Golf specialty shops and some sporting goods stores offer club-fitting services that ensure you hit the links with equipment that fits your stroke. The measurement process determines the club length that is right for you based on your height and arm length. If you prefer not to get fitted at a store then you can measure for golf clubs at home using a tape measure. You may wish to recruit a friend to help with measurements for maximum accuracy.
Remove your shoes and stand on a flat surface. Golf club sizing techniques take into account your natural height, not your height with shoes on.
Stand up straight and measure the distance from the floor to the top of your head.
Relax your arms and let them hang at your sides, perpendicular to the ground.
Measure the distance, in inches, from the bend of your wrist to the floor. This measurement correlates with the length of the club that you'll need given the length of your arms.
Open your Web browser and navigate to a website that contains a wrist-to-floor measurement chart. There are several websites you can choose for this task, including clubshack.com, pinemeadowgolf.com and golf-components.com.
Locate the chart entry that corresponds to your height and wrist-to-floor measurement. The value for your measurements will either be a number or an "S." If it's an "S" then you are the appropriate size for using standard, off-the-rack clubs at any golf retailer. Otherwise, the entry for your wrist-to-floor to height ratio will be a number that specifies the number of inches in length that your clubs should differ from standard retail clubs.
- Most players use a golf club with a standard grip size. If you have smaller or larger than average hands, consult the grip size chart on one of the websites listed previously for information on the appropriate grip size for your clubs.
Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.