face angle on a club face

    Also known as loft, face angle on a golf club measures (in degrees) the distance between the clubface and ground. Face angle is different for each club in a set, with lower-number clubs having less loft than higher-numbered clubs. For example, a standard 5-iron has 27° of loft, a 6-iron 30°, and so forth.

    Because loft sends the ball airborne and creates backspin, more loft equals higher (and shorter) shots.