What's New: Fitting Tips

Make Your Wedge Game More Consistent

September 28th, 2016

Make your wedge game more consistent.  How, you ask?  By having the correct lofts, bounces, lie angles, lengths and shafts.  First, let’s start with the number of wedges you have in your bag.  Most players have at least three:  Pitching wedge, gap or approach wedge and sand wedge.  Or, you may have a pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge.  Better players tend to have just three because they feel comfortable adjusting the face to get the desired distance from their wedges.  Amateurs would be better off with four wedges so they can get more consistent distances with each of their wedges. LOFTS:  If you are playing a set of irons you purchased within the last five years, the loft on your PW (pitching wedge) will be somewhere between 44 and 46 degrees.  If you do not have a GW or AW (gap wedge or approach wedge) in your set, the next wedge is a SW (sand wedge) which is typically 55 to 56 degrees of loft.  This difference of 10 to 11 degrees of loft creates a big “gap” in distance, hence the need for a GW.  A GW or AW will typically have a loft between 50 and... Read More

Get a Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved

September 21st, 2016

Get a clubfitting while your swing is still grooved.  Now that the season in the northern climates of the world is getting a little cooler, take an introspective look at your game and then go get a good clubfitting.  Golf Digeststix has a couple of insights about making sure you have a qualified clubfitter that can actually interpret the launch monitor data, have mulitple head and shaft options to choose from and use the ball for testing that you actually play. The first thing you should do is take a look at where you were successful (putting, chipping, driving?) and where you struggled (hybrids, distance gaps, accuracy with irons?).  Be honest and think about where you lost strokes and what happened (thin, fat, poor contact, slice, hook?).  Your fitter should as you a lot of questions about your shots and what you want to accomplish:  Improved Accuracy?  Increased Distance?  More Consistency?  Then you should concentrate on what segments of your game are costing you the most strokes and eroding your confidence. Clubfitting while your swing is still is still in good shape will make the assessment by your fitter easier as well.  While getting your swing in shape next spring... Read More

Get a Driver Fitting for Better Trajectory and Distance

September 8th, 2016

Get a driver fitting for better trajectory and distance!  I was blown away by our web site poll about driver trajectory.  Fifty four percent (54%) of our golfers surveyed are hitting their driver too high and getting very little roll.  Another twenty five percent (25%) are hitting too low, while only twenty one percent (21%) are hitting their drives just right.  Really?!?  What are you waiting for?  Get a driver fitting and we will make very specific recommendations on how to improve launch conditions and increase distance and accuracy.  We will evaluate everything from the driver length, driver loft, driver settings (if your driver is adjustable), face contact, and shaft flex and tip profile.  By adjusting these variables we can make huge improvements in your driver performance.  And, we will also dial your driver in for increased accuracy and consistency. I the impact tape picture above, the picture on the right shows contact on the heel and high on the face.  Typical shot direction with this contact would be high left with a lot of spin and very little roll out after landing.  By changing shaft flex and tip profile, and shortening the length of the driver, the impact was... Read More

When Should I Switch from Steel To Graphite Shafts in My Irons?

August 23rd, 2016

When should I switch from steel to graphite shafts in my irons?  Good question, but a not so simple answer.  The usual reasons to switch from steel to graphite are to play a lighter shaft to increase swing speed, or to reduce the amount of vibration from a steel shaft.  But that logic is a little outdated.    If you are playing a set of irons that is more than say 8 years old that have stock shafts, more than likely they have 110 to 128 gram shafts (Nippon, KBS, or True Temper).  In the last 5 years or so, most manufacturers are offering very light weight steel shafts from 85 to 105 grams in their stock steel iron sets (XP 95, KBS  Tour 90, Nippon 950GH).  The truth is, I can find both graphite and steel shafts that run the full spectrum of weights from 75 grams to 125 grams, so it is not a question of weight that should drive your decision to move away from steel.  Sometimes irons that feel too heavy can actually be too stiff of flex or maybe the swing weight has changed if you re-gripped your clubs with either a larger or smaller... Read More

Get 15 More Yards Off the Tee – Immediately!

August 9th, 2016

Get 15 more yards off the tee – immediately!  Sounds like a fluffy marketing pitch, right?  Well, maybe not.  After analyzing thousands of golfers over the last several years, let me share with you what costs you distance off the tee:  Improper contact on the face:  I cannot tell you how many golfers think that good ball striking is in the center of the driver face…wrong!  Slightly towards the toe and slightly above center will give you less spin and higher ball speed.  Anything towards the heel or below the center of the face will reduce ball speed and increase spin.  What to do?:  Find the sweet spot!  If you are hitting towards the heel, trying stepping back from the ball a half inch or choking down on the club.  If you are hitting below center, try teeing the ball up a little.  If you are hitting on the top of the face, try teeing the ball down.  All of these are quick fix adjustments but you should see if the club has the proper length, loft, and shaft for your swing. Swing UP on the Ball, not DOWN:  I am talking about attack angle here.  When you swing up... Read More

Just Slow Your Swing Down Already!

August 1st, 2016

Just slow your swing down already!  I am sure some of you have heard this from your playing partners after you threw a shot into the lake or OB.  Well, that my friends is easier said than done.  There are three swing dynamics we use during a clubfitting:  Tempo, Transition and Release.  The one your buddies are talking about is usually your tempo, which is the time from takeaway to impact.  The “average” tempo is 1.25 seconds. While we all think PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players have a very smooth tempo, believe it or not they are closer to 1.0 seconds.  Changing your tempo is like changing your personality.  It literally is the way you walk, talk, eat your food, etc.  Slowing down can happen for a shot or two, but you will revert back to your “natural” tempo very quickly. If you are a player with a fast tempo, usually a heavier club or heavier swing weight will help you slow down naturally and give you more consistent contact.  On the flip side, if you have a nice fluid swing tempo and you are playing clubs that feel too heavy, you will lose distance and accuracy.  I see... 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