New technology in golf clubs is great. You can hit it further, straighter and certainly improve your scores. However, just buying something off the rack might not be the entire answer. We all have different physiques, swings and quite frankly, natural abilities.
Technology is not effective in just the clubs, but getting fit for the right clubs as well. Would you buy a car that you had trouble getting in and out of because you’re too short? Of course not, so why buy golf clubs that are too long? You find out about the car by going on a test drive, you can find out about the clubs by doing the same basic thing. Go to a professional fitter and embrace the process.
Think about it, you may pay for the fitting, but you are buying one club, or one set of clubs that you KNOW is right for you. Or you could buy something off the rack and constantly question if your problems are related to poorly fitting equipment and then go back to your local golf store and buy more stuff. In the long run, the fitting pays for itself.
Use the ever growing resources available to get fit for golf clubs. You can visit Golf Digest’s Clubfitter List or simply Google “golf club fitters near me” to find your regional club fitters.
Below we are going to briefly discuss some factors that go into the fitting and summarize the process.
Listen, I’m 5′ 5″, that is not what you would consider “standard”. My clubs are 1/2″ shorter than standard. The length of the club should be directly related to the golfer’s height and length of arms. A club that is too long or too short is very difficult to consistently get back to the proper impact position and it is difficult to consistently have proper posture at address.
Probably the most important part of the golf club. It is the engine that makes the club go. It is critical that your shaft fits your swing speed. If the flex is not correct, both trajectory and curvature is affected. Check your ego at the door on this one. Most of us think we swing “faster” than we actually do. Trust the data and the club fitter.
This is the angle of the club relative to the sole and the ground. Again, I’m short, so my lie needs to be flattened (3 degrees to be exact. If you’re tall it will need to be more upright. Think about this, if your clubs are too “flat” the toe will impact the ground first, if too “upright”, the heel digs in. So you have choices to make, you can accept inconsistent ball striking or make in swing corrections to get in the proper impact position. Neither of those leads to better scores. The word CONSISTENT is littered throughout this post. That is what the pros are and you want to get close.
The size of the grip affects hand rotation. Think about the grip being literally the only thing your body touches during the golf swing. How in the world are you going to hit good golf shots if the only thing you touch is wrong? The proper grip will help provide CONSISTENT club head position at impact.
This is the easy part, find your local club fitter (you can find how to do that at the beginning of this post) and make an appointment.
- Take your current clubs (full bag) with you.
- Hit 10-20 balls with your current clubs with the club fitter observing on his TrackMan or the like to gather your current swing data.
- Your club fitter will analyze the data and provide you with 4-5 options of shaft/club head combinations.
- Hit 10-20 balls with each of those combos.
- Your club fitter will then pull up all data, side by side, so you both can look at it together.
- Make some educated decisions on what is best for you. It’s that simple.
- If you’re doing a full bag fitting, split it up over two sessions, you will get fatigued.
- If you play a certain ball, take a half dozen with you.
- Always give honest feedback, if you don’t like how a club looks, say so. The look of a club as you address the ball is important.
- Be humble, everyone thinks they hit it further than they do, trust the data.
- Always, always, always trust your club fitter. They are trained professionals, rely heavily on referrals and typically offer playabitlity guarantees. They have zero reason to not fit you properly.
If you have any questions about how the get fit for golf clubs, or any part of the process please feel free to comment below. And to prepare for your fitting you can check out this post to educate yourself on the data that you and your club fitter will be analyzing.
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