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Fit my irons for the way I swing or the way I should swing?

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I've been looking at a new set of irons and had a fitting with the PGA pro at a local golf superstore. He noticed I have a swing flaw that is causing me to come over the top.  *If* I can break that bad swing habit, the lie angle would be different than what it would be for my current swing.  I'm certainly willing to work on it, but bad habits can be hard to break.  Which way should I go?  

 

On a more abstract level, should the fitting be dependent on the way I swing the club the day I'm fitted?  I am a high handicap and inconsistent.  I'm afraid I could get fitted three times and get 3 different results.  Intuitively, it  seems like the lie angle should be based on posture and the way the ball is addressed, not the motion of the swing.

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Lie angle should be fit dynamically, that is, during the swing. Different forces cause the club to behave in such a way that it doesn't actually return to its address position, so a lie adjustment based on setup would be flawed.

Everytime I buy clubs, I get at least a basic fitting. Chances are, your clubs will still work for you as you improve. Playing with clubs that don't fit will hinder your ability to play the game and improve. You can always have your clubs bent again at a later time.

Also, your swing is probably more consistent than you think, it's just the results that aren't.
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I've been looking at a new set of irons and had a fitting with the PGA pro at a local golf superstore. He noticed I have a swing flaw that is causing me to come over the top.  *If* I can break that bad swing habit, the lie angle would be different than what it would be for my current swing.  I'm certainly willing to work on it, but bad habits can be hard to break.  Which way should I go?  

 

On a more abstract level, should the fitting be dependent on the way I swing the club the day I'm fitted?  I am a high handicap and inconsistent.  I'm afraid I could get fitted three times and get 3 different results.  Intuitively, it  seems like the lie angle should be based on posture and the way the ball is addressed, not the motion of the swing.

 

Not as much as you think. Lie angle is really determined were your hands are at impact. Basically if your hands move up, and your wrist break down towards the ball, you will change the line angle. You can get a steep angle of attack and keep the lie angle nearly the same. 

 

Here's the thing, anything besides wedges and short irons, lie angle isn't that substantial. You would probably subconsciously adjust over time to it in the way you grip the club. Meaning aiming a bit more left or right, if your missing it slightly. 

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