Lie Angle Fitting

Golf Club Lie Angle

Lie angle of your clubs is essential. It can affect shots hit with both woods and irons because it will greatly affect the initial direction of your shots. Lie angle is defined as the angle between the shaft and the ground line when the club is measured in normal playing position with the center of the sole touching the ground line. The lie angle is much more important on irons than on woods due to club length and loft angle of the woods. It can still be of use on the woods in extreme cases.

Below is a chart the gives lie angle based on height and wrist-to-floor measurement. You can use this as a "starting point" when determining the ideal lie angle for you.

Height 4' 10” - 5' 6” 5' 6” - 6' 2” 6' 2” - 6' 7”
Wrist-to-Floor Measurement      
40"   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
35" Standard Standard Standard
34" Standard Standard Standard
33" Standard Standard 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  

There is also an easy way to measure if your lie angle is correct on your irons. All you need is a Sharpie Permanent Marker. Draw a straight line on the back of the golf ball, and have it facing the clubhead. After you make impact the line will appear on the face. If it’s pointing towards the toe, then your club is too upright. If it’s pointing towards the heel, then it’s too flat. If the line is perpendicular to the grooves on the face, then your lie angle is correct.