Loft is the primary factor in how high or low a golf shot flies. The more loft a club has, the higher the resulting shot. Wedges have the highest loft in a set of irons . The “lie angle” of any clubhead is the angle between the center of the shaft and the sole.
The loft , is the angle between the face plane and the vertical plane the shaft is in, when the club is in the normal address position and the grooves are horizontal. Once you set up the club as described, use a protractor to measure the angle between the face plane (at 90 degrees to the grooves) and the vertical.
Clubs with 27 or 30 degrees of loft will typically be irons , although you can find some hybrid clubs with that much loft and even a few fairway woods . A 27-degree iron is likely to be labeled as a 4- or 5- iron . A 30-degree iron is likely to be a 5- or 6- iron .
Phil Mickelson uses a 64-degree wedge , the highest loft in play on the PGA Tour. Feel Golf previously had introduced a 73-degree wedge , but as part of its wedge offerings with non-conforming grooves. This new one, in a satin finish, has been deemed conforming by the USGA. What is the market for 73-degree wedges ?
Choose a loft to try based on your assessed club-head speed. If it is between 95 and 104 mph, a 10- or 11-degree loft will be appropriate. If it is between 105 and 115 mph, a loft between 7 and 9 degrees should be considered. Golfers with club-head speeds below 85 mph should use a loft angle between 14 and 20 degrees.
How to Know Which Golf Club to Use
|Club||Men’s Average Distance||Women’s Average Distance|
|6-iron||150 yards||130 yards|
|7-iron||140 yards||120 yards|
|8-iron||130 yards||110 yards|
|9-iron||120 yards||100 yards|
After knowing How much does 1 degree of loft affect distance , you might wonder “How many yards will be affecting per degrees of loft ?” The answer will be 2 yards per degree of loft . All your wedges (irons) need to have the same shaft and you maintain consistent contact every time.
How to Measure Golf Club Loft Angle (Step-by-Step) Collect Tools. Set Up a Flat Surface. Put the Golf Club Shaft in Place. Make Sure the Clubface is Square. Read the Measurement .
Middle Irons A typical loft angle for the 5-iron is 28 degrees, while the 6-iron is 31 degrees and the 7-iron weighs in at 34 degrees. These irons achieve distances of 160, 150 and 140 yards respectively for typical men, and 110, 100 and 90 yards for women, making them useful clubs on the fairway.
What is the loft of an A-wedge? “Your standard A-wedge or gap wedge loft will fall around the 50 to 52-degree range. Looking at specific TaylorMade irons sets, the P770 A-wedge loft is 51°, P790 A-wedge is 50°, and the 2017 M2 A-wedge loft is 49°.”
What about the average 52 – degree wedge distance ? Pitching wedges (42-46 degrees ) give you a distance between 80 and 120 yards. Gap wedges (48-50 degrees ) give you a distance between 70 and 110 yards. Sand wedges ( 52 -56 degrees ) give you a distance between 60 and 100 yards.
One major difference in a 58 and 60 degree wedge will be the distance you hit the ball. For me, I used to hit my 60 degree wedge between 80 and 84 yards. I could hit a 58 degree wedge around 84 to 88 yards. While great wedge players would love to do that, most generally pick three which for me was 60 , 56 and 52.
Know your pitching wedge loft. If it’s 45 degrees or less, add three more wedges that are spaced apart by no more than 4-5 degrees each. So generally think about putting in a gap wedge that’s 48 or 50 degrees, a sand wedge that’s between 54 and 56 degrees, and a lob wedge that’s between 58 and 60 degrees.