What Is the Difference Between Ladies' & Men's Golf Clubs?

By J.D. Chi

As golf technology continues to evolve, so does the variety and quality of clubs available to women. In general, women's golf clubs are smaller, lighter and more flexible than men's clubs. These differences play to women's smaller stature and slower swing speed and allow women to get the most out of their clubs.
While color does not affect how you play the game, a key difference between women's and men's clubs is color. Women's grips or shafts often come in pastels.

Drivers

To help women get the ball in the air off the tee, women's drivers have a minimum 12-degree loft, versus 9 to 11 degrees on men's drivers. Women's drivers are usually also lighter than men's. These differences allow women to get better distance, speed and loft off the tee.

Woods

Like drivers, women's woods have a higher degree of loft and are lighter than men's woods. In addition, there is a bigger range of women's woods, up to a 13-wood, which is a great replacement for a long iron, as it is easier to hit.

Irons

The key differences between men's and women's irons is that women's irons have a much softer flex, and the clubhead may be heavier. The shafts are also shorter, as women, in general, are shorter than men. This combination of differences is designed to make the most of women's slower swing speeds.

Grips

Because women's hands are generally smaller than men's, the grips on women's clubs are smaller.

About The Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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