What's New: Fitting Tips

Get More Driver Distance With a Positive Angle of Attack

December 7th, 2017

Get More Driver Distance With a Positive Angle of Attack. Attack angle is the angle at which your club is either descending into the ball (negative attack angle) or ascending into the ball (positive attack angle) at impact.  I have been harping on this for a couple of years but this is definitely a way that most of you can dramatically improve your distance!  There are several reasons for this. Increased Launch Angle and Lower Spin First, by having a positive attack angle, you increase the launch angle of the club you are using which in turn promotes a higher ball flight for more carry.  Second, the positive attack angle reduces the spin rate coming off the club face which reduces drag and increases carry AND roll.  Conversely, a negative attack angle imparts more backspin on the ball and results in a lower launch angle.  This increases drag, reduces carry AND roll.  It is always good to have a ball flight monitor (TrackMan, FlightScope, Foresight with HMT) to measure your attack angle, but here are a couple of easy ways to tell if your attack angle is positive or negative.  Let’s say you have a 10.5 degree driver and your... Read More

Optimize Driver Loft for More DIstance

November 30th, 2017

Optimize YOUR Driver Loft for More Distance. In the previous segment of this blog, we discussed hitting the ball on the sweet spot in order to optimize your “smash factor” or efficiency.  In general, this will be a spot that is slightly towards the toe and just above the center of the clubface.  Remember, to maximize distance, it is a combination of ball speed, launch angle and spin rate.  In this segment, we are going to talk about the optimum launch angle for your club speed.  Launch angle is determined by several factors: Club loft Angle of Attack Impact point on the clubface Forward lean of the shaft Club Loft In general, the slower the swing or club speed, the higher the loft of the driver to optimize both carry and roll.  Most drivers come in degrees of loft from 8.5 to 16.  Long Drive competitors have drivers that have only 4 to 7.5 degrees of loft.  This is because at higher ball speeds, there is considerably more lift created which allows the ball to climb rapidly after impact.   Let’s assume for now that you have a 100 mph club speed and your driver launch is 10.0 degrees, as shown... Read More

Don’t Buy Your New Driver Off The Rack

November 27th, 2017

Don’t buy your new driver off the rack!  We have been saying this for years.  Why?  Even if you demo the driver in the store, get great results on THEIR launch monitor, and have a coupon code to save you some coin,  you have not optimized your performance. First thing you need to do is read this article in MyGolfSpy on what is really in driver shafts.  Chris actually interviewed me for this article (pays to be in the biz for 20 years) and really did a thorough job uncovering every aspect of what goes on in the golf industry in terms of shaft quality and legitimacy. Shafts Need to Be Profiled First. For the reasons Chris points out in his article, we always use aftermarket, legitimate shafts and profile them extensively before using them in our build process.  (See our blog on profiling shafts here).  In fact, if you want more proof of the quality of the shaft in your new club, we have one of our partners, ACCRA Golf that will send us a certificate from their profiling system.  We may do that in the future but we have issues with the proprietary nature of our data. Clubs... Read More

How to Get More Distance With Your Driver

November 16th, 2017

How to Get More Distance With Your Driver. I did a series of blog posts about lowering your scores by getting more distance off the tee a while ago.  This topic is even more relevant today.  More distance off the tee means shorter approach shots which means lower scores. While we are all about distance, accuracy and consistency, NOBODY wants to necessarily LOSE distance off the tee.  With all of the new technology focused on BALL SPEED, that ball speed is created by hitting the ball on the sweet spot.  Our BGF fitting system and TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard will help you find that sweet spot by getting you the correct length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight,  launch(trajectory) and spin profile in your driver shaft.  For more details….read on! #1 – Find the Sweet Spot (See Intro to this Series here…) We all know that the sweet spot on your driver is right in the middle, right?  Wrong.  If you really want to optimize and increase distance you have to find the spot on your driver that gives you the highest ball speed for your swing speed, reduces spin and gives you the correct launch angle.  In this discussion, we... Read More

Give Your Golf Bag an Extreme Makeover

November 6th, 2017

I know, I know.  Extreme Makeover is older that dirt now, but at some point you may want to give your golf bag an extreme makeover.  C’mon…with 14 clubs in your bag they are not ALL helping you are they?  Some of you are very analytical and keep track of every stat possible.  Others are more intuitive and just know that certain clubs in their bags are not working consistently.  So either way, let’s take a look at where to start. Driver Have you lost distance in the past couple of years?  Did you switch to a new driver and accuracy and consistency are suffering?  Everyone has jumped on the “HOT” driver bandwagon and there is a new one every year it seems.  Fact is, EVERY manufacturer makes a really hot driver.  EPIC, M2, G400, EX10…you name it.  The trick is to get the right shaft (accuracy, consistency) and the right loft (distance) to get you the best performance. Fairway Woods Of all the golfers we fit, fairway woods are on top of the list of clubs that cause the most problems.  Do you hit your fairway woods thin or fat?  Hooking your fairway shots into the woods?  That is... Read More

The Best Golf Club Fitting System

October 26th, 2017

The best golf club fitting system will recommend the proper length of club, shaft weight, shaft flex, shaft trajectory, shaft spin and swing weight for every club in your bag.  If you have been through a fitting and these club characteristics were not specifically detailed, your fitter is just guessing at what will work for you. We believe that our BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System is the most accurate and reliable fitting system in use today.  The system was first developed in 2005 and has been used to fit well over 20,000 golfers around the world.  The unique part of this fitting system is that it takes into account four different aspects that all work together to create a proper fitting recommendation:  Physical Characteristics (height, weight, wrist-crease-to-floor), Swing Dynamics (tempo, transition and release point), Strength (distance for 6 iron and driver) and Shot Tendencies (height and direction). Recommendations for Every Golfer Using these swing and shot measurements, the BGF Fitting System will make recommendations for golfers of all ages and physical abilities.  We have used BGF to fit golfers from 8 to 92 years old with swing speeds from 45 to 145 mph with a driver!  We have made modifications over... Read More

Should YOU Play Graphite or Steel Shafts in Your Irons?

October 19th, 2017

Should YOU play graphite or steel shafts in your irons?  Seems like we get asked that question in every iron fitting.  With 39% of our golfers saying they are looking for new irons this year, I thought I would answer that question with a couple of our fitting principles. First of all, shaft weight is one of the most important factors in fitting irons.  I don’t care if you are “getting older” or not!  The shaft weight has to help you optimize your consistency, distance and accuracy. The lines are REALLY blurring these days between steel and graphite iron shaft weights, especially in the 95 to 110 gram weight.  That weight class is were a lot of golfers either move from steel to graphite, or as juniors get stronger, move from graphite to steel.  As a point of reference, traditional Dynamic Gold S300 shafts weigh roughly 130 grams, KBS Tour around 125, and Project X LZ Steel  from 110-125.  All steel shaft manufacturers have made lighter weight models, i.e. the KBS Tour 90, True Temper XP 95 to offer lighter shaft options.  Nippon makes their MODUS3 shafts in weights from 105 – 130.  The numbers on the shaft typically represent the gram weight of... Read More

Understanding Golf Shaft Launch and Spin

October 2nd, 2017

Understanding golf shaft launch and spin is the key to choosing the correct shaft for your swing dynamics.   Shafts are typically identified by launch or trajectory  characteristics in five categories:  Low, Low-Mid, Mid, Mid-High and High.  The same categories apply to the spin characteristics.  If you look at the chart above of shafts available for Titleist drivers in 2015, you can see a pretty linear slope from Low Launch and Spin to High Launch and Spin.  There will be a few variations but the simple physics of designing a golf shaft makes it almost impossible to create a shaft that is Low Launch-High Spin or High Launch-Low Spin.   Titleist has done a good job of showing the relative Trajectory (Launch) and Spin of shafts they offer for their clubs.  Our Fitting Wizard gives recommendations for over 600 shafts.  And, you can filter by brand, weight, price, trajectory and spin to see what is available. See Titleist Shaft Performance Guide Here… BGF Fitting System Shaft Launch and Spin Categories The BGF Fitting System has a one-to-one relationship between Trajectory and Spin.  This means that a shaft that has a Low Trajectory designation will also have a Low Spin designation.  And a shaft that is Mid-High Trajectory will also... Read More

Get Your 2018 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved.

September 11th, 2017

Get  your 2018 clubfitting while your swing is still grooved.  Now that the season in the northern climates of the world is getting a little cooler, take an introspective look at your game and then go get a good clubfitting.  Don’t wait until 2018 as there are a lot of new head, shaft and grip options hitting the market this fall, and your swing is still in good shape from playing this season. The first thing you should do is take a look at where you were successful (putting, chipping, driving?) and where you struggled (hybrids, distance gaps, accuracy with irons?).  Be honest and think about where you lost strokes and what happened (thin, fat, poor contact, slice, hook?).  Your fitter should ask you a lot of questions about your shots and what you want to accomplish:  Improved Accuracy?  Increased Distance?  More Consistency?  Then you should concentrate on what segments of your game are costing you the most strokes and eroding your confidence. Clubfitting while your swing is still is still in good shape will make the assessment by your fitter easier as well.  While getting your swing in shape next spring is like riding a bicycle, there will be more... Read More

What Happens When Golf Shafts Are Not Right For Your Swing

September 7th, 2017

We always advise you on what happens when golf shafts are not right for your swing.  A lot of golfers that have never been through our fitting process, think that the majority of their miss-hits are caused by their swing.  Fortunately, that is not always the case!  I will make some predictions for misses based upon a right-handed golfer.  Of course the swing direction makes a big impact.   Let me summarize what we see by type of club with the wrong shafts: Driver:   Misses both left and right:  Shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example).  Misses mostly right(push or slice):  Shaft may be too stiff in the butt section (S flex when should be an R) or shaft is too heavy.  Misses mostly left(pull or pull hook):   Shaft is too flexible in the butt section and/or shaft is too light.  Misses off the Top of the ClubFace:  Too steep of swing (negative attack angle) or way too soft of butt section or tip section causing toe droop at impact.  Misses mostly low:  Too much positive attack angle (swinging up on the ball with tee height too low) or shaft butt... Read More