A good question that often comes up is how do I get the right club fit?
Lots of ways to get custom fit but let’s break it down. The 2 basic ways to get custom fit:
• Get your swing analyzed by a golf professional,
• Plug in your information online.
Swing analysis is great and being in the shop is very helpful to discover the best fit for you. A lot of our customers will go into the shop or course and get fitted and match them up to the specifications that were suggested. One thing to be aware of is the retailer may fit you for what they have ready to sell you. For example, if they don’t have a Senior flex M-1” off the shelf, they may recommend something they have in stock. Ask a lot of questions to ensure you get the right fitting when you getting it done by a custom fit professional.
Custom web fits online also have a couple of issues. One, a tech or professional can’t see your swing to really analyze a proper fit and two, the system will never be able to tell exactly what “feels right” to you. However, the custom fitting wizards online can give you a good recommendation of where to start or if you are unsure, what length and flex you probably should consider.
Keep in mind, some of these tools are useful, some are just noise. When you are looking for a good club that will work for you swing, what should you go with? Engineers and designers will disagree, but tech only gets you so far. If you’re like most players, you’d rather get out and play rather than sit in a studio and psychoanalyze a golf swing and find just the right torque and loft combination for a swing on dry days. Sometimes, too much analysis just brings more problems; especially for a mid or high-handicapper.
Here are the 2 most important factors we’ve found in club fitting!
- Length. This is the most important and least standardized. To give you an example, TaylorMade® has 6 different standard lengths for their drivers. That’s a different standard length for almost every driver they offer! Callaway offers 3 different standard lengths for their drivers. Ping and Pinemeadow, build drivers at one standard length (45” for Mens). The best guide to go by is your overall height and your wrist to floor (without shoes). Go by the standard length for that individual club. You can of course adjust this up or down but the recommendation will be based off of the standard length for that manufacturer or that club.
- Flex. Based on your swing speed, the flex is important because you want the give in the shaft to match your swing tempo. If your swing speed correctly matches the flex, you are going to optimize your distance. Shots go farther and straighter. If the shaft is too stiff, you will have a tendency to push or fade the ball. A shaft is too light, you will have a tendency to pull or draw the ball. Get the right shaft for your tempo. Just don’t allow your ego to misguide you from the right flex.
There’s a lot more on this topic to cover. And this is a topic we want to continue to cover. Check out this blog for more posts to come. And if all of this is just confusing and overwhelming… give us a call, we can sort it out. 1-800-309-6878