Club length is critical to success

At the Ridge where I coach, I have a laminated sign hanging up called “Golf’s Frustration Cycle”. This cycle has ten points to it and in summary this is what I DO NOT want to achieve with my clients, irrespective of their age or handicap.

It is important to point out that the number one point on the frustration cycle is CLUB LENGTH. Reason being, I want to get each golfer in a good solid starting position (posture) at address, we obviously cannot change the golfer’s body (length of their torso, arms, legs etc) so therefore in my view the only true solution is to set the player’s posture first and their club length second, not vice versa.

In the photo, you can see the iron that I am using is too short and it is negatively affecting my posture. My legs are too bent and my back is too hunched over. Conversely, a club that is too long will result in a back that is too upright, etc.

If a club is too short/long, you might ask why you can’t just stand in the correct posture but closer to (or further away) from the ball. The reason is the lie angle of the club simply would not allow good contact with the ball. Also the swing plane would be way too flat or upright — not to mention the lack of control

So the message here is, always get your clubs fitted by a PGA Professional. This way you will be heading in the right direction and reducing your chances of slipping into the dreaded frustration cycle

If you are having any equipment or swing issues, do not hesitate to book a one-on-one lesson or fitting session at The Ridge Golf Course and Driving Range on 02 9541 4960


About Glenn Whittle

Glenn Whittle is an AAA PGA Member and Head Coach of the NSW Institute of Sport, Golf Program. He was also the 2008 NSW PGA Teacher of the year. To book a putting session personally with Glenn, phone The Ridge Golf Course and Driving Range Pro Shop on (02) 9541 4960 or visit


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