What is lie angle and why is it so important? Let us explain
It is now commonplace for people to go and get custom fit before getting new equipment, but do you really know what the fitters are measuring? Here we take a look at one of the biggest components of custom fitting and what it actually is. So what is lie angle?
What is lie angle?
Lie angle is the angle between the shaft of the club and the ground when the club arrives at impact parallel to the ground.
The lie angle is known as ‘too upright’ when the toe of the club is lifted too high above the ground. This will cause the heel to strike the turf first, shutting the club-face and sending the ball to the left.
Oppositely a ‘too flat’ club has the heel too high causing the toe to dig into the ground. This opens the clubface sending the ball to the right.
Your divots can therefore give clues about if your lie angle is incorrect. If your divots are deeper in the toe it is likely they are too flat compared to divots which are deeper in the heel which would indicate an upright lie angle.
The correct lie angle is not necessarily about how the club-head sits at address but how the club interacts with the ground at impact.
All brands use a different number as their ‘standard’ lie angle which is why it is so important to get custom fit. For example Titleist’s lie angle for a seven iron is 63° compared to 62° in the same Ping iron. You may also find you need different lie angles throughout your set, for example my woods are set more upright than standard while my irons are flatter than standard.
Overall it is more important to get the lie angle of your wedges and irons correct compared to woods. This is due to the fact they have more loft. The more loft there is on the club-face the more offline the face will point for each degree the lie angle is incorrect.
Getting the lie angle correct when you are fitted for new clubs is key but is also important to have them checked periodically as overuse can cause the lie angle to become bent over time.
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