The Science Of Fitting Custom Clubs

The Science of Fitting Golf Clubs

There are many important factors (13 to be exact) which make up the proper fitting and manufacture of golf clubs. We are going to cover a few of them here:

Driver Length

The club length the large "name brand" manufacturers use on their clubs is TOO long for 90% of men golfers and 98% of women golfers. These large companies make drivers that are 45½" to 46½" where as the average length of drivers used by Tour Professionals is 44½".

So why is this done? Because, companies advertise that the longer the length is, the longer you will hit the ball. Except it only works when you have smooth tempo, a consistent square swing path, a LATE RELEASE OF YOUR WRIST-COCK ANGLE (notice it is capitalized...must be important), good swing timing and rhythm.

If this isn't you, it's not going to work.

This chart gives a good starting point when considering what length will work best.

Average 18 Hole Score Driver Length

Average Distance

Average Dispersion

(yards off center of fairway)

94 - 106




206.4 yards

207.0 yards

207.3 yards

+/- 25.3 yards

+/- 21.3 yards

+/- 16.7 yards

88 - 93




214.2 yards

214.8 yards

215.7 yards

+/- 26.4 yards

+/- 22.7 yards

+/- 17 yards

82 - 87




221.3 yards

222.5 yards

222.8 yards

+/- 23.5 yards

+/- 18.1 yards

+/- 15.1 yards

76 - 81




227.1 yards

228.1 yards

228.4 yards

+/- 18.2 yards

+/- 15.6 yards

+/- 11.8 yards

70 - 75




238.7 yards

238.3 yards

237.5 yards

+/- 15.7 yards

+/- 12.2 yards

+/- 9.7 yards

Chart courtesy of 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game by Tom Wishon

Driver Loft

Most golfers believe that they need a low lofted driver to hit longer drives. At Condor Golf, we believe that loft should be determined by the golfer's club swing speed (which is not the same as ball speed). The average male golfer swings 87 mph while the average female golfer swings at 65 mph. Below is a chart showing how the far the ball will travel for the given swing speeds.

Many golfers select the wrong driver loft for their ability and strength. Below are average distances for different driver lofts. The yardage shaded in yellow would show the correct driver loft for type of player listed in the left column. For example, if you swing 90 mph, notice that when using a 12° loft driver, you will actually hit the ball 16 yards further than you would if you hit a 9.5° driver loft (245 yards vs. 229 yards).The yardage shaded in yellow would show the correct driver loft for type of player listed in the left column.

If you are a beginner or an occasional golfer, select the highest loft available.

Total Distance in Yards for Carry + Roll

Swing Speed (mph) Driver Loft (9.5°) Driver Loft (10.5°) Driver Loft (12°) Driver Loft (14°)
50 mph 81 yards 87 yards 93 yards 96 yards
60 mph 117 yards 127 yards 133 yards 137 yards
70 mph 155 yards 164 yards 171 yards 176 yards
80 mph 198 yards 206 yards 212 yards 216 yards
90 mph 229 yards 237 yards 245 yards 240 yards
100 mph 262 yards 269 yards 265 yards 258 yards
110 mph 295 yards 288 yards 281 yards 273 yards

Chart courtesy of Tom Wishon Golf Technology

Grip Size

One of the least scrutinized factors in golf clubs is the grip size. Large manufacturers build stock clubs that have only one size grip, mens standard (or womens standard). The problem is that the grip is the only part of the club that you actually have some physical contact. It is your only link to the club. For this reason, Condor Golf considers it be one of the biggest factors in any purchase of golf clubs (either buying off the rack standard clubs, or completely custom fit and manufactured clubs).

Even though 2 golfers might be the same height and build, their hand size is generally different plus they probably don't hold the club the same way (and even that makes a difference). Ninety-nine out of a hundred golfers have grips that are not suited to their hand size and position of hands on the grip. I constantly see golfers on the course or in my store whose grips are so small in diameter, it's a wonder they can even hold on to the club. Once a club is regripped with a new larger size, the golfer is amazed that this is so important.