Golf Club Weight: How Much Does a Golf Club Weigh? (5 Club Types + Bag)

Golf clubs are among the most important pieces of equipment in any golfer’s bag. Irrespective of your playing expertise, you’ll find yourself needing a golf club to play the game. This means that you’ll need to move your golf clubs every time you want to play in a new location. Whether you’re transferring your golf club to your new course or even shipping them from a seller, you’ll want to know the weight of the golf.

So, how much does a golf club weigh? An individual golf club weighs below one pound. Several studies place the average weight of a professional golf club at 0.73 pounds. However, a complete set of golf clubs would weigh around 30 pounds (13.6 kilos). The total weight accounts for a complete set of 14 clubs well tucked inside an average-sized golf bag. Most standard golf bags would weigh around 3-5 pounds. 

Bear in mind that the above figure represents the average weight. However, several factors can combine to influence the bag’s overall size. Some of the factors that can add the pounds include:

  • Using a staff bag instead of a stand bag or a carry bag
  • Placing other items like bottles, umbrellas, and golf ball finders inside the bag
  • Packing clubs with large heads.

Average Golf Club Weight (by Type)

You probably already know that there are different types of clubs in a club set, and as expected, each type of club has a different weight range. This section will introduce you to the average weight of each type of golf club. 

Bear in mind that the weight of each golf club may slightly vary from what we’ll provide, depending on the brand. However, the figure would be as close as possible to what you’ll typically find out there.

Driver

Also known as the 1-wood, the driver is the longest club in the set. However, despite its length, it is still relatively lighter than most other clubs in the set. A driver would usually weigh around 310 grand (0.68 pounds)

Breakdown

  • Head weight: 180 grams (0.40 pounds)
  • Shaft weight: 80 grams (0.18 pounds)
  • Grip weight: 50 grams (0.11 pounds)

Woods

Woods

This club may not be as long as the drivers, but they are relatively heavier. A 3-wood weighs about 300 grams (0.73 pounds) on average.

The 7-wood, which is the heaviest, weighs an average of 350 grams (0.77 pounds). 

Breakdown

  • Head weights
    • 7-wood: 0.46 pounds (210 grams)
    • 5-wood: 0.44 pounds (200 grams)
    • 3-wood: 0.42 pounds (190 grams)
  • Shaft weight: 0.20 pounds (90 grams)
  • Grip weight: 0.11 pounds (50 grams)

Irons 

Irons

Irons are among the most significant contributors to golf club sets. Apart from the relatively heavier weight of each iron, a golf bag typically contains lots of irons. 

The 3-iron is the lightest iron in the set and weighs about 0.88 pounds (400 grams). The heaviest is the 9-iron which weighs about 0.97 pounds (440 grams).

The variation in the weight of irons is usually because of the varying weight of the head because they’ll usually have the same shaft weight, which is about 0.26 pounds (120 grams) on average.

  • Head weights
    • 9-iron: 0.60 pounds (270 grams)
    • 8-iron: 0.58 pounds (265 grams)
    • 7-iron: 0.57 pounds (258 grams)
    • 6-iron: 0.55 pounds (251 grams)
    • 5-iron: 0.54 pounds (244 grams)
    • 4-iron: 0.52 pounds (237 grams)
    • 3-iron: 0.51 pounds (230 grams)
  • Grip weight: 0.11 pounds (50 grams)
  • Shaft weight: 0.26 pounds (120 grams)

Wedge

Wedge

Although typically classified under the iron family, the wedge is part of the club’s set. They are usually the heaviest part of the iron because of the size of their clubhead. A wedge would weigh around 1.03 pounds (470 grams) on average. 

  • Head weight: 0.66 pounds (300 grams)
  • Shaft weight: 0.26 pounds (120 grams)
  • Grip weight: 0.11 pounds (50 grams)

Putter

Putter

One look at the putter, and you can tell that it’s the heaviest club among the different club types. It typically weighs around 1.1 pounds (510 grams), which is a significant percentage of the overall club weight.

Breakdown

  • Head weight: 0.75 pounds (340 grams)
  • Shaft weight: 0.26 pounds (120 grams)
  • Grip weight: 0.11 pounds (50 grams)

Golf Bag

Golf Bag

The whole process of calculating the weight of golf clubs would not be complete without calculating the bag’s weight. However, golf bags come in different types, and each type may slightly weigh differently from the other. Here are some of the most popular golf bags. 

Staff bags: These bags look more professional than the others, and it’s not a coincidence that professional golfers mostly use them. They are heavy-duty, so you can expect them to weigh as high as 4.5 kg – 9.1 kg (10 – 20 pounds). 

Cart bags: Obviously the most popular golf bags out there, these bags weigh around 2.3 kg (5 pounds). 

Carry bags: These ones look pretty casual compared to others. As expected, it is also the lightest in the mix. It weighs about 1.3 kg (3 pounds) when empty.

5 Key Factors That Can Affect Golf Club Weight

If you’re an ardent golfer, you’ll know that the weight of a golf club comes from most of the things that make it up. Here, we’ll explore some of the critical factors that affect the weight of an average golf club. Understanding these factors would help you know what to look out for when buying a set of golf clubs. Let’s go!

1. Shafts

Shafts

The shafts are among the most popular parts of a golf club. Different manufacturers use different materials to produce this part of the golf club. Shafts that are made with steel will contribute more weight than those made with graphite.

However, despite the relatively lighter weight of clubs made with graphite, they still cost more. So, while considering the weight difference, you should also pay attention to the price difference.

2. Height

Height

Like most other equipment, the weight of a golf club is significantly influenced by its height. This is simple; longer clubs are generally heavier than shorter clubs, except in rare situations.

So, if you’re buying a golf club, you should bear in mind that taller ones would mean some extra weight in your bag. Of course, that doesn’t take away their use on the court. 

3. Number of Clubs

Number of Clubs

If you’re talking about the overall weight of your set, the number of clubs is something you must consider. Yes, you have your bag for carrying your golf clubs, but you could still stick to different numbers of clubs depending on your personal choice.

For example, if you carry a bag of 10 clubs, it’ll mean fewer choices on the course, but you’ll travel lighter. On the other hand, if you carry a set of 14 clubs, you’ll bear the burden of the extra weight that those additional clubs bring.

4. Golf Set Choice 

Golf Set Choice 

Another significant factor that affects club weight is brand choice. As we’ve explained above, weight may vary across different brands. After all, different brands feature different designs and materials. For example, brands would make their clubs more lightweight if they are producing for beginners or seniors.

In some cases, brands tend to top up weight in their quest to bring additional features that make playing easier. Whatever the case, you’ll find a brand that features the right weight for your needs.

We recommend looking up the average weight of a brand’s product before purchasing from them. If you are confused, don’t hesitate to write the brand or ask your vendor for clarification. 

5. Golf Accessories

Golf Accessories

This one’s a no-brainer. Adding extra accessories to your golf bag can significantly affect the bag’s weight.

For example, your bag would typically weigh more if you add accessories like umbrellas, water bottles, rain covers, footwear, clothes, snacks, etc. Unfortunately, you may not have an option other than to include some of these things when moving to a court far away. 

However, you can take out the additional burden and try to keep everything light and compact when carrying golf bags around the golf course. Remember that heavier clubs can affect your performance since they are notorious for causing golfers to tire out more quickly than usual.

How Weight Can Affect Your Shot

The last sentence from the previous section would probably make you wonder how weight can affect your shot. After all, many pro golfers prefer to stick to heavier clubs and steel shafts.

There’s a wide belief that these clubs can produce higher levels of distance when appropriately used. But unfortunately, not everyone can use them properly, which means that getting the right distance can be difficult even with the heaviest clubs. 

These days, lightweight clubs are becoming the trend, and that’s why we see new golfers and those who lack speed strength opting for lighter clubs to get better shots. And truly, these clubs work the magic for them. Apart from shot quality, lighter clubs also allow golfers to move the club more quickly. As a result, they may hit farther shots. 

However, you’ll need a lot of shot precision to achieve this effect. If this is something you want to achieve, we recommend aiming for a near-perfect swing position to hit the ball more accurately and take it farther than your limited strength would previously have allowed.

Conclusion: How Much do Golf Clubs Weigh?

Well, there you have it! A detailed review of golf clubs’ weight. We hope the information in this guide helps you know what to do when packing, shipping, or sending your club. The rule is simple: measure your club’s size and weight before making your choice of golf bags. 

If you’re not sure about weight, look up the manufacturer’s specifications online, as most of them would boldly write this information for you to see. On the other hand, you can discuss the possibilities available with an experienced club fitter. 

Extra Tip: Many golfers prefer ordering their boxes online because of the convenience and relatively lower price that it offers.

Good luck, and remember that your driver would be your longest club, so it won’t be wrong to use it to measure everything.