Flat lie angles, patience & free ride down

Disregarding flat lies and their effects on pulls … I have a question.

If I stand completely vertical and swing across my torso like a baseball swing … it’s quite easy.

As soon as myself (or a vast majority of golfers) bend forward from the waist and are forced to swing on an incline plane … the shaft tends to get thrown over the top and cuts across the target line, missing the 4:30 line (and compensations are made).

My question:

Is the need for patience during transition reduced …. the flatter your clubs are set up? This is correct right? Someone with a massively upright backswing with upright lie angles must need to feel like they wait longer in transition?

That’s the illusion in golf - the feeling that from the top you need to throw the club at the ball. The reality is that you have to get the club down to the 4:30 line and centered on the chi-line before you can begin to work the club to the ball. Flat lie angles certainly help with that because it helps counteract the feeling of having to stand up the club in impact.

Toughest thing for me to learn is just how late the late hit is.


@LesMurray what do you mean by chi-line?

Disregard … this covers all my answers.