If you are a seasoned golfer or even a new golfer, chances are you’ve heard about club fitting – but wonder if you should consider custom fit clubs. Many golfers think club fitting is for the tour professionals and not amateur players. I like to ask people, if you have a size 8 foot, would you wear size 10 shoes? Most likely not, yet golfers appear content playing with equipment that is not custom fit for them and their golf game.
Research shows that 92 percent of golfers don’t play with the right clubs for their swing – so this means once you get custom fit, you will see an immediate improvement in your game. Women more than men, tend to “accumulate” handed-down clubs – which many times are too long and too heavy – not to mention have larger and usually worn grips. Treat yourself to the experience of club fitting to make sure your clubs are right for you. Your session may cost between $50 and $100 (depending on full fitting or just a few clubs) but most Professionals and fitters will credit the fitting fee toward a purchase if you buy new clubs.
How do you get started? Visit your local PGA/LPGA Professional or club fitter and ask to have your current clubs fit for your body type, height and swing. You can schedule a club fitting to check your current clubs and the club fitter can make adjustments to your set based on the results of the club fitting. If you are in the market for new clubs, you will definitely want to be fit for the new clubs so they are made for your body type, height and swing speed to help you achieve the best results.
Many variables and characteristics will be evaluated during your fitting, including the shaft type (steel or graphite) shaft flex (women’s light, regular, stiff, etc.) loft and lie angle, hand size (to determine proper grip size), grip and swing speed. You can imagine a five-foot female would not want the same clubs as a six-foot male – and vise-versa. Perhaps you feel like your 7-iron and 8-iron go the same distance – this could be due to the fact that both clubs have the same loft – and your Professional or club fitter can check this for you.
Ask your Professional or club fitter to help you determine the distances you are hitting the clubs. Ideally you should have a difference of 10 yards between each club (if your 6-iron goes 130 yards, the 7-iron should go 120 yards, the 8-iron 110 yards, etc.)
If you decide it’s time for new clubs, now what do you do with the old clubs? Before you find a spot for them in the garage, basement or attic, ask your Professional or club fitter if he or she accepts trade-ins. Similar to trading in a vehicle, golf club trade-ins are hassle-free and allow you to earn credit toward purchasing new clubs. The value depends on the condition and age of the clubs, but the industry standard PGA.com Value Guide can give you an idea what the fair market value for your equipment will be if traded-in.
You will enjoy the game more with properly fit equipment and will soon save a few strokes each round.