Getting fit for golf clubs has come a long way in the last several years.
Club fitting used to be done by golf professionals, usually instructors, that would fit you outdoors on a driving range with a variety of clubs from a fitting cart. Your club fitter would observe ball flight, ask you a few questions about feel, check your lie angle and then make a recommendation. This is a “good” fitting, but you can do better. With the introduction of ball flight and launch monitors in the last ten years, a good fitter can now measure several critical aspects of your swing and ball flight. Swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate are all factors in determining how far you are capable of hitting a golf ball, and if there are any “power leaks” that need to be fixed.
This a “better” fitting but you can step it up a notch. The “best” fittings take into account the load you actually put on a shaft and relate that to the weight, shaft stiffness, shaft trajectory, tip stiffness and even feel. The fitter will have you try different shaft and head combinations based upon these factors until you are dialed in to the combination that gives you the best combination of aesthetic appeal, distance, accuracy, consistency and feel. The fitter will even do a side-by-side comparison of your existing equipment to show you the actual improvement in performance. This is when the art and science of club fitting have come together and you just know you have found the perfect club!
But, to take it one final step, a really good club fitter will insist that your clubs be built to the EXACT specifications prescribed in your fitting. This is not a “custom” order from an OEM, but rather a tour-built order just for that golfer. More expensive? Yes. Better results? Absolutely. So make sure your next fitting is a high tech fitting and you will be amazed at the results.
Club Fitting for Women Golfers
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. The golf industry has not really changed the equipment specifications for lady golfers over time. Today’s female golfers are stronger and more athletic. Less than 10% of female golfers 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 do not generate very high swing speed. In technical terms, these shafts are designed for swing speeds under 70 mph with a driver. Shafts that are light are easy to swing but harder to control for stronger female golfers. Shafts that are too light typically result in lost distance and accuracy, but it all depends upon your particular swing, and it depends upon the lady golfer’s stature and how she loads the shaft.
Shafts are Too Soft (Flexible)
Ladies usually need much firmer (stiffer) shafts than what they are currently playing. Stock Lady flex golf shafts actually test even softer…Junior flex or below. When golf shafts are too soft (flexible) for your swing, you will have very inconsistent contact with the ball. Fat shots, topped shots, shots that go both left and right of target are typical results of shafts that are too flexible. The AVERAGE lady golfer should probably play iron shafts that are in high end lady flex or men’s senior flex. Wood shafts will typically be a flex stiffer than the recommended iron shaft flex.
Clubs are the Wrong Length
Again, if the lady golfer buys a stock set of ladies golf clubs, they MAY be too short. Going to a men’s senior flex will add length, but the shaft weight and flex may not properly match the lady golfer’s swing dynamics. If clubs are too short, impact will usually be on the toe of the club, shots will be hit “thin” or on the bottom of the club face, and ball flight will typically be right of target (for right handed golfers). If clubs are too long, impact will usually be on the heel of the club, shots will be hit “fat” (hit behind the ball), and ball flight will be left of target (for a right handed golfer). So Get Custom Fit and Play Better Golf…Faster!