One of the most important considerations when buying a set of irons is the golf club lie angle. This is the angle between the shaft and the ground when you hold a club in a normal playing position. It’s important because it affects how the club interacts with the ground at impact. Unfortunately, this spec is different for each manufacturer.
Measuring the Lie Angle
Traditionally, anyone who wanted to measure this angle would use an impact board and a piece of tape that was attached to the club’s sole. Unfortunately, some people have started to question this method over the years saying that there are a lot of different reasons why this method is inaccurate. This is why golfers today use a launch monitor to determine a lie angle. Doing so is a much more effective and accurate way to determine the point of impact.
When you’re able to have a launch monitor test conducted on your golf clubs you’ll be able to see how well your set of clubs is working for you. Fortunately, if they’re not working as well as you’d initially hoped for there is something that can be done about it. You can have the irons flattened or straightened out some and by doing so your ball will be able to fly through the air better. All it takes is one simple fix and you’ll have a lot more control over your golf ball.
Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the system that’s used in conducting a launch monitor test. If this is true for you, you’ll be happy to know that there’s still an easy way to measure if your irons’ angle line is correct and all you need is a marker. Simply draw a straight line on the back of your golf ball and situate it so it’s facing your clubhead. If you make impact, the line will disappear. However, if it’s pointing towards the toe your club is too upright and if it’s pointing towards the heel, it’s too flat.
A golf club lie angle is really important because it will greatly impact the initial direction of each shot you take. Unfortunately, not every iron is created equally. It’s also quite common for the majority of golfers today to not have the right specifications for their swing even though this is something that’s relatively easy to fix since you can bend most clubs.