What's New: Fitting Tips

Every Club in Your Bag Should Fit Your Game

April 19th, 2017

Every club in your bag should fit your game.  Have some clubs in your bag that you never hit?  Why?  Inconsistent?  Poor distance control?  Don’t like the feel?  Well, get rid of them and put clubs in your bag that work! David Dusek had a great article in GolfWeek that I could not agree more with…Every Club in Your Bag Needs A Purpose.  If ever there was a time to set up your bag with clubs that have a purpose, it is at the beginning of the season.  So let’s take a look at what we have found to be the most useless clubs or lack of clubs in your bag. Hybrids:  While a lot of our golfers find a hybrid they like, most golfers struggle with their hybrid(s).  Usually the shafts cause them to hook or slice because they are too soft and/or light for their swings.  Lady golfers may hit their hybrids fat a lot because the shafts are really light and whippy.  Distance control can also be a major issue.  Find a hybrid that fits well as a replacement for your longest iron or shortest fairway wood.  Long Irons (4,5,6):  If you are saving a long iron... Read More

The Bare Essentials of Clubfitting and Clubbuilding

April 11th, 2017

The bare essentials of clubfitting and clubbuilding.  Colorado AVID Golfer did a great article on clubfitting and how and why it works for every golfer.  But you should know that every clubfitting organization is different in their approach.  So what are the bare essentials that will help you play better golf and enjoy the game even more? Experienced Fitters.  PJ Garber has been in the golf industry for 40 years and has been fitting with our fitting system for nearly 20 years.  I have been fitting for 20 years and we both have been building clubs for twenty years.  So when a golfer says, “Well, my swing is pretty unique,” we just smile and say, trust me we have seen them all.  The key for us is that not only have we seen a lot of golf swings and equipment, we are continually learning new techniques and adapting them to our fitting system.  We have fit golfers from 6 years old to 95 years old, men, women, juniors, swing speeds from 45 to 145 mph.  That gives us a wide range of experience. A Repeatable Approach:  A good fitter has a defined process that takes them from a player interview... Read More

What Weight Should I Have in My Hybrid Shaft?

April 5th, 2017

What weight should I have in my hybrid shaft?  That is an integral part of our fitting process for irons and hybrids.  In general, your hybrid shafts should be slightly lighter than your irons and either equal to or heavier than your fairway woods. If you are struggling with consistency of contact (hitting thin, topping the ball) and accuracy (snap hooking or slicing) with your hybrids, it is either caused by a shaft weight or shaft flex problem. Our BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System is designed to  fit our customers to ascending shaft weights from driver through wedges.  But every customer is different.  Each golfer has their own unique swing, but matching shaft weights, flexes, trajectory and lengths is what makes our fitting system so powerful.  We recommend fitting hybrids when you fit your irons.  This is because you usually are going to substitute a hybrid for one of your longer irons so making the shaft flex similar makes sense.  The reason we may go slightly lighter with the shaft weight in the hybrid is because hybrids are typically .75″ longer than the equivalent iron (38.5″ 4 iron and 39.25″ 4 hybrid).  This added length gives the golfer more distance... Read More

Driver Angle of Attack Means Everything For More Distance

March 27th, 2017

Driver angle of attack means EVERYTHING for getting more distance.  In our last ten driver fittings, 6 golfers had a negative attack angle and were giving up 12 to 30 yards!  Here is what happens with a negative attack angle that robs you of distance. First, spin is increased dramatically, especially if your swing is a little outside to inside.  Second, your launch angle is not optimized because you are more than likely hitting the ball towards the top of the clubface.  This also creates a lower efficiency rating (smash factor) meaning you get less ball speed for your swing speed.  All of these factors are robbing you of distance off the tee. So, two factors contribute to getting a more positive angle of attack.  First, swing and/or ball position changes can have a dramatic affect on angle of attack.  By positioning the ball slightly more forward in your stance, you give yourself an opportunity to hit the ball on an ascending angle.  Another key swing technique is to lean your spine a little more towards your trailing leg and then swing around your spine, up and through the ball. Second, by putting a shaft with a slightly softer tip... Read More

What Should You Expect in an Iron Fitting?

March 16th, 2017

What should you expect in an iron fitting?  Gone are the days of going in to your pro shop or golf store and testing a few different models available.  Here are the days of getting custom fit for literally any combination of heads and shafts. I am talking about a true custom fitting, not just getting fit to the best irons the pro shop has in stock or in their demo system. Here is what you should expect: Player Interview – What do you want? What is the performance of your existing set? Get launch monitor data from your existing 6 or 7 iron. Have the fitting system recommend shafts. Pick 3-4 heads to try. Use launch monitor to determine the best combination. Have the option to re-shaft existing equipment. Choose the option that gives you optimized performance! A good custom fitting for irons starts with an interview of what you want to accomplish with your new set, i.e. distance accuracy or consistency.  Then, the fitter should look at your current equipment and ask you specific questions about your distances, miss-hits, trajectory and ball flight. Then, your fitter should ask you what particular irons you have been thinking about so... Read More

Get More Distance, Accuracy Off the Tee

March 2nd, 2017

Get more distance, accuracy off the tee!  Just another reminder that no matter how much you improve your accuracy and consistency off the tee, getting another 10 yards means you hit a shorter iron or hybrid on your next shot.  And that, according to the author of “Every Stroke Counts”, reduces your score by as much as 1.6 strokes! Last year we did an entire blog series on getting more distance off the tee.  See the series here. So what does it take to get that extra distance without sacrificing accuracy?  First, make sure your driver is fit to your swing so that you are maximizing the smash factor.  That means you are hitting the ball as close as possible to the proverbial sweet spot which creates the highest ball speed.  This means the club length, shaft weight, shaft flex and swing weight are optimizing your contact.  Nearly all driver manufacturer’s are now focusing on maximizing ball speed as their criteria for increased distance.  Callaway, Ping and Mizuno tout their drivers as delivering the highest ball speed but the others (TaylorMade, Tour Edge, Cobra, etc.) are not that far off.  If you have not purchased a driver in the past... Read More

Clubfitting for Consistency

February 23rd, 2017

Clubfitting for consistency is what the majority of our golfers want.  In our interview, we ask our customers what is most important in their golf game:  Distance, Accuracy or Consistency?  Over 70% of our customers want more consistency in their game.  From an equipment perspective, golf is really a crazy game.  Fourteen clubs to  smash one ball around the course.  Really?  You didn’t play baseball with fourteen different bats, or tennis with fourteen different racquets, but golf is different.  Each club is designed to hit the ball a particular distance.   By changing the length, loft, lie angle, weight and flex of each club, a perfect set of consistent clubs can be built.  This is where building your own bag of clubs falls apart. Each manufacturer has their own idea of how a perfect set of clubs should be built.  First let’s talk weight.  The longest, lightest yet stiffest club in your bag is your driver, while the softest flex, heaviest and shortest clubs in your bag are your wedges.  Every manufacturer has a variation on this theme but every tour player, male or female, subscribes to this philosophy.  A notable exception here is the single length iron/hybrid guys like, Cobra,... Read More

New Clubs, Re-Shaft or Both?

February 8th, 2017

So, your clubs don’t work as well as you want.  Should you buy new clubs, re-shaft your existing clubs or do some of both?  First, let’s talk about how most golfers put clubs in their bags.  Certainly not everyone buys an entire set of new clubs at one time.  Probably less than 20%.  And probably less than that if you have never been through a clubfitting. Most golfers will buy a set of irons one year, maybe a new driver the next and some wedges thrown in for good measure.  But, if you are really struggling with your game and seriously want to improve, a case can be made for revamping your entire bag.  Any good clubfitter will and should make that recommendation.  Why?  It’s all about performance.  Getting your bag to have consistent club lengths, shaft weights, flexes, lofts, lies and shaft profiles is more critical now than ever.  We have the tools to measure performance (launch, spin, distance, dispersion) so why not have your set built to totally optimize your performance?  So let’s say you come to us and we put you through our fitting process.  And, let’s say you have Ping G30 driver, TaylorMade RBZ 2 fairway... Read More

Shaft fitting. What’s the Point?

February 2nd, 2017

Shaft fitting means more distance, accuracy and consistency.  Period.  The end.  When somebody tells me it’s “the Indian, not the arrow”, I have to say the best Indians had the best arrows!  (Trying to be PC here…).  The point is even a great athlete will struggle with equipment that does not fit their strength and swing dynamics. First, if you do not believe that the shaft is the MOST important part of the golf club, you need a little education.  While the head of the club is important because it has the ability to create more ball speed and consistency, it is the SHAFT that actually returns the club to the proper position at impact creating the best efficiency (smash factor).   In our testing, the shaft can dramatically affect the impact position of the ball on the clubhead.  Shafts  can droop (drop from center of shaft deflection) and lead or lag (be slightly closed or open at impact) depending upon the actual flex and shaft profile and the strength and swing dynamics of the golfer we are testing.  Bottom line?  When we fit shafts to players, the weight, flex, shaft profile in conjunction with the loft and lie of the... Read More

Shaft Fitting for Junior Golfers

January 19th, 2017

Shaft fitting for junior golfers is an equal blend of science and art.  The science part is easy….length, weight, flex, tip profile, swing weight.  The art part is “when will the growth spurt hit?” and how much strength is this golfer going to pick up in the next year or so.  That, my parents, is just a good guess. In the past year, we have fit golfers as young as eight years old.  And these kids are GOOD!  Most of the ones we have fit have qualified for U.S. Kids Regional, National or International competition.  One of the kids we fit went to the U.S. Kids Drive, Pitch and Putt finals at Augusta National and then went on to anchor his Boys State Championship team here in Colorado.  The young man in the photo at the left one his first tournament after we re-shafted his driver with a firmer, slightly heavier shaft. So, the first thing we make sure of in shaft fitting for juniors is the the shaft weight in all of their clubs is not too heavy.  Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT cut down your old set of clubs (Dad!) for your son or daughter!  Too heavy…too... Read More