Hey CB, I have to disagree somewhat.
I can't for the life of me understand how if the length of the putter is either shortened or lengthened that it will change the existing lie angle ?
I would have thought that changing the length of a putter ( longer ) might make it a bit harder to aim versus making it shorter. Given that if it was made longer you may have to stand further away from the ball and not be able to get your eye-line relatively over the ball and target line.
I need to know how the changing of the lie angle would effect the loft, as well ?
Hi Jon, hope you are well.
What we have found when measuring putting which was interesting is with adding length to the putter two scenarios can occur with lie angle. If the putter it too long the player makes changes to set up by standing further away from the ball and putters toe rises up. The face angle changes where the is closed or shut causing deloft as well, although in reality is the collision dynamics changes. When the toe is up, the Face of the putter face collides with the right center of the ball and therefore the ball goes left causing a pull.
The other scenario is the golfer doesn't change setup and the hands are higher causing the putter to be toe down the opposite effect occurs. The Toe being down the face is open and increases loft. The Collision dynamics is the Collision of the face hits the left side center of the ball causing a push.
With a Shortening putter the opposite effects can occur. When the putter is shorten the golfer will tend to stand closer to the ball and Toe down effect occurs causing pushes. If the golfer doesn't change their setup. The putter will be a toe up effect causing a push.
I heard of similar findings by others who fit people's putters by using laser beam. Actually a great tool to use for aiming practice as well.
What we have found is if changing length the fitter needs to adjust the lie angle to suit the golfers setup.
Myself I had a Ping fit, they added length and my lie angle was a few flat by memory, at first I started pulling the ball because I got slopped with my setup or truth be known hadn't been practicing. I dropped my hands and stood further from the ball. I felt like my eyes weren't over the ball so I did a little practice doing some mirror work, to get my eyes over the ball. I discover my setup was sloppy, hands low and standing too far away. I went back to my original correct setup to when I was fitted to and no longer pull my putts.
Edited by Zenstb, 06 December 2016 - 02:37 PM.