What's New: Fitting Tips

Making Mid-Season Golf Club Adjustments

June 9th, 2019

How is your golf game going so far?  If you are like most golfers, usually there are some portions of your game that may need a mid-season adjustment.  Luckily, we have covered most of the problem areas so here is a recap to help you analyze what areas of your golf bag may need looking into: Maybe you need to come in and take advantage of our lifetime fitting! What Clubs Are Hurting You the Most? When we go through an interview with our customers about their equipment, we note specifically what areas of their game need improvement.  Is it driving?  Fairway to green?  Wedge approach shots?  Chipping?  Putting? The first place to look is penalty shots.  Are certain clubs going OB and costing you strokes? Second, look at approach shots.  Are you always short of the green? Next, look at your chipping and bunker play.  Can you get up and down from next to the green?  Are sand shots killing you? Finally, or maybe we should look at this one first, how many putts do you have in 18 holes?  The goal should be 30 or less. By looking at those areas that are hurting your game the most,... Read More

PXG 0211 Irons – Great Performance and Price

June 3rd, 2019

What would you do if you could purchase some of the best clubs in the world within your budget? PXG has just introduced their 0211 Irons featuring a stainless-steel cast body, paired with the PXG’s unique hollow-body design, the industry’s thinnest face, and with their proprietary COR2 Technology. PXG has also created a 15% more functional face area by using an internal-face parameter cut out.  This yields a larger trampoline area for the COR2 technology.  The result is unparalleled outstanding performance and an unmatched feel  you wouldn’t expect from a cast iron, at a price, starting at $195 per club.  You may not have expected this price point from PXG, but this makes their innovative technology and reputation of having the best clubs on the market, within reach for everyone.  Literally within a few $$ of some of their competitors. The 0211 irons are now in our demo system so come in and check them out.  Compare them to your existing irons on our TrackMan ball flight monitors and see the difference for yourself! Schedule your iron fitting here! Dan Sueltz

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight AND Long

May 22nd, 2019

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight AND Long Bombing and Gouging The problem with bombing off the tee and gouging from the rough is that for us average golfers, it only works 13 percent of the time, according to a study done by Golf Digest and TrackMan.  But we also know that getting 20 more yards off the tee can drop up to 3 strokes off your game.  So the real answer is to hit your driver long AND straight.  The secret is getting the proper shaft to make this happen! Getting the Right Fit 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.  And 27% of golfers are having trouble with their drivers (see Poll at the right of this blog).   Fortunately, that is not always the case!  We help golfers of all abilities hit longer, straighter drives by selecting the proper length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight and shaft profile (trajectory and spin) for their unique swing. First off, you will NOT be... Read More

Using TrackMan to Practice for More Distance

May 17th, 2019

The BIGGEST factor in lowering your scores is getting more distance off the tee!  Why?  Because the average golfer cannot hit long irons or hybrids into the green with any accuracy or consistency.  So, the shorter the distance to the green, the better your chances of scoring! We have three new TrackMan 4 units available for your practice sessions!  Here are some tips on using TrackMan to practice for more distance: Key TrackMan measurements for achieving more Distance: (Learn More)  Ball Speed  – The speed at which the ball is traveling after it leaves the clubface  Smash Factor – The efficiency of energy transfer from the clubhead to the ball  Dynamic Loft – The horizontal angle at which the ball leaves the clubface.  A simple explanation is the combination of the loft of the club and attack angle. Attack Angle – the horizontal angle at which the clubface is moving up or down at impact. Spin Rate – The amount of spin on the ball immediately after impact. Notice that I did NOT mention clubhead speed!  For now, I want you to concentrate on what factors you need to change, given that we are not intentionally trying to increase clubhead... Read More

Clubfitting for Women Golfers

May 10th, 2019

Get fit by professionals that care about your game, not your gender! Unfortunately, there are a lot of stories we hear about female golfers not getting the proper attention to their golf game when looking for new equipment. We fit every golfer with the same attention to detail and respect regardless of ability, gender or age. The Modern Lady Golfer Today’s women golfers cover a very wide level of strength and ability.  Think about it, Title IX, the Department of Education Amendment that prohibited discrimination based upon sex for any educational program being Federally funded, has been in place since 1972.  This amendment had a profound effect on female sports in high school and college.  The golf industry has not really changed the equipment specifications for lady golfers since that time.  Today’s female golfers are stronger and more athletic.  Less than 10% of the female golfers we fit could use standard Lady golf clubs.  Why? Shafts are Too Light Without getting too technical, ladies golf clubs, those marked with an “L” on the golf shaft or specifically sold as Women’s golf clubs, have shafts that are very light…45 grams to 55 grams.  These shafts are designed for very slow swings that... Read More

Golf Ball Fitting – Why It Matters

May 8th, 2019

Golf ball fitting is taking on a new dimension, especially after Golf Digest released their 2019 Golf Ball Hot List.  Now, adding fuel to the fire is MyGolfSpy with their 2019 Golf Ball Buying Guide.  What is very intriguing is that fitting golf balls to our players has been in our wheel house since 2006, believe it or not.   Make sure you read the MyGolfSpy article…you may have your own opinions but most of their results are valid, IMO. AGS Ball Fitting Circa 2006 In 2006 we found a company, Advanced Golf Solutions, that did extensive ball testing.  They used an air cannon to fire the balls at 100 mph and then recorded everything from spin to distance to side dispersion.  The takeaway from these tests is the same thing that MyGolfSpy noted.  There can be as much as a 25 yard difference in distance from one ball to the next and side shot dispersion can increase up to 10 yards as well.  It’s all about the design of the ball and consistency of the manufacture.  Unfortunately AGS is no longer in business but what they taught us was very valuable.  Your choice in a golf ball DOES make a... Read More

Build Your Dream Set of Srixon Irons

April 18th, 2019

Ever wanted to build a dream set of irons?  Well, Srixon has just the solution.  The Z Series Srixon irons can be blended in a lot of different ways depending upon your desired outcome: Four Distinct Models Z585 – Compact yet forgiving, this iron offers players distance with the softer feel of forged metal. Z785 – Compact players shape with a thinner top line than the Z585.  Smooth feel and ability to shape your shots. Z-Forged – A sweet looking blade with soft 1020 Carbon Steel that begs to be hit pure!  This is the finest blade offering from Srixon yet! Z U85 – These hollow body utility irons are designed for both forgiveness and distance.  Available in 2-6 irons. Sign up for your Iron Fitting Today!   Players Combo Set – Z785/Z-Forged Design your own set or typically do the Z785 in 4-6 iron and Z-Forged in 7-PW.  Could even add a Z U85 2 and Z585 3 iron! Players Distance Set – Z585/Z785 Get the best of both worlds:  distance with your long irons and workability with your short irons.  Z585 4-6 iron and Z785 in 7-PW. Distance and Players Performance – Z U85/Z785 Play the longest irons... Read More

Equipment Matters – Get Fit Like the Pros

April 15th, 2019

After being at The Masters 2019 and watching hundreds of golf shots, not only are these guys good but their equipment matters.  The presence of all of the major brand tour trailers across Washington Road meant that all of the players could make any necessary tweaks to their equipment during the first three days of the week.   Keep it in the Fairway We did not see very many missed tee shots, especially by the top 30 players.  All of those guys have driver specifically matched to their swing dynamics and strength.  Everything from shaft length (shorter like Bubba and Rickie) to shaft weight (heavier like Sergio and Brooks), loft (from 8.5 to 10.5) and flex (X to Tour X) can make a difference in accuracy and distance. Options into the Green Tiger used a very traditional set of clubs at the top end of the bag:  3 wood, 5 wood and then 3 and 4 iron.  Not so with guys like Kuchar and Molinari with hybrids instead of long irons.  Personal choices here based on distances and comfort level hitting out of rough and tight lies. Wedges Tiger uses only a 56 and 60 degree wedge while most other players... Read More

Hybrid or Driving Iron?

April 4th, 2019

This blog is really for stronger players as distance is usually not the issue when choosing a hybrid or driving iron.  A lot of stronger players will use a driving iron or low lofted hybrid instead of a 3 iron or fairway wood.  The biggest issue is where will they be used on the course. Sign up for a Fitting and See Which Will Work Best For You! From the Tee If you are using the hybrid or driving iron mainly from the tee, most players will choose a driving iron.  Typically used on long three par’s, the driving irons feel more comfortable and have the desired trajectory for most players we have fit.  The most popular driving irons have been the Titleist T-MB, TaylorMade p790 and p790UDI, Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi, Srixon Z U85 and PXG 0311 X.   These driving irons offer minimal offset, a slightly higher launch angle and peak height, and more forgiveness than a standard 2, 3 or 4 iron. From the Fairway Here is where we would recommend the hybrid as it is more forgiving than a driving iron, a little higher ball flight and peak height, and more distance.  The most popular we... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU PLay?

April 1st, 2019

The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee, but what driver length should you play to optimize distance?  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that was 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2019 stock drivers at the end of this blog and their respective stock lengths. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Schedule Your Driver Fitting Now! Arm length and Posture. In both our... Read More