How to Find What Length Golf Clubs to Buy

By Steve Silverman

Buying new golf clubs is a significant investment for many people. Golf clubs often cost over $1,000, so purchasing new clubs is nerve-wracking for many. Golfers want to know that they are buying the right clubs. It's important to know that your clubs suit your game and are the right size.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Go to a club fitter to get measured for new clubs. This takes the guesswork out of making sure that your clubs fit you and your game. The club fitter will ask you to swing in a golf simulator in order to measure your swing speed, launch angle and spin rate.
Step 2
Describe the details of your game to the fitter, including how long you have been playing, your handicap, and the strengths and weaknesses of your play. This will help determine what type of clubs will best suit your game.
Step 3
Have the fitter measure your height, length of your arms, and the distance between your wrists and the ground. That latter measurement is the key to determining the length of clubs you need.
Step 4
Practice with clubs that are the length the fitter thinks you need. You'll need to go back into the simulator and take several swings to see if the clubs are the right length and feel comfortable.
Step 5
Get a loaner set of clubs of the same length being recommended and go to a driving range or a golf course to play nine holes. An investment in golf clubs should not be a hit or miss proposition. You need to be as sure as possible. If you feel comfortable after hitting a bucket of balls or after playing a few holes, go back to the fitter and make your order final.

Tips & Warnings

Be honest with the fitter when describing the strengths and weaknesses of your game

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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