Do Your Clubs Fit You?

Your Golf Clubs Make Your Swing

Have you ever wondered if a bad shot is caused by the club? If you bought your clubs “off the rack,” that is likely. “Off the rack” clubs are built for a golfer of average build, average height, average strength, average swing speed, etc.

Are you average in all factors affecting your golf swing? Not likely.

Good golfers usually get fitted for all of their clubs, however, the driver fitting, fairway woods fitting, hybrid fitting, iron fitting, wedge fitting, and putter fitting are usually separate events. They may be done on the same day, but each is fitted individually.

For specifics on fitting each type of club, go to the links in the menu above or use these links:

Driver fitting

Fairway woods fitting

Hybrid fitting

Iron fitting

Wedge fitting

Putting – putting methods can affect putter fitting

Putter Fitting

Graphite Shaft Specifications Can Improve Your Game

General Comments on Club Length

Touring Pros are given clubs that fit their swings with precision. They have access to clubs with any and all features available. Have you ever wondered where you could have access to clubheads, shafts, grips and fitting services the pros use?

A good clubfitter approaches it differently, making measurements to determine the proper shaft length, flex point, stiffness, weight, the proper head, grip, etc. Radar devices are used measure your swing, giving you maximum ball-striking efficiency and fewer putts. We can refer you to pros who use radar for both your swing and putting stroke.

All measurements are objective. We show you the measurements your swing pro­duces and why certain specifications and swing techniques are best for you. With clubs that fit you and an understanding of your swing, lower scores are a natural result.

The best custom clubfitters provide those same services so your clubs fit you. Radar based shot analysis is used to show your launch angle, ball spin, ball speed, clubhead speed, your angle of approach to the ball, shaft behavior, and more.

Most clubs are manufactured to fit an “average” golfer. With state of the art equipment, measurements can be that determine your proper shaft length, flex point, stiffness, weight, proper head, grip, etc. There are 13 main fitting specifications to check. Your swing and putting stroke can both be measured, giving you maximum ball-striking efficiency and fewer putts. All measurements are objective. The measurements your swing produces are shown to you as well as explanation of why certain specifications and swing techniques are best for you. With clubs that fit you and an understanding of your swing, lower scores are a natural result.

Assuming you are not concentrating on a specific problem club, a good clubfitter usually tests the performance of your six iron & driver. He employs FlightScope or Trackman radar launch monitor technology, or he uses a new one based on high speed cameras, Foresight Sports. Radar looks at your swing and the club in motion in addition to the ball, giving you more complete analysis. The perform­ance of your clubs is compared to selected test clubs. Any improvement in distance or ac­curacy from new clubs is shown. Dis­tance gaps are identified.

There are 13 different clubfitting specifica­tions to be checked:

  1. Club Length

  2. Loft

  3. Lie – the angle of the shaft to the clubhead.

  4. Face Angle

  5. Shaft Weight

  6. Shaft Flex

  7. Shaft Bend Profile

  8. Total Weight

  9. Swingweight or MOI (Moment of Inertia) of the Club

  10. Grip Style/Texture

  11. Grip Size

  12. Set Makeup

  13. Clubhead Design

Within clubhead design, there are several additional variables to check to make sure your clubs produce the best results for your swing:

  • Center of Gravity Position – high, low, toward the heel or toe. For example, a heel weighted driver will tend to correct a slice.

  • Moment of Inertia (MOI) – how likely is the head to turn if hit off-center? End weighted clubs have higher MOI.

  • Sole Design – wide, narrow, more or less bounce, sharp or rounded leading edge. In general, more bounce makes clubs easier to hit.

  • Face Progression/Offset

  • Head Size

  • Face Design – shape, curvature on woods and hybrids

Here is an example of a results comparis­on on Flightscope. Each circle shows the shots from a dif­ferent six iron

6-iron shot pattern

The same process is used for the driver. In addition to showing where the shots end up, specific swing and shaft behavior traits are also measured. Here are some examples:

swing and shaft behavior examples

clubhead path example

The upper graphic shows clubhead path from both the top and side views and shaft behavior on the right. The lower graphic also shows clubhead path from above and from the side. It also shows launch angle and shaft angle. An important factor that FlightScope also shows is called “Smash Factor.” It is the number resulting from dividing the ball speed by the clubhead speed. The approx­imate maxim­um for a driver is 1.50. The ball can be traveling 1-1/2 times faster than the clubhead speed at impact with center contact. The Smash Factor ratio reflects how squarely you are hitting the ball. A glancing blow on the ball will reduce the smash factor. It will reduce the ability of the club to transfer energy to the ball. A square hit minimizes the amount of clubhead energy that is wasted and increases ball speed without needing to increase clubhead mph.

Club length, shaft stiffness, torque, and flex position on the shaft directly affect your ability to hit the ball squarely. We have shafts covering all possible combina­tions. They have special fittings for tem­porary attachment to appropriate irons or woods. In other words, we can instantly assemble test clubs to fit your individual swing characteristics.Why struggle to hit the ball straight and far when we can determine the best club specifications for you?

  • You Learn: The complete specifications of your current set. Launch monitor perform­ance of current and test clubs with shafts of various weight, stiff­ness, and flex point. We makes recommendations for club modifications, replacements or new models.

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