Improperly fit golf clubs could be holding back your golf game. If you don't have properly fit clubs, you have to make compensations in your swing to achieve good results. The length of the club is just one factor in obtaining properly fit clubs. The ability of the player is also a factor in choosing the correct length, but you can get a general idea of the proper length with a static measurement of your arm hang. Only professional club-fitters or PGA and LPGA professionals with club-fitting experience can, with additional measurements and tests, recommend the proper club specifications.
Take Static Measurements
Put on a comfortable pair of athletic or flat shoes. Don't wear golf shoes. Stand upright on a flat surface with your hands at your side.
Have a friend use a measuring tape or yardstick to measure from the floor to the crease of your wrist.
Measure your other wrist in the same fashion and average the two measurements. This is called a wrist-to-floor measurement.
Have your friend measure you from the floor up your spine and to the top of your head to determine your height.
Consult a club-fitting chart to get a starting point for the proper club length, or use a specific manufacturer's chart.
Factor in Your Ability
Consider that shorter clubs are easier to hit in the center of the club face, but longer clubs -- properly hit -- provide more distance. A less skilled player will get better results with shorter clubs.
Go to a golf store or demo day at a driving range or golf course. Warm up with your clubs.
Select a standard-length demo club and place impact tape on the face. Hit five balls and note how many were in the center of the club face. If the hits were off-center, try a slightly shorter club with the impact tape. If the hits were on center with the standard-length club, try a slightly longer club. Again, hit just five balls. The club length that feels the most comfortable and produces that most on-center hits is likely the best length for you. This is called a dynamic measurement.
Take your static and dynamic measurements to a club-fitter or golf professional, who can recommend the proper shaft flex, shaft material, flex point, lie angle and grip size.