How to Measure the Length of a Golf Club

By Steve Silverman

golfer address ball with driver
One of the keys to finding the right club is having a club that is the right length. When golfers hear that a club is 48 inches long, most don't understand how it is measured. Is that the length from top to bottom? Is it the length from the bottom of the grip to the face of the club? Is it the length of the club when measured at a certain angle? Actually, there are several different methods for measuring the length of a golf club. While this can be confusing to golfers, it can easily be clarified.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Place your club on the ground with the blade in a position to strike the ball if you were about to swing it. Measure the length of the club from the hosel (where the blade meets the shaft) to the top of the club. This is how golf club manufacturers measure clubs.
  2. Check to see if the club fits your swing. If you are on the short side, you can reach the ball if you stand far enough away, but you are using a club that is too long. If you feel you are reaching for the ball, you need a shorter club.
  3. Place the club at a 60-degree angle and measure it from the top of the grip to the bottom of the blade. This is how the United States Golf Association (USGA) measures a club. The USGA measurements have been standard for decades, even though golfers have not held their clubs at a 60-degree angle for many years.
  4. Place your driver flat against the wall and let it sit on its toe. This is how the Long Drivers of America measures golf clubs.
  5. Measure your putter by taking a tape measure and going from the top of the hosel to the start of the grip. This is because many golfers hold their putters right at the bottom of the grip, so that's where manufacturers believe they should take a reading.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you buy a club, the measurement of the club is a starting point. You might be 5 feet 11 inches tall, and a 48-inch club may be considered right for your height. However, it may not feel comfortable for your swing. Buy the club that feels comfortable regardless of its size.

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.