Every golfer’s physical capability and swing is distinctive. Many of today’s best golf clubs can be custom fitted for lie angle, shaft type and length, grip type and size.
Fitting the golf clubs involves several easy measurements and a quick self-assessment of your game.
For a lot of golfers, they don’t get custom fit because they don’t have the time, or they don’t know where they can get custom fitted.
The good news is, you can now get your clubs custom fitted online without going to the golf store.
The online process usually involves completing a form and submitting it. The fittings are even offered by many of the major retailers and manufactures.
Getting custom fitted golf clubs have become more than a fad; even not so professional golfers are starting to get them. The benefits of custom fitted golf clubs are evident for all golfing levels – even for beginners.
Even as a novice golfer, you will notice an improvement in your game.
Custom fitting is the process for tailoring a golf club to suit your personal swing.
Having clubs that properly fit your swing can help correct a flaw or poor ball flight without changing your swing. Playing with the right clubs will have an immediate and profound impact on your scoring ability.
Using an ill-fitting club can cause numerous problems, not only as a beginner but later on in your golfing life. If the club does not fit you correctly, the club will dictate how you address the ball.
The result will affect your swing and be responsible for how the clubface contacts the ball.
Whatever your level, with a custom fitted 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.
The Custom Fitted Golf Clubs Process:
To custom fit your golf clubs, you need to know: your gender (male or female); 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.
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. About 80 percent of golfers are standard length.
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 combined to determined the custom golf club’s shaft flex that is appropriate for you.
Custom fitting can fix your slice.
If you slice the ball it means that the toe of the club is leading into the ball which opens the face of the club. That may be down to a swing fault, but it could be because the club is too flat.
As part of the custom fitting process you can make the golf club more upright. This will mean 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 simple measurements such as wrist-to-floor, height and hand size are taken 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 and hit some balls.
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.
Then things get a bit more advanced.
Analysis equipment can measure everything from your club speed to the side spin of the ball so that you can get maximum distance from your 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 sidespin 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.
If you plan to upgrade a new set of clubs with the same manufacturer they may be able to adjust your old set.
Custom fitting won’t cure all your bad shots. But if you do make a good swing, then the custom golf clubs were worth it. That alone will save shots during a round.
Lastly, custom fitting is often free of charge. But it is usually on the condition that you buy some clubs once you’ve been fitted. So it really depends on what your budget is.
But note that you can have a set of clubs you have already purchased fitted because only a very small component of fitting has to do with actually choosing the irons. Some of that has to do with the individual opinions and feelings about what they like to see when they look down at the club.
If you’re prepared to buy a new set of clubs it’s definitely worth getting fitted.