Golf Club Fitting Guide: 7 Steps to the Perfect Fit!

Golf Club Fitting Guide: 7 Steps to the Perfect Fit!

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

Fitting Length using Wrist to Floor

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.

Which Wrist Crease to Measure From
tall golfers wrist to floor chart

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:

Related: Green Lantern Golf's Ultimate Driver Guide!

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)

Grip Size

< 5.75

Junior Std.

5.75 - 6.5

Ladies Std.

6.5 - 7

Men's -1/64"

7 - 7.75

Men's Std (.900")

7.75 - 8.25

Men's +1/64"

8.25 - 8.75

Men's +1/32"

8.75 - 9.25

Men's +1/16"

Finger Length (in)

Grip Adjustment

2 - 3

No Change

3 - 4

Add 1/64"

4+

Add 1/32"

PRO TIP: How This Works

Step Three: Shaft Flex

Use this  tool to help you find your ideal shaft flex:

Pro Tip: Be Honest!

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:

golf fitting guide: loft and angle of attack

PRO TIP: Angle of Attack

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.

Golf Club Fitting Guide- Swing Weight Calculator Results for 44.5" driver

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"?

Golf Club Fitting Guide- 43" Three Wood Swing Weight

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)!

Golf Club Guide- 65g Shaft in a Three Wood

A 3-wood with a 65g shaft

Fitting Guide-42" 5-wood w/ 65-gram shaft

A 5-wood with a 65g shaft

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!

marking golf ball with a Sharpie to help find lie angle

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?

Line tilted towards the toe; the lie angle's too upright
Line tilted away from the toe means the lie angle is too flat
line straight up and down means the lie angle is just right!

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

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!

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