How to Fit Golf Clubs

By Jackson Lewis

In the last decade, technology has evolved to the point where the majority of golf club manufacturers provide online custom golf club fitting services that rival those you can find in-person. The online golf club stores have web-enabled golf-club-fitting tools that permit you to custom fit irons and woods without seeing a sales representative in person. The web-enabled club-fitting applications require you to provide up to seven pieces of information about yourself and your golfing skill level to produce custom golf clubs fitted for your game.The factors used are: sex, height without shoes on, age, handicap, the tape-measured distance from where your wrist bends to the floor (without shoes on), club speed (generally estimated by your age on many sites and not explicitly asked) and your 150-yard club (many sites forgo this question as well based on your age and handicap).

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Navigate to the website of the golf club manufacturer you want to buy custom-fitted golf clubs from. In this example, we'll use Forgan, the St. Andrews golf club site. Start the golf-club-fitting tool by clicking the "Start" menu button.
Step 2
Select your gender.
Step 3
Select whether you are right or left handed.
Step 4
Indicate your heigh on the slider, which ranges from 4'8" to 7'0".
Step 5
Measure the distance from where your wrist bends to the floor. This distance along with your height is used to pick the right shaft length for your clubs.
Step 6
Choose your swing speed. This measurement will help to determine the appropriate flex of shaft for your clubs.
Step 7
Select your golf glove size.
Step 8
Review your measurements. Forgan will store the options that you have chosen and incorporate them in your golf club shopping choices.

Tips & Warnings

Check your wrist-to-floor measurements twice, with another person taking the measurement.
Do not assume that you are a standard length club. Correctly measuring your length will improve your play.

About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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