life coming down on plane with a slightly open face, (can’t ask for much more, besides more club head speed) unfortunately, the ball is going to start left of your target. Conversely, if your lie is too flat, the ball will come off right of target with a square face at impact. So in order for you to hit that straight shot with too upright of a lie you are going to have to compensate by opening the club.
Like I said before, it’s all about awareness of impact and knowing what’s going on in order to improve. The process of checking and bending your lies if they are wrong is fairly easy and worthwhile. I promise.
Checking your lies:
All that is required is impact tape and a lie board. Place impact tape on the bottom of the club and take a few swings placing the ball on a lie board.(a Lie board is essentially a sheet of hard plastic)You are looking for each club to show wear in the middle of the tape rather than on the heel or the toe. This means your club is entering the ground level to the ground. Any local golf shop with a net should be able to help you, or your local golf pro.
I also want to add, you should maintain and check up on your lies every so often. If you like to practice off mats or off any hard surface, over time the clubs can bend without your knowledge and could explain why you are having problems with a particular club.