A golf club loft angle and lie angle are very important attributes. Golfers can benefit from getting this checked and adjusted if necessary. The golf club manufacturers have a general accepted concept of what constitutes a “standard” loft and lie angle for the majority of golfers. Whether this factory standard is right for your individual swing, however, is something all golfers need to discover for themselves.
Lie is the angle from the shaft to the ground when the golf club is placed on the ground in a normal playing position. Lie reflects where the sole of the club head is striking the ground. If the lie of your golf clubs is not correct for your type of golf swing it can affect how consistently you make good contact with your particular clubs. The club lie can be adjusted for a golfer that has a more upright or flatter swing, or for unusually tall or short golfers. When standing stand at address with a golf club, if the bottom of the club head is touching the ground more on the heel (lie too upright) or toe (lie too flat), the lie needs to be adjusted. If the toe of the club head is touching the ground, your shots will have a tendency to travel to the left or hook left (for a right handed golfer). In this case, you would require a lie angle adjustment (bending) that would lower the lie angle. Conversely, if the heel of the club is touching the ground, your shots will have a tendency to fly to the right or fade (for a right handed golfer). In this case, you would require a lie angle adjustment (bending) that would raise the lie angle.
Loft is the angle of the club face that controls trajectory of the golf shot and affects distance. Stronger or weaker lofts can lead to higher, lower, longer, or shorter ball flights. The standard loft on manufactured golf clubs varies from brand to brand. Loft is considered to be more of an individual preference based on the desired ball flight. But, the distance you hit the golf ball is also a factor. If you are struggling for more distance and also hitting the ball very high, you might want to consider an adjustment your loft. Golf clubs have varying degrees of loft, lower angles for the longer clubs and getting progressively larger for the shorter clubs. So, the shorter clubs have the most loft to allow hitting the ball higher.
Loft and Lie Can Change With Repeated Club Usage
If you hit the ground regularly with your swing and take a lot of divots – you can actually alter the loft and lie on your clubs without even realizing it. Especially with clubs continually hitting out of the rough, off cart paths, and out of wooded areas. Also, if you spend a lot of time at the golf range working on your swing – hitting off a standard mat with concrete foundation can also push your loft and lie of a club out of sync with repeated use. Your clubs may actually develop gaps between stated lofts that will affect shot distance, trajectory, and accuracy.
Putter Loft and Lie
A putter head face should be square to the ball and flat at address through impact. Putters do have loft and lie as well that can be adjusted. Instead of going out an buying a new putter when dissatisfied with your results, try and have it adjusted and fitted. You can improve your putting stats by having your putter adjusted to match your build and putting stroke.
In terms of lie, if the toe of the putter is sticking up in the air with the heel down, the tendency is to pull the ball slightly to the left (for a right handed golfer). Conversely, if the toe of the putter is down and the heel is up in the air, the tendency is to push the ball slightly to the right (for a right handed golfer). An incorrect lie angle will also cause a slightly less solid contact hit with poor energy transfer, hence making distance control more difficult.
In terms of loft, you do generally need some loft to lift your ball out of the shallow depression caused by the ball’s weight on to the top of the grass to achieve a truer roll. But, too much loft can compromise distance along with directional control as the ball will tend to skid and bounce after impact. On the other hand, too little loft can compress the ball into the turf with similar unwanted effects especially in wet conditions. The standard built-in loft of most putters is two to four degrees. The rule of thumb is that with slow greens more loft is necessary, and fast greens require less loft.
These two factors can make a big difference with all of the clubs in your bag in making solid, consistent ball contact. Most clubs are bought standard, off-the-rack, and the majority of golfers have no idea of the importance of properly fitting loft and lie angles to their physical size and individual swing plane. We have the best loft and lie bending machine in the industry. Our business can check and adjust these factors to correct a club that is off, as well as making a change to better fit your swing. Our industry best Bending Machine can adjust woods, irons, hybrids, and putters with our many jigs – bending bars – and positioning blocks.