Choosing The Right Size Golf Club
When it comes to enjoying a game of golf, all players can benefit from finding the proper size golf clubs, or even getting custom-fit clubs. Getting a set of golf clubs that perfectly fit you can help compete at your highest level. Some fundamental information about your style of play, and a few specific measurements, can help you learn the types of clubs that are best for you.
There are two different ways you can get the perfect fit for a golf club: static and dynamic fitting. Static fitting is for people with little to no experience. The static fitting is done by taking a measurement of the wrist to the floor, getting a glove measurement to determine grip size, and
trying different lie angle heads. The dynamic fitting is the more precise way of measuring for golf clubs. This is done by using ball speed, dispersion, launch angle, and spin rate. Most of the time, launch monitors are used.
- Measuring Your Height – Clubs are matched with your height and the distance from your hands to the ground, with no need to be in your swing stance.
- Wrist To Floor Height – The measurement from your wrist to the ground is an essential part of finding the right size club. The measurement is best taken by standing as straight as possible and letting your arms dangle at your sides.
- Test Standard Clubs – When looking into custom clubs, it is always best to take a few swings with a standard club. With the length of the standard club and the two basic measurements that were taken, you can easily get your specific angle information and a plus-or-minus length.
- Your Handicap – A handicap in golf is the measurement of a golfer’s potential. If you don’t know your handicap, a basic explanation can go a long way when working with a fitter. Finding the right size golf clubs can drastically improve and lower your handicap.
Each type of club, has its own standard length as well, so you will need to be fit for each type. Standard club lengths for men and women are also different, so it is important to work with a seasoned fitter. Getting a club that is too short or too long can affect the golfer’s stance or the way that they swing. Having the wrong stance or swinging poorly can have a detrimental outcome and result in inconsistent ball striking.
Drivers’ Shaft Length
The shaft length of your driver is extraordinarily important when it comes to the club’s path, the angle of attack, how fast you can swing, and your effort to make center face contact. The longer the shaft, the faster the speed of the club head will be, and in return, the shaft will generate more distance. Although longer distance is what most golfers desire, longer drive shafts make it more difficult to consistently hit the “sweet spot”.
A lot can be determined by your actions when swinging as well. For example, if you dip through impact, your dynamic fitting measurements will better suggest a shorter club than your static measurements would. Conclusively, talking to a golf pro, or getting properly fitted, is always the best route to go when choosing the right golf club.