Getting the right club fitting is not easy and can be an expensive exercise in frustration. You could go to 5 different club fitters and get 5 different recommendations on clubs and shafts.

What is the solution? You usually don’t know how good the club fitter is. You may ask a few questions, like how long have you been fitting golfers? When was the last time you calibrated your launch monitor? What special arrangements do you have with club manufacturers where you may get special pricing.

You can spend upwards of $5,000 on a complete set of clubs.Club fitting’s are usually off a perfect lie on artificial turf, and typically your numbers will be better than what you’ll get on the course. The most important consideration in a club fitting is getting the proper shaft. With so many choices available it can be confusing and difficult to get the right shaft for your swing speed and swing path. Your swing speed will be more critical in determining your shaft, while your swing path will more important when deciding on a driver with different loft options.

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scroll down too Fitting and see how your club head speed matches up with the shaft stiffness recommendation. I think most club fittings put golfers into shafts that are too stiff once the player gets out into the elements with cooler temperatures and wind. If your shaft is too stiff you’ll lose distance and control, and have trouble launching the ball. There’s a lot of good information on shafts here, take a look. As well as a locator that will give you the club providers closest to you.

Why then do so many golfers get fitted, hit it great into the net, spend the big bucks, and experience massive disappointment when they hit their course. It’s too late then, the purchase has been made and the check has cleared.

So what are your options in making sure this doesn’t happen to you?

  1. Most Golf Clubs have demo clubs that can be borrowed for a day or two. Take advantage of hitting the clubs you are about to buy on the course, compare the results to your current equipment. Take 10 balls, 5 with a certain numbered ball with your old club, and then 5 shots with the new equipment. What a lot of players find is the new equipment does not deliver results that justify the large investment.
  2. Like buying a new car, when you drive it off the lot, its value just dropped 15-30%. The same applies with golf clubs. There’s a massive online second market for new and used clubs. You can spend a lot less buying slightly used clubs to try first. Always ask what the return policy is, see if you might have 30 days to try the equipment
  3. Don’t make a big buy decision off just one fitting session. Our bodies change daily with our flexibility and club head speed. On Thursday you may get fitted for an X shaft, and on Saturday a weak S shaft, so get on the launch monitor twice before making a big purchase. Make it a condition of the fitting if you are paying for it, that you want a quick re-check to make sure your numbers stay consistent over a few days

When looking at numbers over a few days, also make sure that you ball spin rate is consistent. You don’t want to buy expensive new equipment that gives you good distance, but a high spin rate. It will kill you in windy conditions. Spin rates are very important to consider especially when buying a new driver. You should be closer to 2000 not 3000.

Having been fitted for clubs over the last 30 years using the greatest and latest technology I often find that the new seasons clubs being introduce do not perform as well as my older clubs. Club manufacturers need to sell new equipment to stay in business, and every year they are challenged with introducing new equipment and then paying their PGA Tour team of players to play with that equipment so that you and I will see how great they hit it, and in turn buy that new equipment. Don’t fall into that trap, buy what is best for you and your game. Be patient when buying clubs, as the price of most newly introduced equipment goes down in price over time.

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