Originally Posted by arturo28mx
I have read numerous articles that say that driver lie angle is not important because the face is so upright (as opposed to high lofted irons where lie angle matters a lot).
1. Some OEMs offer drivers that have adjustable lie angles
2. When I set my Titleist 913 D2 driver to a 0.75 degree more upright lie angle I got considerably straighter and longer shots. I know other people have obtained similar improvements in this setting.
So, I am confused, does driver lie angle matter or not? and why?
Please help me understand.
Yes, it matters. It shifts the baseline of the shot a little bit one way or the other. It's definitely less than higher lofted clubs, but on any club more than zero degrees loft, it has some effect. See below.
Originally Posted by Hardballs
A too flat iron would hit the ground toe first, causing the shot to go right,
Yeah, but's not really anything to do with the contact with the ground, it's fact that the club is now pointed a different direction. Try to imagine an arrow coming out of the club that is exactly perpendicular to the face of the club (picture an 8 or 9 iron). When the club is sitting on the ground perfectly level, if you stand behind it, the arrow will be pointing directly at the target. Now, if you just raise the handle of the club up, such that only the toe of the club is on the ground, can you see how that arrow would now be pointing to the right of the target? The opposite is, obviously, that if you drop the handle down, and only the heel is on the ground, the arrow is now pointing well to the left of the target.
The same is true for a driver, but it's a lot more subtle, simply because the angles change a lot less due to so much less loft in the club.
EDIT: I'm such a know-it-all idiot ... I should have just watched arturo's video. What he explains (much better than me) from 1:28 on, is exactly what I was trying to convey.