Custom Golf Clubs – Do Yours Fit?
Ideally, we would all like to buy the perfect set of golf clubs first time of asking. Quite often though you will find that not all clubs feel right, or allow us to feel completely comfortable. When this happens, you may consider a custom golf clubs fitting.
Obviously, every golfer’s physical capability and swing is distinctive. Many of today’s best golf clubs can be custom fit for lie angle, shaft type and length, grip type and size. A custom golf clubs fitting involves several easy measurements and a quick self-assessment of your game. This custom golf club has become more than a fad that even not so professional golfers test its waters.
Custom fitting is the process for tailoring a golf club to suit your personal swing.
Whatever your level, having a custom golf club the aim is to ensure that if you do make a good swing, the club will be square at impact and should produce a straight shot.
Custom Golf Club How To’s:
In order for you to enjoy the benefits of custom fit golf clubs, the following information is required. Firstly, it is necessary to know your gender; your height in your stockings or socks; the distance from your wrist (where it bends) to the floor with your shoes off; your age; your handicap or skill level; how fast you swing a golf club; what club you use at the 150 yard marker. Quite a lot involved in actual fact.
Gender is used to put you into the correct fitting scale for custom golf clubs. The golf industry uses different definitions of “standard length” for men and women.
Your height and the distance in inches from your wrist to the floor are used together to determine the length of a custom golf club that is appropriate for you. The starting point for club length can vary up to 3 ½-inch ranging from ladies to men plus 1 ½-inch. A tall person with long arms can very easily require shorter clubs than an average height person with short arms. You may be surprised to know that about 80 percent of golfers are standard length.
In addition, your age, handicap (if you happen to have one), self-assessed skill level, estimated golf swing speed and club you use at the 150 yard marker are all taken into consideration and combined to determine the custom golf club’s shaft flex that is best suited for you.
Significantly, custom golf clubs fitting can fix your slice. If you do slice the ball it means that the toe of the club is leading into the ball, which in turn opens the face of the club. That may be down to a swing fault, but it could be because the club is too flat. So as part of the custom fitting process you can have the custom golf club more upright to help with this. Consequently this means that the toe of the club will be slightly off the ground at address to compensate.
There are different methods of fitting according to custom golf club manufacturers but ultimately they are all trying to improve your game. To begin with certain aspects need measuring. Such as wrist-to-floor, height and hand size need measuring and will point you to the right size club and at what angle it should be to the ground. Then you will take a club, get a bucket of balls and have some driving pratcice. One method is to place impact tape on the bottom of the custom golf club and an impact board on the floor.
As you hit the ball the board will leave a mark on the tape showing whether the heel or the toe of the custom golf club is striking the floor first. The resulting mark will show whether the club face needs to be flatter or more upright.
Having got to this stage then things will advance onto other areas that need analysing. Analysis equipment can measure everything from your club speed to the side spin of the ball. Golfers therefore will get maximum distance from their shot. You can also measure the launch angle of the ball, how much backspin you generate and impact efficiency – all which affect distance. The angle in which the custom golf club approaches the ball and the side spin of it can help fix your game too.
Rather than bringing down your old clubs, it might be better to start from scratch. It’s a big misconception that custom fitting is only for good golfers. Anyone can benefit. That said, if you plan to upgrade a new set of clubs with the same manufacturer they may be able to adjust your old set to become custom golf clubs.
Custom fitting won’t cure all your bad shots. But it will obviously help. Coaching will sort out your bad shots and of course practice, practice and more practice. If you do make a good swing, then this helps immensely. The custom golf club will arrive correctly at impact and should produce a straight shot at your target. That alone will save shots during a round.
Lastly, custom fitting is often free of charge. A golf club fitter though will usually try to get some new business from this service though. They will expect that you will buy some clubs once you’ve had your fitting. So it really depends on what your budget is. If you are needing a set of golf clubs it’s definitely worth getting fitted.