Every golfer knows that it takes a good level of consistency to be great on the course. You will be caught between swinging correctly and trying to hit the ball in the middle of the face with your iron constantly. These are already tough jobs, and the last thing you want to do is attempt them while your team is working against you. But if your irons don’t have the correct lie angle, it will definitely work against you.
Are you surprised? Let’s discuss the lie angle and how it can affect your golf journey.
So what is a lie angle in golf? The lie angle is the angle between the shaft of your club and the ground when it arrives at impact parallel to the ground. The lie angle is one of the essential aspects to consider when purchasing a set of golf irons. Keep in mind that different manufacturers have different specifications for the lie angle of their clubs, and golfers may need to adjust them depending on the type of swing they’re aiming for.
Over time, we’ve seen golfers start using their new sets of irons without thinking about adjustments. While this may seem correct, it generally means that you have conditioned yourself to play in a particular way. Unfortunately, despite the great importance of lie angle, many golfers overlook it when purchasing their set of irons. They often don’t realize that not adjusting their lie angles correctly could result in their shots drifting 8-10 yards off their intended target, regardless of how accurately the player attempts to swing.
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Different Angles Of a Lie Angle
As we explained earlier, there are different angles of a lie angle, and each brand can adopt its lie angle depending on various other specifications. The lie will be called “too tight” if the toe of the club is raised too high above the ground. The position would generally have the heel of the club hit the turf first before touching the ball. Therefore, it closes the clubface at impact and sends the ball flying to the left.
On the other hand, the stick would be called “too flat” if its heel is too high and causes the toe of the stick to sink into the ground. This would generally open up the clubface at impact and send the ball flying to the right.
So you can pick a hint about the lie angle of your stick from your cheat sheet. Deeper indentations in the toe box may indicate that the stance lie angle is too flat. Otherwise, the deeper indentations in the heel show that your lying angle is vertical.
It is important to understand that the correct lie angle will not necessarily be dictated by how the clubhead sits at the address. Instead, it will be dictated by the club’s interaction with the ground at impact.
The degree that will be referred to as the “standard” entering angle can differ from brand to brand, and this is why we generally recommend a custom fit. For example, a Titleist Velocity club would have its lie angle for a seven iron marked 63°, while a ping iron with the same description would be marked 62°. Most people also realize that they will need different irons to bring different angles to their game.
In the end, you’ll want to focus more on getting the lie angle for your irons and wedges more correctly compared to woods. This preference is generally due to the higher lofts that irons and wedges have. Of course, a larger wedge indicates a greater offline direction. Getting the correct lie angle is vital when setting up your new club. But beyond that, we recommend checking them periodically to prevent the lie angle from bending due to overuse.
So Why is Lie Angle Important?
Yes, we all know that knowing the lie angle of a golf club is important. After all, it affects the direction of the clubface at impact.
This means it will be a challenge to accurately hit a lie angle that is way off. However, on the rare occasions that you do manage to hit the ball accurately, it will mean that you have made various adjustments and trade-offs to achieve this.
How Do You Find the Correct Lie Angle For Your Golf Clubs? (3 Techniques)
Whenever we talk about lie angle and its importance in golf, we often hear golf fans ask about finding the correct lie angle for their clubs. Well, there are a few ways to know what lying angle you should have.
Use A Launch Monitor
The first and perhaps most popular method of figuring out the correct lie angle for your club is to use a launch monitor. Different brands of launch monitors may work differently, and you’ll need to understand how it works to use it efficiently. Some launch monitors are designed to track the position of a club at impact. You’ll usually find this equipment at certified club tune-up facilities, so you’ll get all the information you need to know during the tune-up.
Using A Lie Board
Another popular way to find out your lie angle is with the lie board kit. You will also have to go to an installer to access this computer as in the first option. Here, a ball would be placed on a backboard and a sticker would be placed on the sole of your stick. Each hit would cause your stick to impact the board, leaving a mark on the sticker. This marking on the decal usually indicates how far the entering lie angle needs to be adjusted.
As the name implies, this method is simple and can be done by any golfer. Simply draw a thick line on your golf ball with a permanent marker. Make sure the line is vertical and facing the target when you place it on the ground. This would cause the ball to leave a stain on your stick when contact is made.
If the line stain on your stick faces to the left, it means the lie angle is too flat. If the spot on the line faces to the right, it means the lie angle is too vertical. This is by far the easiest method to verify, although it may not be as accurate as the other methods listed here.
You Need A Club Fitter
We cannot stress this point enough.
If you want your club to provide you with exactly what you need, you’ll need to accommodate it. Of course, you can start playing with your club outside of the pack and still get some level of success. However, playing at the top requires a lot of precision, and stick tuning gives you this.
Almost every major club manufacturer has a guide or chart attached to their package to make the whole process of changing the lie angle easier. However, you do not want the hassle of doing it yourself.
Usually Ping leads the way in club setting. It’s a simple color-coded point system that allows you to determine the your lie angle. With it, you can know if your lieangle is standard, flat or vertical.
If you take your club in for adjustment, club fitters will usually start by taking a hand-to-ground measurement. This measurement helps them determine the distance from the tips of your fingers to the ground when you are standing with your arms by your side. Club fitters often use the measurement as a reference to get started.
Then, you’ll be asked to hit a few shots while carefully watching the flight of the ball and the part of the sole of your club that makes contact with the ground. Some installers would use a lie table or launch monitor, as explained above. An installer can adjust your lieangle to suit your swing with the data collected.
Wrapping Things Up On The Lie Angle Of Golf
That’s all there is to it; a full explanation of what a lie angle is and why it’s important in golf. To summarize briefly, the lying angle of your irons is very important because it significantly affects the initial direction of your shots.
For starters, you need to keep in mind that different irons are made differently, and you’ll need to find irons with the right specs for your swing. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult journey, which is why most golfers prefer to buy what is available and tailor it to what they need.
Most sticks can be installed after purchase. However, you will need to test the current angle to see what kind of results it offers. If you’re not comfortable with the current angle, why not? You may change it to fit your playing style.
Remember that having the wrong angle set can be the difference you need in your pursuit of accuracy.