It’s no secret that men are taller than women, and it’s because of this the manufacturers need to make the standard lengths of the best women’s golf clubs shorter. Before we look at exactly how much shorter women’s clubs are, we’ll spend a minute understanding the importance of playing with the right length.
The first thing to consider is that the lie angle of a golf club should always match the length of the club, as it’s this relationship that helps the club remain square to the turf. If a player addresses the golf ball with a club that is either too long or too short for them, the lie angle will automatically be changed. In most cases, you can get away with this off the tee or with a fairway wood, but not so much with your irons.
If the club’s lie angle is incorrect, then, based on your swing, several things can go wrong at impact. If the lie angle is too flat, the heel will dig into the ground, causing you to hit the ball fat. If the toe strikes the ground first, then expect more of a thinned shot.
The incorrect lie angle at impact can also cause directional issues.
How Much Shorter Are Women’s Golf Clubs?
The standard length of a driver shaft is 45 inches for men and 44 inches for women. It is important to note that these are the industry standard, but manufacturers don’t have to abide by these. It might be that the standard length of a driver from one manufacturer is half an inch shorter or longer than another brand.
Standard fairway wood shafts are between 2 and 3 inches shorter than the average driver shaft. Hybrid shafts are another 2 – 3 inches shorter than fairway wood shafts. If you are a female player with a 44-inch driver, you will more than likely have a 41.5-inch shaft in your fairway wood and a 39.5-inch shaft in your hybrid. Manufacturers each have their standard lengths; thus, don’t be alarmed if you notice a difference between brands.
When it comes to irons, the standard length for a male 3 iron is 39.5 inches and 38.5 inches for a women’s 3 iron. As the number on the bottom of the iron increases, shaft length will decrease incrementally by half an inch. This notion holds for a set of irons from the 3 iron to the pitching wedge. Additional wedges such as a gap wedge, sand wedge, or lob wedge will be the same length as the pitching wedge.
The same holds with iron shaft lengths. It is typical for the standard length of irons to differ by about half an inch from one manufacturer to the next.
Why Are Graphite Shafts Longer?
Graphite shafts feature lightweight profiles.
When it comes to graphite iron shafts, the standard graphite iron shaft will be about half an inch longer than the normal steel shaft for the same set. This added length ensures that the weight profile of the graphite shaft is optimal. This is very important to keep in mind if you plan on switching from steel to graphite iron shafts or vice versa.
The length difference in men’s and women’s clubs isn’t overly significant. But keep in mind that these differences are based on the height difference between the average male and female. If you are shorter or taller than the average person, consult with a professional club fitter about the correct length for you.
Half an inch might not seem like much, but precision is vital to ensure optimal performance when it comes to golf equipment. Length is a single variable; if you are interested in learning more about the other differences between men’s and women’s golf clubs, read our feature on the difference between men’s and women’s golf clubs.
Alternatively, you can head to our next article which helps people understand if they should buy standard or petite women’s golf clubs – as well as some of the key difference.