My Hanging Method is used to determine the “balance” of an iron as it hangs over the edge of a table or flat surface. You need to get your dominant eye directly behind the grip. Your dominant eye needs to be approximately 10-12 inches above the grip and directly above the very butt end of the grip. If the club is balanced there should be an equal amount of mass on both sides of the shaft as the head hangs over the edge. You should be able to count an equal amount of scoring lines to the left of the shaft as there is to the right of the shaft. The scoring lines are actually visible on the top of the club (which is now on the bottom) because the club is hanging upside down.
In the first picture we see a club that is “Toe Down”. By that I mean there is more mass to the left of shaft than there is to the right of the shaft. You will notice there is approximately 6 scoring lines to the left and only 3 to the right. This position indicates you may hit the ball more on the toe and generally lower on the face and towards the toe regardless of lie angle.
In the second picture we see a club that is “Toe Up”. By that I mean there is more mass to the right of shaft than there is to the left of the shaft. You will notice there is approximately 6 scoring lines to the right and only 3 to the left. This position is the worst position of the two as the tendency will be to hit the ball on the heel regardless of lie. If it’s severely out of balance in this position it can cause the dreaded shank !
In the third picture we see a club that Is “Balanced”. This time the shaft is directly in the middle of the club. There is an equal amount of scoring lines on the left side of the shaft as there is on the right side of the shaft. If your club doesn’t look like this bottom picture where the club Is “balanced” you need to have the club head adjusted by me using my patented “Hanging Method”.