What Is a Golf Club Fitting?

by Sharon Penn

    Golfers are not all the same in stature and golfing ability, and the clubs they use should reflect these differences. You can make sure that the clubs you use are suited to your game by getting measured properly and selecting clubs to fit the measurements. Golf retailers may have a launch monitor that measures swing speed along with other characteristics of your swing. The best idea is to visit a golf professional to get fitted for clubs.

    Basic Statistics

    Professionals will take some vital statistics into consideration when making a recommendation for a golf club. This includes your gender, age and height. To assess your ability level, you may be asked your handicap or which club you use from the 150-yard marker.

    Shaft Measurement

    Each club has a length measurement that is considered standard for your height. However, to be fitted properly for shaft length, a professional will take your wrist-to-floor measurement into consideration. You can consult a chart to find out if you a standard shaft length is suitable for you, or if you need to lengthen or shorten the shaft. For example, a person with a height of 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet with a wrist-to-floor measurement of 34.5 or 35 inches will take a standard club shaft length.

    Swing Speed

    To determine whether you need a flexible shaft, extra-stiff shaft or something in between, you need to have your swing speed measured. The flex of the shaft affects accuracy, distance and trajectory. In general, high handicappers and women with a slower swing speed will benefit from a more flexible shaft that provides more distance. For the experienced golfer, a stiffer shaft is appropriate. A club with the proper shaft length will help the player make contact with the ball in the right place on the clubface.

    Clubhead Features

    Large clubheads can provide a large sweet spot and high moment of inertia, or MOI, to help high handicap golfers with a slower swing speed hit the ball squarely to increase accuracy. Some driver clubheads are designed to minimize a slice or produce a draw.

    Choosing Clubs

    When your measurements are in, it is time for the golf pro to recommend clubs with certain characteristics. For example, the golfer who is having difficulty launching the ball into the air with a low lofted iron, such as a 3 or a 4-iron, may benefit from using a hybrid club. A senior citizen may benefit from a larger and softer grip, and an advanced golfer may want an extra-stiff shaft to increase accuracy.

    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.