Beginner’s Guide To Bending Loft and Lie
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Beginner’s Guide To Bending Loft and Lie

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Beginner’s Guide To Bending Loft and Lie

Welcome to our beginner’s guide on how to adjust loft and lie angles for golf clubs! This represents a crucial aspect of fine-tuning your gear for optimal performance. We’ll cover how to make these adjustments, what tools or equipment are needed and explain the effects these changes can have. This process isn’t easy so take your time or consult with a local fitter and golf shop before diving in.

The Basics:

You may understand these concept but it’s worth reviewing to ensure everyone has a solid grasp before delving deeper. Let’s clarify what loft, lie angle and bounce are all about.

Loft: The angle of the clubface relative to the ground at impact, determining the trajectory and distance of the golf ball. Higher loft produces higher ball flights while lower loft generates flatter trajectories, essential for achieving optimal distance and control.

Lie: The angle between the club’s shaft and the ground at address. A correct lie angle ensures the club’s sole rests flush against the ground at impact, promoting square contact with the ball and a straighter ball flight.

Bounce: The angle or curvature of the sole that prevents the club from digging too deeply into the ground. It lifts the leading edge of the club, ensuring cleaner contact with the ball and reducing the risk of mishits, especially in softer conditions. Bounce is essential for versatility and performance, adapting to different swings, turf types and shot preferences.

Why are these Important?

The correct lofts for each golfer and their clubs are crucial to achieve proper gapping. Whether playing a uniform set of the same clubs or combo sets, having the proper lofts for each club to maintain consistent yardages is essential. Most golfers ideally have a 10 to 15 yard gap between each club. Many companies have loft gaps of four degrees between clubs. However, if a golfer needs different gapping, they can achieve that through adjustments.

Lie angle affects left and right dispersion. Lie angle can be determined by or adjusted based on a golfer’s height, arm length and posture. PING has a full chart that is easy to follow for a simple guide.

Importance of Proper Loft and Lie Adjustment:

Now that we have the basic understanding and know why they are important, let’s delve into why adjusting these factors is crucial.

Increase Accuracy and Consistency: Correctly fitted clubs with optimal loft and lie angles promote straighter and more consistent ball flight. While not a perfect fix for swing faults, this can mitigate some swing issues and achieve a more consistent ball flight.

Distance Control: Lofts play a significant role in determining the launch angle and spin rate of the golf ball, which directly affects distance control. By adjusting loft to suit individual swing characteristics, golfers can fine-tune their shots for more precise distance.

Impact on Ball Flight: Incorrect lie angles can result in the clubface being too upright or too flat at impact, leading to off-center strikes and undesirable ball flights. Proper lie adjustment ensures the clubface aligns naturally with the swing path, minimizing side spin and promoting a more consistent ball flight.

Personalized Performance: Every golfer has a unique swing and customizing loft and lie angles allows for a personalized approach to club fitting. By matching these factors to an individual’s swing characteristics, golfers can optimize their equipment for maximum performance and comfort, ultimately translating into lower scores on the course.

Effects of Bending Loft and Lie:

Changing loft and lie has other direct effects on how a golf club can play by tweaking its design and playability characteristics.

Bending the loft affects the bounce on the sole of an iron or wedge. An example of this would be having a 56-degree wedge with 10 degrees of bounce. If that is adjusted to 58 degrees of loft, it will increase the bounce angle by two degrees. Making the loft stronger will reduce the bounce angle and could potentially lead to more digging into the turf.

Bending the lie angle has a lesser effect on bounce but can lead to the toe or heel of the club having more turf interaction. That said, the appropriate lie angle will ensure that turf interaction is ideal and golfers are taking clean divots.

The Process of Bending Golf Clubs:

A loft and lie machine is a must. This includes the bending bar as well as some tape for protecting the club. In an ideal situation, you will have a range or launch monitor to test the golf clubs after making the adjustments. A pen and paper to record the stock or original loft and lie numbers is a must.

For those who purchase a loft and lie machine it is highly recommended to go through the full instructions and guide that is provided with the machine. This will allow you to get comfortable with the machine quicker and have more confidence when starting the process. 

If this is the first time you are trying this, here are a few recommendations. Talk to a club builder, fitter or someone with experience to walk you through the process in person. Second, do a few trials with older golf clubs to learn the methods and gain experience before working on your gamers.

Step 1:

Apply tape to any of the areas of the club which might be scratched during the bending process like the hosel, topline and heel of the club.

Step 2:

Insert the club into the bending machine and make sure the alignment is perfect. The grooves of the club should align perfectly as any wayward placement will have a dramatic effect on the results.

Step 3:

Record the stated loft and lie numbers to reference for the adjustments. Each machine is a little different and knowing or understanding the machine you are using is important.

Step 4:

Not all golf clubs can be bent. Most investment-cast clubs and fixed-hosel hybrids or woods cannot be adjusted. Forged clubs are easier to bend because the metal is softer (some cast clubs have this ability). Check with the manufacturer, club builder or professional before proceeding.

For the lie angle, place the bending rod on the hosel. Make sure it is snug and straight with no play. This is key because when bending the lie angle, you do not want to change the loft of the golf club.

For loft, the rod must be on the other axis and, once again, bent in a straight direction to change only the loft and not the lie.

Apply smooth but forceful pressure (we are bending metal, after all) in a straight line with the bending rod and golf club. Adjustments of more than three degrees are not recommended for most clubs. The metal will need to be bent slightly past its preferred angle as there is tension retained within the clubhead. For example, bending the lie angle by two degrees and releasing will often result in a one-degree bend when the clubhead rebounds slightly

Step 5:

Check your loft and lie numbers to make sure they are at your desired spec. Then remove the club and tape from the machine and give the new configuration a test.

Step 6:

Rebend if needed, make adjustments until you are happy with the new ball flight and turf interaction.

You can bend golf clubs many times without worrying about wearing them out or damaging them. This should not be a cause for concern, especially if keeping within the two-degree tolerances.

Conclusion

Bending loft and lie angles in golf clubs can significantly impact a player’s game. By adjusting these factors, golfers can achieve better accuracy, distance control and performance to suit their natural swing. Bending loft affects the trajectory and bounce of the club while adjusting lie angle can influence turf interaction. The process isn’t necessarily easy but is fairly straightforward. With proper guidance and practice, golfers can fine-tune their clubs to suit their individual needs, ultimately improving their overall game on the course.

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      Magnus

      1 month ago

      Any tip for a budget friendly machine?

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy Forum

      1 month ago

      Most likely check out a local BST or shop.
      Golf works is a decent place to look for them as well.

      Reply

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