The golf industry has struggled for decades. This is yet to find out a proper measurement system to determine the angles of the golf club. For a long time, most manufacturers made a point that only they were able to measure the lie angle of the golf club. Due to possessing their own proprietary method, they claimed that. But, things have changed a lot.
The correct geometric method for loft, lie, and angles are mainly to index the club’s face behavior. In this process, the club head’s face attitude is closely seen in the horizontal and square plane to correctly meter the club’s angles in relation to the shaft plane.
The lie of a golf club is one of the nucleus things for any club. If the lie doesn’t match correctly, there’s a big chance of producing a shot that goes in the wrong way. Here, we’ll talk about how to measure the lie angle on the golf club. Let’s check.
How is the Lie of a Golf Club Measured?
The first question of this discussion can be what is a lie angle? Lie angle is generally an angle between the shaft of the club and the surface when the club shows up at sway corresponding to the land.
Further, it situates in the central point of a golf ground. There are two facts about the lie angle –
Flat Lie Angle –
It is mainly the lower lie angle. The lower lie angle than the standard angle is known as the flat lie angle.
UpRight Lie Angle –
The higher lie angle than the standard is called the Up Right Lie Angle.
Lie is an angle between the alloy and the earth line when the club is measured in a normal playing position with the center of the unique touching the line.
It is quite complicated to measure the lie angle of a golf club. But, there’s a way. Pick the golf club first. Then, keep it on a table with the dead-end touching the surface line. There are various places the club could be positioned.
In this example to detect the lie of a golf club, the club length will be 38” measured including the backspace. In order to touch the centre of the sole to hit the ground, the dead-end of the grip is 32.91” off of the surface. We will take the help of trigonometry to find out the lie angle. Let’s begin the math –
Sin-1 (32.91”/38”) = sin-1 (0.866”) = 60°
From this equation, let’s find out the length of the remaining side.
Cos (60°) X 38” = Cos (0.5) x 38” = 19.00”
Now, take the same club and slip the dead-end down the wall. So, it could be estimated 32.23” (38 ¼”) off of the ground. After that, there’s a big possibility of two things are happening. The first thing is that the heel of the club is sliding away from the wall. Another thing is that the dead-end is 5/8” lower in relation to the ground.
Furthermore, it also kicks out the heel about 1 1/8” outward to 20.14”. On the other hand, the second thing will be heel part of the club is resting off of the ground. At this moment, the lie angle of the club in this position is –
Sin-1 (32.23”/38”) = Sin-1 (0.848”) = 58°
Hence, you’ve to realize some things. The most important thing is this is not the lie of the head. Did lie change? Hell, no! Because it didn’t fulfill the demand of the definition of a lie.
The manufacturer planned for the club at the effect of having the focal point of the sole contacting the ground. This is the reason when the heel of the club touched the ground, the club is said to be too upright.
Now, let us bring out the opposite by progressing the heel of the club very close to the wall. Move the dead-end near the wall so that it will be estimated at 33.55” (38 1/2”). Now, again do the math and find out the answer of club position right now –
Sin-1 (33.55”/38”) = Sin-1 (0.883”) = 62°
The length of the remaining side:
Cos (62°) X 38” = Cos (0.469) x 38” = 17.84”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are there standards for loft and lie angles?
There is actually no standard for loft and lie angles. This is a kinda myth. Most companies’ loft and lie angles don’t differ much. In such a case, you can buy a golf iron or club as your wish. It won’t matter at all. You have to learn the loft and lies angles by yourself. Get a club and adjust yourself to it. However, it is important to know the exact information about the club’s loft and lie angles. When you use the lie test before purchasing, do it. After learning, try to accommodate and start working hard.
Are the club companies produce gradually consistent clubs?
If we talk directly, then the answer will be “no”. The truth is that all the golf club companies in the world always try to produce consistent products. However, they aren’t willing to do so. There’s a reason behind it. Actually, they don’t need to build consistent products at all. Not all the set that produces in the factories has exact specs.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t happen always. Inconsistencies are very common in the lofts and lies of a club.
This is not a matter of ignoring. If you are a beginner and want to do progress in golf, you have to master loft and lie angles. The importance of correct lie angle is an essential thing for success.
So, don’t underestimate it. Another thing is lie angle can only be balanced on irons and some Hybrids. If you have any more queries regarding the topic, do it in the box below.