Do I need custom club fitting?
Q: I am only an average golfer – why should I need custom-fitted clubs?
A: You need custom-fitted clubs because:
1. Custom-fitted clubs are tuned to your playing ability and swing so that your energy or lack there-of is efficiently utilized by the golf club to improve your game.
2. Once clubs are fitted properly, a golfer can concentrate their effort on improving the golf swing, therefore, for total game improvement.
Many golfers, especially those who are less experienced, greatly misunderstand the entire concept of custom golf clubs. They may think that custom clubs are reserved for either the expert golfer, or the golfer with a high budget for golf equipment. They couldn’t be further from the truth in either case. Custom club fitting is an excellent method to properly fit any golfer to any type of golf equipment. Regardless of your age, height, strength, body type or gender, getting the proper shaft type, shaft flex, proper lie angle, and clubhead style are all significant features that will help to maximize your playing ability. Knowing that your clubs fit you perfectly, allows you to play your best and improve the quality of your game, and the bottom line – have more fun.
Custom Golf Clubs are:
– Game improving, more forgiving
– For all levels of golfers
– For all body shapes and sizes, not just short or tall golfers
– Endless options, rather than one-size-fits-all and all the same appearance from the store shelf
– Considered and evaluated with up t o 15 variables
Game improving, more forgiving
If you were to pick up a new golf club from your favorite sporting goods store or Pro-Shop, you will assuredly acquire your self a really nice new quality golf club – BUT, the identical club that your six-foot-tall neighbor bought, the five-foot-tall work friend bought, your weight lifting buddy bought, and the skinny junior varsity high school golf team kid bought, and the one your grandpa bought. It’s the obvious truth that not all those people fit the same mold! While the high school kid and grandpa are spending a lot of money, the smart golfer will save 50% over the one-size-fits-all brand name club while having his clubs fitted to him or her and at the same time actually improve their game… The more that your new clubs are designed around your desires and needs, the better they will perform for you. To be even more precise, the tall guy and the short guy may require the same size clubs… Why? because the length of the arms is whay really matters. To get a great fitting golf club, a measurment from your grip to the ground is necessary.
For all levels of golfers
Tiger Woods and other PGA professionals obviously have their golf clubs custom built to suit every aspect of their game – they need every bit of advantage that they can get since there are millions of Dollars and their future existence is on the line. Obviously you do not have those issues, but you do want to have more fun on the golf course. Golf is difficult and can be aggravating all by itself. Why let ill-fitted equipment drag down your game? Too many times we have seen players struggling to improve because of clubs that are too heavy or too light, too long or short, too stiff or flexible, too flat or upright. Get the equipment right, then work on the skills.
For all body shapes and sizes, not just short or tall golfers
We are all different and a significant investment in golf equipment should provide maximum benefit to each individual golfer. Some golfers are short and some are tall, but that surprisingly makes little difference in selection of a customized club option. Some of us were made with longer/shorter arms, longer/shorter legs, longer/shorter bodies, more/less physical strength etc… A tall golfer might have short arms and a short golfer may have long arms. This is precisely why we measure a golfer’s grip distance to the ground, swing speeds, age, frequency of play etc. Once you have been fully evaluated, you can be properly fitted for clubs that are right for just you.
Endless options for appearance and fit (rather than store shelf, one size and color fits all )
You can have your choice of flex (even half way between flexes, like semi-stiff) to improve distance and control, choice of length (which will provide much better ball control), consider shaft flex points, balance, swing weight, shaft spine alignment, shaft brand, shaft color, grip brand, grip type, grip color, grip size, head loft, head shape, etc…etc. At The Ace of Clubs, we would be happy to spend the time with you to help you figure out what you want and what you need. The buyer of custom golf clubs does need to be somewhat aware and pay attention about who they are buying from and what they are getting. Some internet golf stores use poor quality head or shaft components, or use improper assembly techniques to cut corners and save costs or reduce their prices. Just a little bit of homework is a good idea so that you know exactly what you are getting and who you are getting it from, to be sure that you are getting quality components and to know that you chosen club builder taking the time to properly prepare them in the assembly process. One way of knowing that you will achieve this is by sticking with companies who offer a no risk guarantee on their products (yes, those do exist). Rest assured, of your club builder makes this kind of offer to their customer, then you can be fairly comfortable that quility and customer satisfaction is something that they focus on – they obviously want you to keep coming back…
Fitting Evaluation Considerations and variables used may include;
• Set composition
• Club length
• Loft/lie angle
• Club head design
• Shaft frequency-flex
• Shaft material
• Shaft bend/balance point
• Overall club balance point
• Total club gram weight
• Grip weight/size/material
• Your handicap
• Your frequency of play
• Your physical make-up
When you place an online order for you golf clubs, check to see whether your chosen club builder offers to evaluate your needs with these important features in mind. Since most of the time, the clubs will need to be assembled prior to shipping, it would be beneficial for you to have them built to best suit you. Some stores offer an automated response to a questionaire, some offer human intervention to a club fitting (which I prefer), and others may require you to call and have a conversation. A good example of a thorough evaluation is found with this Custom Golf Clubs fitting form. With the information that you would provide in such a form would make it possible for the caring club builder to help you to maximmize the benefit of your golf club investment.
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