By Kris Sirak, BGGA Master Club-Maker/Fitter, Assistant Coach
It often surprises me how little the average golfer knows about swing weighting. It surprises me even more when I have to explain it to a tour-level player. But in reality, you don’t have to know anything about your equipment to shoot under par.
As a perfectionist, I need to know the precise lengths, weight distributions, etc. of my clubs. Some players I work with know every specification of their equipment, while others would rather not know the fine details. It all comes back to personality in my opinion. The significance remains high, despite the player’s knowledge.
In the simplest terms, swing weight is how heavy/light the golf club “feels” in your hand.
To get a sense of how this “feels”, try the following:
- Flip a golf club upside down, and swing it (Light SW)
- Swing two golf clubs at once normally (Heavy SW)
That heavy/light sensation is swing weight.
Here is a swing weight conversion chart for your reference.
Here are a few swing weight guidelines:
- Swing weight is universal, and is based on the comparative weights between the clubhead end of the club to the grip end of the club (D9 will “feel” heavy, while C9 will “feel” light)
- Swing weights range from A0 to G9
- D0-D6 are probably the most common swing weights
- Swing weight is not a measurement of total club weight
Measuring swing weight:
You can measure the swing weight of your clubs through a mathematical formula using a swing weight calculator, or you can purchase a swing weight scale (Recommended)
Methods for altering swing weight:
There are several ways that you can alter the swing weight of a club:
- Lead tape
- Shaft Tip Weights
- Lead Powder
- Butt Weights (Counter-weighting)
Every player will have their own personal preferences on swing weight. (They may just not know it yet…)