The Ultimate Golf Club Fitting Guide is my effort to help you find golf clubs that will help you play your best golf.
Yes, a golf club fitting is important, and I'm not the only one that thinks so! You definitely should have it done. Or, through the help of this guide, fit yourself.
I'll save all the rest of the talking... typing... for the end, so you can dive right in!
Step One: Find Your Ideal Length
Measuring your wrist to floor length will go a long way to finding your best length for your golf clubs.
You might find using a shorter length than what you're currently using will be more to your benefit!
Why, you ask? While a longer driver provides more innate club head speed, it's also harder to control. That means you'll miss the "sweet spot" more often. With a shorter driver, you'll find more "sweet spot" impacts, which will increase your ball speed.
That means your drives will still go far! Throw in the added bonus of more control, and you'll find longer drives that find the fairway more often!
So, using the two pics here, you should measure your WTF length. Below is a chart you can use to help you find your ideal length for both the driver and 5-iron.
Notice that your height isn't mentioned? That's because it's rare that your height and WTF measurements will be so far off from one another that you'll need something crazy.
There can be issues, sure, but it's rare. Check out this article I wrote about tall golfers here if you want to learn more about it.
Pro Tip: before you go out and buy a new club, do this test:
1. Find the length of your current club. A simple Google search can help.
2. Using your WTF measurement, grip down that much on your golf club. For example, let's say you're currently using a 45.5" driver. The WTF measurement says you should be using a 43" driver. What you do is, grip down 2.5".
3. Start there at the range. Using foot powder spray or sunscreen, check how you're hitting the ball.
4. If your impacts are clear and on the "sweet spot", slide your hands towards the butt of the grip 0.5" and repeat the test. Keep doing this until you're no longer making clear marks on the "sweet spot".
5. Go back down the grip 0.5" and retest. That will be your final "true" length. For example, if you gripped down to 43" and tested until you found 45" produced poor results, move down two 44.5" and retest. If the marks are again clear and on the "sweet spot", that's your "true" length.
Step Two: Find Your Ideal Grip Size
This one's a little easier to do by yourself than the wrist-to-floor measurement. All you have to do is measure your dominant (gloved) hand, and the longest finger on that same hand.
Hand Length (in)
5.75 - 6.5
6.5 - 7
7 - 7.75
Men's Std (.900")
7.75 - 8.25
8.25 - 8.75
8.75 - 9.25
Finger Length (in)
2 - 3
3 - 4
PRO TIP: How This Works
Start by finding what grip size you need based on your hand size.
Make an adjustment based on your longest finger length.
For example, if you have a hand length of 7.5", you'd start with a Men's Standard grip.
But with your finger length of 3.5", you'd need to add 1/64", so you'd actually need a grip size of Men's +1/64".
Step Three: Shaft Flex
Use this tool to help you find your ideal shaft flex:
Pro Tip: Be Honest!
This shaft-fitting tool takes your swing speed, tempo, and release mechanics into account. To get the best results, be brutally honest!
Having the correct shaft flex will do things to help you. For example:
- It'll help create better release mechanics,
- Impact will feel better,
- You'll get more help with trajectory control.
The better the fit, the better the results!
Step Five: Loft
You need the correct loft of your driver to help you maximize your carry distance. Use this chart to help you find it:
PRO TIP: Angle of Attack
Not everyone will know their Angle of Attack (AoA); that's OK. You can get an idea of it as you're doing the Length test. If the marks are slightly above center, you'll have a higher AoA. If they're lower, you'll have a lower AoA.
You can do a simple at-home test- without an expensive monitor! Here's the instructions; you might find you have most of what you need already!
Step Six: Swing Weight
For this one, you're definitely going to have to get your hands dirty.
The only way to find your ideal swing weight (head heft) is to start by asking yourself: does the head feel too light?
If it does, get a roll of 0.5" lead tape. Or, those rubber pads from the GolfWorks. Add a 4" strip (or one of those pads) one at a time until the head feels right.
If it's too heavy, you'll have to either reduce the shaft length or switch to a lighter golf shaft.
Bonus Section: What about Fairway Woods?
The thing about fairway woods is, they should be pretty similar. Personally, I prefer to fit people to the same fairway woods, with the same shafts.
For my thought process, I want them unitized, like how your irons and (hopefully) your wedges are.
Some wonder what shaft to put in their fairway woods.
That's a valid question! Generally, the option is to put the same shaft as the driver, just 10 grams heavier. But things have changed since all the woods- including the driver- were built as a set. You have options!
Think about it: if your driver is 44.5", with a 65-gram shaft and a 200-gram head (the average), you're looking at a swing weight of D0.
But what happens if we bump up the head weight 10 grams (typical for three-woods) and the shaft weight 10 grams... but the shaft length drops 1.5"?
It stays the same!
But there are some people that like having the same shaft in their fairway woods as they do their driver. Look at the picture above; if you keep the shaft weight the same, your swing weight is going to be lighter.
But how much lighter? Well, since this is a golf club fitting guide... we need to see what this would do to your wood(s)!
As you can see, the swing weight doesn't change too much. Between the driver, 3-wood, and 5-wood, there's a two "point" swing. For the majority of golfers, it takes a three-point change to be noticeable.
So there's an argument there. Do you want your full wood set to have a similar feel? Or, do you create something a little different between the driver and fairway woods?
Bonus Section #2: Hybrid Shafts
OK, so there's info about fairway wood shafts, but what about hybrid shafts?
Hybrids were originally considered a replacement for long irons. They were built with similar- or the same- shafts.
In the search for more distance, hybrid shafts have gotten lighter. But how does this affect you?
Here's another "this is what I'd do" thing: I'd put you in hybrid shafts similar to the irons. If you want graphite, fine, but I think it's best to keep the hybrids as close to the irons as possible.
Look at a hybrid's potential: let's say you have a 4-iron with a 120-gram shaft, and a 3-hybrid with an 80-gram shaft.
The 3H is already going to be longer thanks to the higher COR; throw in a much lighter shaft and the yardage gap grows even more! That's too much when these clubs need to be used for consistent distances.
But if we bump the shaft's weight up to, say, 110, that will help reign it in a bit, bring it back to the rest of the set. You'll now have a set with a hybrid that's easier to hit, but will be more consistent and predictable with your long irons.
Step Seven: Lie Angle
This final step in fitting yourself for golf clubs is something you'll have to wait until after you have your set. The reason is because of the dynamic nature of the test.
Yes, you can find your ideal lie angle without swinging a club ("static"), but because we all have the grip of the club at different height levels as we come into impact, it can have an effect on your lie angle.
But how do you find your lie angle? You have to hit the range with a Sharpie!
Mark your ball with a line using a Sharpie. The line then faces away from the target, so your club's face will hit it.
After impact, check the line. Of the three pics, which one is closest to yours?
As the red lines indicate, a tilted line is a bad thing:
- In the top pic, the lie angle's too upright
- In the middle pic, the lie angle's too flat
- In the last pic, the lie angle's just right
The line won't tell you how off you are, but it'll still give a very good indication.
PRO TIP: Lie Angles
Lie angle is the most important aspect for accuracy, especially as the club gets shorter and the loft gets higher.
If you've been on the site before, you might've seen this:
You can see the effect a too-flat (left) and a too-upright (right) lie angle has on where the ball's going to go.
For all the info in this golf club fitting guide, if you only have one thing you can have fitted, I'd implore you to make this one it. It's really that important!
This whole golf club fitting guide is about one thing: empowerment.
I want you to be able to find the best golf clubs for your game and swing by yourself, but I want you to know that you aren't alone.
You can fill out my golf club fitting form and I'll help you! I can even make recommendations on clubs- and build them for you, too!