Many amateur golfers are concerned about driver shaft length but lie angle is just as important. When you adjust the length of a golf club, the lie angle is also impacted.
To better understand which lie angle you need for your game and the way that lie angle can change the types of shots you hit, we have put together a golf club lie angle chart to help you understand.
What Is Golf Club Lie Angle?
Lie angle is the angle between the shaft and the ground.
To make this simpler to understand, I always like to think of it as where the toe of the club is pointing. If I stand over the golf ball and the toe is raised from the ground and pointing up, it’s an upright lie angle.
If I stand over the ball and it seems as though the heel is raised above the ground and the toe end of the club is almost digging, that’s a flatter lie angle.
The goal for all golfers is to have a lie angle that allows a golf club to sit flat on the ground when they are at the address. Every golf club in the bag has a lie angle, including the putter.
What Happens if Lie Angle Is Not Correct?
If the lie angle of your golf club needs to be corrected, you will notice issues with ball flight and consistency.
With lie angles too upright, the heel of the club will dig into the ground and tend to close the clubface. With a closed clubface, expect the shot to go left of the target.
When the lie angle is too flat, the clubface can often open a bit at impact, causing a shot that ends up too far right of the target. The good news is that the lie angle can be quickly adjusted by bending the club with the proper equipment.
Is There A Standard Golf Club Lie Angle?
Just as you will find standard golf club length and loft, the lie angle can be the same. As a golfer, it’s essential to understand what a standard lie angle is to ensure your adjustments to the angle are proper when you purchase your set.
Remember, there is nothing that states that a golf manufacturer needs to keep their lie angle standard or in line with what the standard is. In fact, the lie angle is greatly impacted by the lofting of these modern clubs, and that is where you see some major discrepancies and changes.
|Standard Golf Club Lie Angle Chart|
|3 Iron||58 degrees|
|4 Iron||59 degrees|
|5 iron||60 degrees|
|6 iron||61 degrees|
|7 iron||62 degrees|
|8 iron||63 degrees|
|9 iron||64 degrees|
Lie Angle Chart Modern Game Improvement Set
This chart takes a look at the loft, lie and length of the TaylorMade Stealth irons. The TaylorMade Stealth golf clubs are considered to be game improvement golf clubs, and they have lie angles that are in line with what the standard is for the most part.
You will notice that the lie angle on the longer irons in this set is a little higher. This happens with the lofts being so strong while forgiveness is also high.
Using something like this Ping color chart is also helpful when finding iron lie angle.
TaylorMade Stealth Irons
Lie Angle Chart Modern Blade Style Irons
A modern blade style iron like the Taylormade P7MB irons has lie angles that are a little lower than they are in the TaylorMade Stealth.
There is no perfect lie angle; instead, you have to find what works for the needs of your game.
Work with a professional fitter to determine the lie angle you need based on the club you are swinging.
Instead of bending the lie angle based on the standard, it’s best to look at the lie angle adjustments needed of the individual club you try.
|TaylorMade P7MB Irons|
Golf Club Fitting Chart/Lie Angle Based On Height
When you go for a golf club fitting, you are likely getting a dynamic golf fitting. However, in addition to a dynamic golf fitting, there are also static fitting measurements that some fitters will use.
These static fitting measurements will give you an idea of the lie angle you may need in your golf clubs based on your total height and your wrist-to-floor length.
A taller golfer with standard-length arms will likely need a standard lie angle. However, if a player’s arms are considerably shorter, they may need something more upright, and the opposite is true for players with shorter arms.
These static fitting measurements can help get an idea of the starting point, but a dynamic fitting that considers your angle of attack, your speeds, natural abilities at impact, and more, is a much better solution.
Remember, if you know that your standard golf lie angle adjustment is 1 degree flat, you must be aware of how different the clubs you are using are from the standard. This can impact the overall performance as well.
|Wrist to Floor||4’ 10” to 5’ 6”||5’ 6” to 6’ 2”||6’ 2” to 6’ 7”|
|40″||3 Upright||3 Upright||3 Upright|
|39″||3 Upright||3 Upright||2 Upright|
|38″||2 Upright||2 Upright||2 Upright|
|37″||2 Upright||2 Upright||1 Upright|
|36″||1 Upright||1 Upright||Standard|
|32″||Standard||1 Flat||1 Flat|
|31″||1 Flat||2 Flat||2 Flat|
|30″||2 Flat||2 Flat||3 Flat|
|29″||3 Flat||3 Flat|
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about lie angle and how it will impact you as a golfer.
What lie angle should my clubs be?
Lie angle is a measurement that you should choose based on your height and arm length. A golf club fitting professional can help you determine which lie angle is the best for you.
How do I know what lie angle I need?
Using a lie board, you can hit shots showing where the bottom of the club is striking the turf or the board. If you have a piece of golf club fitting tape on the bottom of the club, it will show you exactly what lie angle the club needs to be adjusted to.
Do shorter golfers need a flatter lie angle?
Shorter golfers typically need a flatter lie angle. However, if shorter golfers have short arms and do not need the club to be quite as short, they can switch to a standard or more upright angle and have just as much luck.
What lie angle do most pros use?
Golf pros will have individual lie angles that suit the needs of their golf game. With the way professional golfers get tour-level fitters to help them with their equipment each week, they never need to worry about having the proper lie angle.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what the golf club lie angle chart can do for you. You can use this as a way to establish a baseline for the golf clubs that you need.
Golf club lie angle is one of the most important fitting parameters in the game; keep that in mind the next time you are looking for new golf clubs.