Fitting Golf Clubs for Women

By Bill Herrfeldt

The jury is in. There's no question that if a woman is fitted for her next set of golf clubs, she will lower her score. Period. First, if she were only to buy off the rack, there would be a chance that the length of her clubs would not suit her. Then, if you consider shaft flex, the angle of the club heads and the weight, she'd be likely to buy clubs that simply would not help her with her game. When you've decided to buy a new set of clubs, here are a few things that a professional club fitter will do.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Be prepared to give the fitter a lot of information, such as your age, handicap, height and weight. All of these factors will help determine just the right clubs for you. Then he will proceed by making a technical assessment of your swing.
Step 2
Let your club fitter take some basic measurements. First, he will measure the distance between your wrist and the floor after having you take off your shoes. Your height is not the only determiner of proper club length. Even if you are tall, for example, you may have long arms that call for shorter clubs. Using a specialized machine, your club fitter will also measure the speed of your golf swing at impact as you hit balls about 150 yards. That equipment will check the side-spin, the launch angle of your shots and the backspin you impart.
Step 3
Tell your club fitter the chronic problems you have with your golf swing. For instance, do you have a tendency to slice the golf ball? Your current clubs may have a lie that is too flat, causing the toe to hit the ground first on the downswing and opening up the club head at impact. Knowing this, your fitter will probably recommend clubs that are more upright. A simple test he may try involves putting a board on the ground and having you swing one of your old irons. If you leave a mark on the board with the toe of your club, that will confirm the problem.
Step 4
Avoid the misconception that fitted golf clubs are only for good golfers. If you listen to your club fitter's advice, you will not only have golf clubs that suit you, you will have clubs that will improve your game. And you may not have to buy new clubs, at all, if your fitter recommends that you simply have the manufacturer of your current set make corrections to them based on his findings.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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