How to Tell If Your Golf Clubs are Too Long or Too Short

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To ensure optimized performance in the course, golf clubs must have lengths suited to the player’s physique and height. So if you’re an avid golfer and you want to take the sport more seriously, best learn how to tell if your golf clubs are too long or too short.

To ensure optimized performance in the course, golf clubs must have lengths suited to the player’s physique and height. So if you’re an avid golfer and you want to take the sport more seriously, best learn how to tell if your golf clubs are too long or too short.

Below is a guide to help you learn how to do just that, alongside a few steps and recommendations to help you find better clubs for your next game. Let’s dive in!

5 Signs Your Golf Clubs are Too Long

Additionally, if you experience any of the following while playing, chances are your golf clubs are made too long for you:

  1. You need to stand up almost completely straight while holding the club.
  2. You can’t move your lower body while swinging the golf club.
  3. You keep hitting the ball with the golf club’s toe.
  4. The ball tends to veer off to the left or too high when hit by the club.
  5. The golf club’s shaft feels very weak when held, gripped, or swung.

6 Signs Your Golf Clubs are Too Short

On the other hand, below are the common red flags that your clubs are too short for you:

  1. You need to bend too much at the waist before swinging.
  2. You also have to bend your knees pre-swing.
  3. You keep hitting the ball with the golf club’s heel.
  4. The swing path is in to out.
  5. The tempo is too quick.
  6. The ball tends to veer off to the right.

4 Steps to Measure Your Golf Clubs

To learn how to tell if your golf clubs are too long or too short, you first need to know how to measure its length. Below are four steps to help you properly measure a golf club. Start with the set of clubs you already own. That way, you won’t have to replace all of them (provided some of them have the right length for you).

  1. Check the club’s length using a sturdy straight edge ruler. Don’t rely on tape measures since they tend to be too flimsy even when pressed against the club’s shaft, preventing you from making an accurate measurement. In case you don’t have your own straight edge ruler, you can either borrow from someone who does or buy one at your local hardware store.
  2. Don’t measure your golf club horizontally on a workbench. Instead, you should stand them up vertically and place the club in its proper position. That is, the sole of the club must be positioned flat on the ground.
  3. Place the straight edge ruler near the club in such a way that its end is touching the ground. Make sure the club remains in address position while the ruler squares up against the hosel. (Note: The hosel is the part of the golf club where the clubhead and shaft meet.)
  4. Press the straight edge ruler as close as possible to the golf club’s shaft. Then read the measurement at the bottom of the club’s grip cap. Thus, you’ll know the length of the shaft.

Recommended Length Adjustments for Golf Clubs

Aside from the club’s length, your height will also come into play when learning how to tell if your golf clubs are too long or too short. Below is a table of the recommended adjustments for golf clubs based on height:

Player HeightAdjustments (to be added to the standard length of the club)
5 ft. to 5 ft. 9 in.0
5 ft. 10 in. to 6 ft. 3 in.½ inch
6 ft. 3 in. to 6 ft. 4 in.1 inch
6 ft. 5 in.1 ½ inches
6 ft. 6 in. and above2 inches

These recommendations can apply to both standard-length golf clubs and their custom-fitted counterparts. By adjusting your club lengths according to these recommendations, you can potentially improve your golfing.

Other Things to Know About Golf Club Lengths

Lastly, you should know that other factors can affect your golf clubs’ lengths, including:

Standard Club Lengths

Standard club lengths vary depending on the type of club. For example, iron clubs typically measure around 36 to 40 inches, while standard drivers and putters are 45 inches and 34 inches long, respectively. Knowing these standard lengths will help you more effectively adjust your clubs’ length in case they’re too long or too short for you.

Club Material and Construction

Differences in lengths can also occur due to club’s material. For instance, steel shafts are typically one inch shorter than graphite shafts. Construction will come into play as well. Take center-shafted putters for example. To accurately measure its length, you need to measure it along the shaft where it enters the head (instead of at the hosel).

Golfing Style

The right golf club should give you accuracy and total control while swinging. That’s why it’s important that you get one with the correct length. However, the ideal golf club length doesn’t just rely on the golfer’s height; it will also depend on your techniques and habits at the course. So before buying a new set, best consider your golfing style first.

Driver Flex

Driver club flex depends on the player’s swing speed. The faster your swing speed is, the stiffer your driver must be. If you have a swing speed of 95 or higher, then best make sure your driver clubs are stiff enough to handle the pressure. This is especially helpful if your clubs measure longer than the standard length drivers.

Customized Clubs

Custom-made golf clubs usually have lengths that match the users’ height, play style, and other preferences. So in case you want to alter the lengths of your customized set, keep in mind that doing so can potentially change the feel and flex of your clubs. If you’re already comfortable with your clubs’ current weight and flex, then best not make any adjustments at all.

Golf Club Length Matters

Like it or not, the length of your clubs will affect how you play golf. Too long, and your swings will lose their accuracy. But too short, and the ball might not fly at long distances. By learning how to tell if your golf clubs are too long or too short, you can improve your stay on top of your game at the golf course.

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