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  1. Alllright. Iacas told me to post here so here we go. I am very tall and long armed. I've been playing for a year. I've gone through many sets of used clubs learning what works for me.... graphite, steel, blade, cavity back, stiff, regular, senior flex. I've watched hours and hours of YouTube instruction. So I've got some knowledge. I want to know what is best for me in regards to ball position and flex and bounce and all that. Why do Nicklaus and Norman always play the ball off the left instep, but others move it back. It seems to me you'd have to follow through with your right side much more. If I move it back I have to keep more weight back or I dig. If I move it up I have to keep more weight on my left or I top it...Does the lie of the ball dictate ball position and how steeply you swing? I can crank a 4,5,6 iron out of inch tall grass, but I chunk it off a mat or bare lie. Is this normal? I'm sure part of it is my clubs are standard length, and my groove is about 2 degrees upright (some of my clubs are bent up and don't dig as much). I also hit off the toe less with stiff shafts but get less distance....does any of this resonate with you all?
  2. When I bought my irons (used) from a pro shop they adjusted them 1* up for me. This was huge improvement over my first set of irons which I bought as "standard". However, I never gave any thought to the lie angle of my hybrids (I bought them online) until this weekend, when I was cleaning them. I noticed there is an "upright" setting on the tip, so I tried it out of curiosity. Not only was this much more comfortable at address, but the ball flight was very good - a slight draw like my irons. Previously I have played a slight push with those, and I think (I'm hopeful) that's now gone.. Anyway, does lie angle matter for drivers like it matters for irons & hybrids? A quick google search reveals a wide array of opinions. What is your practical experience? I apologize if this has already been discussed, I have searched the forums and did not see anything. Many thanks in advance.
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