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The Right and Wrong Way to Measure Golf Club Length

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The right and wrong way to measure your golf clubs

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Golf club length is easily checked with the right ruler, but even with the right tools, there are different ways to interpret the information depending on who is measuring. Each method is correct when applied consistently to the process, but there is also a very wrong way to check club length, which causes a lot of confusion.

Good manners

First method – Measure without grip

Measure the final length without a hold

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One of the most common ways to interpret club length is to measure the club before installing the grip. The main reason to do this is that the thickness at the end of the golf grip can vary by model and this method ensures there is no guesswork.

As a club builder, this is my preferred method because if a club needs to be repaired, you never have to consider the grip model.

Important note: The one and only problem with the no plug method is that if you are building a driver to the USGA maximum length limit, you cannot cut up to 46″ as the club will not conform once the plug is installed. since the governing body takes into account the maximum length until the very end of the socket.

Second method – Measure with the handle.

Golf club measured with grip installed

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This is the method of measurement that most golfers are familiar with, as completed club length is the most common way consumers check their clubs.

It is always important to note that depending on where the clubs were built, the length may be recorded differently, which is why it is important to know your club’s specifications when buying something new.

The wrong direction

Against a wall

Leaning clubs against a wall will not produce consistent results

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While this may seem like a simple way to check club length, placing golf clubs directly against a wall and measuring from the sole is not the correct way to measure length.

This method creates endless confusion and often leads golfers to believe that their clubs have been constructed incorrectly, when in fact it is the measurement method that is causing the problem. The clubs above have 1/2″ between each club (except the far right pitching wedge) but appear to be cut to inconsistent lengths.

To quickly explain why this method is confusing, you need to understand how club length is actually measured in the first place.

The USGA ruler is configured for a 60° lie angle

USGA rule book

Length is measured from the middle of the sole across an imaginary plane and up the centerline of the shank to the end of the shank or grip.

The reason the “against the wall” method doesn’t work when comparing clubs to each other – hence most consumer confusion – is that the length of the club head from heel to toe (length of the blade) is not consistent from one model to another. . In most cases, the length of the blade is not even the same from top to bottom of the same set, which can make the clubs appear to have been cut at inconsistent intervals.

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So the next time you place your clubs against the wall and notice that the lengths might not progress in a perfectly straight line, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your clubs were built correctly.

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