According to the United States Golf Association, golf clubs' overall length may not exceed 48 inches for both wood and irons. All new players should begin playing the standard length clubs unless extremely tall or short. Having a professional measure you for a suggested club length is a plus as they can determine whether you would benefit from a custom length club. The length of the arm relative to the height of the body determines the length of the club shaft. Measuring your golf club shaft length helps in purchasing new clubs and when replacing your shafts.
Lay the golf club on a level surface with the toe of the golf club pointed up.
Place a protractor against the golf club head on the level surface, verifying that the sole of the club head is positioned at a 60 degree angle to the flat surface.
Draw an imaginary line following the sole of the club at the 60 degree angle to where it intersects with a flat surface.
Measure from where the intersecting line meets the flat surface at the heel of the club, along the shaft and to the tip of the grip.