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July 2017

10 Steps toward Better Fitting10 Steps toward Better Fitting

Here is a reprint of a piece I did for the Professional Clubmakers’ Society Journal recently. This may help to ensure you are doing a good job when it comes to fitting yourself or your customers...  

ONE: Don’t necessarily recommend the same clubs you play. Your clubs (hopefully) suit your game – and do not necessarily suit the player's game that you are fitting.  

TWO: No Tour Clubs! What Tiger plays is what’s good for Tiger. Resist any temptation for the player to choose clubs based on what his favorite pro plays – or what might be available “from the Tour van” on ebay.  

THREE: Bigger is better. Large heads have higher Moments of Inertia (MOI’s.) This means the heads twist less on off center hits. We can all use more forgiving clubs every now and then, regardless of our ability - make this a mantra of your fitting..  

FOUR: Get Them Shafted. Shaft flex, weight and bend point are crucial to ideal launch angles. Without the proper shaft fit, distance and accuracy will both be compromised. Shaft fitting - or retrofitting as well - are keys to player success.  

FIVE: Grip Size is Important. If a grip’s diameter is too big or too small, it is difficult to maintain a comfortable secure hold on the club. Proper grip size makes a player's clubs feel comfortable, leading to improved play.  

SIX: Loft is Their Friend. Higher lofts promote higher launch angles that work well with today’s golf balls. Most players are playing drivers with lofts more than a degree too strong. Most of your clients will drive it longer and straighter with more loft!  

SEVEN: Lower The CG. The lower a clubs’ centers of gravity, the easier it will be to get the ball in the air consistently. One of the two most common complaints from average golfer is how hard it is to get the ball airborne every time; keep this in mind when fitting - especially when fitting lesser accomplished players or those with slower swing speeds.  

EIGHT: Go For More Fairway Woods. Fairway woods have lower; deeper CG’s and lighter shafts than do longer irons. Adding a #7 and/or #9 wood takes the pressure off long shots from the fairway or rough. Make a discussion of set makeup a key part of any fitting.  

NINE: Lose the Long Irons. In addition to fairway woods, hybrid clubs are designed to replace irons from #5 and higher. If long irons aren’t your client's "friend", make the game more enjoyable by including a hybrid or two (or three.) Today's set of clubs typically does not include 8 irons, but instead includes a number of fairways, several hybrids and irons from #4 or 5 through the wedges.  

TEN: Don’t Forget the Short Clubs. Any fitting should include a look at the wedges and putter as these clubs are used more than any other by most players. If these clubs are overlooked, the fitting is really not complete.   Be sure to contact us if you have any questions or comments related to the newsletter or to any fitting, repair or assembly question. We’re here to help in any way we can and we’re anxious to be of assistance. Regards,  

Jeff Jackson Managing Director

 

 


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