What's New: Fitting Tips

True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach

February 15th, 2018

True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach For the first time ever, True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach!  Yes all 14 clubs in the winners bag (including his putter) had True Temper shafts.  Let’s take a look. Driver:  Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 6.0 –  Yes, 6.0 because it actually plays to 7.2. Fairway:  Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 6.0 –  Again, plays stiff to stated flex. Hybrids:  Project X Even Flow Black 100H 6.5 – About right, 6.5 flex Irons:  4-9 True Temper AMT X100 –  Will play to about 6.2 depending on length. Wedges:  46* – AMT X100, 54*, 60* – Dynamic Gold S400 Putter:  True Temper putter shaft – center shafted This is a clear case of the winner having the confidence in the True Temper team to build him the proper clubs based upon their knowledge of the shafts and the winner’s swing.  That is why custom building MUST follow custom fitting!  If you order clubs with off-the-rack shafts you are getting clubs made for Jack or Jill Everyone.   Even if you go to a Top 100 Clubfitter, they MAY order clubs from a major OEM.  Those clubs, while they say are custom built, are not custom built... Read More

Changes You Should Make to Your Golf Set Make Up in 2018

February 8th, 2018

Changes You Should Make to Your Golf Set Make Up in 2018 Check out the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List Here… In the past 5 years there have been significant improvements in golf club performance.  Not only increases in Distance but Accuracy and Consistency.  Specifically, every club is pushing the limits on distance from fairway woods, through hybrids and irons.  It is not just changing to stronger lofts, but new designs are increasing ball speeds off the face. OK, I grew up really old school with a driver, 3 and 5 wood, 3-PW irons, a Sand Wedge, a chipper, and putter.  In the 20+ years I have been fitting and building clubs, the most significant changes to date have been the hybrid and wide variety of wedges (think Gap or Alternate wedge).  But the rules are changing again with increased distances throughout the 13 hittable clubs in your bag.  Here are my recommendations for changing your golf set make up for 2018. Optimize Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy Yeah I know, “drive for show and putt for dough” but if you can hit more fairways AND hit one less club into the green, you will score better and... Read More

Fitting Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy

January 22nd, 2018

Fitting Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy Well, nobody wants to sacrifice distance for accuracy, right?  Even the longest hitters still want to hit it longer….but straighter!  So what is our secret to fitting your driver for distance AND accuracy? The Best Head Design Yes, you may have to switch drivers this year as all of the manufacturers are starting to hype the forgiveness of their heads.  Last year, the Callaway EPIC had the highest MOI, meaning forgiveness on off-center hits.  Cobra has always had a very forgiving head design with their dual-roll that helps straighten out low heel and high toe shots.  Ping just announced the G400 MAX, the highest MOI head in golf.  And, of course, the Flex Face of the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 promises to reduce shot dispersion by up to 30%.  We have tested the EPIC, EPIC SZ, Cobra F8, and recently had a sneak peek at the M3 440.  Yes, these are ALL doing what they say…same (or more) distance with improved accuracy.  So if you have not had a new driver in say, 5 years, it is time to step up. The Right Shaft You knew I was going here, right?  The... Read More

Better Golf Starts With A Clubfitting and Clubs Built to Your Specifications

January 8th, 2018

Better Golf Starts With a Clubfitting and Clubs Built to Your Specifications. I know we have been saying this since we started the company in 1997, but it is even more true today.  Why?  Because there have been so many improvements in both golf equipment and fitting technology that you cannot help but get the right equipment in your bag.  But, you need to get fit and get clubs built by experts that know what is critical to your success.  Here is what it takes: A Consistent Fitting Formula: A lot of clubfitters are trained by a particular company (or three) and have a set of fitting guidelines that are very narrow in scope.  By that I mean they use only a few fitting parameters like swing speed or distance to determine club weight, length, etc.  To be honest, when we started our business, there was no real consistent formula for fitting either.  We took some great information provided by Tom Wishon and then blazed our own trail with our BGF Fitting System.  We can now take golfer physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), swing dynamics (tempo, transition, release point), strength (swing speed, distance), launch conditions (launch angle, spin, shot... Read More

Golf Swing Dynamics That Affect Shaft Selection

December 21st, 2017

Golf Swing Dynamics That Affect Shaft Selection. Every golfer has a unique swing, right?  All you have to do is look down the line of golfers on the driving range and you will see every swing imaginable.  Go back in time and look at golfers that have been extremely successful on PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours.  Players like Lee Trevino, Anika Sorenstam, and Bernhard Langer each show dramatically different golf swing dynamics.  (See our blog on Seven Unique Shaft Loading Profiles here…). I am talking about the major biomechanical moves that truly affect how the golf club reacts during your swing.  Those are Tempo, Transition, and Release.  What is very interesting is that these biomechanical traits are very difficult to modifiy .  So trying to “slow down” your swing may last for a hole or two, but it is better to build golf clubs that match your style rather than changing your swing to match your clubs.  If you want to improve accuracy, distance and consistency, you MUST have clubs that match your unique swing dynamics. First let’s explain these key swing dynamics and then let’s talk about how each of them individually and then collectively affect the shafts that will give you optimum performance.  (See... Read More

The Right Shaft Can Get You More Distance Off the Tee

December 14th, 2017

The Right Shaft Can Get You More Distance Off the Tee. Over 20 years of fitting golfers, one of the most critical fitting criteria is getting the correct shaft for your swing for getting more distance off the tee.  The biggest result of an improperly fit shaft is loss of distance, followed by lack of consistency.  If you do not have the proper length, weight, flex, tip and butt profile, swing weight and feel, you will be inconsistent with your driver results and miss-hit a lot of shots.  By using both your static measurements and dynamic swing data, a good fitter should be able to immediately predict a good starting point for shaft length, weight, flex and launch characteristics (See our BGF Fitting System).  From there, you need to give feedback to the fitter in terms of feel (weight, stiffness, shaft release).  Let’s look at the four critical shaft factors in getting more distance off the tee. First, let’s talk about shaft weight.  Driver shafts are typically graphite and come stock from manufacturers in 35 to 75 gram weights.  A club fitter can fit you in any of those weights and even heavier if needed.  The old saying of “hit the lightest,... Read More

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