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How To Measure Golf Club Length

Introduction When it comes to golf clubs, length matters. Having the right fit for your height and swing is critical to optimal performance on the course. But with so many sizing options and measuring methods, how do you know what length is right for you? This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about measuring golf club length.

We’ll start by looking at the standard lengths for different types of clubs. Then we’ll go over the different techniques used to measure clubs, including the common “playing position” method and the official USGA method. Next, we’ll discuss how to factor in your height and wrist-to-floor measurements to determine the optimal size. We’ll also provide specific tips for measuring putters and drivers, as length affects these clubs differently.

With the information in this guide, you’ll be able to determine if your current clubs fit properly or if you need to make adjustments. Accurately measuring and fitting your clubs will improve your consistency, comfort and performance on the course. So let’s get started!

Standard Golf Club Lengths You need to know the standard lengths for each type of club before you can evaluate whether your clubs are the right size.

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Keep in mind that these are just a starting point – the optimal length for you will depend on several individual factors, which we’ll get to later. But here are the standard measurements:

Driver:45 inches

Fairway woods:42-43 inches

Hybrids:40-41 inches

Irons:Lengths progress from longer clubs to shorter clubs

2 irons:38 inches

3-4 irons:37 inches

5-6 iron:37 inches

7-9 iron:36.5 inches

Pitching wedge:36 inches

Lob wedge:35.5 inches

Putter:35 inches

As you can see, driver shafts tend to be the longest because they are designed for maximum power and distance. Putters and wedges are the shortest. Control is more important with these clubs. The numbered irons decrease in length as the numbers increase. Now let’s look at how to actually measure this length.

When it comes to measuring golf clubs, there are a few different techniques that can be used:

Playing Position Method

  • Place the club with the sole on the ground in your normal address position.
  • Place a 48-inch ruler or tape measure flush against the back of the shaft.
  • Measure from the ground to the edge of the grip cap.

This is the most common way to measure overall club length when fitting clubs. It mimics the playing position. Keep the sole flush with the ground and be consistent for accuracy.

USGA Method

  • Place the sole against a 60-degree angle stop.
  • Measure to the end of the grip cap.
  • This results in a length approximately 1/8 inch longer than standard.

The USGA method uses a precisely calibrated device to measure. It extends to the very end of the grip, which adds a little length.

Professional Fitters

  • Use proprietary fitting carts/machines.
  • Accurately measures length, lie angle, loft, etc.
  • Static and dynamic fitting analysis.

For the most comprehensive and accurate measurements, visit a professional club fitter. They have advanced equipment to measure all club specifications.

A Height-Based Guid

Once you have measured your current clubs, you can determine if the length is appropriate for your height. Here is a height-based chart to help you find the optimal club length:

6’4″ to 6’8 +0.5 inch
6’1″ to 6’4 +1 inch
6’4″ to 6’8 +1 inch
5’10” to 6’1 Standard Length
5’7″ to 5’10 -0.5 inches
5’0″ to 5’7 -1 inch

Taller golfers need longer clubs, while shorter golfers need shorter clubs. Use your height as a starting point, then refine based on wrist measurements.

Wrist to Ground Measurement For a more accurate fit, have your wrist to ground distance measured:

  • Stand with your shoes on and your arms hanging naturally.
  • Measure from the crease of your wrist to the floor

Compare to this chart:

27-29 inches -1 inch club length
29-34 inches -0.5 inches
34-37 inches standard length
37-40 inches +0.5 inches
40-41+ inches +1 inch

Golfers with shorter arms need shorter clubs. Golfers with longer arms need longer clubs. Use this wrist measurement to fine-tune club length.

Custom Fitting Factors Some other factors that come into play during a custom fitting include:

  • Swing type – longer shafts for sweeping swings, shorter shafts for compact swings.
  • Hand size – those with larger hands may need +0.25 inches.
  • Posture/Spine Angle – determines how upright you stand over the ball.
  • Fit preferences – some golfers prefer longer/shorter clubs.

Work with a qualified club fitter to analyze your overall physique, athleticism and swing mechanics for a fully custom fit. This will optimize length, lie angle, flex and other specifications.

Drivers are designed for maximum distance, which is why they typically have the longest shafts. But extra length isn’t always better for every golfer. Here are some considerations for driver length:

  • Beginners benefit from a standard 45-inch length for power.
  • Shorter length improves control off the tee and down the fairway.
  • Tall golfers often add 1-2 inches for increased driver distance.
  • Golfers with slower swing speeds may shorten for control.
  • Try different driver lengths to find optimal yardage and accuracy.

The right combination of shaft length, loft and flex results in the best driver performance. Don’t just have an assumption that the maximum length is ideal.

Unlike other club types, putters are measured from the top of the grip to the sole because the shaft does not exit the heel:

  • Be sure to measure from grip to sole, not grip to heel.
  • Arm length determines ideal putter size more than height.
  • Custom fitting analyzes stance, eye position and trajectory.
  • Heel-shafted putters can be measured like irons/woods.
  • Mid-length of 35 inches allows for multiple styles.
  • Personal preference for standing or kneeling also affects length.

Putting is all about feel and confidence. Finding the perfect length, lie angle and grip style is key to consistent, reliable putting.

How to use measured length to improve your game Once you have accurately measured your current clubs and identified any necessary length adjustments, here are some ways to optimize your equipment:

  • Lengthen clubs that are too short by reshaping them with longer shafts.
  • Shorten clubs that are too long by trimming shafts and re-shafting.
  • Replace ill-fitting clubs with properly sized new clubs.
  • Determine exact specifications and order custom clubs with your fitter.
  • Optimize all club specifications including lie angle, flex and grip.
  • Progress consistently with perfectly fitted clubs that match your body type and swing.
  • Fine-tune specs over time as your game and body evolve.

Proper club sizing is not a one-time process – it requires ongoing analysis and adjustment as you improve. But optimized, fitted clubs can shave strokes off your game by allowing you to perform at your best.

Conclusion Determining the correct golf club length is part science and part art. This guide has provided the essential steps for measuring your clubs, determining length based on height and wrist measurements, and considering individual club requirements. Armed with this knowledge, you can ensure that your woods, irons, wedges, putter and all clubs are optimally sized for your body type and swing. Properly sized clubs improve consistency, distance, accuracy, feel and comfort. Don’t settle for generic, off-the-shelf sizes – get fit now to optimize your game!

Frequently asked questions about measuring golf club length

What is the standard length for each type of club?

– Driver: 45 inches
– Fairway woods: 42-43 inches
– Hybrids: 40-41 inches
– Irons: Lengths range from 38 inches for a 2-iron to 35.5 inches for a lob wedge.
– Putters: 35 inches

Why is proper club length important?

You can achieve a comfortable, balanced stance and swing rhythm with properly fitted clubs that match your height and proportions. Clubs that are too long or too short will cause overcompensation in your setup and swing, leading to inconsistent shots and frustration.

What length should taller/shorter golfers use?

As a general guideline:

– Use +1″ length for golfers 6’4″ and taller.
– Golfers 6’1″ to 6’3″ should use +0.5″.
– Average heights use standard length
– Golfers 5’7″ to 5’10” use -0.5″ clubs
– Those 5’0″ to 5’6″ use -1″ length

Make additional adjustments based on wrist to ground measurements for ideal fit.

How do I know if my putter length is right for me?

Putter fit is based more on your arm length and posture than your height. Work with a club fitter to analyze your swing and optimal eye position over the ball to determine the ideal putter length for your game.

Should I play longer driver shafts for more distance?

Longer driver shafts can generate more power and distance, but control is also critical. Carefully test different driver lengths to find the optimum balance of swing speed, accuracy and consistency for your game.

Do professional club fitters provide the most accurate measurements?

Yes, professional club fitters have precision equipment to comprehensively measure and analyze all of your club specifications, including length, lie, loft, flex, grip, swing speed and more. They can build fully customized clubs that are designed for your body and swing.

What if my clubs are the wrong size?

Work with a club maker to lengthen clubs that are too short or shorten clubs that are too long. Completely ill-fitting clubs may need to be replaced with a properly fitted set. Club length and lie adjustments can also be made.

Should the club length be adjusted as I improve over time?

It’s a good idea to periodically re-evaluate your measurements and swing dynamics. As you evolve physically and technically, you may benefit from minor club adjustments to continually optimize performance.