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There is no rule of thumb per say because everyone has a different golf swing speed. But, for people that play regular flex golf clubs (swing speed between 75-85 mph), the average lengths of golf clubs are as per follows. There is usually an 8-12 yard difference per club at the normal swing speed with standard lofted clubs. 3-190, 4-180, 5-170, 6-160, 7-150, 8-140, 9-130, PW -115, GW-100, SW-80, LW-60.
You must also take into account that all golf clubs are not lofted the same. For a long time the average pitching wedge was 48 degrees of loft. Now you will find PW's that are 46 or 44 degrees. Same with the other iron golf clubs. This may cause one to think that they hit this brand of 7 iron 5 or 10 yards further than this other brand, that is true but are you really hitting a 7 iron, a strong 7 iron or a 6 iron that has been stamped 7?
Nothing is standard per say in the best way to organize the golf clubs in your golf bag, but we all like to have our golf clubs a certain way. A lot of golf bags now have organizer systems built in to help you keep your golf clubs in order. The Bennington Quiet Organizer is the one I favor. It has a place for each of your irons, areas for your woods and a putter tube to keep your putter handy. But, if you have a standard bag that you use on a motorized golf cart, most golfers put the longer clubs toward the front of the cart (that would be the back of the bag when standing behind the cart and choosing your golf clubs), shorter golf clubs closer to you along with the putter. I guess that is just because the shorter golf clubs are easier to find if closer to you.
A quick grip thickness test: Grasp the golf club with your non-dominant hand and squeeze snuggly (do not over tighten). Examine your thumb palm pad and the finger tips. A good grip size for your golf club has the finger tips of the middle and index fingers just touching the palm pad. If the fingers slide under the pad, the grip is too small, conversely, if the finger tips fall too short of the palm pad, the grip is too fat.
Keep those golf lubs from rusting and pitting by removing them from the car when the temperatures start dipping below 40 degrees. The up and down temperature changes can lead to condensation rust damge on the outside and inside of the golf club shaft and golf club head.
When hunting for your golf balls, forget about those balls in the thick brush or high grassy areas. These areas are infested with clinging ticks and they can easily cling onto your shoes, socks, pants, jacket, or hat without you knowing it. Once those ticks are on you, they know where to strike.
If your grips are good, you shouldn't have a slipping problem unless they get slick. To keep your golf club grips at optimal takiness, wash them with dish soap and warm water.
Other factors that may be affecting the slipping problem include the gloves that you are or are not wearing. Like grips, gloves can become slick and should be replaced after every few rounds. Also, make sure your gloves fit tight enough not to allow the golf club to twist in your hand. If you are not wearing a glove, I would suggest that you do or at least try to find some sort of sticky material to use on your hands to prevent the slippage. Lastly, check to see if you may need mid-size or oversized golf club grips. Some golfers that have large hands, arthritis or other medical problems that affect how hard they can grip the club benefit from the larger grips. If you normally wear an XL or XXL glove, you are definitely a candidate for oversized grips.
Protect your golf club heads and golf clubs shafts by flipping your golf towel up and into the club section as an extra cushion for the golf wood heads and golf shafts. It really helps protect the pinging, clattering and chipping. Try it next time.
The driving range mats can actually melt and stick on to your golf clubs from heat friction. Try using a little warm water and a synthetic dish cleaning pad or some baking soda and a wet sponge. This is a good way to clean without scratching the surfaces of the golf club.
To test how flat your golf clubs lie, use a medium iron like a 5 iron. Apply masking tape to the sole of the club and swing on a plywood board. After about 4 or 5 swings, check your impact marks on the tape. A flat lie has marking on the center area. If the toe area is marked, your golf club needs an upright adjustment. If the heel area is marked, the golf club needs a flatter lie adjustment.
Old grips can be your worst enemy. They increase slippage, twisting, wrist injuries and mis-hits. Leather and rubber grips harden, crack, lose tread and traction, and should periodically be checked and replaced. Remember the grip is your only contact with the club, make it count.
When installing a grip, you are directed to pour a little alcohol or mineral spirits in the open end of the grip. To avoid leakage out the other end of the grip, plug it up with a wooden golf tee. Pour the excess out, remove the tee, and push the grip on the golf club shaft.
To get the most from your tee shots, you'll need to use the right golf club. Many players use golf clubs that have shafts too long, costing you accuracy. Also use a golf club with enough loft for your swing. For most avarage players, a driver with at least 10 degrees of loft is recommended. Check the flex of your clubs as well. Golf club shafts that are too stiff will cause you to make compensations in your swing, leading to inconsistent shots. Finally, if you feel golfing equipment is holding you back, make an appointment to be fitted by a professional. This will save you time and money when shopping for new golf clubs.