How to Measure for Golf Clubs Once And For All

“Golf is not a game of perfect”- Bob Rotella. But what if it could be? We all strive to play the best we can, because we have all experienced the depressive feeling that playing terrible gives us. What if I told you, all your worries could be resolved and it only takes you to do it?

I, more than most, can advocate, that blaming the tools for a poor job is far too easy. But, that’s because for most golfers, the tools are not made for the man. Getting fitted and getting clubs made to measure alleviates all golfing frustrations, that you and I both face, every time we walk onto the tee box.

So what’s stopping you? The cost? Well… let me phrase this in a way that might tempt you. Think about all the times you’ve wanted to break a club or have broken a club. Think about the cost to fix that one club and compare that to the bill of getting clubs made for you.

Fitted clubs are like your offspring. Trust me, I know. I’ve had mine (my clubs) for 4 years now and I would never look back, through all the highs and the lows. They always produce the goods when most needed.

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What will you need?

  • Patience: It is impossible to play golf without patience, and measuring up for your new set of clubs requires the same. It’s too easy to jump at the shiny, new Callaway or Taylormade driver that you’ve seen the golfing greats use on TV. But, masking your inner crow is essential, because you need the club that is right for you, rather than what the manufacturers want you to buy.
  • Funds: If it hasn’t clicked already, new golf clubs cost money. Golf is not an inexpensive exploit. Yes, money will buy you happiness in this case but the long-term benefits are unimaginable now. Think about the vintage sentiment to owning a set of golf clubs that could be worth a lot more in years to come.

Steps

1. Research: Outsmart the experts

The Internet is your friend. Use it to its full capabilities. Scour the market for all the clubs that tickle your fancy. All the expensive brands; Titleist, Taylormade, Callaway, Ping and all the up-and-coming giants; Srixon, Yonex, XXIO. You really need to have a grasp on what you want because you are in control. Measuring up for clubs is not a defined science, it’s extremely personal.

Research can even entail watching YouTube videos from stars like Mark Crossfield or Rick Shiels to get a professional’s opinion. Watch the tours on TV to get an idea of who you want to imitate, but ultimately, the research of manufacturer’s websites will give you the knowledge you’ll desperately need.

2. Local driving range: Scrutinise your local pro

Your local professional should know all the ins and outs of the new gear fresh off the production line. They won’t particularly know that you’ve done your research, so play dumb and see how they react. Remember, as friendly as you are with your pro, they will ultimately be trying to sell you a product that you might not want. It is important to note that you won’t be buying from the pro directly. So keep that in mind.

Try some clubs out that the pro recommends, but be bold and ask for the clubs you have researched. Remember, you are always in control. If the pro has a launch monitor; Trackman, Flightscope or GC2, get some numbers and compare it to your own clubs to validate your research. Important to mention here however, be sure to factor in the golf ball you are using so that you don’t give yourself false hope. E.g. range balls are 80{e114f9a2986628e2eac5feb2b97d2055b459e38eb95a7dd36201aedca290889b} normally.

*Repeat*: Strike the balance This is a repeated process; you aren’t going to find your perfect clubs straight away. I would repeat the first two steps at least twice to achieve the best result.

3. Measuring yourself: Know yourself

This is the quintessential step in this process. Before committing to a set of clubs, you need to know what your anatomy is telling you. Everyone is built differently, so the golf clubs should be different too.

If you’re shorter or taller than average, you may need adjust the shaft length. If you less or more spine lean than average, you may need to adjust the lie of the clubs. If you have larger or smaller hands than average, you may need to adjust the thickness of grip that is applied to your club.

Take the following measurements to the fitting studio so that the custom fitter can perfectly replicate your requirements:

  • Height
  • Hand length
  • Forefinger length
  • Forearm length

4. Manufacturer: Satisfy your desire

Time to book in at a manufacturer that you have well-researched and know who the 28th CEO was. You can do this through the local professional you scrutinised earlier in the process or you can do it yourself. Just search them up on the web and book a fitting at a local centre.

If you’re lucky enough to live or willing to drive to the national fitting centres, this is highly recommended, these guys really know what they are talking about. Your clubs will be completely made to measure and you’ll enjoy VIP experience, especially if you go to Wentworth’s Taylormade fitting centre (personal experience).

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Conclusion

So that’s pretty much it. You now have the tools to get measured for golf clubs. Leaving the days of ruining lives and angering emotions in the past. Welcome to the new and improved you.

Emilia Clarke
 

My name is Emilia Clarke and I am the person behind wetalkaboutgolf.com. In this website, we have one goal – to help you to become the best golf player that you could. We can extend a helping hand through providing you with articles that will provide basic knowledge about the sport, including how-to and buying guides.

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