What's New: Fitting Tips

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

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

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

Getting the Right Shaft in Your Golf Clubs

August 28th, 2017

Getting the right shaft in your golf clubs is key to accuracy, distance and consistency.  The shaft is the transmission that delivers the energy from the golfer (engine) to the ball.  If the shaft is too loose, like as slipping transmission, you will lose distance and control.  If the shaft is to stiff or heavy, like a tight transmission on a sports car, you will also find it difficult to control.  A proper shaft delivers the longest distance, the tightest accuracy and consistent control. An S flex is not Really an S Flex.  After testing thousands of golf shafts each year, and testing them prior to assembly, we see a very wide range in flexes of shafts, not only from one manufacturer to another, but from one shaft to another.  If you have been to your local pro shop or driving range and tested a few clubs, the first thing you notice is that you seemed to hit an “S” flex more consistently in one manufacturer’s club but an “R” flex better in another. You want to spend your hard earned money on the right equipment, but this inconsistency is driving you crazy. What is going on here? First of all, every... Read More

Benefits of Clubfitting for Women Golfers

August 17th, 2017

With The Solheim Cup underway, it is appropriate that we focus on the major differences we see when doing a clubfitting for women golfers.  We have an extensive review here of our fitting process and why women should NOT purchase ladies clubs off the rack. Ladies Golf Clubs.  What I find especially interesting having been in the golf clubfitting business for twenty years, is that specifications for women golfer equipment has not changed one iota in that time.  Pretty interesting seeing that our women golfers have certainly become more athletic and stronger over the last decade.   The typical set of ladies/women’s golf clubs is designed for a golfer that is roughly 5′ 4″ in stature.  In addition, the typical set of women’s golf clubs have very light shafts and heads as they are designed for a very slow golf swing.  And finally, when we test a stock set of ladies golf clubs, the shaft flexes are extremely weak which creates inconsistent contact and reduced distance.  In some cases, the flexes were well below a junior flex.   I will guarantee that the USA Solheim Cup Team golfers have all been custom fit to their equipment.  If you look at... Read More

Choosing the Right Graphite Design Tour AD Shaft

August 9th, 2017

Graphite Design Tour AD shafts have won 32 global professional tournaments in 2017, with over half of those being won with the DI, “Deep Impact” model.  The winners of the 2017 World Golf Championship – Bridgestone Invitational, Senior Open Championship both played the DI in their drivers and in some cases fairway woods and hybrids.  The winner of the Ricoh Women’s Open Championship played a Tour AD GP in her driver And, Webb Simpson won THE PLAYERS 2018 Championship with the new higher launching Tour IZ 5X! The Tour AD DI model is the first Graphite Design shaft design that was integrated with Toray Company’s original NANOALLOY material technology in the tip section of the shaft. This material technology has now come to be known as “DI Technology”. This unique material technology promotes additionally shaft stability without the loss of feel and allows the player to create greater club head speed and thus greater ball speed while still providing exceptional feel and control. The Tour AD DI also utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials to provide the best performing shaft available. The softer mid-section bend profile of the Tour AD DI allows the player to load the shaft properly,... Read More