Golf today is so much different than it was 10, 20, or even five years ago. The clubs are more forgiving, design and technology are better and the golf balls travel farther and faster all on their own! Each season offers new and inventive ways to improve your score and experience of the game.
While visiting with another local PGA professional, he vividly remembered one of his members asking, "Is it important to have your clubs fitted?" I loved his response: "If you went to a shoe store, would you pick up a size 15 shoe, put it on and walk out?" The member replied, "No, I would at least try it on to make sure the shoe fits." There you have it.
A size 15 might work for some people and it would fit the description of what a shoe is designed to do; cover your foot and protect your sole. However, it might not fit, it might be uncomfortable and it could possibly cause unnecessary pain or injuries. So why would a golfer buy clubs straight off the rack causing unnatural compensations preventing the development of proper mechanics?
An experienced fitter can recognize swing flaws from previous ill-fitted equipment and take into consideration the player’s individual skill and fitness level. With all the miscellaneous variables in the game of golf, eliminate the possibility of your equipment adding strokes to your score. Like a yearly physical, get the proper Rx for your game.
Fitting for irons is done in three basic steps: Shaft Flex, Length, and Lie Angle
1. Shaft flex – This aspect of the fitting is, in my opinion, the most crucial part of the fitting. Shafts help control the trajectory, spin and direction of the ball off each club. Shaft flex is most important in wood fittings.
2. Length – Length of the club is the next item of concern in the fitting process. Having the player hit a series of balls with marking tape on the face of the club is important to developing a pattern, to determine if the club needs to be shorter or longer. The idea is to get the impact pattern as consistent to the center of the face as possible. Markings that are out on the toe or very low on the clubface would tell me that a longer golf club could be needed. Markings toward the heel or hosel of the club would tell me that the player needs a short club or they have an "Over the Top" motion down to the golf ball before impact.
3. Lie Angle – Lie angle of the golf club will also affect where the ball goes off the clubface at impact. It is important to have the sole of the iron come through the hitting area as flat to the turf as possible, as this has a direct impact on where the ball starts in relation to the target.
All of this is very important to playing better golf. If you are looking to upgrade irons or woods I would highly recommend coming into GOLF USA and get fitted today.