The Perfect Fit: 8 Tips for Visiting a Professional Club Fitter
We all know the old phrase that “practice makes perfect.” When it comes to golf, however, your golf clubs should be fitted for you otherwise your practice might be doing you more harm than good.
In our opinion, whether you are outside in the sun on the good ol’ green grass or indoors on a simulated green, the principles behind the best fit for your clubs remain the same. If you are willing to pay your club membership fee, get up at the crack of dawn to make your tee time, and spend a whole day in the blazing heat, why leave the success of your game up to poorly fitted clubs?
Our team spends a lot of time working with experts, reading about the latest trends, and keeping up with how the game is changing. We thought we’d share with you a simple start to finish 8-step method for getting that well-fit club that works with your body, grip, and style of play. You may be tempted to try your hand at fitting yourself with clubs, and this method will help with that, but visiting a pro fitter is going to help you learn more about your swing and what kind of club will work best with it.
Do Some Research
Whether you want to figure it out on your own or are going to see an expert, make sure you do some research about golf fitting. Having a place to start from is important because there are countless club options out there. When it comes to visiting a professional club fitter, having some starting knowledge about your style of play gives the fitter more information to work from. At the end of the day you still want to feel like you’re playing your game and not someone else’s, so take some time to read up and do some introspection.
Size and Body Shape Matter!
Whether you are vertically challenged or enhanced, of a wider stature or not; your size and body shape will change how you swing and thus what type of club is right for you. This is the basics of the basics for club fitting. You’re not going to be able to change your body nearly as easily as you can your golf clubs. Pick clubs that you’re comfortable with and not ones that you think look cool, are trendy, or are used by your favorite pro golfer.
Know About Club Length
If you are more say, Andre the Giant vs. the average 5’9” tall, it doesn’t mean you can’t get standard clubs to work for you. Get an expert to figure out your measurement and see if you can use something more “off the rack”. If not, you may need to go slightly shorter or longer, but comfort will still matter.
It’s No Lie, the Angle is Important
The truth is that the lie angle has a major impact on how you hit the ball. If it is too wide or too small, then your ball can fly either far left or far right. An expert will work with you to try out different angles and optimize your swing.
How Thick are You?
Your grip, we mean. Adjusting the thickness of the grip will make it more likely for fewer shots to hook awkwardly or catapult off the green into the spectator zone. Again, comfort matters, so talk to the experts about what “feels right” and then have it adjusted if necessary.
Don’t Get Shafted
A lot goes into figuring this out for you. Everything from the speed of your swing to the angle you hit the ball come into play. You’ll need to spend some time figuring out if you need a shaft that is more flexible or lighter.
Technology is Available, So Don’t Settle for a Less than Full Assessment
Just about everything from the angle of your shot to the speed of the ball is able to determine the best club for you. Be sure to have the professional assessing you put you through all of the different shots and then see the results. No need to guess anymore, the results are there in black and white.
Finish off the fit with the whole package
Don’t forget – the club is important. You also need the right shoes, gloves, and clothes to round out the whole package. No point in getting out there for a round of 18 holes and at hole 6 you’ve got blisters, chafing and cuts on your hands.
That’s it! Hope these tips gave you a better idea of how to select better fitting clubs. Now, get on out there and enjoy the game.
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