How Long Should My Golf Clubs Be?

by Bryan Rose

    The right length of the golf clubs can make all the difference in a golfer's game. Each club's length can greatly influence how far a golfer hits the ball and how straight they can hit. By following these simple steps, you can help get the right clubs for you.

    Driver

    Items you will need

    • Tape measure
    • Open area for swinging
    • Different length golf clubs (if you are looking to purchase clubs, many stores will let you try out different clubs either in house or if you are at a golf course on the driving range)
    • Golf balls

    Step 1

    Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with a slight bend in your knees. Let your arms hang down and interlace the fingers in front of your belt buckle.

    Step 2

    Have a friend or the salesman measure the distance from your wrists to the floor. This is the length of the golf shaft you will need. The average male has a measurement of 43 inches. Depending on your arm length and height, this may vary but it should be around that number. If you get a number that is wildly off from this one, check your stance and remeasure.

    Step 3

    Select three or four drivers that are within 1 to 2 inches of your measured length. Be sure to include graphite and metal shaft clubs. Graphite clubs will be a bit longer for the same weight club because graphite is a lighter material.

    Step 4

    Practice swinging with the clubs. If the store has a golf simulator, that will work, otherwise visit a driving range. It is important to hit balls with the club before you buy one to get a feel for how the different lengths affect your shot. The longer the club the more power you can hit with, but it will also be harder to control. Always give up distance for accuracy when choosing the club.

    Irons

    Step 1

    Using the measurement you got in step 2 of the driver process, select 2 or 3 different iron types to swing. When deciding which irons to select, use the middle irons (5, 6, 7) as a guide. Those irons should be the closest to your ideal club length.

    Step 2

    As with drivers, shaft length will determine how much control you have over your shot but you do not want to be hunched over or out of good hitting position. So stand with your feet again shoulder width apart and hold the club with your arms extended so your hands are again in front of your belt buckle.

    Step 3

    From here, check how the head of the club is resting on the ground. With your middle irons, the toe of the club should be slightly raised, about 1/2 to a 1/4 of an inch. With longer hitting irons (2, 3, 4) the club head will rest completely on the ground, while with your others (8, 9, PW) the toe will be more elevated.

    Step 4

    Be sure to take practice shots with the different irons to see which ones you are most comfortable with, again being sure to include metal shafts and graphite shafts in the selections.

    Tips

    • It is very important to always hit with clubs before you buy them. Even if you plan on purchasing your clubs from a large chain store and may not be able to try out the actual clubs you are going to purchase, ask friends to try out their clubs and get a feel for how the differently sized clubs feel.

    About the Author

    Bryan Rose is an experienced journalist and web writer, spending nearly 12 years in the publishing industry. Rose works for a variety of Demand Studios websites, writing mostly for ehow.com and Golflink.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the University of Wisconsin.