Golf Monthly advises utilizing the golf club size guide below to select irons for your height. Wrist-to-floor measures are becoming more popular, and an increasing number of golfers are employing golf club charts to cross-reference height and wrist-to-floor measurements. For example, a man who is 6' 3" would measure 42 inches from shoulder to heel when standing with his feet together.
Here are the sizes recommended by most major manufacturers:
Number 1 Iron = 48 inch swing radius
Number 2 Iron = 45 inch swing radius
Number 3 Iron = 42 inch swing radius
Number 4 Iron = 39 inch swing radius
Number 5 Iron = 36 inch swing radius
Number 6 Iron = 33 inch swing radius
Number 7 Iron = 30 inch swing radius
Number 8 Iron = 27 inch swing radius
Number 9 Iron = 24 inch swing radius
Number 10 Iron = 21 inch swing radius
If you want to use this strategy, seek for a golf club size reference that includes your height and wrist-floor length. Based on the intersection of your height and wrist-floor distance, this chart will show you how many inches you need add or remove from the conventional club size. For example, if you are 6 feet tall and your wrist-floor distance is 38 inches, look for a club size reference label that shows "+2". That means you should choose clubs that are two sizes larger than your current set.
Lets say you found such a reference. Now, measure the length of your hands and wrists with a ruler. Subtract 38 inches from that number. This gives you the approximate maximum reach you can get with a given size of club. You'll also need to know the approximate size of your hands to choose appropriate clubs. The table below shows the most common hand shapes and what sizes of club they match best with.
Now, all you have to do is try out different sizes of clubs and see which ones give you the best fit. If you feel like you're getting closer to having a perfect fit but still miss the mark, try another size down or up.
However, it's important to note that the numbers in this reference are estimates only. Some people have longer or shorter fingers than others, so don't take the numbers at face value.
In irons, more so than in drivers, ideal club length is generally established by a series of measurements that take the player's height, arm length, and swing posture into consideration. Obviously, a player who is exceedingly tall would not profit from golf clubs built for a much shorter player, and vice versa. Generally, the longer the player's arms are, the longer the shaft should be; however, there are exceptions to this rule.
The length of the club head is also important. Club heads are usually made out of steel or titanium alloys. These materials are chosen because they are strong and lightweight. The size of the club head is generally based on two factors: first, the distance between the face of the club head and the center of gravity (CG) of the club when it is swung around straight ahead with force applied to the ball; second, the weight of the club. Heavy clubs tend to have larger heads than do light ones.
Ideally, the center of gravity of the club head should be positioned just behind the face of the club head. This location provides solidity in striking and reduces the risk of injury during a blowout. If the center of gravity is placed too far back, the club will struggle to stay balanced throughout its swing path. This could cause toe-side and heel-side swings, which would reduce the accuracy of your shots.
The overall length of the club is also important.
Your clubs should compliment your height, wrist-to-floor length, ability, and swing speed, and if you buy off the shelf, you'll miss out on the advantages the clubs were meant to provide. When it comes to what length golf clubs to use, it's all about making sure they're the right length for your height and posture. Longer clubs hit farther and faster, while shorter players benefit from shorter clubs that are easier to control.
The length of your club affects how much distance you can get out of it. Shorter people need shorter clubs, while taller people need longer clubs. Men need clubs that are an inch or two longer than their height, whereas women should be fitted with clubs that are half a size smaller than their height.
For example, if you are 5'10" tall, you should be using clubs that are about 14" in length. If you have short arms, you may want to buy some long irons (i.e., #8 iron) to help you get the ball out of tight holes. On the other hand, if you have long arms you might want to buy some shorter irons (i.e., #5 iron) so you don't hit the ball too far down the fairway.
On average, men need clubs that are 1-3 inches longer than their height, whereas women should be fitted with clubs that are around half a size shorter than their height.
It makes no difference how tall you are if you have a deeper stoop in your swing since your wrists will be closer to the ground, requiring somewhat shorter clubs. The length of the shaft of your golf clubs should be determined by arm length and wrist-to-floor length. For example, if your arm length is 30 inches and your wrist-to-floor height is 6 feet, then your golf club shaft should be about 42 inches long.
The distance that the head of your golf club travels during its swing depends on many factors such as club speed, angle of attack, type of shot you're taking, etc. However, for fairway woods and loblows, which are used for hitting balls out of bounds or onto the green, the maximum travel distance should be about 15 inches or more. This allows you to get the ball into these types of shots accurately even if it's slightly off line.
Generally, the faster the clubhead moves through the air, the farther it will travel. This is because energy is stored in the club as it bends around the ball, and when this energy is released, it acts like a spring to send the clubhead flying away from the body. The greater the distance the clubhead travels, the more energy will be released when it hits the ball, so players who can generate high clubhead speeds will have more distance with their shots.