How to size golf clubs for beginners

Are you a beginner golfer and wondering how to become a great golfer? For starters, your set of golf clubs needs to be of the right size for your game. You should be able to maintain an upright athletic posture as your play. There are many factors to consider. In this discussion, we shall discuss how to size golf clubs for beginners to achieve a pleasurable game.

Measurement Guidelines

There are various standard sizing guidelines on how to size golf clubs for beginners. These guidelines come in handy to a beginner when picking the right golf club for his/her height. Most of these standards use measurements that compare the golfer’s wrist-to-floor length, swing speed, and height to the most appropriate golf club size.

The wrist-to-floor measurement is most accurate when taking into consideration the distance from the floor to slightly up above the golfer’s wrist.  Poor swing speed is a result of a long shaft that is heavier to swing.

A golfer’s set consists of up to 14 golf clubs comprising of one putter, seven irons, two wedges, one hybrid, one driver, and two fairway woods.  However, a beginner is allowed to use a putter, a set of irons, and a driver until he perfects his game. Below is the recommended sizing technique that you should use when picking a beginner’s set of golf clubs.

The Putter

A beginner golfer should aim at using the least number of strokes when getting the ball into the hole. Hence, he must exercise great precision and mastery.  To do this, he takes into account his style and posture of putting when picking the right putter. A long putter, belly putter, or a standard putter must be the right length for the distance and direction of the golf ball.

The standard putter is ideal for a new golfer who is unsure about his putting style. Use the below guideline to choose a comfortable standard putter that will keep your eyes directly above the ball.

Standard Putter

Golfer Height

Putter Length

4’ 11” or shorter31 inches
4’ 11” to 5’31 ½ inches
5’ 1” to 5’ 2”32 inches
5’ 3” to 5’ 4”32 ½ inches
5’ 5” to 5’ 8”33 inches
5’ 9” to 5’ 10”33 ½ inches
5’ 10” to 5’ 11”34 inches
6’  or taller34 ½ inches


A belly putter has a longer shaft (putter length) than a standard putter. Use the below measurements in picking the correct belly putter for your height.

Belly Putter

Golfer Height

Putter Length

5’ 8” or shorter38.5 to 40 inches
5’ 9” to 6’ 1”41 to 44 inches
6’ 2” or taller54 to 47 inches


standard length golf club iron

A long putter has the most extended shaft length. You should measure the putter’s length against his height while standing in an upright position. Below is the sizing guide for a long putter.

Long Putter

Golfer Height

Putter Length

5’ 6” or shorter45 inches
5’ 7” to 5’ 8”47 inches
5’ 8” to 5’ 9”48 inches
5’ 9” to 5’ 11”49 inches
5’ 10” to 5’ 11”50 inches
5’ 11” to 6’51 inches
6’ to 6’ 6”52 inches
6’ 2”  or taller54 inches


Club Length for Irons

For the beginner golfer to make a variety of accurate ball shots at a distance of 200 yards or less from the green, he/she needs a set of irons that match his/her height.  This choice is crucial in maintaining the right posture and lie angl