What Is the Difference Between Ladies & Mens Golf Clubs?

By J.D. Chi

While the same technology is applied to both men's and women's golf clubs, women's clubs are generally shorter, 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.

Grips

Because women's hands are smaller than mens, the grips on women's clubs are smaller in diameter so that women can properly grip the club.

Irons

Women's irons have a much softer flex, and the clubhead may be slightly heavier (though the club is lighter overall). The shafts are also shorter as women are shorter in stature than men. This combination is designed to make the most of women's slower swing speeds.

Woods

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, going up to a 13-wood, which is a great replacement for a long iron as it is easier to hit with.

Drivers

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

Shafts

Women's clubs tend to have graphite shafts, which are much lighter than steel. Men's clubs usually come with a choice between graphite and steel shafts. Graphite shafts allow for a softer flex which, in turn, leads to better club head position.

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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