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The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Mizuno Club Fitting.

I have always been fascinated by club fitting, and I do Mizuno club fitting at my school.  However, not all club fitters are made equal.  Like everything else in this world, there are so-called experts, and then there are real experts.  The challenge is how to find them.  David Dusek of  Golfweek does a great job of laying out the foundation for you.  Know what questions to ask, and you can’t go wrong.  Good luck!

 

Walking into a store that is filled with the latest equipment, computers, high-tech cameras and other fancy devices can be intimidating for players who never have worked with a custom-fitter. It shouldn’t be that way.

A good fitter can transform a player’s game.

Helping the player hit the ball farther than ever and reduce the severity of misses.

Golfweek asked several well-known fitters for a few tips and questions that amateurs should ask.

Nick Sherburne
Founder and master fitter, Club Champion
clubchampiongolf.com

“After you get fit for the clubs, be sure to ask who is going to build your equipment. Everybody has gone to a demo day, hit a club and then purchased it, only to discover that the club they bought never feels quite as good as the demo.

“There are lots of little things that go into making a golf club perform at its very best, and making two clubs play the same takes time and skill. 

Club Champion fitting in Orlando, Fla. / Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox

Read the rest of what to look for when planning a new set of clubs. Go here!

Source : David Dusek    Golfweek

Pictures : Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox

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The future is here - Golf Clubs marked by degrees not numbers!

The future is here – Golf Clubs marked by degrees not numbers!

The future is here – Golf Clubs marked by degrees, not numbers!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Wow, something I predicted about 5 years ago has finally happened!  

Golf club manufacturers are labeling the clubs by the degree of loft instead of numbers!  I have thought it would be logical for all irons in the bag to mark the club’s loft, which allows club fitters to test each club for launch angle and ball carry for each individual golfer.  Welcome to the future of club fitting, and well done to the Ben Hogan Golf Company.  Thanks also to Claire Rogers of Golf Digest Stix for bringing us this interesting story on new developments in the golf equipment industry!

The future is here - Golf Clubs marked by degrees not numbers!

The Ben Hogan club fitting offers advice and recommendations on your golf clubs based on your current setup.

Ben Hogan Expands Web-based Fitting System

   

We do pretty much everything online these days, and now you can add “clubfitting” to the list. And one of the more surprising adherents to the trend is a brand you might think of as old-school but might just be new school, the Ben Hogan Equipment Company. Ben Hogan has expanded its online performance center, where you can receive a quick and personalized clubfitting without even looking up from your phone.

The system analyzes what should be in your bag based on how you play. By filling out a short 15-minute online questionnaire with information such as what clubs you play, your average distances, handicap, how often you play, and your ball flight, the site can familiarize itself with who you are as a player. From there, the database offers valuable tips on what to look for in your next set of clubs and is able to save your information for future fittings. The system helps solve the problems of compressed lofts throughout your set and inconsistent loft gaps.

To read how to get a fitting online with the Ben Hogan Company line of clubs, go here!

Source: Claire Rogers  Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Ben Hogan Golf Company

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Give them a Club Fitting for Christmas - They will love you for it!

Give them a Club Fitting for Christmas – They will love you for it!

Give them a Club Fitting for Christmas – They will love you for it!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Club fitting is the most overlooked game improvement feature of the 21st century!  It always amazes me when I see a student in golf school with a brand new set of irons or a new driver, and I ask them if these were fitted to their swing.  The answer is usually “No, I just bought them off the rack as they were on sale!”  CRAZY people!

 You spend hours on the range hitting balls and good money on lessons or a golf school, and yet you don’t pay attention to your equipment!  

It costs not a dime more to be correctly fitted than it does to buy those same clubs off the shelf.  Of course, if they are on sale, you will pay a lower price, but what cost?

You have almost zero chance of those clubs improving your game.  A student recently said he was hitting the ball 10 yards further with his new off-the-rack clubs.  But when I put him on the launch monitor, he had, in fact, lost 5 yards.  (We always think the ball is going further because we don’t want to admit we were dummies!)

Thanks to  of Golf Digest for this enlightening article!

Give them a Club Fitting for Christmas - They will  love you for it!

 

Forget love, peace, and companionship. The best holiday gifts you can give that special someone in your life are golf clubs.

December is a popular time for equipment purchases in the United States. However, if you buy sticks without the aid of a professional club fitter, you’re making a bigger mistake than Jingle All the Way 2.

To illustrate this point, I paid a visit to my local fitter over the weekend to get a fitting for new irons. I switched clubs last summer, finally succumbing to the fact that I no longer needed blades, in exchange for a buddy’s borrowed, more-forgiving set. The clubs did offer a better feel on mishits, but this specific set was not a custom set for my swing, and my ball-striking did suffer as a result.

Luckily, Golf Digest’s Hot List project had an opening, and because the company was in need of youth and charm to offset the curmudgeonly dispositions of Mike Johnson and Mike Stachura, I was brought on. Selfishly, this provided VIP access to the industry’s sharpest, instinctive minds, with many of these respected voices chiming in on what type of clubs would cater to my game.

The Clubfitting.

The consensus was that I was in need of longer shafts.  A view I hope that my personal fitting session would confirm. While longer shafts were correct, they were far from the only diagnosis.

I met with Paul Ferrone at Downtown Golf in Stamford, Conn. We began my session hitting 15 shots with a 7-iron, in order to give us a starting point and context. With simulator and launch-monitor technology, we saw that my average shot from this series went 170 yards, usually at a 114 mph ball speed. The dispersion — where the balls were landing — was great, with most landing towards the right of the target.

To see the rest of this interesting article, go here!

Source: Golf Digest

Pictures: Mizuno USA     YouTube

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Should the club sit level at the address position - Not necessarily!

Should the club sit level at the address position – Not necessarily!

Should the club sit level at the address position – Not necessarily!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I offer Mizuno club fitting at my school.

I quite often get a call after my customer has got his clubs saying, “My clubs do not sit level at the address.  Did you fit me incorrectly?”  The answer is given here by Piers Ward and Andy Proudman from meandmygolf.com  Understanding “Dynamic Fitting,” having the club in motion. At the same time, you are being measured, which is essential in being fitted correctly.

 

Source: meandmygolf.com    Piers Ward    Andy Proudman

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Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

After I had read Tom Wishon’s book “In search of the perfect club.”  I finally understood how complicated clubfitting is. 

In the years I was a club pro in South Africa ( from 1966 to 1983), clubfitting was taking a student out on the range, letting him hit a few balls and saying, “You need an “R” Shaft and a D2 Swingweight.  If the student was very tall, I would say, “Let’s add an inch.”  That was as technical as I ever got.  Today club fitters use sophisticated technology to measure clubhead speed, toe down, kick factor, smash factor, ball spin, and launch angle.  Just to name a few of the measurements. Here is an insight into the Father of American Clubfitting, Tom Wishon, did by golfdashblog.com.

Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

This month’s not so “Quick 9″ is with master clubmaker Tom Wishon.

Tom discusses club design.  Golf club myths, getting properly fitted. Future technology and much more. You’ll learn a ton. I promise. I’m so thankful to Tom for agreeing to do is and put this important (and often VERY misunderstood) information out there for you. First: Who exactly is Tom Wishon? With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Wishon Golf Technology is recognized as one of the industry leaders in the research of golf club design, performance and clubfitting technology.

Our R&D has been at the forefront of the golf industry.  Including the development of more than 50 golf club design technology firsts.  As well as countless discoveries in the science of golf club performance for golfers. Having begun his golf equipment career in 1972, Tom Wishon has designed over 300 original and innovative clubhead models.  More than any other single person in the 500 year history of the game.

His clubhead designs represent more than 50 different technology firsts.

Tom Wishon is the only designer from the custom clubmaking side of the golf industry whose clubhead designs have been used to win on the PGA Tour, the Champions Senior Tour and in Ryder Cup competition. He has designed and custom built the golf clubs used in competition by Scott Verplank, Bruce Lietzke, Ben Crenshaw, as well as the last set of clubs played by Payne Stewart before his tragic accident in 1999. Tom is the also the author of 9 books within the field of golf club design, performance and clubfitting.  In addition to hundreds of equipment related articles written for virtually every golf publication in the golf industry.

As Terry McSweeney, Director of Communications for the PGA of America, states, “Tom has the unique ability to communicate technical issues about golf equipment.  So non-technically minded people can easily understand and follow the subject.”

Two of Wishon’s books, The Search for the Perfect Golf Club and The Search for the Perfect Driver qualified for best-selling status.  And won successive Book of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007 from the International Network of Golf.  The oldest and largest organization of golf industry media professionals in the world. 

He is considered the ‘go-to guy’ by the equipment editors for many of the major consumer golf publications.  Searching for honest, marketing-free explanations about the technical performance of golf clubs.

Jim Achenbach, equipment editory for Golf Week magazine has said, “Tom is the smartest person in the golf industry when it comes to golf clubs.” As Tom stated in making his decision to establish his own company in 2003: “I completely respect the product design work of the large golf equipment companies. But my three decades in golf club R&D has proven without question that the best set of golf clubs any golfer will ever play will be a set of professionally custom fit golf clubs.  And not a set of standard made clubs simply bought off the shelf. Because I know this is the only way any golfer can hope to play to the best of their ability and benefit the most from swing instruction.”

Click here for the rest of the interview.

Source: golfdashblog.com

Picture: wishongolf.com

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