Men’s and Women’s Golf Clubs: What’s the Difference?

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Men’s and women’s golf clubs can be very different. Or they can be hardly different at all. Both men and women golfers need to clearly understand what these golf clubs offer, how they can benefit you, and which you should play with.

Women golfers don’t necessarily need to use men’s golf clubs and vice versa. Let’s go through some of the main differences between men’s and women’s golf clubs to see which is best for your game. 

What’s The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Golf Clubs 

There are some apparent differences between men’s and women’s golf clubs. There are also some less obvious specs and information that you must understand to ensure you get the right clubs in play. 

Length 

Women’s golf clubs are typically about one inch shorter than men’s. This one-inch difference will be from the short irons and wedges up to the driver. The length of the club is not always exact from one manufacturer to another. However, this one-inch length difference is typically standard. 

Women golfers can often use a petite version of a golf club set. The petite version is typically between a ½ inch and an inch shorter than the standard women’s golf clubs. Men’s golf clubs are built for heights of 5’6″ to about 6’1″. 

Women golfers are usually playing equipment between 5’4″ and 5’8″. However, taller women golfers can use men’s golf clubs with lightweight and flexible golf shafts. 

Weight

Men’s golf clubs are typically a bit heavier than women’s golf clubs. Most men have faster club head speeds and a bit more strength. This helps these players get the extra distance they need and increase performance. 

The club’s weight is typically made heavier by the shaft and the grip more than the club head. For instance, something like the Callaway Rogue driver will have a club head that is the same weight in both the men’s and women’s models. However, the shaft and grip weights will be considerably different. 

In addition, the fact that the women’s clubs are one-inch shorter also helps with total weight. 

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Shaft 

Men’s golf shafts are typically built to be stiffer and have less flexibility. This can help the male golfer that is trying to generate more power. The extra resistance in the shaft can be a good thing. All golf shafts for women and men are going to be different. 

Typically men golfers have the choice between steel or graphite shafts. There are also options for either extra stiff, stiff, regular, or senior flex. This is quite a broad range of swing speeds that the male golf shafts can accommodate. 

However, for female golfers, the options are much more limited. Almost all women’s golf shafts are graphite and typically come in a ladies’ flex. However, women golfers with faster swing speeds can easily switch to men’s clubs should they find this beneficial. Nothing states that you must stick with a particular shaft because of your gender. 

Although clubhead selection is important, shaft selection is perhaps even more critical. Choosing the right shaft for your golf club could mean working with a launch monitor and a fitting professional to ensure it is the proper fit. There are many things to consider, and a launch monitor is often needed to make the final decision. 

Loft 

For the most part, women’s golf clubs are higher lofted than men’s golf clubs. To hit a golf ball up in the air, you must compress the golf ball. This compression requires a bit of extra club head speed and hitting down and through the golf shot. Women golfers tend to struggle with this more than men. 

Very high-swing speed players need technology that helps them keep the ball down. Conversely, slower swing speed golfers need to get the ball up in the air. 

Where a standard driver for men may be 9.5 or 10.5 degrees, it will be 12 degrees for women. Again, this is why it’s essential to look at adjustable golf clubs and for women with faster swing speeds to be aware of other options they have on the market. 

Forgiveness 

Men’s and women’s golf clubs are equally forgiving; the individual model of the club will determine your forgiveness. For instance, there are more game improvement golf clubs for women because the average woman’s handicap is higher than the average man’s. 

This makes it seem as though ladies’ golf clubs are more forgiving. However, the forgiveness factor will be almost the same when you compare something like a TaylorMade Ladies Stealth driver to a TaylorMade Men’s Stealth driver. 

The more forgiving a golf club is, the easier it is to get the ball up in the air and get the consistency you want in your game. Lack of forgiveness is often found in blade-style golf irons, typically only available in men’s golf clubs. 

Selection

There are more golf clubs on the market for men than there are for women. However, this is not nearly as limiting as it once was. Years ago, the golf clubs on the shelf at your local stores were your only options. If you knew a small custom fitting shop, you might be able to get your club’s custom fit, but that was the extent. 

Today things are entirely different. 

Golf clubs are almost always purchased with some type of custom specification. Whether it be a custom grip, length, lie angle, or shaft, the custom opportunities today are unlimited. Women’s and men’s golf clubs may appear to have many different selections, but it is really up to the player to put together something that works for their needs. 

Price

The price of women’s golf clubs sometimes looks more expensive than men’s golf clubs. Women golfers have told us in the past that they feel as though there is an unfair balance in the pricing. However, when you break down the reasoning, you’ll see that it has to do with the shaft material. 

To make lightweight and high-performing golf shafts that work for women golfers, the shaft almost always has to be graphite. Unfortunately, graphite is more expensive to produce, leading to higher price tags on the equipment you purchase. 

Outside of that, the pricing of men’s and women’s golf clubs is almost exactly the same. There are, however, more budget-friendly beginner golf sets for women players as this tends to be a popular choice for those looking to get into the game. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few most commonly asked questions about the difference between men’s and women’s golf clubs. Again, at first glance, you may think you can see the differences clearer, but it has more to do with specifications than any type of coloring or design of the club. 

Can a woman use men’s golf clubs?

Women can absolutely use men’s clubs, and many professional women golfers only play with men’s golf clubs. Golf clubs would be better described as being fast swing speed clubs and slow swing speed clubs instead of men’s and women’s clubs. 

The females with the faster swing speeds will benefit significantly from a men’s golf club that gives them a bit more power and resistance at impact. 

Are men’s and women’s golf clubs the same?

Men’s and women’s golf clubs sometimes have the same clubhead, but the shaft technology and the club’s total length and weight will be considerably different. Men’s and women’s golf clubs are different enough that you should be considering which is the best fit for your game. 

Is there a big difference between men’s and women’s golf clubs?

There is a huge difference between a women’s golf set for beginners and a men’s blade iron with an extra stiff shaft. However, if you compare a senior men’s golf club set with a women’s one, the only difference you will see is the length of the golf clubs. 

What height are women’s golf clubs designed for?

Women’s golf clubs are designed for women between 5’4″ and 5’8″. Anything taller or shorter than this would do best with a custom-fit set of golf clubs. 

How do I know if I need men’s or women’s golf clubs? 

The best way to determine if you need men’s or women’s golf clubs is to go for a club fitting. A club fitting session will let you know if the golf clubs you are playing with are truly the best fit for your game. This is important regardless of your playing ability. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, you now feel more knowledgeable about the differences between men’s and women’s golf clubs. The main differences are the shaft’s length, weight, and flex. However, some beginner sets for women golfers are very close to senior men’s sets.

In addition, women golfers with very high swing speeds can easily switch to men’s clubs and likely notice even better performance. If you are not sure what your swing speed is, it can help to know it and see how this will impact your buying decisions. 

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Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli is the founder of TopRankGolf, a passionate golfer with 25 years of experience playing and coaching golfers around the world. He's dedicated to helping golfers learn and enjoy the game of golf.