Explain Club Fitting in Golf

by Sharon Penn

    Golfers looking for new clubs can have a golf club fitting to learn what characteristics to look for in a club. Whether you are buying ready-made clubs or are considering having custom clubs made, you need to have some measurements ready to be sure that the clubs you buy are appropriate. There are several club fitting methods, including computer-generated analysis, but they all use the same kind of information to determine the right club for you. Clubs that are fitted to your specifications should provide you with more distance and accuracy.

    Elements of a Golf Club

    Golf club technology has become very intricate. To select the right clubs for your bag, you need to be familiar with the components of a golf club. Club head and face size, design and shaft flexibility and length can all impact the trajectory of the ball.

    Your Vital Statistics

    Basic statistics you will need to provide include your gender, your age and your height without shoes. To fit your clubs properly, you need to provide an assessment of your golf game. You may be asked your skill level or handicap, if you have one. It also helps to know what club you hit from the 150-yard marker.

    Wrist-to-Floor Measurement

    Along with your arm length and hand size, you will need to determine your wrist-to-floor measurement. Do this by wearing street shoes while standing on a hard surface. Allow your arms to hang down at your sides comfortably. The wrist-to-floor measurement will be from the area where your hand meets your wrist to the floor. A table of standard lengths for each club can tell you if you need a longer or shorter club than usual based on your height and wrist-to-floor measurement.

    Swing Speed

    To measure your swing speed, visit your golf professional or local golf retailer. Generally speaking, a flexible shaft is appropriate for a golfer with a slower swing speed because it will provide more distance. A golfer with a faster swing speed probably already achieves good distance, and is looking for the accuracy a stiffer shaft will provide.

    Matching Statistics to Components

    The components of your clubs can now be fitted to match your unique statistics. For example, advanced players with a fast swing speed can achieve more accuracy with a stiff or extra-stiff shaft. On the other hand, a female golfer with a slower swing speed may require a more flexible shaft and a smaller grip. Senior citizens may enjoy clubs with larger, softer grips and graphite shafts to mitigate vibration upon impact. If you are a high-handicapper who often misses the club's sweet spot, a larger club face will likely be more forgiving.

    About the Author

    Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.