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Should the putter sole be parallel with the surface? In other words, should the lie of the putter be neutral? I notice that on my putter, when in a comfortable position at address, the toe of the putter seems to be down slightly unless I change the shaft angle a bit which puts the putter farther away from me. Can the lie on a putter, generally speaking, be changed easily by a fitter, if needed?

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@iacas is an Edel putter fitter and will be able to answer your question. 

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Thank you. I hope I explained my question well enough and posted it in the correct location.

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There are plenty of really good putters who don't have the sole flat or parallel to the ground. Best example I can give is Steve Stricker. He is toe down like you. That being said most golfers do prefer the look of a level lie putter. It is a repair most shops should be able to do.

But if you putt well with it, I don't know that I would change it.

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Do what works for you, but I think the more important part of putting, besides strike and face to path, is "getting over the ball."  I don't want to putt too far away like with a full swing.  I want to be right over the ball, "feeling" like my elbows are right over the putter head.  The shaft is very vertical unlike the regular swing, for me.

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The lie angle, if off, can affect (just a little) which direction the face is actually pointing.

 

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1 hour ago, Adam C said:

There are plenty of really good putters who don't have the sole flat or parallel to the ground. Best example I can give is Steve Stricker. He is toe down like you. That being said most golfers do prefer the look of a level lie putter. It is a repair most shops should be able to do.

But if you putt well with it, I don't know that I would change it.

Thank you. I think I will take it in and have the lie changed. It's a little thing but it bugs me.

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26 minutes ago, iacas said:

The lie angle, if off, can affect (just a little) which direction the face is actually pointing.

 

If your lie is 4 degrees off with 4 degrees of loft, you would be approx 1.8 inches offline at 30 ft.

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35 minutes ago, iacas said:

The lie angle, if off, can affect (just a little) which direction the face is actually pointing.

 

Wow! My head is spinning. Thanks for pointing me to that info.

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4 minutes ago, Adam C said:

If your lie is 4 degrees off with 4 degrees of loft, you would be approx 1.8 inches offline at 30 ft.

Yep. (But if you're delivering 4° of loft to your putts, you're probably not a very good putter.)

Just now, Zippo said:

Wow! My head is spinning. Thanks for pointing me to that info.

It shows how little the lie angle of a putter really means, basically.

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1 hour ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Putters never lie.  But the operator of the putter sometimes does.

I only lie about my driving distance! 😁

8 minutes ago, Adam C said:

If your lie is 4 degrees off with 4 degrees of loft, you would be approx 1.8 inches offline at 30 ft.

Thanks again. That 1.8 inches might be just enough to make the putt when I miss! I'm going to get it changed now that I know I can. Appreciated.

6 minutes ago, iacas said:

 

It shows how little the lie angle of a putter really means, basically.

That's good to hear. It does bug me though so I might as well get it changed. One less distraction.

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15 hours ago, Zippo said:

I only lie about my driving distance! 😁

Thanks again. That 1.8 inches might be just enough to make the putt when I miss! I'm going to get it changed now that I know I can. Appreciated.

That's good to hear. It does bug me though so I might as well get it changed. One less distraction.

If you really want to fix it, get fit by a good fitter. I did that years ago and it don’t even think about the putter. I just focus on my read, speed and start line.

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1 hour ago, boogielicious said:

If you really want to fix it, get fit by a good fitter. I did that years ago and it don’t even think about the putter. I just focus on my read, speed and start line.

Thanks. I'm going to take it in and get it changed.

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On 6/21/2019 at 4:33 PM, Zippo said:

Thanks again. That 1.8 inches might be just enough to make the putt when I miss!

Of course, it could be enough to allow you to make it when you otherwise would’ve missed, too...  :-D

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So, for a final update - I went in and had them change the lie on my putter so that the sole is more parallel or flat with the ground when I'm standing over it to putt. I also now remove my glove to putt. Between the two changes my putting has much improved. I still 3 putt occasionally but much less often and my stroke "feels" much better. Thanks again for all the info.

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8 minutes ago, Zippo said:

So, for a final update - I went in and had them change the lie on my putter so that the sole is more parallel or flat with the ground when I'm standing over it to putt. I also now remove my glove to putt. Between the two changes my putting has much improved. I still 3 putt occasionally but much less often and my stroke "feels" much better. Thanks again for all the info.

Zippo, today's a good day to get out and practice with your putter. Blue skies. Just don't take the Hannegan road.

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