Why are the bond angles of #"SF"_4# less than predicted by VSEPR theory for a trigonal bipyramidal geometry?
Well, the lone pair is on the equatorial plane, so it repels away the bonding-electron pairs for both the equatorial and the axial atoms.
Since the lone pair of electrons is on the equatorial plane, the equatorial atoms are crunched together the most. That repulsion is the most direct.
There is also only one lone pair, so no counteracting lone pair decreases the influence of the other (unlike in water, which has an