Swing Weight (Explained) — [Golf Coach’s Advice]

Swing Weight Explained by Tell Me More Golf Instructors with A Chart and Swing Weight Ratings

As the leader of the Golf Instructor team here at Tell Me More Golf, I will be breaking down the background and importance of swing weight to give you an understanding of how it impacts your golf game.

The golf swing is a complex orchestration of body mechanics, timing, and technique. There are many variables that can impact the swing, and understanding them is critical to improving your unique golf swing. One of the elements all golfers should have an understanding of is Swing Weight.

Golf Swing Weight Explained

Swing Weight is how the club feels in your hands, specifically how “heavy” the club head feels when holding/swinging the golf club. However, swing weight is not a measurement of the total weight of the club.

The most basic explanation of swing weight is that it is a measure of a golf club’s balance point.

It is a measurement that accounts for the club’s weight as it is distributed from the head along the shaft. Swing weight is denoted by a series of letters and numbers that reflect the relationship between the clubhead, shaft, grip, and any other modifications.


The swing weight of a golf club is measured based on the fulcrum point of the club. The club is placed on a scale and a sliding weight is moved back and forth until the club balances about the pivot point.

This works with the same balance principle of equilibrium as the old style scales you may see at a doctor’s office that work using a counterweight.

Depending on where the sliding weight ends up, a number and letter combination indicates the club’s swingweight measurement.

The swing weight scale typically ranges from A0 (lightest) to G10 (heaviest), encompassing a spectrum of values that represent different weight distributions. However, for most golf clubs, particularly drivers, the swing weight range falls within D0 to D9. Changing the weight of the shaft, weight of the grip, or any weight changes can add or subtract swing weight points depending on the change made.

Remember, this scale is not the actual weight of the club but is more about the balance of weight across the club.

If you have a heavier club head compared to the shaft weight and grip weight for example, you will have a higher swing weight score.

Drivers, fairway woods, and putters are typically the most talked about clubs when it comes to swing weight. However, some iron clubmakers do allow for adjustable swing weight irons, which can be nice for experienced golfers.

Edel SMS irons and some PXG sets of irons offer adjustable swing weights via sliding weights on the club head.

In most cases, you will find that long irons have a lower swing weight, while short irons, wedges, and putters have a higher swing weight. This is because a higher swing weight can often allow for greater club head control for more precise contact.


Most manufacturers do not offer adjustable swing weight clubs, so taking your clubs to a fitter is the way to get your swing weight adjusted properly. Club fitters can adjust the grip, shaft, and other factors to increase or decrease the swingweight of the club. Sometimes even adding a piece of lead tape is enough to adjust the swing weight to your preference.

Understanding where your clubs fall on this scale can be crucial to understanding the swing weight that works best for you.

In many cases, you probably have one or two clubs that just feel best to you when you swing them. Chances are this is close to your ideal swing weight, so take those clubs to the fitters so that they can tell you the swing weight and even adjust your other clubs to keep them consistent if needed.

Swing Weight Chart

The best way to understand the basics of the swing weight scale is with a visualization. The following swing weight chart illustrates the swing weight scale.

Swing Weight Ratings (D0-D3)

Most men’s golf clubs, especially drivers, will have a swing weight coming in around D0-D3. Here is a breakdown of what each of these measurements indicate.

  • D0: A swing weight rating of D0 is associated with a lighter feel, promoting increased clubhead speed. This could potentially lead to greater distance off the tee. It’s a choice often favored by golfers seeking to maximize their driving distance.
  • D1: Slightly heavier than D0, a D1 swing weight offers a balance between clubhead speed and control. This rating is versatile, suitable for a wide range of players with varying swing speeds and playing styles. If you are a beginner, you may be best off trying clubs with this swing weight first.
  • D2: Moving towards a slightly heavier feel, a D2 swing weight enhances stability and control during the swing. This balance between distance and accuracy appeals to players who value both aspects in their game.
  • D3: The heaviest swing weight in this range, D3 prioritizes control and accuracy. This rating is well-suited for experienced players aiming to maintain consistency and precision in their shots.


Driver Swing Weight

The impact of swing weight is particularly pronounced when considering the driver, the club that often sets the tone for your performance on the course.

The swing weight of a driver can significantly influence the dynamics of your tee shots, affecting both distance and accuracy.

A lighter swing weight in a driver can lead to an increase in clubhead speed, potentially resulting in more distance. This can be advantageous for golfers who are seeking to gain those extra yards off the tee. However, a lighter swing weight might also require a certain level of control and adjustment in order to maintain accuracy.

On the other hand, a heavier swing weight can offer enhanced stability and control during the swing.

This can lead to tighter shot dispersion, better shot shaping capabilities and a more consistent ball flight. While it might not provide the same level of clubhead speed as a lighter swing weight, it can aid in consistency and precision, especially for golfers who prioritize accuracy over raw distance.

Most beginners prefer a more balanced swing weight for the driver, but the best way to determine the right feel for you is to try out different swing weights and see what works.

If you find that you aren’t ready to buy a new club, but a heavier swing weight feels better, you can always modify your current club’s weight by adding some lead tape or changing the driver shaft (graphite shafts have a different weight profile than steel shafts, for example).


Driver Swing Weight Chart

To provide a visual perspective, here’s a simplified driver swing weight chart showcasing the different swing weight ratings and their implications

Frequently Asked Questions

What is swing weight?

Swing weight refers to the distribution of weight along the length of a golf club. It is essentially a measurement of how the club feels during the swing.

What is D1 swing weight?

D1 swing weight indicates a slightly heavier balance point for a golf club, offering a balance between clubhead speed and control during the swing.

What do swing weight numbers mean?

Swing weight numbers correspond to a club’s balance point on the swing weight scale, with each value representing a specific weight distribution along the club.

How is swing weight calculated?

Swing weight is calculated by placing the club on a 14 inch sliding weight scale and adjusting the sliding weight until the club reaches a balanced equilibrium point. The club specs including club head weight, shaft weight, shaft length, length of the club, and grip weight all impact the balance on the scale.



An in-depth understanding of swing weight empowers golfers to tailor their equipment to their individual styles and preferences. It’s an important metric to learn in order to gain a full understanding of your golf swing, and especially important if you are thinking about buying a new set of clubs.However, swing weight is not a solitary parameter to focus on.

Experimentation, consultation with professionals, and understanding your own swing dynamics are essential components of the process. Swing weight, when understood correctly, is a tool that can amplify your strengths and help account for your weaknesses. This guide, curated by the golf instructor team at Tell Me More Golf, should serve as a reference point as you learn about the swing weight that is best for you and your golf swing.


Patrick Corley Tell Me More Golf Instructor and Coach
Patrick Corley
From a golf scholarship to a Southern California University, to a private golf coaching career and an instructor position at a nonprofit organization, I’m here to help you get better at golf! With my 50+ years of golf experience; I bring you Tell Me More Golf. A golf coaching website that helps your game with instructional golfing content that’s ultimately geared toward making you a better golfer and having more fun!
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