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Playing the Correct Club Length = Distance and Accuracy
Custom Fitted Lenght is a Must

Learn how  playing with clubs that are fitted to you in length helps increase both distance and control.  Fitted Length Means Control and Distance

A member recently asked this excellent question:

"For men less than 5 feet 7 inches tall, do you recommend playing with shorter clubs - especially woods - since they are so long? How can I gain control, but not lose distance?"

There are two fundamental reasons to play with golf clubs - woods and irons - that are the right length for you:

1. First, the right length golf clubs will help you to be in your correct posture to make your best golf swing. Clubs that are too long can get you in a too upright posture; clubs that are too short can get you in a posture where you are too bent from your waist at address. In BOTH cases - incorrect length golf clubs are likely to cause you to make compensations in your golf swing. Compensations can lead to poor shot consistency.

2. Second, you will get the most distance from all of your golf shots if you hit the center of the clubface. If you play clubs that are too long for you, the likelihood of hitting the center of the face - and getting the most distance is reduced. In fact longer clubs - particularly drivers - will not necessarily get you more distance.

Here are some things that you can do to "take charge" of your golf clubs and find the right club lengths for your game:

  • Have the lengths of some of your present golf clubs measured. At a minimum get the lengths of your driver, 3 wood, and perhaps 6 iron measured. These days "standard" driver lengths are often 46 inches, "standard" 3 wood lengths are 43 inches or longer, and "standard" 6 iron lengths are about 37-1/2 to 37-3/4 inches long. So - how do your clubs compare?
  • There is a very simple way for you to do your own tests to see if you are making center-face contact on your clubs. Buy some foot powder spray, and spray this on the face of the some of your clubs. When you hit shots, you can see where your actual contact is. You might get center contact results, OR results that surprise you!
  • You might do some additional tests on yourself to see if shorter clubs can help your face contact. As an example start by gripping your driver at the end of the club and see where your contact is. Then grip it down 1 inch, and again check contact. Finally you might go a bit more radical, and grip your driver down 2 inches and again check for face contact and how solidly you hit the golf ball. This is not a definitive test, but in some cases will show that shorter clubs can help your game.
  • Understand that being short or tall does not totally equate for needing shorter or longer golf clubs. For example, a person who, for example, is 5 foot 6 inches tall may also have short arms - and so not necessarily need shorter clubs. The same holds true for a taller person - he might have long arms, and may not necessarily need longer golf clubs.
  • To get the best knowledge about whether or not you need to play with shorter or longer clubs, find a trusted custom club fitter in your area. A custom fitter has the knowledge to find the right club lengths - and also club weighting - for your physique and your golf swing.
  • Finally, if you want to learn some additional knowledge about the importance of club lengths for your golf game, read this article by Tom Wishon of Tom Wishon Golf -

Playing with the right length golf clubs can definitely help you to hit longer and more consistent golf shots!

The Situation:
"For men less than 5 feet 7 inches tall, do you recommend playing with shorter clubs - especially woods - since they are so long? How can I gain control, but not lose distance?"

The Solution:
• Know the value of correct club lengths for your golf game.
• Know the lengths of your present golf clubs.
• Test for center-face contact - use foot-powder spray!
• Grip your clubs shorter and see if your shot contact improves.
• Understand that being short or tall does not necessarily mean you will need shorter or longer golf clubs.
• Find a trusted custom club fitter who will help you find the best club lengths for your golf swing and golf game.

Tony Wright
Tony Wright

Game Improvement Golf and Tony Wright help golfers to optimize the performance of their golf clubs, hit more great golf shots and shoot lower scores. He has been recognized as one of the Top U.S. club fitters by Golf Digest in 2011 and 2013. Learn more about Tony Wright at

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