It seems you can’t go a day without reading about or hearing someone say ‘Club fitting is crucial to your golf game.’ But while it’s become almost cliché by now, 90% of golfers still don’t really understand what a true-club fitting entails and what’s most important to look for. Instead of just pre-ordering the latest and greatest driver, or running into your closest big box golf mega-warehouse or getting fit out of a cart at your club, here are the things you want to look for in a proper fitting:
- Demo Equipment: How many brands of heads and shafts can you hit during your fitting session and even better, can you mix and match them. At the end of the day, the more choices you have, the better. If you’re only getting fit with one or two fitting carts and/or demo bags, you are not getting even close to the breadth of equipment combinations available today.
- Technology: A launch monitor is a MUST, but which one is important as well. Many are good, but Trackman is still the de facto launch monitor the pros trust and so should you. For putting analysis, the Science and Motion PuttLab is still second to none in terms of the data it delivers to help you decide which type of putter is best for you.
- Your Fitter: If you think reading a launch monitor and saying “You’re spin is too high, try this” is all there is to club fitting, think again. There is an art to the science behind all of this, and if your fitter hasn’t been fitting for long or hasn’t seen a couple hundred people, you’re taking your chances that your fitter truly knows what he’s doing.
- Club Building: At the end of all of this, if you have a perfect 3 for 3 score from above but your clubs are built in the ‘custom shop’ of a manufacturer (ie assembly line) your odds of getting the clubs built exactly to your specifications decrease considerably. No two sets should be alike, and you need someone to get those lofts, lies, lengths and swing weights dead-on to take full advantage of any club fitting process.
So there you have it. Keep an eye on those 4 key elements and you’re golden. They’re all equally important, so don’t skimp on one or two and think you’re going to get the optimum equipment for you. There are companies out there that will give you that Tour-level club fitting. Click here to see a 3 minute video on our facilities and fitting.
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