When a rocket is traveling through an atmosphere, the component of the aerodynamic force in the direction of motion is called drag, and the component perpendicular to that is called lift. Usually a rocket is pointed in nearly the same direction as motion, but not necessarily exactly. See the NASA illustration below.
For simulation, and for flight guidance and control, consideration of lift is essential. Lift is therefore important.
My question though: is lift ever useful when rockets are traveling in an atmosphere?
And here, I mean "rocket-shaped" rockets; not car-shaped, or plane-shaped rockets, but the long, approximately cylindrically symmetric ones that tend to fly from low altitudes up into space. (yes, and more frequently these days, back down again).