What's New: Fitting Tips

Get Your 2022 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved

September 18th, 2021

Get  your 2022 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 2022 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. We Fit YOUR Game 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. Our 2021 Player Survey indicates that the biggest “problem” clubs in our golfers bags are Long Irons (31%), Driver (25%),  and 3 Fairway Wood (24%).  It’s time for a fitting to get those problem... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

August 18th, 2021

Wedge fitting for bounce and grind goes beyond the more common fitting for loft and lie.  Wedges, especially any wedge over 46 degrees of loft, are used for shots that require touch and execution.  There are a couple of new design options from Callaway and Cleveland that can add to your creativity and shot making around the green and from heavy rough.  Specifically, the Callaway MD5 and TaylorMade Hi-Toe are ones to try.  See our Wedge Fitting guide here for more on lofts and lies. What shaft should you play in your wedges?  See our recommendations here… Bounce The type of ground you are playing from (rough, hard pan, sand, fairway, deep rough) and the type of swing plane you have (shallow/sweeper, neutral, steep/digger) will determine what bounce you should ideally have on your wedges.  In general, the tighter the lie, the lower the bounce you want on your wedge to avoid “bouncing” off the ground or sand, especially with a shallow to neutral swing plane.  The deeper the rough or softer the sand, the more bounce you need to avoid having the club “stick” and not slide through the shot.  For example, my home course recently renovated all of... Read More

Best Fairway Woods and Shafts – 2021

August 4th, 2021

The Best fairway woods and shafts – 2021 edition continues to see performance improvements in both distance (ball speed, spin) and accuracy. The performance improvements we are seeing in fairway woods over the last couple of years are close to what we have seen in drivers!  Manufacturers are really upping their game not only with new materials, but new designs that are giving golfers more choices in lofts and head size.  Whether you use your fairway woods mostly off the tee or love the Callaway Heaven Wood (7 wood) or Divine Nine (9 wood), we will help you pick some of the best heads and shafts. Getting the RIGHT Shaft As usual, from our perspective, the proper shaft in your fairway woods makes ALL the difference in consistency, accuracy and distance!   If you are struggling with your fairway woods, Read This Blog First! Sign Up HERE for Your Lifetime Fitting! The short answer in fitting fairway wood shafts is to choose a shaft that has a little more weight than your driver, and has a slightly softer tip section to get the ball in the air.  How We Categorized The Best We picked four categories for the Best Fairways... Read More

Should YOU Play a Longer Driver?

May 23rd, 2021

Well, the search for distance is continuing with a lot of PGA Tour players following the lead of Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.  Phil used a longer driver to win the 2021 PGA Championship.  See the details of his driver here.. The maximum USGA driver length is 48 inches, the same as the limit on the Long Drivers of America tour.  Each added inch can add 1-2 mph to your swing speed.  So, potentially, you could add 6 mph which can translate to 15 – 20 yards going from a 45 inch driver to a 48 inch driver.     Schedule YOUR Driver Fitting Here! Having fit numerous golfers for Long Drive competition, here are some thoughts on how to add distance while adding length to your driver. You MUST Continue to Hit the Sweet Spot! It’s all about getting the best smash factor (ball speed divided by clubhead speed), not just ball speed.  If your ball speed only goes up 2 mph, you are NOT hitting the sweet spot.  Use face tape or Strike Spray to see where you are making contact.  If you are hitting towards the heel due to the longer length, it increases spin and reduces effective... Read More

Get More Driver Distance with These Five Key Measurements

April 28th, 2021

Want more distance off the tee?  Get more driver distance with these five key measurements from a launch monitor.  Everyone wants more consistency off the tee but if you are looking for more accuracy, consistency AND distance, these are the stats you need to focus on. Sign up for YOUR Driver Fitting Here!     Smash Factor and Ball Speed Smash factor is determined by dividing club speed into ball speed.  The optimum ratio is 1.5.  This means at a 100 mph driver speed, your ball speed will be 150 mph.  This is an efficiency rating of how much ball speed you are getting for your swing speed.  Smash factor is determined by where you are hitting the ball on the face, how “hot” the face is and how well the shaft is delivering energy to ball at impact.  The better the smash factor, the higher the ball speed which means more distance!  As the TrackMan optimizer shows, this player could be getting twenty more yards by getting a better smash factor. See The Results of Missing the Sweet Spot Here… Launch Angle The proper launch angle not only gives you the optimal carry distance but more roll-out as well.  Too low... Read More

The Right Shafts Make a Difference for EVERY Club in Your Bag

April 21st, 2021

In our fittings, we know the the right shafts make a difference for every club in your bag.  The golf shaft is the transmission that transmits the energy from your swing through the shaft to the club head. Our fitting systems make the correct recommendations for club length, shaft weight, shaft flex, trajectory, spin and swing weight based upon YOUR swing characteristics.   The way we fit shafts is very similar to every tour from PGA, Champions, LPGA to Korn Ferry.  Take a look at what PGA Champion Stewart Cink and LPGA Champion Lydia Ko had in their bags on Sunday!  See GolfWrx WITB. Book Your Fitting TODAY! Shaft Weight The lightest, longest, stiffest shaft in your bag is in your driver, while the heaviest yet softest shafts are in your wedges.  In general, for most golfers there is a 10 gram progression from driver shaft to fairways, hybrids, and irons.  So, if you play a 60 – 69 gram shaft in your driver you would play a 70 – 79 gram shaft in your fairway woods, an 80 – 89 gram shaft in your hybrid a 90 – 99 gram shaft in your irons and maybe a 100 – 110 gram... Read More

Golf Digest Equipment Hot List 2021

February 22nd, 2021

The first official start to the golf season, in my opinion, is the release of the Golf Digest Equipment Hot List.  The team convenes in the fall a literally spends a couple weeks testing equipment from several manufacturers.  This year, they considered 270 entries and awarded 137 medals.   Here is the Link… The Top Finishers Are: Drivers (8 Gold, 6 Silver) Fairway Woods (10 Gold, 2 Silver) Hybrids (8 Gold, 5 Silver) Players Irons (11 Gold, 3 Silver) Players-Distance Irons (11 Gold, 2 Silver) Game Improvement Irons (11 Gold, 3 Silver) Super Game Improvement Irons (9 Gold, 2 Silver) Wedges (12 Gold, 3 Silver) Mallet Putters (14 Gold, 3 Silver) Blade Putters (12 Gold, 4 Silver)   We have virtually all of the heads here for fitting so schedule your new or repeat customer fitting now.  Lead times during this COVID situation are still 4-6 weeks so don’t hesitate.  Schedule Your Fitting Here!! How to Select YOUR New Clubs  Aesthetics – Look, Sound and Feel In our experience in clubfitting over the years, you have to select a club head that looks good to your eye, sounds good when you hit it in the fitting and has the feel you... Read More

Best Iron Shafts 2020 – 2021

February 1st, 2021

We fit a LOT of different golfers every year.  The shafts we put into their irons (and wedges) is determined by our BGF Fitting System, TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard and player testing during the fitting. Our fitting recommendations include length of iron, shaft weight, shaft trajectory and spin profile, shaft flex, and swing weight.  Loft and lie are determined by launch monitor testing.  The recommendations are determined by a golfers physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), strength (distance), launch characteristics (actual and desired trajectory, spin, dispersion), and swing dynamics (tempo, transition and release point). Sign Up For YOUR Iron and Wedge Fitting Here! When we test in our dynamic fitting sessions, we choose 4-5 shafts that match the BGF Fitting System recommendations, and then test on TrackMan for performance with a head chosen by our fitters and the golfer.  Once we determine the best performing shaft, we try different heads to narrow down the selection.  When using our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, we rely on our golfers description of their shot shape and desired results. Bottom line is that these shafts have done the best job of increasing our golfers distance, accuracy and consistency.  They are also the best in terms of... Read More

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts.

January 24th, 2021

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts. If you are thinking about getting new wedges, make sure you have the right shafts.  What shafts should you play in your wedges?   The very short answer is play the same shaft in your wedges as you do in your irons.  But, boy do we see a lot of variation of what is in our players bags. “Your advice on the proper shaft for wedges is spot-on!  Keep up the great work.”  Ken Everrett, PGA Professional and Instructor, Snowmass Club, Colorado. Stock Wedge Shafts First off, most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard heavy steel wedge shaft like a True Temper Dynamic Gold.   Titleist uses an S200 (130gr) in their SM8 wedges, Callaway uses the new DG S300 Wedge 115 (115 gr) in the MD 5, while Mizuno uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the T20 and KBS Hi Rev 2.0 (115 gr) in the ES-21.  Only if you are playing a steel shaft in your irons like the Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, or Nippon Modus 3 120 will the weight and flex of these wedge shafts come close to matching you.  If you are... Read More

The Best 21 Combo Iron Sets for 2021

January 21st, 2021

We have been crafting combo sets of irons for our customers for over twenty years, but 2021 seems to be the year that major club manufacturers are actually specifically designing blended sets of irons for several categories of players.  Specifically, TaylorMade with their “P700” series and Callaway with their Apex line are making a big push for combo iron sets in 2021. What is a Combo Set Anyway? The theory behind the combo set is that longer irons are more difficult to hit so maybe a player should have a more forgiving club in their longer irons.  The usual route for higher handicap and slower swing speed golfers is to swap a hybrid in for say a 4 or 5 iron.  But if you are a better, stronger player, maybe you just need a little more forgiveness or versatility in the longer irons. How we Developed our Model Combo Sets I won’t lie to you, we took a little from TaylorMade and Callaway’s set make ups but we have extended the offerings quite a bit.  Here is what are model is based on: Tier 1:  Stronger, better players that love hitting long irons.  The 2 iron is typically a utility... Read More