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Re: Set for petite women?
Posted by Susan Briske, LPGA on 10/28/2007, 6:49 pm, in reply to "Set for petite women?"
Hi Noma, you have a very legitimate concern. Buying a set of clubs that are too long would be like buying a pair of shoes that were a few sizes too big...Yep..you have shoes but it's not fun going for a walk! The shaft length is very important because it determines how far away you stand from the ball. The farther away you stand, in the address position, the more the toe of the club turns skyward and the more the heel of the club digs into the turf. This is what is known as an upright lie and it can influence the ball to turn left in the air. Ideally you would want the bottom of the club to make contact with the ground, not the heel of the club. Therefore, a shorter, flatter lie can be beneficial to creating a straighter more consistent ball flight. My suggestion is to find a golf professional who specializes in custom club fitting. The PING GOLF company is my preference for making the appropriate size, weight, grip size, and shaft flex for women golfers. Their system takes your height, arm length, swing speed into account and a custom club will be created for you. I do not recommend that you cut down a standard set of women's clubs because that will stiffen the shaft and it will change the lie angle 2 degrees flat which can make the ball go to the right. I do not recommend junior clubs because they are typically very light in weight, have very small grips, are shorter than you need and most often do not allow a golfer to improve to their potential. I wish you well! Please let me know what you decided on, Susan Briske, Class A, LPGA Teaching Professional www.pros2gogolf.com
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