Choosing the right size golf clubs not only makes it easier for you to swing the club, but it can improve your overall performance. Clubs that are too long or too short will be awkward. Consult a golf pro shop to help you choose the right clubs. If you already have clubs, a pro shop can cut them down to the right size and regrip them for you if necessary.
Place your arms at your sides with your fingers pointing toward the ground.
Ask a friend to measure you from the tip of your middle finger to the ground. The golf club shaft, which extends from the end of the shaft to the beginning of the club, should match this distance.
Consider the weight of the club head and the shaft before choosing. Different materials, such as wood, aluminum, titanium and graphite, will all make a difference in how the club feels when you swing it. If you swing hard, for example, you may require a more stiff shaft whereas a slower swing indicates the need for some flexibility.
Swing the club as you normally would and see if it's a weight and size that feels comfortable to you.
Feel the grip of the club. Make sure it is long enough to accomodate the size of your hand. Your ring and middle fingers should hardly be on the grip if it's the correct size.
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Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.