How to Make Sure You’re Playing With the Right Clubs

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How to Make Sure You’re Playing With the Right Clubs

Just because you can hit the ball doesn't mean your clubs are right for you
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Written By:

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller competed on the LPGA Tour in 1979, 1980 and 1981 and is the current National LPGA Teacher of the Year. Cindy is ranked in the Top 30 of the Legends Tour Career Money List.

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Choosing the right shaft flex.

It is very important that you choose the right flex for the shafts in your clubs. The slower your club head speed, the more flexible you want the shaft. A male PGA TOUR player would use a very stiff shaft flex. A golfer with slower swing speed; a young junior golfer or senior citizen, would typically use a very flexible shaft.  

 

Choosing the right length of club.  

Picking the right kind of club is vitally important. When fitting someone for golf clubs, height is the first thing I measure. I happen to be 5’6″ tall and use men’s clubs because I have short arms. Any woman over 5’6″ or 5’7″ should always be measured, as they may need men’s length. The number of inches your knuckle is from the ground determines the length of clubs. If your knuckle is 30 or more inches from the ground, you will need men’s clubs.  If your knuckle is between 26.5 and 29.5 inches from the ground, ladies’ length clubs are for you. If you have a bad back or knees and are in-between, you could use longer clubs. They may feel better.  However, be sure you have the right shaft flex.

 

Set Make-Up.

Below is a list of golf clubs you can choose from to carry and use.  I have listed them from ones that go the farthest, to the shortest. 

 

Available Golf Clubs

  • 1 Wood (aka Driver): Typically hits the ball the longest. Generally, the first club used on par 4’s and par 5’s. 
  • 3 Wood: Tee off with this club or use in fairway. 
  • 5 Wood: Tee off with this club or use in fairway.  
  • 7 Wood: A good fairway wood, also from rough.  
  • 9 Wood: Easy to get in the air from the ground.  
  • 11 Wood: Easy to get in the air from the ground.  
  • 2 Hybrid: Another option for a 2 iron or 5 wood 
  • 3 Hybrid: Another option for a 3 iron or 7 wood. 
  • 4 Hybrid: Another option for a 4 iron or 9 wood 
  • 5 Iron: Equivalent to a 5 hybrid or 11 wood 
  • 6 Iron: Equivalent to a 6 hybrid or 13 wood. 
  • 7 Iron: Equivalent to a 7 hybrid or 15 wood 
  • 8 Iron: Equivalent to a 8 hybrid or 17 wood 
  • 9 Iron: Equivalent to a 9 hybrid or 19 wood 
  • Pitching Wedge: Equivalent to a 6 hybrid or 13 wood 
  • Gap Wedge: 50 degrees, 52 degrees, A or U wedge 
  • Sand Wedge: 54, 55, or 56 degrees. 
  • Lob Wedge: 58 or 60 degrees. 
  • Putter: Used for putting; typically has a flat-faced mallet-like head.  

 

Tee Height: Please be sure you use the right height tee when practicing. You will want half the ball above the club head when you tee up a shot.

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