With all the technology available to us these days – Trackman, Weight Pads, Video Analysis etc – and with the huge variety of shafts, heads and grips on the market it would seem that getting fitted for your golf clubs could only be a benefit.
And I’d totally agree on going through all this analysis– if your handicap is around scratch or better…
But most of us are not…..
We play maybe once – or if we are lucky, twice – a week and our swing is never really the same from game to game. Some days we flush it, some days were not sure which end to hold…..!
So I believe that for the majority of us less is more.
What are the things about us that don’t really change from week to week?
The distance from our wrists to the floor
The size of our hands
The average speed of our swings.
Based on this I feel when it comes to club fitting for the average golfer (including me) we need clubs that fit the first three of those parameters
Club lie angles up or down a degree or two for our heights
Shaft lengths to suit the distance our wrist are from the ground
Grip thicknesses to suit our hands
If we have all those we will have a set of clubs that would work for us under almost all circumstances.
The only thing we are short of is a shaft…
Here I know from my own experience that picking a shaft based on your swing speed is not necessarily the best way.
In my case I was fitted for a driver – a Ping G Series. My swing speed indicates a shaft slightly stiffer than regular is required so that is what was fitted. After three rounds of not being able to hit the ball out of my own shadow in desperation I went back and tried every shaft I could find only to end up with Ping’s SR shaft – a soft regular….. That immediately gave me the accuracy I wanted and an additional 20-30 metres over the original shaft fitted. Strange thing is my fairway woods have stiff shafts in them but they are right for me….. moral of the story – when it comes to shafts don’t be afraid to experiment and go with the one you hit the best – it doesn’t matter what it is or what the specs say for your swing speed.
So based on my experience there are two issues with average joe’s like myself going the full fitting route.
The first is that we are fitted for our swings ON THAT DAY……. Which, as we know, can vary quite substantially to the swing we have the following day!!! A good golfing friend of mine discovered that when he was fitted for a driver…… while being the best on the day he tested it did not gel with him on the course and after 5 rounds it’s standing in our club Pro Shop with a price tag on it while he’s back to his old driver…..
The second is that as amateurs we are inclined to believe what we are told by people who we accept as being supposed to know more about the game than we do. So, if we are told that a certain specification will work for us we immediately blame ourselves when it doesn’t….. when it could easily be that the spec isn’t actually quite right for us.
Because, when all is said and done, the machines that give us the information that these fittings are based on are just that – machines. They can’t feel what it’s like to hit the ball and as individuals that is something we all feel differently. This is about your confidence levels being boosted by having a club in your hands that you trust because you know it that for you it looks, feels and performs the way you want it to…. most of the time!!
And to me, the simpler we keep that process the better chance we have of ending up with equipment that gives us the best possibility of playing well regardless of whatever swing we bring with us on the days we play!