The sport of golf today stands a paragon of modern society, one of unity, inclusivity, and togetherness. What used to be a primarily male-driven sport has in the new generation evolved greatly and has seen a large number of women to partake in the sport. And while the number of women golfers still has not reached that of men, the evidence of evolution is present and gives faith to the dream of equal numbers of both players in the not too distant future. And while in the perspective of most outsiders, the playing maybe figuratively level, it is the little things that differentiate between the golf played by men and women, and as may be obvious, lie mostly around the finer aspects of tools and techniques, the former of which is the primary aspect of this discussion.
As is obvious, the most important of these tools is the club itself. At first sight, there seem to exist no differences between the golf club of a man and that of a woman, however, as aforementioned, the differences are subtle but impactful. The first difference exists in length. Golf clubs made for men are typically made for the height of a standard man, 5’9’’, while a golf club made for women is made for the standard height of a female, 5’7’’.
Aside from the length itself, there are a few other differences. One such difference exists in the loft. Women have, on average, a lesser clubhead speed than men do, hence launch the ball with lesser power. To combat this, the loft in a women’s club is greater than that of a man’s. A similar adjustment exists in the shaft. A women’s shaft is made out of graphite, which makes it lighter in comparison to the shaft of a man’s, to compensate for the lower average swing speeds of a woman.
However, there can be no one-size-fits-all club. These clubs are made for the more-or-less ‘average’ body types of men and women. In the very probable event that you do not fit these, customizations are available to make your club more suited for you. It is not necessary to pick a club off a rack and start playing. A woman taller than, or a man shorter than the aforementioned averages can use each other’s clubs, provided that aspects like shaft weight or loft be interchanged suitably. The necessity of this interchange is debatable, for it is just as probable that a shorter man or taller woman will have similar specifications in terms of swing speed or clubhead speed. For a woman with a higher clubhead speed, a smaller-in-length club can be used with a lower loft, and a woman with a higher swing speed can use a smaller club of the heavier, non-graphite shaft.
Such a customized experience is highly beneficial to both beginners and professionals. The former can, with a little help in selection, adapts to a style of golf that is her own and learn the nuances of the game without worrying about those of her club. A professional can, with her knowledge of the sport, personalize her club to perfection, and with each stroke, can make the game her own. Perhaps the only drawback of this is a high level of prerequisite knowledge, and a deleterious effect on your play if that knowledge were to be incorrect. for while the right combination can better your game exponentially, the incorrect combination would end up being detrimental to your game. This is similar to driving a manual versus automatic transmission car, while the automatic is simpler to use, some would prefer manual to have greater control over their car. And while this effect is achieved, incorrect application and usage could do more harm than good.