Golf Club Fitting: What You Need To Know
As every serious golfer knows, having the right clubs makes all the difference in how well you play. But what defines the ‘right club’ for you? While it may be cheaper and easier to walk into a pro shop and buy clubs right off of the rack, but unless you are a standard sized golfer, chances are that the clubs were not designed for you. That is why you may want to consider a golf club fitting. Having clubs that are designed just for you and using only the materials that you want is not only worth the extra money, but may be the last pair of custom clubs that you buy.
Once you’ve decided on undertaking a golf club fitting, the next step is to understand why a golf fitting will help you to play a better game of golf. A fitting will take into account your own personal characteristics. For example, your height and perhaps weight will be recorded, so that the appropriate shaft can be chosen for your new clubs. Likewise, you will need to know the distance from your wrist to the floor, as well as your grip size, which corresponds to the size golf glove that you wear. Other factors will be considered, such as the average distance of your drive, and your individual tempo.
But what difference does your own individual characteristics make, anyway? All you have to do is hit the ball as far as you can, right?
Sort of. The design and engineering that goes into each type of club is actually quite complicated. When choosing a shaft or clubhead, there are several types from which to choose, each giving you a different feel for the same club. For example, there is the Flex shaft, which is designed to allow for a variety of differing flex when hitting the ball. Likewise, the torque of a shaft needs to also be considered. The torque is the club’s amount of twisting or turning before, during, and after striking the ball. Steel shafts only allow for a small amount of torque, whilst graphite shafts allow for more variation in torque.
You also need to consider a shaft’s bending point, which the manufactures often rate as simply low, medium or high. A low bend point will help golfers with a slower swing to achieve a higher drive or stroke, while a shaft with a higher bend point is more suitable to a player with a need to better control the ball.
So, choosing the clubs with the best fit for you and your playing needs depends upon a variety of factors: height, arm length, the distance of your shot with a mid-range iron or wood, and the amount of accuracy that you wish to achieve. While this may all sound very complicated, it isn’t. All you need to do now is to find someone to help you create your custom clubs.