# Tips on Golf Swing Weights

Golf club swing weights often are misunderstood by beginners and casual players. Experienced and low-handicap players sometimes spend a lot of time discussing and tweaking swing weights. Because most golf equipment choices depend on your personal preference, proper swing weights can help your game regardless of your experience or ability.

Understanding swing weights and how they work may make you a better golfer. Here is what you need to know to cut some strokes off your typical score.

## Overview

Golf club swing weights often are misunderstood by beginners and casual players. Experienced and low-handicap players sometimes spend a lot of time discussing and tweaking swing weights. Because most golf equipment choices depend on your personal preference, proper swing weights can help your game regardless of your experience or ability.

Understanding swing weights and how they work may make you a better golfer. Here is what you need to know to cut some strokes off your typical score.

## Understand the Difference Between Actual Weight and Swing Weight

Actual weight is the true weight of the golf club when put on a scale. Swing weight measures the distribution of the actual weight. For example, if you weigh three identical 5 irons, their actual weight would be the same.

If you add one piece of lead tape to each club (put tape on the sole/blade of one club, the shaft of the second and the handle of the third), they still would have identical weights on a scale.

However, the club with the tape on the sole/blade would feel heavier because it has a different swing weight than the other two clubs. All three clubs are still effective, but one of these swing weights will feel better to you.

## Understand the Industry Codes for Swing Weights

Manufacturers use standard codes and labels to identify the swing weight of golf clubs.

They use a combination of letters (A through G) and numbers (0 through 10) to note the swing weight of clubs. For example, the men's clubs standard is D0 and D1, while women's clubs have C5, C6 or C7 as their standard.

These codes identify the "swing weight point" of the club. The coding system provides up to 77 different combinations.

If your clubs feel too light, you'll want to move to a higher letter and number code. Should your clubs feel too heavy, just move down the swing weight scale.