Golf clubs can be described like a pair of shoes - one size does not fit everyone. Golf clubs vary greatly in technology and for people with disabilities. Understanding golf club qualities will be helpful, particularly for those who want to maximize the results of the game. Even if you don't want to take golf seriously, there are some things to consider:
- If you have limited range of motion and/or can't create a lot of "speed" in your swing, you should get golf clubs that have very flexible shafts. Generally, junior and women's clubs will have lighter, more flexible shafts.
- If you play from a seated position, you will want to have clubs that have a much flatter lie, which you can buy off the shelf. A flatter lie on a golf club can be achieved in several ways (see photos below). The simplest way is to bend the shaft or hosel to accommodate a flatter swing.
- Many golfers find that clubs that have large hitting areas, such as fairway clubs (which used to be called "woods"), are easier to hit with than "irons", but it is always an individual's preference and comfort that should dictate what clubs are used.
A pair of shoes that don't fit very well are uncomfortable. If golf clubs don't fit, it will be more difficult to have success.
This photo shows the difference between a golf club that you would purchase off a store shelf (right side) and one that is specifically designed for someone playing from a seated position.
Adapta Club™ is designed to adjust to different lie angles for folks with different statures, including those hitting from a seated position. http://www.golf-ountry.com/adaptive_golf/Adaptive_Golf_Club.htm
The Internet is a good place to look for individuals and companies that make golf clubs, many of which can custom fit golf clubs for individuals with disabilities. Golf.com lists the major golf club manufacturers in the United States --- http://www.golflink.com/golf-equipment/golf-manufacturers.aspx?productlist=15+14+17+23+21+9+18. Individual Club Makers are often available in local communities. Often, golf professionals and sporting good stores will have personnel who can direct you to local sources for golf clubs. On your internet browser, key in "golf club makers" to get started.