By HOT STIX GOLF
At any Tour event, you’ll notice an abundance of trailers and vans for equipment manufacturers. Week after week, they’re full of trained professionals who custom fit, build and adjust equipment for the world’s best golfers. These players know having clubs precisely suited to their individual swing can make the difference between holding a trophy or heading home early.
Generally, the average player doesn't realize it's just as important to have their equipment to their game as it is for the pros. Most people simply purchase off-the-rack golf clubs and balls, with the assumption that one size and model fits all.
Custom-fit golf clubs are needed for the general golfing public for the following simple reasons:
– No two people have the same golf swing and so rarely will two people need exactly the same golf clubs.
– More than 90 percent of golfers who are custom fit on a launch monitor realize immediate benefits with their new equipment.
– Many mid- and high-handicappers experience greater average improvement than more skilled players.
– The end result of a club fitting doesn't necessarily result in buying a new set of clubs.
Club fitting broken down:
Club ffitting is a matchmaking process that identifies the best clubhead/shaft combination to help a player hit the ball longer and straighter, with increased consistency. Properly executed, it provides the optimal launch and spin characteristics to maximize distance and accuracy. It also minimizes distance gaps, making it less likely for someone to be in situations where they’re caught in between clubs.
The process is simple. A player hits a variety of shots under the watchful eye of a fitter, who uses a launch monitor to capture specific swing data. This includes spin rates, launch angle, angle of attack, clubhead speed, smash factor and ball speed, among other data points.
While this information may seem confusing, a skilled fitter has a deep understanding of how it impacts performance. He or she uses the information to recommend club, shaft and ball options, which are then tested to determine an optimum fit. This isn't slanted toward any one brand – it’s all about what will work best for the individual.
Many golfers buy new equipment each year, yet never find clubs that let them achieve their potential. In the long run, they spend more money and enjoy the game less than if they had purchased fitted clubs to begin with.
Most fitters offer a variety of packages for all budgets. A simple putter fitting will likely cost about $75 and could have a massively positive impact on confidence and scoring. Players seeking a full-bag assessment will likely pay a few hundred dollars. In some cases, the outcome might be as simple as some slight tweaks to your existing clubs.
More and more club-fitting locations have been opening nationwide recently, so finding one isn’t hard. Just be certain they have a great reputation. The end result will be invaluable to your game.