How important is golf club fitting?

What I have for you today is an inside look at the tour van on the Champions tour.  The tour van is usually available near the driving range on Tuesdays through Thursdays and then good bye and good luck if you break a club during the tournament.

I guess they need to get to the next town so I don’t blame them for leaving.

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Not everything provided by the tour van is golf club repair.  Adjustments or tinkering is in order and quite common.  A quick grip change because it doesn’t feel just right.  Bend your lie angles because you missed too many greens the week before.  Are they all head cases, or is club fitting a moving target just like the golf swing?

One would assume they these very experienced professionals had already been fitted with the best technology available with launch monitors etc.  The tour rep for the company they play, (most all golf club companies have a tour rep that travels the tour attempting to convince players to switch to their brand and offer service to the pros that are already have on board) is available with all the very latest and greatest clubs, fully tested at the factory.

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Facts is, golf club fitting with a computer, launch monitor or the space shuttle, is a close but not full end all fitting to any golf swing. There is where the talent lies in knowing what the golf swing is begging for.  We just mentioned the key, your golf swing gets to pick your golf club configuration not the computer!  If you do NOT have a repeatable golf swing, you and your fitter need to determine if the golf clubs you have now are interfering with your ability to improve your golf swing to the point that it can be considered FIT ABLE.

golf-club-lie-anglesYour golf swing is a never ending work in progress so your golf clubs will be no different.  If you purchased the latest new golf clubs thinking the search is over your misinformed. You should and will be always tinkering with your golf clubs just like you’re tinkering with your swing. 

How?  Just your lie angles for instance.  If your path to the golf ball changes, your lie angle will need to adjust accordingly.  Having an improper lie angle is like driving your car with the wheels out of alignment. 

What do you do if you’re an outright hacker?  Oh, I like those the best!  That’s where I can do what I like to call an orthopedic fit.  I can take static measurements and determine that the perfect swing path for that individual body type is exactly one degree upright and 1/2 inch longer in golf club length.  Now that individual will have to accommodate the golf club configuration instead of the other way around!  If he/she swings over the top the down swing, the golf club will bow down and the lie angle will be too flat and push the golf ball out to the right, (for right handers).  Under what I call the orthopedic fit, the golfer has to learn to swing on a flatter plane or start with the arms first, in order to get the best results.

I like to say, “your golf club configuration should reward you when you make your best motion.”  An improper fit will force you to make a poor swing motion that fits the configuration to get the desired results.

In summary, golf club fitting is not so cut and dry like the golf club companies want yo to think.  After all they have to sell their golf clubs and someone like me clouds the issue with attempting to be a tailor rather then selling suits at Macy’s.

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How to increase distance with your driver without increasing club head speed.

I’ve got an interesting video for you that shows hard numbers to support what I’ve been telling our students for quite some time. Don’t hit down, hit up on the ball? The launch angle needs to be much higher than many club fitting experts claim and again here’s proof below.

Our subject picked up about 50 yards just by changing his tilt and path through the golf ball. He went from a launch angle of about 8 degrees to 20 degrees. He didn’t change drivers either so so much for buying a new driver thinking that you will pick up a ton of distance. An extra 4 or 5 yards maybe?

If you’re not sure if your swing path is what it should be get out your cell phone and video your golf swing from front and down the line and email it to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

Yes you probably don’t believe it but I am going to prove it to you on the video below of Gene Littler and Byron Nelson playing a match on The Shells Wonderful World of Golf show in 1962.  Heck I was 12 years old then.  I remember the golf balls we had then and the golf clubs.  Sure golf clubs were heavier and shorter.  The golf balls were soft and curved a lot more.

We never heard of blades because the typical blade golf club was all we had!  Every kid I knew started out with a set of Sam Snead Blue Ridge.  I started out with a set of wooden shafted irons and one ladies three wood, Louise Suggs.

Heck when I played in the 70’s we used to carry a ring which hung from our golf bags that you could use to push the golf ball through the ring to make sure it was still round.  We would use a golf ball for only three holes on tour then.  Yup, three holes and into the shag bag it went!  What’s a shag bag?  Well we hand to carry our own practice balls back then and our caddies would stand out on the range and catch the golf balls and put them back in the bag.

I looked all over Google and could not find a picture of a driving range full of caddies.  Maybe you can find one and email it to me.  It was amazing they didn’t get killed out there.

First take a look at the video below, (only 10 minutes long) and notice that the drives from Byron Nelson and Gene Littler were going 230 to 240 yards at the longest.  One par three was 225 yards and they hit their drivers!  They were using 5 irons from 160 yards!  Boy how the game of golf has changed.

Another bonus is you’ll get a peak at Pine Valley Golf Club.

 

The show was held at the very secretive Pine Valley golf club.  You can read a nice article which was forwarded to us by one of our valued lesson members Howard Casway.

See the complete article on Pine Valley and it’s very interesting history at http://articles.philly.com/2016-02-08/sports/70424528_1_pine-valley-crump-cup-clementon

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Alright macho man, Bloomberg television showed a short clip on the making of Dustin Johnson’s driver and it shows that he was building a 10.5 degree lofted driver.  I bet you thought that all these long hitters were using low lofted drivers, like 7.5 or 8.5.  You must take into consideration that Dustin has a very closed position at the top of his back swing.  The closed position actually reduces the loft on the golf club.  So, his 10.5 plays like an 8.5.

To reach what is “effective loft” you must add the loft on the golf club itself, the angle of attack of your swing path and the club face angle at impact.  That is why I insist that it is not necessarily the brand of golf club or the fitting system, it is the ability of the fitter to understand and recognize the idiosyncrasies of the golfer’s swing and how the golf club fits into the golfer’s swing pattern.

Here’s a great interview with Butch Harmon on Dustin Johnson, (his student) that is well worth watching.  Butch also supports a teaching philosophy that is very, very, very close to what we do here at Quick Fix Golf.  Personalized instruction allowing you to use your personal assets and tendencies.
Any questions?  bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com