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The Importance of Checking Iron Lofts and Lies


Loft and lie check

Loft and lie check

Last week during a golf lesson the golfer asked about what can he do about his 5 iron. “I can’t get it into the air” So I suggested we need to check the lofts and the lies of his iron set.

We checked the irons using a Mitchell Steelclub Signature Angle Machine. The results are in the table as follows:




Original Loft


Original Lie





































We can see immediately why the golfer was having trouble with his 5 iron. The loft of the 5 iron was 22 degrees, 2 degrees lower then his 4 iron!! The 5 iron was hitting the ball further then the 4 iron, this creates a little problem with club selection. It also creates the further problem of a 7 degree gap between the 5 iron and the 6 iron, creating a big distance gap between both, compounding club selection problems.

The 6,7,8,9 irons are quite a bit stronger that the standard loft angles. But at least there’s consistent gap between them. However there’s a 7 degree gap between the 9 iron and the wedge, creating another distance gap problem between the 2 clubs.

We can also see the lies have changed a bit, giving the player some directional problems as well.

The solution in this case was straight forward. The clubs needed to be adjusted back into the correct lofts and lies, giving the player a consistent loft gap between the clubs and making club selection a lot easier. The correct lie angles also would give the player straighter golf shots.

My case to point out to you is that you should check the lofts and the lies of your clubs on a regular basis, especially if you play, practice quite a bit, used forged clubs and play on firm turf. Getting the lofts and lies checked doesn’t take a whole lot of time! At John Dooley PGA we can provide that service to you in a fast and professional manner. Bending them to correct angles is also quick and is done for a nominal fee.

Any questions that you may have or comments that you need to make are greatly appreciated.

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Golf Swing tips | Shoulder-Turn

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Important notice on the shoulder-turn technique during the golf-swing


The movement of your shoulders or the upper half of your body is quite important though-out the whole golf swing movement.

Over the last number of months, I have been working with golfers that have focused too much attention on their shoulder-turn during their back-swing.

This was, as they described “a safe swing movement to think about” when they felt that they were swinging the club too quickly, or their ball flight or ball strike was not as good as they would like it to be.

Which, this can be fine in certain cases and some golfers feel that this is a good movement to think about, when they are looking for better swing rhythm. But typically, they might have moved too much and over extended their shoulder movement or simply as I describe this action as too much shoulder-turn or an over-turn. As a result of the over-turn, this has led my golfers to all sorts of miss-hit golf shots and bad swing faults. Such as; over-swinging and starting the down-swing with the upper half of the body were two principle swing faults that I observed.

But this is not the case for everyone.

Please bear in mind that every golfer’s swing is different and each golfer’s swing is unique to each golfer.

So what I am suggesting to do, is not to try to limit your shoulder-turn or start researching how to make a proper shoulder-turn from YouTube or from reading golf books.

Please note; I do not believe that there is one golf swing tip to help or fix a golfers shoulder-turn. We can agree that each golfer’s swing is different in so many ways. My experience would suggest that what works well for one golfer may not work well for the next golfer.

You need to work with a golf swing expert who understands how the body moves though-out the swing and that he/she can communicate to you what you need to do.

I am pointing out to you as you read this note; that if you think you have a shoulder-turn problem with your swing. You may think that you are not turning your shoulders properly. You may feel that your timing is out a lot and you are miss-hitting the ball a lot as a result of your poor shoulder-turn.

So I am suggesting visiting your local PGA Professional for Golf Lessons in Cork and taking a few golf lessons in Cork to work out your golf swing issues.

Should you need further assistance please contact John Dooley PGA

Tel: 0879277997

Email: johnny.dooley@gmail.com

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