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How to Fit Golf Clubs to Your Size

by Marc Gelbke

    One important aspect in learning to play golf, and hitting successful and consistent golf shots, is to properly fit golf clubs to your size. Every golfer’s body and golf swing is unique; therefore, club fitting is as important as taking golf lessons or buying the correct size of golf shoes. Basic club fitting is neither a lengthy process nor an expensive one, but can improve your game.

    How to fit golf clubs to your size

    Step 1

    Determine your exact height, distance from wrist to floor, hand measurements (full hand size and finger length), swing speed and ball flight patterns and trajectory.

    Step 2

    Hit several golf shots with different clubs (usually a 6 or 7 iron) from a club fitting cart. Your club fitter will look for tendencies and characteristics in your golf swing such as how you set up to the ball, how much you flex your knees, your grip, posture and swing speed.

    Step 3

    Your club fitter will apply tape to the bottom of the clubs you're using to determine where the club makes contact with the ground (heel, toe, or center). The goal is to bottom the club with the “mark” at the center of the bottom of the club. This process determines the correct lie angle of the golf club, which is crucial in determining the shaft length you need.

    Tips

    • Find a reputable club fitter, local golf club, or a major golf retail center that is equipped with club fitting equipment and club fitting cart by looking through your local phone book or Internet search tools.
    • Have your clubs checked annually after a proper fitting for correct lie angles and condition of your grips (change if needed).

    References

    • PGA Golf Club Design and Fitting Manual

    About the Author

    Marc Gelbke has more than 10 years of experience in golf course management and is a certified "master" golf teaching professional. He also conducts instructional courses for the U.S. golf managers association on a regular basis, which offers professional certification courses in golf course and resort management.

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