What's New: Fitting Tips

Clubfitting for Accuracy

June 22nd, 2017

Clubfitting for accuracy, consistency or distance?  We ask our golfers in our clubfitting interview process which is most important to them.  Most of our golfers are looking for consistency, some more distance, but clubfitting for accuracy is very important to every golfer.  Here are the key elements in fitting for accuracy:   Proper shaft and club weight. A golfers tempo, transition and release point must be matched to the shaft and club weight or accuracy will suffer.  If a golfer has a fast tempo and transition, a little heavier club and shaft will help to create a more repeatable swing and tighten up shot dispersion.  Conversely, if a golfer has a very smooth tempo and transition, and does not generate a lot of clubhead speed, lighter shaft and head combinations will help create more consistency and accuracy.  This is very important when modern drivers.  We have seen drivers get very heavy recently which can cause some issues with accuracy.  Shaft manufacturers have helped us by making shafts that are counterbalanced so the swing weights are more reasonable.  A good clubfitting will take these factors into account and dial you in to the proper weight. Shorter length, especially in the driver.... Read More

How to Hit it Like a World Long Driver.

June 5th, 2017

Want to know how to hit it like a World Long Driver?  Before we start, congrats Josh Cassaday for qualifying for the 2017 World Long Drive competition this past weekend at Mesquite!  He will be one of only 96 competitors in the 2017 Open Division Championship.  Let’s see what it takes to make it. When Josh Cassaday (right in the picture) started working towards qualifying for the World Long Drive competition a couple of years ago, he had all of the physical talent (swing speed, solid contact) but needed a little work on a couple of issues that were robbing him of distance.  First was attack angle.  His negative attack angle created so much backspin that he was barely getting 340 yards on his drives.  When he came back 6 months later, he had dramatically changed to a positive 4 to 6 degrees that dropped his spin under 2,500 rpm and put him out to that 380 – 400 yard magic mark. After he competed in the 2016 World Long Drive competition, he also started working with another long drive competitor on increasing his club head speed even more.  The results have been pretty amazing putting him at a 140... Read More

Is it Time to Replace Your Old Wedges?

May 18th, 2017

Is it time to replace your old wedges?  Well, if one or more of your wedges look like the wedge in the left of the picture, it is time for an upgrade.  The worn wedge is a Mizuno forged wedge that was played for at least 6 months by a college player.  He used it, and his 60 degree extensively in practice sessions as well as tournament play and started noticing that it became more difficult to get shots to stop on the green.  That is because the grooves had worn to the point of dropping spin from a normal 10,000 rpm to more like 8,000 rpm.  This made it difficult to stop the ball precisely when doing a check shot. Now if you are playing cast wedges (stock wedges from Callaway, TaylorMade in sets like the XR, Steelhead, M1 or M2), these faces are so hard you will probably never have to replace them.  That is because the cast material is literally 10 times harder than the soft carbon steel in a forged wedge (Mizuno, Callaway Mack Daddy Forged, Miura, PXG, etc.).  The rule of thumb is to replace your wedges after 50 rounds if you are playing forged... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

May 8th, 2017

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

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