What's New: Fitting Tips

Should YOU Play Graphite or Steel Shafts in Your Irons?

October 19th, 2017

Should YOU play graphite or steel shafts in your irons?  Seems like we get asked that question in every iron fitting.  With 39% of our golfers saying they are looking for new irons this year, I thought I would answer that question with a couple of our fitting principles. First of all, shaft weight is one of the most important factors in fitting irons.  I don’t care if you are “getting older” or not!  The shaft weight has to help you optimize your consistency, distance and accuracy. The lines are REALLY blurring these days between steel and graphite iron shaft weights, especially in the 95 to 110 gram weight.  That weight class is were a lot of golfers either move from steel to graphite, or as juniors get stronger, move from graphite to steel.  As a point of reference, traditional Dynamic Gold S300 shafts weigh roughly 130 grams, KBS Tour around 125, and Project X LZ Steel  from 110-125.  All steel shaft manufacturers have made lighter weight models, i.e. the KBS Tour 90, True Temper XP 95 to offer lighter shaft options.  Nippon makes their MODUS3 shafts in weights from 105 – 130.  The numbers on the shaft typically represent the gram weight of... 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

Get Your 2018 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved.

September 11th, 2017

Get  your 2018 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.  Don’t wait until 2018 as there are a lot of new head, shaft and grip options hitting the market this fall, and your swing is still in good shape from playing this season. 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 ask 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 is like riding a bicycle, there will be more... 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 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, yet it maintains a firm enough tip section through IMPACT promoting a high launch and low... Read More

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