There are certain assumptions that golfers often make about their equipment. Associating height with club length is one such assumption that quite often is wrong. The reason is because many tall people have long arms and a lot of short people have normal length arms.
When we take our stance to hit a golf ball, it is the combination of our height AND our arm length that initially determines what club length is required to ensure that we are comfortable over the ball. But there is a lot more to advising the proper club length than one’s height and arm length. Our posture and whether we set up more erect or more bent over is another factor that contributes to the decision for how long our clubs need to be.
However, most important in the length decision for any golfer is an evaluation of certain swing characteristics of the golfer. There is an old saying in Clubfitting that goes like this, “the longer the length of the clubs, the more difficult they will be to control and the harder they will be to hit consistently on the center of the face.”
When fitting club length, the goal of any experienced clubfitter is to fit each golfer with the longest club length that they can control and hit on center with the highest level of consistency.
And therein lies the rub, as the old Bard used to say! Because properly fit clubs have to be long enough to offer enough comfort so the golfer is neither bending over or crouching too much, yet not too long to cause problems with hitting the ball as consistently on center as possible, it takes an experienced custom clubfitter to know just how to find that perfect balance when fitting golfers for the best length.
At Wishon Golf, we teach clubmakers to START the process by taking a measurement of the golfers’ distance from the wrist to the floor and comparing that measurement to a chart of initial starting lengths that we have developed from ongoing research with golfers over many years. Again – this is a STARTING POINT ONLY for length fitting and in no way represents the final length of the clubs.
|Tom Wishon Golf Technology®|
|Wrist To Floor Measurement for Initial Club Lengths|
|Wrist to Floor||Driver Length||5-iron Lenth|
|27″ to 29″||42″||36 1/2″|
|29+” to 32″||42 3/4||37|
|32+” to 34″||43 1/2||37 1/2|
|34+” to 36″||44||38|
|36+” to 37″||44 1/4||38 1/4|
|37+” to 38″||44 1/2||38 1/2|
|38+” to 39″||44 3/4||38 3/4|
|39+” to 40″||45||39|
|40+” to 41″||45 1/4″||39 1/4|
|41+” to 42″||45 1/2″||39 1/2|
|over 42″||46 and up||39 3/4 and up|
After that, the clubfitters are taught to evaluate the following golfer and swing elements: 1) swing path; 2) downswing transition force and downswing tempo; 3) point of the wrist-cock release on the downswing; 4) overall golfer athletic ability.
In general, if the golfer has a more outside in the swing path, a more forceful transition and/or faster swing tempo, an earlier release and is less athletically coordinated, the final lengths will never be longer than what the lengths indicated by the wrist to floor measurement chart.
But if the golfer has an inside out to square swing path, a smooth transition, smoother tempo, midway to late release and is reasonably well coordinated, these are all characteristics which indicate the golfer could control a longer length than indicated by the wrist to floor starting point for length fitting.
At Wishon Golf, it is all about teaching clubmakers to evaluate the swing characteristics of the golfer to make sure the clubs FIT properly to the abilities of each golfer.