What's New: Fitting Tips

New Iron Shafts Offer More Fitting Options

March 25th, 2015

    Golf shafts for irons have going through several changes in the last couple of years.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, graphite was developed to create a lighter shaft with more shock absorption.  The target market was primarily golfers with slower swing speeds and the had joint or hand pain.  These shafts were primarily in the 60 to 85 gram range.  A few companies (MATRIX, UST) actually made graphite shafts in the 110-120 gram range but they were not wildly popular.  Well all of that is changing rapidly.  I can now get graphite shafts up to 125 grams, a steel shafts down to 75 grams.  But there are inherent issues that you should be careful about when choosing from these new shafts.  In general, the slower your swing speed, transition and earlier your release, you can benefit from a lighter shaft in your irons.  Of course, the profile (launch and spin) is important as well as the feel (mid section, torque).   So let me address the new shaft offerings by weight class: 40 – 70 gram iron shafts: These shafts are almost 100% graphite and are offered as stock shafts for a lot of manufacturers like Callaway, Cobra... Read More

How is your GIR (Greens in Regulation) Statistic?

March 20th, 2015

Statistics are everywhere now, and golf is no exception.  From the “Strokes Gained” concept from Make Every Shot Count, we know that there are certain weaknesses in our golf games.  The latest statistic is from Mark Harman, winner of 14 Tour events and Top 100 Teacher for World Golf Teacher’s Federation.  The essence of the article is that if you truly want to shoot bogey golf you have to hit at least 4 greens in regulation.  Want to be a single digit?…then you better hit twice that number or 8 greens in regulation.  The last blog post we did was about getting twenty more yards off the tee so you were hitting shorter irons into the green.  Why?  because the average golfer will hit twice as many greens in regulation from 140 yards as they will from 160 yards!  But if you are in your GIR distance wheelhouse and still missing greens, it is time to check your irons and hybrids.  Improper lofts and lies can be a huge factor in distance and direction.  The wrong shaft weight, flex and swing weight can also create inconsistencies in ball contact which in turn affects distance and accuracy.  A good iron fitting can help you identify gaps and... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #6 Timing Your Swing For Power

March 9th, 2015

No matter where you go there is someone giving you advice on how to increase distance with your driver by changing your swing.  Well, I thought I would ask an expert that helped one of our customers reach the ReMax World Long Drive Championships.  Sherry Andonian-Smith is an LPGA and PGA member and instructor at Valley Country Club in Centennial, CO.  She has helped hundreds of her students improve their swing to make better contact (which improves efficiency), create a repeatable swing, and increase distance.  She is a constant student of the game and is herself trying to increase her driver distance by at least 20 yards so she can compete with the big hitters in the Colorado Men’s Open Championship again in 2015.  She keeps it simple and effective so read her article on Timing Your Swing for Power here…  TIMING YOUR DRIVER SWING FOR POWER Dan Sueltz See the rest of our articles on getting more distance. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – Overview. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #1 Find the Sweet Spot. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #2 Optimize YOUR Loft. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #3 Get a... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! #5 Strength, Stability and Conditioning

February 23rd, 2015

If you think that golf is still just a game and not a sport, you have not been watching the Golf Channel or reading any golf magazines lately.  Literally everywhere you look, golf publications have a section on fitness, flexibility, etc.  As a matter of fact, the PGA Tour has a fitness trailer that follows the tour to all of the tour stops.  I personally decided three years ago that my aging body needed a little help if I was going to play better and have more fun at golf.  So, I went to work with Dee Tidwell, one of the best golf fitness gurus in the Denver metro area.  We started slowly and worked mostly on flexibility/mobility, stability and finally strength.  Literally, I did not touch a weight for about nine months.  The results have been very dramatic.  I am hitting my drives farther than I did when I was 50 (now a tender 65!).  This is honestly because I have more mobility so that I can not only make a better move away from the ball, but powering through the ball.  And, I have the stability to not lose my balance which causes a ton of bad swing... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #4 Use The Right Shaft

February 21st, 2015

Over 17 years of fitting golfers, one of the most critical fitting criteria is getting the correct shaft for your swing.  If you do not have the proper length, weight, flex, tip and butt profile, swing weight and feel, you will be inconsistent with your driver results and mis-hit a lot of shots.  The biggest result of an improperly fit shaft is loss of distance, followed by lack of consistency.  By using both your static measurements and dynamic swing data, a good fitter should be able to immediately predict a good starting point for shaft length, weight, flex and launch characteristics (See our BGF Fitting System).  From there, you need to give feedback to the fitter in terms of feel (weight, stiffness, release). First, let’s talk about shaft weight.  Driver shafts are typically graphite and come stock from manufacturers in 40 to 70 gram weights.  A club fitter can fit you in any of those weights and even heavier if needed.  The old saying of “hit the lightest, longest shaft that you can control”  is pretty much true but longer and lighter may give one out of ten great shots.  With the other nine shots, you miss the sweet spot... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #3 Get a Positive Attack Angle

February 9th, 2015

Attack angle is the angle at which your club is either descending into the ball (negative attack angle) or ascending into the ball (positive attack angle) at impact.  I have been harping on this for a couple of years but this is definitely a way that most of you can dramatically improve your distance!  There are several reasons for this.  First, by having a positive attack angle, you increase the launch angle of the club you are using which in turn promotes a higher ball flight for more carry.  Second, the positive attack angle reduces the spin rate coming off the club face which reduces drag and increases carry AND roll.  Conversely, a negative attack angle imparts more backspin on the ball and results in a lower launch angle.  This increases drag, reduces carry AND roll.  It is always good to have a ball flight monitor (TrackMan, FlightScope, Foresight with HMT) to measure your attack angle, but here are a couple of easy ways to tell if your attack angle is positive or negative.  Let’s say you have a 10.5 degree driver and your ball flight looks like a rifle shot (low and boring).  That is a pretty telltale sign... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #2 Optimize YOUR Loft

January 26th, 2015

In the first 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 Today we are only going to talk about club loft for the driver.  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.  In general, the slower the swing or club speed, the higher the loft of the driver to optimize both carry and roll.  Let’s assume for now that you have a 100 mph club speed and your driver launch is... Read More

Graphite Shafts Can Now Replace Light Weight Steel in Your Irons

January 26th, 2015

While this trend has been going on for a while now, it has really accelerated in the last few months.  With steel shaft companies coming up with lightweight iron shaft designs like the True Temper XP95, KBS Tour 90 and Nippon N.S. Pro 950 GH, it was only a matter of time before graphite shaft companies would counter.  Graphite iron shafts have traditionally been in the 55-85 gram range, especially for stock shafts in club manufacturer’s irons.  That changed a couple of years ago with Project X graphite and Aerotech Steelfiber iron shafts in the 95 gram range.  Next came the OBAN i-series, the UST Mamiya Recoil and now the Loomis EFP shafts.  These shafts are all in the 90+ gram range.  We are now seeing another move to 110 to 130 gram graphite iron shafts as well.  These will be in direct competition with traditional steel shafts.  Three things you should know.  First, we can make any shaft, graphite or steel, perform true to flex with consistency that is as good or better than steel.  Second, graphite tends to be more expensive than steel so be prepared for that.  Finally, graphite reduces vibration of the shaft and will give... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #1 Find the Sweet Spot

January 12th, 2015

#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 will be working on getting the most out of your existing club head speed by optimizing smash factor.  First an explanation.  Smash factor is determined by dividing ball speed by club speed.  For a driver, the smash factor we are looking for is 1.50 or slightly higher (will explain later).  So, if your driver club head speed is 100 mph, your ball speed should be 150 mph to get you the most distance.  Every 1 mph in ball speed is roughly 2 yards in carry.  If your club head speed is 100 mph but your ball speed is only 142 mph (1.42 smash factor), you are giving up 8 x 2= 16 yards in carry distance so maybe 20 yards total distance.  Remember, our goal here is to get you 20... Read More

Is it Time to Look at New Shafts For Your Clubs?

January 5th, 2015

As you start dreaming about the 2015 golf season and visualizing those perfect tee shots, approach shots that snuggle next to the pin and draining 10 foot putts, your dreams may be interrupted by the thoughts of those shots that don’t always work out the way you want them to.  “Man, I thought I put a great swing on that ball!”, you say as the ball sails OB left.  While you can blame your swing, or the club, maybe it’s the shaft that isn’t quite right.  With 13 clubs (not including the putter) in your bag, the chances of all of those shafts being consistent in weight, flex, and profile are slim and none.  The lightest shaft in your bag should be your driver, and the heaviest ones should be in your wedges.  Too often I see shafts in fairway woods and hybrids that are too light for the set making for inconsistent shot patterns.  Same with shaft flex.  The stiffest club in your bag should be the driver with flexes getting progressively softer as the clubs get shorter.  This is rarely the case when I test clubs during a fitting.  Finally, the profile of the shaft (high or low... Read More