Throughout my years of playing, I’ve never paid any attention to specs, particularly lie angle. Until, that is, joining this forum recently.
Before I sign up for the initial modules, I likely will purchase a set of old forged blades and have Lag ABS them (yes, ‘ABS’ is a verb which is a sign of success ) I already own persimmon woods, but may have them ABSed, too, as they may not have desired weight (I remember that my driver has a D2 swing weight when I purchased my woods in the 1970s).
But while sitting here at home on a rainy Sunday watching the 4th round at Pebble (Jimmy Walker is threatening to make this interesting down the stretch), I’ve looked at my irons that I’ve owned since 1983 (Ping Eye2) and looked at a few things online. And, I’m a bit confused and have some questions in order to learn (and I’d like to get them adjusted independent of an ABSed set of blades/persimmons)…
My irons have the ‘orange’ color code, which according to the Ping club charts indicate that they are 2.25* flat. Interestingly, when I apply my own body measurements — 5’8" height and 34.5" wrist to floor — the chart indicates that I should be ‘blue’ – 0.75* upright (and all charts indicate that my body measurements indicate standard club length). But, if that were true, my current clubs should not have the lie that they do at address - toe up, thus too upright. I don’t think my hands are abnormally low at address, but who knows – I’ve never had a lesson or have ever been videotaped.
So obviously these observations lend to my confusion. So, beyond these seeming contradictions, here are some questions:
A flat lie angle is an angle that is lower than ‘standard’. But, what is ‘standard’? Is there a lie angle of say a 6 iron that is deemed to be ‘standard’? Has ‘standard’ changed with changing club technology?
What lie angle is important here — lie angle at address or at impact? Therefore, should lie angle be chosen based on address or at impact (and can/should they be different)? Thus, should lie angle be selected dynamically or statically? And, does the choice (static vs dynamic fitting) depend on the ability of the golfer?
Is shaft length a component I’m not including here and should be? Should lie be fitted after selection of shaft length, because length affects a dynamic lie angle (I have read that every half-inch of length added makes an iron club play 1* more upright, etc.).
I doubt these questions have straightforward answers, but I look forward to any/all responses.