Just purchased the GW 1040 Loft Lie gauge…First time using this type of machine..a relative novice…are there any additional instructions or video that could help me to better understand how to use the gauge…I am sure it is operator error but looking for some experienced advice.. specifically on how to measure the lie.  Thank you

Rlafoone Posted new comment September 26, 2020

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Rlafoone100 April 26, 20180 Comments
Good evening,

I have a question regarding the GW1040 Loft/Lie Measurement Gauge. Actually it has to do with most Loft/Lie Measurement Gauges when checking specs on Drivers/Woods.

When I place the Head in the gauge, I set it up so the centerline of the gauge is aligned with the horizontal center of the clubface (measure width of face and divide by two and mark it with a sharpie). I then adjust the gauge accordingly as well as the base centerline so that my business cards are equidistant from the centerline of the head and base. At that point, I can determine the lie angle from the Vernier scale on the gauge.

I then measure the height of the head, divide by two and mark that point with a sharpie for the center of the clubface. The intersection of the two sharpie marks determine where to measure the effective loft of the head.

What I am puzzled about, is how do I know if the clubface is square? Do I use the face angle gauge as I do with Irons? Do I position the face angle gauge so the two tips are equidistant from centerline, and 0-degree face angle? Is the clubface square in the gauge at that point?

My concern is, if the Clubhead is not square, it will affect my (effective) loft reading, especially if the head actually has an open or closed face.

Kindest Regards,

R LaFoone

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Britt Lindsey739 Posted April 30, 20180 Comments
Good question and I would say based on the way you describe the set up, you are doing it correctly. The simple answer is yes, you would use the face angle gauge to measure the face angle once the head is soled and set in the gauge. The difficulty with some drivers is sole is not flat and it is not easy to get it “settled”. You can force the club face to be square and measure the loft at that position, which would be the effective loft if we assume a square face position at impact. “Effective Loft” is defined as the loft at impact. If you can determine where the head wants to settle on it’s sole naturally, then measure the face angle, you will get the true face angle reading and the loft reading should be the designed loft.

Britt Lindsey