Hot Stix breaks down club fitting

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 4, 2011, 2:25 am

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 Hot Stix Golfone 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.

 

Hot Stix GolfClub 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 Hot Stix Golfbest 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.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”