The Golf Club Length Chart + How To Measure For Golf Clubs

A brand new set of clubs is exciting and enticing and makes you want to hit the driving range, or your favorite course, pronto. 

That said, even with the bells and whistles that come with the high-ticket, expensive clubs, if you’re not using clubs that fit you correctly, you’ll be slicing, shanking, and spending more time in the rough than the green. 

We’re here to put ill-fitting clubs to bed by bringing you our in-depth club measurement guide and extensively researched golf club length chart. 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, understanding the fundamentals of golf club fitting can help you enjoy the game even more and take your skills to the next level.

In this article, we will cover:

  • How Important Is Finding The Right Golf Club Fit?
  • How To Measure Golf Club Length/Golf Club Length Chart
  • The Complete Golf Club Size Chart
  • How Your Club Length Affects Shaft Flex 
  • Golf Club Length: Summary

Let’s jump into it!

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How Important Is Finding The Right Golf Club Fit

Your club’s fit and shaft length is directly related to your performance on the course, whether it’s the green, the fairway, or the tee box.

Having clubs in your correct size makes all the difference between playing to your full potential versus shooting bogie after bogie. 

When you have clubs that are suited to your height, swing speed, and skill level, you’ll experience improved accuracy, distance, and consistency with your shots. Golf is a game of precision, and as such, your equipment should reflect that. 

The Benefits

  • Improved, solid ball contact 
  • Increased distance
  • Efficient lie angle
  • Repeatable performance without muscular strain 
  • Heightened accuracy based on greater clubhead control 

Shaft Length In Drivers

Your driver’s shaft determines just how fast you’re able to swing; a longer shaft increases clubhead speed and distance, while a shorter one allows you to harness more control and develop your accuracy.

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The standard driver length in golf is typically around 43 to 45 inches for men and 42 to 44 inches for women. However, the length of a driver can vary depending on your height, swing style, personal preference, etc., but more on that later.  

Standard shaft lengths have—and more than likely will continue to—increase over the years, with driver manufacturers toting distance as the biggest seller for marketing appeal. 

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the length of a given driver is just one factor to consider when selecting the right club; take into consideration how your driver will encourage and make center-face contact. 

Consistent, repeatable center-face contact on the clubface will generate the distance you’ll need while also doing so in a controlled and accurate way (i.e., no shanking or slicing). 

A number of studies have shown the clubface, center “sweet-spot,” is the largest determinant of your shot’s outcome; one amateur study claimed this occurs in only 1/2000 of a second. 

Shaft Length In Irons

More than drivers, the shaft length in irons depends on a number of factors that take into account your height, arm length, and swing posture

For height, if you’re at the opposing sides of the spectrum, you’ll benefit from clubs that are specially catered to your physical stature (ex., tall-sized clubs). 

Have a look at our golf club length chart below for the standard club length you’ll find in the irons department. 

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Golf Club Length Chart In Irons


Shaft Length In Putters

Typically, putter shafts range from approximately 32 to 38 inches, with the most common length being around 34 to 35 inches.

The length of your putter shaft is crucial because it can affect your posture as well as your eye line at address, which in turn affects your stroke. 

A longer shaft brings your posture upright and straight with a better view of the target line, while a shorter shaft can promote a more bent-over posture and give you a better feel for the club head.

two yellow and two green golf putters lie on ground

How To Measure Golf Club Length/Golf Club Length Chart

To find the correct golf club length for you, you’ll need to measure and take into account the following components: 

  1. Overall height
  2. Wrist-to-floor measurement
  3. In-swing factors

Properly Measuring Your Height

Let’s start off with how to accurately measure your height; height can impact your golf club length because it affects your posture and the distance between your hands and the ground at address. 

If you’re on the taller side, you may require longer clubs to accommodate your long arms and upright posture, while if you’re shorter, you may need shorter clubs to avoid hunching over the ball.

As we mentioned earlier, height is not enough to determine your club length size; just like you wouldn’t measure just the width of a space to determine the area’s square footage, so too should you be operating off of all the information and all the measurements suggested.

4 golfers standing on the golf range holding up their golf clubs

If we were basing your club length solely on height, however, the golf club length chart below would indicate how to find the appropriate size:

Height Club Length Adjustments
5’0”—5’2”Subtract 1”
5’2”—5’4”Subtract ½” 
5’4”—5’7”Subtract ¼” 
5’7”—6’1”Standard Size
6’1”—6’2”Add ¼”
6’2”–6’4”Add ½” 
6’4”–6’6”Add 1” 

To properly measure your height, stand up straight with your back against a wall, feet flat on the floor, and chin parallel. You should be wearing your golf shoes or trainers as you certainly won’t be golfing barefoot (Sammy Snead, who?). 

Have someone measure the distance from the floor to the top of your head using a ruler or tape measure, and voila! Record your findings, whether that’s on paper or the door frame. 

Wrist To Floor Measurement

golfer wearing white pants and a pink top swings golf club

The distance between the crease of your wrist and the floor—when standing in a neutral position—provides an indication of how long your arms are relative to your height. 

This measurement helps to determine the appropriate length of your new golf club so that it promotes optimal posture and swing mechanics.

To get a wrist to floor measurement for golf club fitting, stand up straight, hold a ruler or yardstick against the crease of your wrist, bend your wrist downward, and have a friend measure the distance from the floor to the end of the ruler or yardstick. 

Take a look at the specs below in our golf club length chart guideline as to what you might expect and how to incorporate your wrist-to-floor and height measurements together: 

HeightWTF Club Length Adjustments
5’0”—5’2”27”—29”Subtract 1”
5’2”—5’4”29”—34”Subtract ½”
5’4”—5’7”32”—34”Subtract ¼”
5’7”—6’1”34”—37”Standard Size
6’1”—6’2”37”—38.5”Add ¼”
6’2”–6’4”38.5”—40”Add ½” 
6’4”–6’6”40”—41”Add 1” 

In-Swing Factors

Height and wrist-to-floor measurements are considered static methods of club fitting; the third and final measurement you’ll need is attributed to in-swing factors or a dynamic measurement. 

Here, you’ll be taking some practice swings judged by anyone from a friend in the golfing community to a professional club fitter; factors to consider can be your clubhead speed, your swing plane consistency, or posture, specifically at the address. 

golf clubs sit in a golf bag with golf course in background

By taking into account in-swing factors, you can ensure you’re using the right club length for your unique swing characteristics when paired with your individual static measurements.   

The Complete Golf Club Size Chart 

Have a look at our golf club size chart below for our complete guide on standardized sizing: 

Club Type Weight Length For Men (steel/graphite)Length For Women (steel-graphite) 
Driver 275-310 g~45”
1-Wood200-230 g43.5”—44”42.5”—43”
2-Iron250-285 g 39.5”—40”38.5”—39”
4-Iron 38.5”—39”37.5”—38”
7-Iron 37”—37.5”36”—36.5”
8-Iron 36.5”—37”35.5”—36”
1-Hybrid225-255 g 41”—41.5”40.5”
PW or GW291-295 g 35.5”—36”34.5”—35”
SW or LW296+ g35.5”—36”34.5”—35”

How Your Club Length Affects Shaft Flex 

Now that we’ve covered our complete golf club length chart, it’s important to note just how your club size and overall length impact your shaft flex and how much give you can expect.

man wearing white gloves and grey pants flexes golf club

Club length can have an indirect effect on shaft flex, as longer clubs generally require a softer flex, and shorter clubs require a stiffer flex.

This is because the longer the club, the more time it has to bend and flex during your swing; a softer flex can help maintain the club’s stability and accuracy, while a stiffer flex reduces spin with a lower ball flight trajectory. 

Also, keep in mind that any modifications made to your club’s existing shaft length will affect its flex (i.e., length taken off your shaft will increase flex and vice versa for length added). 

Golf Club Length: Summary

Having the proper club length can help you optimize your existing swing mechanics, generate more power, and improve accuracy and distance. 

By using the golf club length chart and measuring for the right golf club size, golfers can take a crucial step towards improving their game and enjoying the sport even more. Remember, a properly fitted golf club can make all the difference!

See you on the green! 

Now that you have measured the correct length for your golf club, check out The Driver Golf Club Guide: Using a Driver In Golf Explained.

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After graduating from the Professional Golf Management program in Palm Springs, CA, I moved back to Toronto, Canada, turned pro and became a Class 'A' member of the PGA of Canada. I then began working at some of the city's most prominent country clubs. While this was exciting, it wasn't as fulfilling as teaching, and I made the change from a pro shop professional to a teaching professional. Within two years, I was the Lead Teaching Professional at one of Toronto's busiest golf instruction facilities. Since then, I've stepped back from the stress of running a successful golf academy to focus on helping golfers in a different way. Knowledge is key so improving a players golf IQ is crucial when choosing things like the right equipment or how to cure a slice. As a writer I can help a wide range of people while still having a little time to golf myself!

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