What's New: Fitting Tips

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft

April 17th, 2018

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft Picking the right hybrid shaft is very important, especially when replacing long irons.  According to our current poll, 35% of our golfers say the WORST club(s) in their bag are their long irons.  So, maybe new hybrids are in order. (see our related blog post on long irons here). While buying a hybrid off-the-rack is the most common purchase, the shafts offered very likely do not fit the majority of golfers.  Most hybrid shafts that we test during a fitting are too soft (flexible) and too light of weight.  This can cause very poor ball contact, wide shot dispersion and a loss of distance.  So how do we determine which shaft is best for your swing dynamics?  Our BGF Fitting System has modeled thousands of golfers swings and will dynamically recommend the proper shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight and profile (trajectory and spin) to optimize your hybrid performance based upon your unique swing dynamics. Book your Fitting Here! Shaft Weight The longest, lightest, yet stiffest club in you bag is your driver.  The heaviest, shortest and most flexible clubs will be your wedges.  As clubs get shorter from driver to fairway woods to hybrids,... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU Play?

April 12th, 2018

What Driver Length Should YOU Play? In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee.  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that is 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2018 stock drivers at the end of this blog. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Click here to book a fitting! Arm length and Posture. In both our BGF Fitting System and the TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard,... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

March 29th, 2018

Solving the hybrid vs. long iron fitting dilemma should not be a difficult decision.  In general there are a couple of factors to consider. First, how comfortable is the golfer in hitting hybrid clubs? I would say 20-30% of our golfers going through a fitting have trouble hitting their hybrids consistently.  Usually, it is because of the fact that the hybrids are not very well fit to them in terms of shaft flex and weight.  Unfortunately, sometimes this becomes a mental block that is difficult to overcome.  We get past that by having the golfer hit a hybrid that is matched to their swing and compare it to their existing hybrid.  This usually gets rid of the fear factor! Second, how well does the golfer hit their long(er) irons? This is a little bit of a trick question as most golfers want to keep a longer iron, like a 4 or 5 iron, in their bag to get out of trouble if they are under a tree branch.  But that is a total waste of a club.  I can easily knock down a 7 iron if I have to punch out.  If the golfer only hits the longest iron in... Read More

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight and Long

March 15th, 2018

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight and Long 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!  We help golfers of all abilities hit longer, straighter drives by selecting the proper length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight and shaft profile (trajectory and spin) for their unique swing. First off, you will NOT be happy with clubs bought off-the-rack, regardless of how they tested in the shop.  The consistency of shaft flexes and weights from one club and one manufacturer to another is not very good.  Each year we find shafts that play very soft or very stiff to the stated flex resulting in poor performance. I will make some predictions for misses with your driver based upon a right-handed golfer, including how swing direction makes a big impact.   Book Your Driver Fitting Here! Misses Both Left and Right:   The shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example). Can also be caused... Read More

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts.

February 22nd, 2018

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts. If you are thinking about getting new wedges, make sure you have the right shafts.  What shafts should you play in your wedges?   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. Stock Wedge Shafts 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 SM7 wedges, Callaway uses the new DG S300 Wedge 115 (115 gr) in the MD 4, while Mizuno uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the S18.  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... Read More

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