What's New: Fitting Tips

Customize YOUR Iron Set Make-up

February 2nd, 2016

If you really want to get the most out of your game you need to customize your iron set make-up.  Probably less than 5% of golfers buy a traditional 3-PW set of irons.  And, I would bet that less than 20% buy a 4-PW, GW set.  We do a significant amount of our business, even for the average golfer, in customizing iron sets to the skill level and shot desires of our golfers.  The picture in this post is indicative of what we can do for our golfers.  This golfer loved Titleist irons and wanted a little higher trajectory and forgiveness in his long irons.  So, we picked the 716 T-MB in his 3 and 4 irons, 716 CB in the 5-7 iron, and 716 MB in the 8-PW.  After discussing several different wedge options, we selected the Callaway MD3 52, 56 and 60, all in low bounce options.  In another fitting, we selected the Callaway Apex CF 16 in 4-7 iron and Miura Blades in the 7-PW.  Yes, this set actually had two 7 irons due to the loft differences between the two different irons.  A lot of manufacturers are trying to provide this type of option in stock... Read More

What New Irons Should YOU Play in 2016?

January 24th, 2016

New irons in your future for 2016?  Well, you have a lot of new stuff to choose from!  It seems like every manufacturer is looking for more distance with no sacrifice in forgiveness.  But YOU need to make your own choice!  If you are truly looking for distance and are a mid to high handicapper, I would look at the Callaway Big Bertha, Mizuno JPX-EZ, Cobra King F6, Ping G Max and Titleist AP1.   If you are looking for both distance and forgiveness and are a low to mid handicapper, our best bets are Mizuno MP-25, Ping I, TaylorMade Psi, Callaway Apex Pro or CF 16, PXG 0311, and Titleist AP2.  And if you are a low handicapper that likes the feel of forged irons, look no further than the Miura CB57 or blades, and Mizuno MP-5.  Of course, a lot of low handicap players are doing mixed sets of cavity back irons in longer clubs and traditional muscle back irons in shorter clubs (7-PW).  Even Phil Mickleson has switched to the Callaway Apex Pro irons at the top end of his bag. Another consideration is when and at what club do you switch from a traditional iron to... Read More

Do Your Hybrid Shafts REALLY Fit you?

January 19th, 2016

Stock hybrid shafts are all over the map these days.  In our fitting sessions, hybrid shafts are notoriously light weight, soft flex, and even a little too long for most of our golfers.  The major equipment manufacturers try to put light, soft flex shafts in their hybrids so that golfers will be able to hit higher, longer shots that land softly.  The problem is, if your swing is even slightly more aggressive than normal, you will cause these light, soft shafts to react with either a high pull/draw or a low slice/fade.  A lot of our golfers that can hit these hybrids well have learned to really slow down their tempo to control the ball flight.  So, the three major issues with these stock shafts is lack of consistent distances, wide shot dispersion, and inconsistent contact (fat and/or thin).  This is because the hybrid shaft is bending way too much and causing a lot of toe droop (fat shots) and forward lean (high shots, thin hits) depending upon the golfers tempo, transition and release.  By properly fitting your hybrid shafts to match more closely to your irons, we can give you MUCH more control and consistency.  If you have hybrid(s)... Read More

Does Your Bag Need an Equipment Make-over for 2016?

December 11th, 2015

This is the perfect time of year to re-evaluate the equipment in your bag.  All the top PGA and LPGA pros are doing it so why not you?  We have been very busy this fall helping golfers get ready for the 2016 season.  Here are some things for you to consider:  If your driver is over five years old, it is definitely time for an upgrade.  More forgiveness and distance!  Do you have a club or two in your bag you love to hate?  Fairway wood?  Hybrid?  Get fit for them and get more consistency.  Do you have consistent distances between your wedges? Also, wedges should be replaced every 50 rounds or so as the grooves will wear out.  Get closer to the pin and shoot lower scores.   Is your putting inconsistent?  Have you had the loft and lie checked recently?  How about grip size and counter balancing?  More consistent putting leads to lower scores.   Are your greens in regulation where you want them to be?  Maybe it is time for new irons or evaluating your driver to get more distance off the tee. These are just a few of the things we consider when we take you... Read More

How to Gain 15-20 Yards on Your Driver Just By Changing Attack Angle

December 1st, 2015

When I did our blog post earlier in 2015 on getting more distance with your driver, one of the key factors was getting the proper attack angle.  A positive attack angle means you are swinging up on the ball at impact.  Put another way, the bottom of your swing arc will be an inch or two before you hit the ball. I worked with a lady golfer this morning who was concerned that she was not maximizing her distance off the tee.  She felt she did not get a high enough ball flight and maybe we needed to get her into a higher lofted driver.  I had fit her into a R15 12 degree driver last spring which we set to 13.5 degrees.  At the time of her fitting, she had some shoulder and neck issues that were restricting her turn so we optimized launch conditions as best we could.  Fast forward to this fall and those physical issues have been fixed but she is still  not getting the ball in the air properly.  The first place I look is attack angle, and sure enough, her attack angle over five shots was a negative 3.2 degrees.  This was not only... Read More

Use the Off Season to Get Your Clubs, Body and Swing in Shape

October 27th, 2015

Hope you had a great season and your golf game is where you would like it to be.  If not, I have a couple of suggestions for getting yourself “fit” for next season.  Even though we are in the second year of the extended PGA Tour season, the top players are using this time of year to get ready for the 2016 season.  The first thing you should do is review how your equipment treated you this year. Where did you lose a lot of shots?  Off the tee?  Didn’t hit many greens in regulation?  Wedges let you down?  Too many putts?  Whatever it is, you should start working on getting your bag in shape with a club fitting that analyzes each portion of your game and creates a consistent set of equipment that will help fix the problems you experienced this past year.  Second, you should see if there are any physical limitations that may be holding you back.  Do you start strong but fade on the back nine?  Have you lost distance?  Do you have any nagging pain in your back, legs, shoulders?  Get checked out with a certified golf fitness expert to determine if you have issues... Read More

Our Lifetime Club Fitting is More Than Just Loft, Lie, and Length.

October 19th, 2015

We always get asked about why our complete clubfitting costs $450 and takes at least three hours.  The reason is that we are much more concerned about your golf game and how we can help improve it that just selling you a new driver or set of irons.  Our seven step clubfitting and club building process ensures that you get not only the best performance in our fitting studio but on the golf course.  From the interview process, through testing your clubs, getting your swing dynamics, fitting you to the right set make-up and then to the final build of your clubs, we want to make sure that we improve every aspect of your game. We are so confident in our fitting process that we guarantee that you will improve with our custom fit and custom built clubs.  In addition, once you pay for your clubfitting, it is good for your lifetime.  With our lifetime clubfitting you can come in next month, next year, or five years from now and never pay another fitting fee.  This is the perfect time of year to do a clubfitting as you are in “game shape” from the season and can tell us what... Read More

TaylorMade M1 Driver Review

October 5th, 2015

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

Sometimes More Distance is as Simple as Ball Position

September 22nd, 2015

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

Get More Distance With your Driver by Making Better Face Contact

September 11th, 2015

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