The Golf Club Loft and Lie Angle Explained

The Golf Club Loft and Lie Angle Explained

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Two more pieces of the golf club that I would like you to understand.

Understand the Loft of the Golf Club

Number one is the loft of the golf club. If you take a look at the golf club itLo looks like someone stepped on the club and bent it backwards, that is called loft. This club in my hand is called a pitching wedge, it has a P on the bottom of it. If I want to hit the ball real high and not so far this is the club I am going to use. The loft is going to get the ball to go up in the air. These are the clubs I use when I go out to play in a tournament. According to the rules of golf I can have fourteen clubs in my bag and each one of these clubs is going to have a different loft on it. There will be a number corresponding to the loft. I will have a nine iron, eight, seven, six, five, four, three and I still carry a one iron.

The Lower the Club Number, the Lower the Loft

The lower the number the lower the loft. If I want to hit the ball real high I hit my pitching wedge, if I do not want to hit it as high and I want the ball to go a little further I need to take a club that has less loft on it. This happens to be a five iron, it has a lot less loft on it than the pitching wedge does, and this is going to make the ball come out lower and go further. If I want to hit the ball as far as I can I am going to take this club right here, which is my driver. As you can see this driver does not have much loft on it at all. What that is going to do is make the ball come out lower and go a lot further. So I can have fourteen clubs in my bag and they all have different lofts.

What is the Lie of the Club?

The only other part of the golf club that I would want you to understand would be the lie of the golf club. This looks like an L, the angle between the shaft and the clubhead, just remember the L, that is called the lie. What that allows me to do is that because this club is made out of steel, depending if I am taller or shorter, they can actually bend this club more upright if I am taller or flatter if I am shorter. These are the only other two pieces of the golf club that I want you to understand.

About the Instructor
Ty Andersen
Ty Andersen
Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Phone: 239-272-7086
E-mail: TyPgaPro(at)aol.com

Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.


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