Nominal Loft Angle
The loft (club loft, loft angle) is the angle between the face of the club and the vertical plane represented by the shaft. It is shown on the picture below. Loft angles of the golf clubs are expressed in degrees.
The loft of the golf club determines how far ball will go and the type of trajectory it will have. The more loft a club has, the higher the trajectory of the ball it hits and the shorter the distance the ball will travel.
Typical Values of Loft Angles
There are no official loft angles assigned to the numbers of each club. Loft angles of specific clubs vary from one model to the next even within the same company’s products.
Typically, the drivers come in a loft of 9 to 13 degrees, the fairway woods 15 to 24 degrees, the hybrids 14 to 30 degrees, the irons 20 to 42 degrees and the wedges 45 to 60 degrees.
Most players use club set with a 3-degree loft gap between irons and 4-degree loft gap between wedges. It usually allows to achieve a ca 10-yard distance gap between clubs. Lofts of the driver, fairway woods and hybrids are matched individually due to the golfer’s skills and preferences.
update: July 2016