By Anokh Jai
A few weeks ago, a new client came in for his golf lessons. He walks in for his first session with a brand new set of equipment; everything from the driver to putter, along with a few accessories thrown in for good measure. “What do you think of this new kit?” he asked! “It looks good but why don’t you hit a few golf balls and we’ll see,” I replied. Watching him hit the balls, my next question was: “Did you get fitted for these clubs?” he shook his head and I confirmed my suspicion. He had just spent a lot of money on a set of clubs, that didn’t work for his body structure and swing. The clubs were too short creating excessive body bend, and the shafts was too stiff and heavy for his swing, sacrificing swing speed and consistency.
Off-the-shelf clubs are developed by manufacturers to cover a broad spectrum of golfers. However, these are unlikely to do justice to an individual’s natural swing.
From my experience teaching golfers, I can comfortably state that about 80% of golfers use improper equipment. Most have managed to adapt their swing to their equipment but in doing so they compensate in ways that compromise their golf swing resulting in inconsistency, and also putting themselves at a risk of injury.
What is club fitting?
In its simplest form, club fitting is the adjustment of your golf equipment to fit your body and swing. It involves static and dynamic measurements of your golf swing to determine what length, loft, lie angle, shaft flex, head design and grip best suits your game. Adjustments can be made to an existing set of clubs, or you can order a new set and have them custom built to your requirements.
For the advanced player, club fitting goes further to offer gapping, ball fitting, and frequency matching for shafts ensuring consistent performance from every club in your bag.
What Should I Expect In a Club Fitting Session?
Firstly, a club fitting session takes time (about 2 hours). You want to have enough time to stretch and warm up and patiently go through the process. You should be swinging and hitting the ball as you do on a normal day to ensure the best fitting.
The fitting process can be done indoors or outdoors but in both cases, a launch monitor or equivalent is necessary to provide the critical performance information such as swing speed, ball speed, spin rate, trajectory and distance. Using a launch monitor allows you to dial in on the best combination of shaft and club head to get optimum results.
What are the advantages to club fitting?
Let me dispel a myth first. Club fitting is not only for good golfers; it is for all golfers! Buying a new set of clubs is a significant investment and you want your investment to work for you. Club fitting will ensure that your clubs are the perfect ones for yourself and your golf game. The advantage is that not only will you play better golf, but also reduce the risk of injuries. Club fitting will give you the maximum benefit from your golf equipment. Every golfer should have his or her clubs work for them rather than them working for the clubs. Going through a club fitting session is a great way for a golfer to understand how one’s equipment affects their playing results.
A recent article in a major publication states; “About 90% of golfers need non-standard lie angles, 60% need non-standard shaft lengths, while 90% will also be playing the wrong shaft flex – usually too stiff”. If you’re not hitting the ball the way you would like, there’s a strong possibility that part of your problem is as a result of your equipment letting you down.
State-of-the-art club fitting facilities are accessible in USA, Europe and South Africa. In October, this year, in line with our vision of developing golf in Kenya to international standards, Total Golf Solutionz will be opening the first such club fitting facility in Kenya.
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