Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Importance of Club Fitting

First off I have to apologize for not keeping up with all of the happenings in the golf world, but I will do my best in the next few days to catch up.

Now onto the art of club fitting. I have always thought that going to a club fitter was only meant for players who had a handicap of ten or below and not for a "beginner" like me. When Taylor-Made had a demo day at our club I tried out all of their new clubs and I found a set I liked and the guy watched me hit balls with a launch monitor and recommended changing the lie about one degree and having the length a bit longer than regular woman's clubs. I agreed even though I thought it was a bit long, but he is a professional so he should know more than I would about what would improve my game. I had a lesson once I got my clubs and my coach (Kris) said that they might be too long, so I asked our head club pro and he watched me hit some balls and he thought that the length of the clubs were fine. So, I just adjusted to them and I played a few tournaments with them and had good results, so I did not think much about it until just recently my coach suggested again that my clubs might be too long since I was struggling with my swing. I gave in and went to The Golf Lab / California Golf Technologies and had the guy check me out on several machines with tape on the club and then he checked the stiffness of the shaft, and came to the conclusion that all of my clubs were too long and he would take off about an inch from each of them including my wedges. I got them back on Wednesday and of course I was eager to play with them, so I did, and I ended up shooting my best round at my course! I shot a 44 with one bad hole that I got an 8 on. I felt so much better with each one of my clubs, especially my driver. The clubs felt so much shorter, so I felt at address that I could get through the impact zone without having to use my hips or anything else to make it happen. Since I am short having my clubs fitted for me was something really important and I expect some great and new things to happen with my golf game because of it and I can't wait to share them with you once they happen. The moral of the sroty is that no matter how good or bad you think you are once you understand the concept of the swing you should get clubs that are fitted to fit your natural swing! Up next is another golf tournament for the Golf Channel at Apple Mountain Golf Resort, which I have never played before so it will be exciting to see what happens.


Andrea said...

Glad to hear that you had money well spent on making yourself happy. Also goes to show that even professionals don't know everything they think they should.

Cheers to kicking butt on the course!

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