Club Length Definitions
Formally, according to Rules of Golf for woods and irons, the measurement of length is taken when the club is lying on a horizontal plane and the sole is set against a 60 degree plane. The length is defined as the distance from the point of the intersection between the two planes to the top of the grip. For putters, the measurement of length is taken from the top of the grip along the axis of the shaft or a straight line extension of it to the sole of the club. The overall length of the club must be at least 18 inches (0.457 m) and, except for putters, must not exceed 48 inches (1.219 m).
Due to different lie angles of different clubs the more reasonable definition is: the length of the golf club is the distance from the butt to the point where the shaft would meets the ground, if the club were soled in a normal address (grooves parallel to the ground) and the shaft were extended to the ground.
Typical Club Length
The standard length of 5-iron (with a graphite shaft) is 38″ with ½” increments between 3-9 irons. It means 39” for 3-iron and 36” for 9-iron. Increments between wedges depend of individual preferences and usually are smaller – do not exceed ¼”.
The length of a driver and fairway woods is a different story. A longer driver allows more distance, but it is harder to control. The player can use the longest driver that he can control well. For some that is 44”, for others it can be as long as 46”.
The calculator of the right length is available on the next page.
update: August 2016