We had an opportunity to put the new TaylorMade M1 460 and 430 to the test last week. When I first heard that the M1 had a composite top I was a little leery about the sound and durability but at least the sound factor was addressed with the first swing. Sound is like the R15 or Aeroburner. I was afraid it would have a clunky, mushy sound, but the sound is crisp and clear. As for durability, I think this driver will hold up to higher swing speeds as the metal part of the crown has moved back on the clubhead. Most OEM drivers that failed in the past had roughly 1/4″ of metal material wrapping over onto the top of the composite head. I liked the feel of the M1, especially on slight mishits. Good feedback that I did not hit the ball on the sweet spot but not as harsh as the R15. As with all of our testing, we used the same shaft for all three heads, M1 460, M1 430 and R15. We also used a TaylorMade Preferred X ball. The shaft used in all three tests was the ACCRA LS 55 M4. We used... Read More
What's New: Fitting Tips
I was going through a fitting with a young lady last week and one of her complaints was hitting her iron shots thin and low trajectory, which was causing a loss of distance. After a quick assessment on TrackMan, we looked her attack angle and found that it was only slightly negative, meaning she was hitting almost up on her irons rather than down and through the ball. Once we dialed her in to the right shaft weight and flex, contact improved but still not where I wanted it to be. So I observed her ball position in her stance and quickly noticed that she had the ball too far forward. This meant the bottom of her swing arc was about a half inch behind the ball causing her to hit the ball on the bottom of the face. This was also confirmed when we did a lie angle test. By moving the ball back in her stance, we immediately went from hitting a 6 iron 125 yards to 142 yards! And more consistently! This same phenomenon can happen with a driver which will cause high spin and a dramatic loss in distance, even with a positive attack angle. The... Read More
In the spring of 2015, I did a blog series on how to increase distance with your driver. (See the blog series here! ) One of topics was making sure that your contact with the ball was in the optimum spot on the clubface. The image in this post shows face tape contact with the same driver head but with different shafts The image on the right shows face contact high on the face and towards the heel. This caused a higher than normal launch angle, an increased amount of spin, a much lower smash factor (efficiency rating) and a hard draw/hook. My first observation was that the club was too long and shaft was potentially too stiff. The driver this gentleman was using was a 65 gram, X-Stiff (7.0) at 45.5″. After testing on the TrackMan ball flight monitor and putting the results into our fitting system, we recommended a 75 gram, Stiff (6.0) flex at 44.5″. We also recommended a slight change in setup and ball position to align the ball farther toward the toe of the club at address. The image at the left shows the results in much improved face contact, and 16 more yards! The... Read More
One of the most important things we teach our fitters is to concentrate on fitting the golfer to their current swing rather than trying to make swing changes during the fitting. The reason for this is simple. Swing changes take a long time to be reflected in your golf game so trying to make a quick fix usually does not work. The second reason is that we are fitting to your existing swing tendencies, good OR bad and we know that equipment can make big improvements in consistency of contact, shot dispersion and ball flight. So when you come in for a fitting, here are our rules: 1. Take your NORMAL swing. If one of your golfing buddies keeps telling you to slow down, don’t listen! It will never happen…consistently. By altering the weight and balance of a golf club we can make aggressive, fast swing golfers feel more comfortable and be much more consistent. 2. Don’t worry if you are not hitting a club particularly well. That is one of the things we are trying to find out during a fitting is what weight, flex, length, and balance of club you hit the best. You will never hit all... Read More
We take growing the game of golf seriously by getting kids started learning the game as quickly as they are able to hold a club. At some point, the junior golfer will start needing equipment to match their size, strength and ability. We start seeing fitting as an important factor as early as 8 years old. In fact, we have dedicated an entire page to Fitting Junior Golfers. Because we think it is so important to get young golfers fit with the right equipment and make it affordable, we offer a Lifetime Junior Clubfitting for juniors 16 and under for $100 (Reg. $450). This is the same fitting we do for adults, but we realize that a junior golfer may outgrow his or her clubs in two or three years so they will need to come back and be re-evaluated. I started my son when he was 5 and he went on to play college golf. We still play golf together as often as we can. Get your junior started in a lifetime sport with a lifetime clubfitting! Dan Sueltz
Most of you know that we not only custom fit clubs but make sure they are custom built to your exact specifications that we measured in your fitting. A lot of club fitters will fit you and the make a “custom” order that is sent to the manufacturer for fulfillment. We know from hard experience that what comes back from the manufacturer in most cases in not very close and in some cases so far off that your performance will be less than what you experienced in your fitting. Why? First, the manufacturers are mostly concerned with getting the proper swing weight and length of the clubs. In a lot of instances, especially if you are having lie angles adjusted significantly (2-3 degrees up or down), there will be major inconsistencies throughout the set. Another major factor is the variation in the shafts. We have measured stock driver, fairway and hybrid shafts and found that a S (stiff) shaft can measure anywhere from R (regular) to X (extra stiff). If the variance is more than a half of a flex from what you were tested for, your performance (shot dispersion, distance, consistency) will be a lot less than what you... Read More
Ok, we have talked about getting more distance off the tee and a LOT of you have gone through our driver fittings this year. Now it is time to dial in those irons. Are your shots consistent in terms of contact and ball flight? Do you have more than a 15 yard gap between some of your irons and wedges? Do you miss your irons left or right, or could the misses be either way? Inconsistent contact can be a length or weight (swing weight or club weight) issue. Large gaps (or small gaps) can be a loft issue. There is roughly 4 degrees of loft difference between each iron which should give you consistent distance gaps. If your misses are left or right of target, it could be a lie angle issue, club weight, or shaft issue. If you are seeing any of these symptoms in your iron play, you need to get to a good clubfitter and see what is going on. Why get frustrated with inconsistent shots, poor accuracy or big distance gaps. You deserve better from your clubs!
Over the years we have fit well over a thousand lady golfers of all abilities. The two things we know for sure are 1) Today’s female golfers are much more athletic and stronger than ever, and 2) Lady’s or women’s golf clubs have not changed specifications in over 30 years! So the modern lady golfer that buys off-the-shelf women’s golf clubs, even if she is just a beginner, will be getting equipment that is too light and has too soft of flex. The result will be woefully inconsistent contact, a lot of fat shots, and erratic height and direction. As soon as we fit these lady golfers to the proper weight, flex, length and launch conditions, the results are very dramatic. More consistency, better contact and increased distance! Read more about our fitting for lady golfers here. So if you want to give a golfing mother you know a very special Mother’s Day gift, get her a complete clubfitting. She will be on her way to better golf…faster!
We are honored once again to be selected to the Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America for 2015! This is the third time in a row we have been selected to this prestigious list. We continue to advance the stat-of-the-art fitting concepts with our research in shaft performance and fitting techniques that allow us to get better performance…faster for all of our golfers. The fact that we offer a lifetime clubfitting and guarantee results sets us apart from everyone else on the list. Thanks to all of our loyal customers, suppliers, and partners for helping us maintain our status on this list of Top 100 Clubfitters in America! Here is the link to the Golf Digest list for 2015. You can check the May, 2015 issue of Golf Digest for the article and complete list.
Ever feel like the club is starting to slip out of your hand when you take a swing? It is time to re-grip your clubs! Grips that are slick (hardly any tack or cord), worn (shiny appearance, wear spots where you place your thumbs on the grip), or hard and cracked from dry weather can cost you up to six strokes a round according to a study done by a grip manufacturer. How often should you change grips? We always recommend that you change grips as follows: 1. After 30 rounds if you practice at least once a week, 2. After 40-50 rounds if you don’t practice much, or 3. Every year, especially if you live in a dry climate. Choosing a grip size is something you should do with a good clubfitter but you can do a simple sizing based upon your glove size. Grips come in Junior, Undersize (Ladies), Standard Men’s, Midsize and Jumbo (Oversize). I always recommend that you choose comfort over “proper” sizing as the feel of the grip is what can help create confidence with your swing. We do a lot of customization of grips sizes to take into account player preferences as well as... Read More