How Do I Buy Golf Clubs for Women?

By Matthew Fortuna
Meet with your local golf pro for a swing evaluation to help determine your club options.
Meet with your local golf pro for a swing evaluation to help determine your club options.

As golf courses become increasingly women-friendly around the world, more and more women continue to pick up the game and excel at the sport. This has prompted a large industry for women's golf clubs, and while these clubs are similar to men's clubs, there are differences that should be noted. You must know your capabilities or those of the female golfer that you are buying for before you set out to look for the right clubs.

Determine your swing speed and capabilities or those of the woman who will use the clubs. Players can choose from extra stiff shafts, stiff shafts, regular flex shafts, senior shafts or ladies' shafts, depending on their swing speed and the feel they want from their club. Ladies' shafts, in general, will provide the most flex or "bend" in the club. The stiffer shafts are used with faster swing speeds and can often provide longer shots from a naturally fast swing.

Buy a ladies shaft for the high handicapper, older woman or a woman with a slower golf swing. Buy a regular flex shaft for a younger, experienced golfer with a faster swing. Buy a stiff flex club for very low handicappers and those who are physically fit with quick swings. The wrong degree of flex will make it harder for a player to hit the ball squarely and on target.

Measure or estimate your height or the height of the golfer who will use the clubs.

Pick out club lengths based on the height. A standard length for a ladies driver is 43 inches for a golfer 5 feet and 9 inches tall.

Subtract or add an inch to the driver for every inch taller or shorter than 5'9".

Subtract a half inch for every club after the driver to get the lengths of each wood, iron and wedge.

About the Author

Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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