Measure Golf Club Length In 2 Proven Methods

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What Is The Standard Length Of A Golf Club?

The standard golf club length is 43 inches. Balls come in all sorts of different sizes, weights, and materials, but this is true to a tee (no pun intended) for all golf clubs in the world.

That doesn’t mean that all clubs are adjusted to that length, however.

The standard set of golf clubs is usually around 42-43 inches. Since you need that extra inch or so for the grip length and the shaft length, so when someone says that his driver is 43 inches long, he really means that the total length comes out to 43 inches, including the grip. Had the grip been an inch shorter, the total club length would’ve been 42 inches.

This length is almost identical to the size of the average garage and I recommend this for all new golfers. Be it a birdie or a drive off the tee, you can tackle the course like a pro.

Changes of Golf Club Length Over Time

Why Longer Golf Club Lengths?

Before the 1990's, golf clubs were mainly made from hickory shafts and forged heads. Golf club length was much longer than they are today.

Modern Day Technology

Scientists have found that in olden days, golfers would just hit the golf ball farther and a lot straighter.

The invention of golf club heads that were made from titanium or other metals have been forged with the face of the club. This advancement of science and technology have definitely increased the golf club length by half of what they were a little in the 1900's.

The use of the graphite shafts, which is an advanced form of technology, is a recent discovery. Golf club manufacturers have found it to be a very good material which forms the shaft and the head of the golf club. It has made golf clubs more flexible and lighter in weight.

It has also helped golfers to have a better gauge of the shape and to judge the weight of a golf club. Manufacturers have always been looking for a material that is flexible enough and compatible with golf.

Graphite shafts have been noted to have a lighter weight which has been a big plus for golf manufacturers. This improvement in technology has made the shafts thinner and with a larger and wider face. Nowadays, the golf club length has gotten longer than before.

What should be your ideal length of golf clubs?

The dreaded question that nobody wants to discuss: will I be able to hit a golf ball with this brand new golf club? Sadly, that is exactly what I must talk about today but I guarantee you that the answer to this question is not frightening at all.

First, you need to know a little about your golf swing.

Not only will you need to understand where the rotation of your hips and shoulders leads to in terms of ideal golf club length, you will also need to examine the distance of the golf ball from the end of your grip.

These are the two key factors that you will want to take into consideration when choosing the right club length for you.

The first factor, the ball position, is without a doubt the easiest. When you reach the top of your backswing, the distance between your toes and the ball should be 2.5”. It is the height of your shoulder rotation.

When deciding on the golf club length, consider where the ideal ball position would be on the golf club you are holding. If you are using a 7-iron, you will want to see the ball position prefixed on the football line on the bottom of the clubhead.

What are Custom Club Fitters and Where to Find Them?

To get the most distance out of your drives and fairway woods, you need the right fit.

That’s where ClubFitters come in. They provide a unique service that enables custom club fitting for your clubhead and shaft combination.

In addition, they also work with a number of companies – some say too many – that supply the shafts, including American Specialty Golf Components, Black Fire, Graphite Design, Lamkin, Callaway, True Temper, and Wilson.

The list of ClubFitters providers also includes a number of manufacturers of clubheads. Each with their own unique product for sale, including:

Accelerade, Acushnet, Adams, Aldila, Cleveland, Cobra, Edel, KBS, Nippon, Odyssey, Ping, Ray Cook, Rocket, TaylorMade, United, and Winn.

While a custom fit has value to some players, there is an element of paranoia about it that’s probably without merit. After all, the idea of having a go-to club is comforting to many players.

In fact, many find adjustment to a new clubhead easier than assuming responsibility for selecting the head type, length, and flex that best fits their swing within a specific set of parameters.

2 Proven Methods to Measure Golf Clubs

If you are wondering how to accurately measure golf club length, there are two proven methods to tell you whether your clubs are the right length or not. First is to use a standard ruler. This is the most accurate method if the club manufacturer measures the clubs in standard measurements. The other way to measure golf club length is to measure from the grip to the end of the club.

Using the Standard Ruler to Measure Golf Club Length

If you go to our collection of golf clubs, you can find detailed descriptions of each model. The description is usually accompanied by details about the length of the clubs, whether they are 42 inches, 45 inches, etc. as this is the standard measurements used on golf clubs. Most of the golf club manufacturers will use standard measurements to measure the length of their clubs. So, if you have a specific golf club you want to buy, you can refer to the description of the club to see if the length is in standard measurements or the manufacturer’s unique measurements.

Stand behind the ball with your feet shoulder width apart. You should be approximately 6 feet away from the club face. With a regular ruler, start measuring the distance from the grip to the end of the club.

Method 1: Golf club measuring ruler technique

Some would say that golf is half science and half art, and they’d be right. The science involves understanding golf course yardages, as well as effectively using all the clubs in your bag. While knowing the correct club for each situation is important, the art comes into play while playing. While practice is important, most people practice the wrong way – they practice their swing, not the specific club they plan to use.

Most golfers don’t put in enough time practicing with their clubs, but even when they do, they end up practicing wrong. A club is only as good as you can use it, so it’s important to practice correctly every time.

Lucky for you, we have had the opportunity to teach thousands of golfers over the years, and because of that, we’re pretty confident in saying that some of your mistakes could be solved by knowing how to choose the correct club.

Method 2: The USGA club measuring technique

This second method was developed by the United States Golf Association to measure club length. This method is used now in the golf industry and is also used to measure driver length. The USGA uses a device called a Club Rater to provide the official measurement of golf clubs.

The device as well as the replacement parts for the Rater are available through the USGA and the Golf Club Manufacturer’s Association. Club manufacturers also use this method when testing and designing their drivers.

The USGA uses a Club Rater to create an average of all measurements which is listed on the club manufacturer’s label and in the United States Golf Association Register of Conforming Driver Heads. This method also provides the manufacturers with an average measurement to help insure stock consistency on their golf club manufacturing assembly lines.

This method determines club length as follows:

For a wood, fairway wood, hybrid or utility club

{1}. Check the the overall loft of the club face
{2}. Use a flat surface to lay the club on and stand the shaft on the ground
{3}. Use a string to measure the height of the leading edge of the club face
{4}. Add the height of the leading edge of the club face measured in 3 to the overall loft of the club face measured in 1 above

To Sum it up…

Having accurate club length is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s needed to determine the distance between your golf clubs and your body, and this makes a huge difference in the way your golf clubs feel. If you’re golf clubs are too long or too short, you’re going to start encountering problems with the following:

  • Maintaining balance
  • Proper footwork
  • Side-to-side swing motion
  • Power transfer
  • Distance
  • And more

Because of all of this, it’s important to be able to measure your golf club length.

Fortunately, this is really easy to do.

There are two proven ways to measure golf club length:

  • Forehand method
  • Backhand method

The backhand method is a lot more popular because it doesn’t require you to have a second person (which can be difficult to prearrange).

Here’s how to do both properly:

Forehand method: Starting from the spot where your golf club rests on the floor, position your body in the same position as it was to address a golf ball.

Backhand method: Measure from the floor up to the middle of your back.