Custom Fitting Your Golf Clubs
If you were like many amateur golfers you started out playing golf
on a borrowed set of golf clubs and had no idea, or very little
knowledge on how to select the best golf clubs for you.
Golf club selection considers three main areas [aside from your
- Your gender (male or female) = correct “standard”
- Your height without shoes + the distance from your wrist (where
it bends) to the floor (without shoes) = the length of golf club
- Your age + Your handicap or skill level + How fast you swing
a golf club + What club you use at the 150 yard marker = shaft
flex that is appropriate for you.
Loft & Lie Adjustments
Lie adjustments can be made on irons and wedges – determined
by the natural vertical stance of the player at address.
Do not use online fittings for lie adjustments, as they do not
take into account your natural ball address.
Woods, hybrid clubs and putters can not be adjusted because the
hosel on these clubs is cast in a way where physically bending the
head will crack or bend the crown of the club.
Loft adjustments don’t make sense and should be avoided.
Instead, take time to select the correctly lofted clubs in the first
Take care not to overcomplicate your golf club selection, especially
when you have only just started playing golf. Selecting clubs to
compensate for poor swing speed or posture problems is ludicrous,
when within a month or two, you will most likely have corrected
both these issues.
Which Brands Are Best
The most popular brands of golf clubs today are: Callaway, Ping,
Titliest, TaylorMade and Cobra.
Many clone brands provide all of the performance features of a
big name brand with a better value to the consumer. "Legal
clones" or "knock-offs" are much better value as
they don’t indulge in brand advertising, overhead, and middlemen.
Up to 70% of the retail price of a name brand golf club goes to
support the advertising and brand name development.
They are made from essentially the same materials and design principles,
use many of the same shaft and grip suppliers, and perform similar
to (or often better than) the name brands.
Most heads, shafts, and grips are manufacturered by the same small
group of suppliers.
Be careful not to buy Illegal knockoffs and counterfeits. These
violate legal trade dress rights, trademarks, patents or copyrights.
Buying Golf Clubs on The Internet
Key Reasons to Buy Your Golf Clubs on the Internet are:
- Factory direct shopping at factory direct pricing - if you know
what you want, this is a great place to get the best deals.
- Research and comparative shopping
- Selection and customization - Internet merchants are unrestricted
in showroom space so often offer more than the 4 or 5 different
models in 2 lengths and flexes that typical showrooms offer. Lengths,
flexes resulting in a custom fit product for you.
- Value and Quality
- Guaranteed customer satisfaction - Most online merchants offer
100% satisfaction. within 30 days of your receiving your clubs.
How To Tell If Your Golf Club Merchant Knows What They Are Doing
If you golf sales team online or offline does not ask for ALL of
the following information – WALK AWAY
- Age / Gender
- Height / Floor to Wrist Height
- Handicap <15 or >15
- Swing Speed:
< 70 MPH Slow & Easy
70 – 85 MPH Average
85 – 110 MPH Fast / Big Hitter
> 100 MPH Smoking It !!
- Club used from 150 yards 4/5/6 iron OR 7/8 iron
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