What's New: Fitting Tips

What Shafts Should I Play in My Wedges?

July 20th, 2016

What shafts should I play in my wedges?  That is a very common question in our fittings.  The very short answer is play the same shaft in your wedges as you do in your irons.  But, boy do we see a lot of variation of what is in our players bags.  First off, most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard heavy steel wedge shaft like a True Temper Dynamic Gold.   Titleist uses an S200 (130gr) in their SM6 wedges, Callaway uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the MD 3, and Mizuno uses the DG S300 as well in the S5.  Only if you are playing a steel shaft in your irons like the Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, or Nippon Modus 3 120 will the weight and flex of these wedge shafts come close to matching you.  If you are playing graphite shafts in your irons and steel shafts in your wedges, there will be some issues in terms of distance and trajectory.  If you are buying a stock set of clubs with a gap and sand wedge included, you will get the same shaft as what is in the rest of the iron set.... Read More

Do You Know Your Golf Equipment Performance Zone?

July 7th, 2016

Do you know your golf equipment Performance Zone?  Say what?  If you have played any sports other than golf you have an idea of what weight and length of bat may perform best for you in baseball or what shaft length, weight and tip stiffness works best when fly fishing.  Well, we have perfected the science (and art) of finding your Performance Zone for your golf equipment.  As you can see in the chart on the left, most golfers equipment is not even close to their Performance Zone! There are seven critical factors of golf equipment that affect your ability to hit the longest, straightest and most consistent golf shots.  Those are club length, shaft weight, shaft flex, shaft profile, swing weight, loft, and lie.  While there may be others, if you do not get these seven factors dialed in, you will lose distance, have more miss-hits, and not be as accurate as you can be.  Our BGF (Better Golf…Faster) fitting system takes both static data (height, weight, wrist-to-floor) and dynamic swing information (tempo, transition, release, club speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, attack angle) and actually predicts the proper club lengths, shaft weights, shaft flex, shaft tip profile,... Read More

Are Your Hybrids As Consistent as They Can Be?

June 30th, 2016

Are your hybrids as consistent as they can be?  When we put our customers through a fitting and we ask what do you want from each of your clubs, more distance, better accuracy or improved consistency?  The most common response for hybrids is consistency.  Even though hybrid clubs have been around for at least 15 years, when you buy a hybrid club off the rack, each manufacturer has their own formula for length, shaft weight, shaft flex, and lofts.  So you may pick up a hybrid from TaylorMade and it will have a completely different performance than a similar club from Callaway or Ping. So how do we get you more consistency?  The first place we look is at shaft flex.  Stock hybrid shafts are notoriously weaker than what is stated on the shaft.  We typically see a shaft marked R that will test out in Ladies flex or below.  The main reason for this is that most hybrid shafts are also pretty light weight, 65 grams or so.  The lighter the shaft, the more likely the shaft will play soft/weak to the flex marked on the shaft.  Your hybrid clubs should be at least as stiff as your irons. ... Read More

Fairway Wood Fitting for Consistency, Accuracy and Distance

June 21st, 2016

Fairway wood fitting for consistency, accuracy and distance is one of the more common fittings we perform.  When you buy a fairway wood off the rack, there are at least two main issues.  First, most fairway woods for the mass market have a very light shaft, usually 60+ grams.  For lady golfers, it is even lighter, usually 45 to 50 grams.  Out fitting philosophy is to make the fairway wood slightly heavier than your driver shaft.  This compensates for the shorter length of shaft in the fairway woods versus the driver so the feel of the club will be consistent.  The exception to buying off the rack fairway woods is buying a “tour” or “pro” model.  These usually are 80+ grams and are Stiff or Xtra-stiff flex.  If shafts are too light for you, your shots can be off line and also cause inconsistent contact. Second, most fairway wood shafts play much softer than marked on the shaft.  It is not uncommon for a Stiff flex shaft to measure out to a Senior flex or lower.  This can cause shots to either hook or slice, depending upon your swing profile. Your swing dynamics can actually make these issues worse.  Golfers... Read More

New Steel Shafts Offer Options for Lighter Weight

June 8th, 2016

New steel shafts from Project X and OBAN offer options for lighter weights than the traditional heavy shafts like True Temper Dynamic Gold and KBS Tour.  The Project X LZ (loading zone) shaft we discussed in last weeks post, offer weights starting at 110 grams in the 5.0 (Regular) flex and going up to 125 grams in the 6.5 (X Stiff) flex.  These shafts give golfers an option to still play steel shafts but reduce the weight to give more comfort in the swing and potentially pick up a little speed and distance.  The Project X LZ Steel shaft is only available through True Temper Performance Fitting Centers. OBAN, traditionally a graphite shaft manufacturer,  just introduced their CT-115 constant weight taper shafts for demo purposes this week.  We have profiled these shafts and find their approach very exciting.  The weights will remain constant at 115-117 grams but we will be able to build sets from roughly Regular flex to X Stiff.  This gives us a LOT of flexibility in creating sets for a wide range of golfers.  To accomplish this, OBAN CT-115 shafts are available in 12 different lengths.  This allows us to build different flex sets by selecting the... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

June 1st, 2016

Wedge fitting for bounce and grind goes beyond the more common fitting for loft and lie.  Wedges, especially any wedge over 52 degrees of loft, are used for shots that require touch and execution.  The type of ground you are playing from (rough, hard pan, sand, fairway, deep rough) will determine what bounce you should ideally have on your wedges.  In general, the tighter the lie, the lower the bounce you want on your wedge to avoid “bouncing” off the ground or sand.  The deeper the rough or softer the sand, the more bounce you need to avoid having the club “stick” and not slide through the shot.  For example, my home course recently renovated all of the sand bunkers and put in new sand.  Because it was so fluffy, I have to go to a high bounce sand wedge so the wedge could bounce off the fluffy new sand.    We have developed a quick and dirty wedge bounce guide to help you through the maze of different turf conditions and bounces that will give you the best results.  The next consideration is the available grind options on the wedges.  The grind options represent how the back of the... Read More

Is the Wrong Driver Face Contact Costing You Distance?

May 25th, 2016

The wrong driver face contact can cost you distance. I fit a golfer yesterday for a driver shaft because he felt he had been losing distance since he bought his new driver.  First questions I always ask before we even get on the ball flight monitor:  1.  Do you think your ball flight is too high or too low?  2.  Do you get a lot of roll after the ball lands?  Answers:  1.  Sometimes low left but I can also hit a lit cut that is too high.  2.  I get very little roll-out after the ball lands.  After a few warm-up shots, the TrackMan numbers verified my assumptions:  consistent contact on the wrong side of the club face – the heel, and a negative attack angle that was increasing spin.  His 12 degree driver was launching at only 12.8 degrees but with 4,560 rpm of spin!  His attack angle of -3.8 degrees meant he was hitting down on the ball which also was creating a lot of spin.  And he was getting very little efficiency out of his club head speed of 103 mph as his ball speed was only 140 mph. The shaft he was playing was a... Read More

Wrong Grips Can Cost You Strokes!

May 11th, 2016

Yes, grips can cost you strokes.  Too many of you are playing worn grips, the wrong size grips and uncomfortable grips.  All of these factors can cause you to lose the grip on your club during your swing, pull or push your shots, or just plain not like to swing your clubs.  There a literally hundreds of grips to choose from.  The one thing you should know is that the grip is the last extension of your connection with the golf club so it must feel perfect in order for you to have the confidence that you can make that great shot!  Let’s talk about how grips can hurt or help your game. Worn Grips:  I see so many golfers playing clubs with grips that were put on YEARS ago.  Grips actually do wear out.  They certainly get smooth and slick from the oil on your hands (even if you wear a glove) and dirt.  The general rule is to change your grips every 25 rounds or once a year.  Dry climates (Colorado, Arizona) are harder on grips than more humid climates.   One manufacturer claims that worn grips can cost you up to 6 strokes a round.  We agree! Inconsistent... Read More

Are Inconsistent Shafts Killing Your Golf Game?

April 26th, 2016

Inconsistent shafts in your clubs are creating more problems than your golf swing.  OK, there, I said it!  The fact is, your golf swing is way more consistent than you think.  Now, it may not be a perfect swing, but it is probably pretty repeatable.  The problem is that your clubs are not consistent throughout your set causing inconsistent shots. Every golfer has a club or clubs they love to hate.  Maybe you have to swing easy with your three wood to keep it from hooking big time.  Or maybe you love your driver but can’t hit your hybrids.  That is because there are outliers in your bag!  If you look at WITB (What’s In The Bag) of every player on tour, including LPGA and Champions, you will find that every club is matched to the next in terms of weight, length, flex, loft, lie and swing weight.  Not so with the average amateur player. Think about how the game of golf was designed.  Each club in your bag is designed to hit a specific distance.  That is why you have 14 clubs (13 to get to the green and 1 to make birdie!).  The chances of each of these... Read More

Getting More Distance Off the Tee Means Lower Scores

March 29th, 2016

Getting more distance off the tee means lowers scores. Period.  And, several tests, not only by us, but by Golf Digest and Callaway show that the average golfer could be hitting 20 to 30 yards longer.  The farther you hit your driver, the shorter the club you will be using for your approach shots.  And, the shorter the club you use for your approach shot, the more accurate you are, right?  Well, Trackman has thousands of shots in their Combine testing that prove this.  Bogey golfers only hit 21% of greens in regulation from 160 yards but hit 42% from 140 yards!  And the proximity to hole increases by 50% as well!  Mark Broadie, author of Every Shot Counts, shows that a bogey golfer will gain 1.6 strokes if he/she hits it twenty yards farther.  So how can YOU get that extra 20 yards (without Teeing it Forward)?  I will be blogging here over the next few weeks on the seven keys to improving your driving distance.  Ultimately it comes down to hitting the highest loft, lowest spin shots that allow you maximum carry and roll.  The keys to YOUR success will be: Finding the Sweet Spot on the Driver... Read More