Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond
Crap -- are you the Anti-Christ to my posting?
Trying to get these guys to develop a proper set up, not some overarching weirdness so when they get fitted, their putter looks like Frankensten's monster.
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Yea I got ya. I agree with the eyes thing. For me the eyes should always bee looking at the ball so the golfer is not looking down the bridge of his nose at the ball, basically upper back should not be ram rod straight. This means as the clubs get shorter, the more hunched or lean over the person needs to be. This is why wedges have a steeper swing path. Look at Jack Nicklaus when he putted. He was hunched over the ball.
I don't mind a slight hinge. Some doing during the swing, like a small loading of the club, were the hands move forward before the club does. Others will preset their wrist more forward, like Phil. I am in the camp of a slight preset before the swing, it helps me lock in my right wrist angle. Yea forward pressing can open the clubface up. People can adjust the set up to get that corrected if it is an issue.
Originally Posted by boogielicious
Not sure I agree with this and neither does my fitter (Golf Digest Top 100). It affects more than just start direction of the ball at contact as you state in your post. It affects your aim as well. With the lie at 71, my aim was 1/2 off center at 10 feet. At 68, it was dead center. Players who have toe up, like Steve Stricker, have adjusted their aim to the way they like to hold the putter. I would rather have everything be "dead on balls accurate" (that's an industry term) at set up and let my stroke be the only variable.
No, it doesn't. If you take a putter at 71 degrees, and change its lie to 68 degrees, and keep everything the same the ball would end up being about 0.027 inches offline.
See the chart on that thread. Loft of a putter is about 3 degrees. Your talking about a 3 degree change in lie angle. That means it starts off line 0.1572 degrees. From there it is basic geometry.