What's New: Fitting Tips

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

Set Your 2021 Golf Goals Now!

January 3rd, 2021

I am sure you played a lot more golf in 2020 as golf was a way to get out in fresh air.  But, as you reflect on 2020 and look forward to 2021, if you are like most of us, there is room for improvement!  Even the tour pros spend a lot of time with their coaches analyzing their rounds and making a plan to improve. Let the Numbers Guide You One of the top degrees coming out of college these days is Data Analyst.  The era of “Big Data” is here, even in the golf industry.  When Mark Broadie wrote “Every Shot Counts” in 2014, it was used very little on the PGA Tour.  Now, Strokes Gained is used and commented on regularly by tour players, analysts, and commentators.   Golf Digest recently published this article on how analytics are being used on tour!   The results have been pretty dramatic for several players!  So, take a look at your scorecards and find out where you are losing strokes.  Missed fairways?  OB?  Poor iron shots?  Short-siding your wedges?  Putting letting you down?  Fill out our survey on the right of this page with your biggest area for improvement in 2021! If... Read More

Should YOU Play a Longer Driver?

November 21st, 2020

Well, the search for distance is continuing with a lot of PGA Tour players following the lead of Bryson DeChambeau, even though he will not be using a 48 inch driver in the 2020 Masters.  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 ball speed.  Try moving away from... Read More

Clubfitting for 2021- Now is the Time!

September 28th, 2020

If you are like most of us, 2020 provided us with an opportunity to play a lot more golf.  Hopefully, your game improved!  If not, now is the time to get ready for 2021! Get  your 2021 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 2021 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. See How Our Clubfitting is The Best in the Industry! 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... Read More

Project X IO Shafts – (Individually Optimized)

August 3rd, 2020

The new Project X IO shafts are designed for players looking for the best steel weighted shafts that optimize launch, spin and shot dispersion.   These shafts acknowledge that slower swing speeds and smoother tempo players generally may need higher ball flight. Design Based on the design of Project X and Pxi shafts, these shafts get slightly heavier (5 grams) in the stiffer flexes.  The launch and spin also gets slightly lower as the shafts get stiffer and heavier.  This is by design as stronger players may want heavier, stiffer, lower launching shafts. Schedule a Fitting to See Which of These Shafts May Fit Your Swing! Specifications These shafts are available in taper tip (.355″) only in the following categories: Description                                          5.5 Flex                   6.0 Flex                6.5 Flex Weight                                                     105 gr                       110... Read More

Making Mid-Season Golf Club Adjustments

July 19th, 2020

How is your golf game going so far?  You are probably playing more golf this year and, 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... Read More

Best Irons for 2020

April 2nd, 2020

With 43% of golfers in our poll saying their top priority is to hit more Greens in Regulation (GIR), you should be looking at new irons or at the very least better shafts in your current irons.  This will give you more accuracy, improved consistency and greater distance! The Golf Digest Hot List for 2020 had a lot of great irons in the categories listed below.  In our fittings so far in 2020, these are what our players are choosing as well as what our fitters like.  Some are not on the Hot List so take a look and see what we recommend! Use Our Fitting Wizard to Find the Best Iron Shafts for YOUR Game. Schedule Your Iron Fitting Here! Players Irons Some great irons here for good ball strikers.  Our favorites are the new Mizuno MP-20 MMC and TaylorMade P760.  We also like the Miura MB-001 and TC-201.    The PXG Gen3 0311T, Titleist T100, Srixon Z785 and Ping Blueprint are some of the best performers.     Players Distance Irons There are a LOT of irons in this category that got gold.  Too many to really separate them all so look, sound and feel are the best... Read More