Why is Custom Fitting so Important to your game

Perfect Lies Golf Custom Golf Club Fitting

Im a beginner why would custom fit clubs benefit me?

Considering buying a new set of clubs and investing in your game? Purchasing a new set of clubs is more than buying them if you intend to invest in your game, you need to include a custom clubfitting. Every golfer is a bit different in size, body shape and the shape of their golf swing. A custom clubfitting results in clubs that are specifically suited to an individual’s height, strength, club head speed and swing characteristics.Off-the-shelf golf clubs are one-size-fits-all, designed for the “typical” golfer. In this case, typical means someone 5-foot-9 or 5-10 who hits a 5- or 6-iron 160 yards. A golfer might get lucky with an off-the-shelf set, but most golfers find the off-the-shelf set isn’t such a good fit for them.

The adjustments a golfer makes to his or her game to compensate for a poor fitting set can make grooving a great swing much more difficult.A clubfitting can be performed by nearly any pro shop or golf pro, although it’s best to get with a teaching pro and be certain to hit balls outdoors so that the ball flight can be observed. That’s why we prefer to meet our clients on the course and play a few holes together to understand your game, or on the range to get a feel for what your specific needs are. Simulator’s at a big box store are great, ever wonder why you cant hit the same when you get on a course? It just isn’t the same, the real world and course variations completely affect your ball striking! ever see one of those 4′ X 4′ mats on a fairway with a net? I think not, thats why top professionals prefer to be in the real world conditions to fit you properly.

Real Golf conditions and our approach to custom club fitting

We prefer to take the time and meet you on a course or a driving range with grass to avoid the more perfect conditions of a mat or the static conditions of a simulator. Taking the time to get all your data that is specific to your needs, enables us to plan and combine the correct shaft, heads and grip. Not to mention we also need to find the correct gapping of the clubs and develop a recomended set for your abilities. Back in the old days it was easy you had a choice, regular or stiff steel shafts 2-9 iron, pitching and sand wedge, Driver, and a 3 & 5 wood.

Today we have a choices! Graphite or steel shafts or many of the hybrId graphite shafts that range in price from $8 per shaft to well over $1000 a shaft without having them Pured. Not to mention in the Driver and wood families, you now have Hybrid woods and rescue woods that take the place of the 2-6 irons essentially, or are specific to a condition of your lie. How can you possibly know what the best combination for you would be?

Take for example a long par 3 230 plus yards, with a water hazard, whats the best club to play? Probably a hybrid even though its in your driver range you have the water to deal with, we need to get you over the water safely, a safe way would probably be a 3 hybrid hit it off the deck with much more assurance than even a 3 wood. How about your second shot, on a long par 5 you wound up in the rough what do I use?

That doesnt even include your wedge collection, whats a wedge collection? You have pitching wedges, sand wedges, gap wedges, and lob wedges, so how do you know how to pick the right combination? Buy them all and see what works? Try them all in real conditions and see what fits your game? I personally would rather try than buy, it makes it much easier and less painful to not have a club than throw away, give away or even worse list a club on Craigslist or Ebay to try and get some of your money back!

Thats our job to help you sort through the vast collection of clubs and identify with you what is the best set make up for your particular game and the gapping of the clubs. We will spend the time to help you determine what is the best combination of clubs to carry. Remember your limit in the rule book is 14 with the putter, can you carry more, sure whos counting. May some of your friends frown upon it probably theres one in every crowd! Besides, all those clubs get heavy and expensive!

Basic Fitting

I know that every player should be fit for clubs, because no two people are the same. One of most common things I hear is “I’m not good enough to get fit for clubs”. Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. By definition of fitting, if your clubs don’t fit you, a good swing will result in a bad shot. Experienced players may, in time, learn to compensate for equipment that isn’t right for them. However new players, or those who only play a few times per year, lack the understanding and ability to compensate for a bad swing. They simply continue to struggle, always blaming themselves. My basic fitting or what I like to call “Fitting 101” addresses this group of players.

During this fitting, we will focus on equipment that is available “stock” from manufacturers. Just as in a Tour Fitting, we determine the proper length, lie angles, and shaft flex. Then we will take and inspect each club, and make any needed adjustments to minimize inconsistencies sometimes found in “off the rack” clubs, or determine if a custom set would benefit you and decide which club heads and shafts are the right combination for your unique needs. Finally adjusting all the components to your personal swing specifications and your unique body, the length, lie, loft, and shaft stiffness most importantly, the type of head for your clubs.

Most importantly, we take the time to find out exactly how your swing “loads” the shafts to find your unique shaft loading profile. We identify the proper set make-up for each particular player. In many cases, a beginning player does not need all 14 clubs the rules allow you to carry. We will get only the clubs you need, no more and no less. We want to get you started off the right way, and as your game progresses, we can make any additions or adjustments that may become necessary.

For more advanced players

We take it one step further, do you find yourself frequently guessing at which club to hit. Complete a Gap Analysis, and guesswork is a thing of the past. By spending time with you either on a course the range or using a launch monitor, the Gap Analysis measures the average carry and rollout for each club in your bag, plus a standard deviation (an average +/- yardage). Knowing your average distance, will allow you to confidently pull the right club from your bag.

Playing a course with two long par threes with carry over water? Probably time to add a couple hybrids to your bag. Let me help you manage your bag and adjust your equipment to determine the right combination of clubs for your game.The process includes determining your average carry distance with each club – driver through lob wedge – to ascertain carry distance and rollout. I will give you a comprehensive personalized print out—-just like the Tour players! To eliminate the guesswork and help you with your goal to lower your handicap and personal best score.

Each golfer has a different and unique body composition, different muscle mass index, different height, weight, and what I deal with most as we all age, aches and pains we need to compensate for, giving you a unique swing DNA. Historically, golf clubs were built “one size fits all” with two shaft options regular or stiff. Now, a number of complementary technologies allow club fitting professionals to precisely measure characteristics of the golf swing, club, shaft and ball.

The Science of fitting clubs

Today, club fitting is an exact science, and matching the right shaft type, weight and flex patterns makes a world of difference in not only the swing characteristics, but the feel of striking the ball. If you have the wrong fit, it can easily make the game painful. Prime example myself, golfing for 38 years and have played tour blades for the past 18 plus years, with a stiff shaft. Due to aging and a physical injury a year ago, I am not able to strike the ball with a stiff shaft without hurting my shoulder by the 5th hole.

My club head speed is down, 10 miles per hour, and the shock of a steel shaft, although minimal goes right through me. The answer for me was changing to a game improving head that is more forgiving, and use a graphite shaft that has a lower weight to help generate more club head speed; I also includedd a softer flex shaft to help me get the ball where I need to be. Did it hurt my ego? Absolutely, however, having one of my teenagers, that I taught how to golf beat me in a match, was even more painful! By changing my clubs and shafts, it gave me back the 10 strokes I gave up to an injury

The club fitter can now match the proper club specifications to the player’s unique swing. Regardless of the player’s skill level, every golfer benefits from custom club fitting. Having the right clubs means more consistent and confident golf, and strokes off your game.