In golf, the term “cubic centimeters” (cc) refers to the measurement used to indicate the volume or size of a golf clubhead, particularly drivers and fairway woods. It is a unit of measurement commonly used to describe the clubhead's capacity or volume.

Here are a few key points about cubic centimeters (cc) in relation to golf clubheads:

  1. Clubhead Volume: The cubic centimeters measurement represents the volume of the clubhead, specifically the space enclosed within the clubhead's shape. In the case of drivers and fairway woods, a higher cubic centimeter measurement typically indicates a larger clubhead size.
  2. Driver Size: For drivers, the most common club where cubic centimeters are referenced, the clubhead size can vary. In recent years, the typical driver clubhead size has ranged from approximately 440cc to 460cc, with some variations outside of this range. Larger cubic centimeter measurements generally result in larger clubheads, which may offer a larger sweet spot and potentially provide forgiveness and distance benefits.
  3. Fairway Woods: Cubic centimeters are also used to describe the size of fairway woods, although they may have smaller clubhead volumes compared to drivers. Fairway woods can have cubic centimeter measurements ranging from around 150cc to 200cc or more, depending on the specific club and manufacturer.
  4. Impact on Performance: The clubhead size, as indicated by the cubic centimeters measurement, can influence certain performance aspects. A larger clubhead typically provides a larger hitting area or sweet spot, which can enhance forgiveness on off-center hits. It may also provide potential for increased ball speed and distance. However, it's important to note that other factors, such as the clubhead design, weight distribution, and shaft characteristics, also contribute to overall performance.
  5. Rules and Regulations: Golf's governing bodies, such as the USGA (United States Golf Association) and R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews), have established regulations regarding the maximum allowable clubhead size for competitions. The maximum cubic centimeter measurement for drivers is currently set at 460cc, ensuring a level playing field and preventing excessively oversized clubheads.

Cubic centimeters (cc) provide a measurement reference for golf clubheads, particularly drivers and fairway woods, indicating their volume or size. While larger cubic centimeter measurements often correlate with larger clubheads, it's important to consider other factors such as design, forgiveness, and personal preference when selecting golf clubs. Golfers should choose clubheads that suit their playing style and provide the desired combination of performance, forgiveness, and confidence at address.

A measure of volume that signifies the size of a golf clubhead. The more cubic centimeters (or cc, for short), the larger the clubhead.

Generally speaking, more cc equates to a broader hitting area and sweet spot, making a club more forgiving on mishits. Golf’s rules limit heads to a maximum of 460cc, and most every manufacturer – including Thomas Golf ( – makes drivers of this size.