Golf Club Specs: Lie
Measuring Lie Angle
A golf club’s lie angle is a measurement of how parallel the club’s sole is to the ground at address. The measurement, in degrees, is given as being “flat” or “upright” as compared to the club’s “standard” lie angle. The performance of the club during the swing will best determine each club’s proper lie angle: If the lie angle is too upright, the heel will dig into the ground, and if the lie angle is too flat, the toe will dig into the ground.
Lie Angle Fitting and Adjustment (The flatter against the ground, the better.)
Determining the proper lie angle of each iron and wedge is a crucial part of the golf club fitting process. A lie angle that’s off by even one degree can result in up to 10 yards of side-to-side dispersion from your intended line on a well-struck ball. For example, a tall golfer may desire to stand straighter at address, and thus would require an upright lie angle. By adjusting the angle 2 degrees upright, for example, the golfer may make a more comfortable address position and thus the club need not be lengthened.
Adjusting Forged Vs. Cast Clubheads
While it is rare for metalwoods to need lie adjustments, lie angle in irons and wedges may be adjusted by bending the hosel to the desired position. It’s important to note, however, that clubheads manufactured using the casting method usually should not be bent more than two degrees in either direction (upright or flat). Forged clubheads are easier to bend and are much less susceptible to breaking during the bending process.