How Do I Compare Golf Clubs for Women?

By Sharon Penn
Try out golf clubs before you buy.
Try out golf clubs before you buy.

Newer technology in golf clubs makes the game more fun for women who may have a slower swing speed. Today's club designs are more forgiving of mishits, and allow even the high handicapper to achieve reasonable distance and accuracy on the course. When you compare golf clubs, try before you buy and make sure you like the look, feel and sound of the club.

Look at the club head size of the driver and fairway woods. For women who are beginners or high handicappers, a large club head will provide a larger sweet spot to allow for the mishits typical of a new golfer.

Select a driver with a higher loft of at least 9.5 degrees. If you are having trouble launching the ball into the air, try out some drivers that have a loft of 11 or 12 degrees.

Get measured to make sure the shaft length of the clubs are appropriate for your stature and wrist-to-floor measurement. Most women take the standard club length, but if you are tall or short, you may have to change the shaft length. Try a flexible shaft if you have a slower swing speed. Stiffer shafts provide more control, but they are difficult to handle.

Swing some hybrid clubs to use in place of long irons, which are hard to hit because of the lower loft angle and longer club length. Hybrids have the weight distributed in the back and bottom of the club, making it easier to get the ball into the air. They also correct for a slice or a hook by providing a soft landing without much roll. Many women are using hybrids in place of the 3-, 4- and 5-iron.

Try out some irons that have an offset club head to help you keep the face of the club square to the target on impact with the ball. Irons with more loft and a wider sole will help you launch the ball up. Consider using only the 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-iron, which are more lofted and easier to hit. Putters that have a greater MOI (Moment of Inertia) are more forgiving of mishits.

About the Author

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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