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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Golf Clubs Like Bryson DeChambeau Part IV

Single length golf clubs for the irons only!

We’re getting closer and I know you might be impatient by now but we want to get right, not fast.  I take it very seriously when I recommend something to others.  Unlike golf pros that will endorse anything for a buck, I refuse to promote something I wouldn’t use for my self.

We’re real close on what is the 5 iron through the AW.  We have the five iron flying higher than our earlier version.  I’ve tried so many different address positions, swinging more upright and then back to my old set-up that I’ve lost count.  I can say one thing.  I think the one ball position is a plus and it does make it more likely that one would take the same position more often if there were only one to learn or perform.

The problem with the hybrid so far is I think it has to be longer than the irons.  Bryson makes his 3 iron longer than the rest of his irons so it just makes sense that you need some length to help with the lower lofted golf club.  For instance, his irons are 37.5 inches long, (about seven iron length) but his three iron is 39″ long.

The first hybrid we made, (keep in mind this hybrid weighs like a seven iron 242 grams) with a steel shaft just like the rest of the iron set.  Poo poo terrible!  Muy malo!   So I built a hybrid with the graphite shaft same length.  Nada!  Just as bad.  Then I built the hybrid with a graphite shaft and made it 39.5 inches so I could choke up some and try different lengths.  I also made the shaft a bit softer, more flexible.  Walla!  What a difference!  Ball jumped up in the air and I was pretty satisfied.

Don’t get out the Champagne yet!  One BIG problem.  In order for the hybrid to be a full 272 grams they had to make the head bigger.  More mass.  The typical hybrid four head weight is about 249 grams.  The bigger head needed in order to get 272 grams makes the club head to big to cut through the grass like I would want.  That’s probably why Bryson doesn’t have one?  No reason why we can’t go with a standard hybrid weight and just under standard length.

While Bryson’s three iron is 39 inches long his fairway wood is 44 inches.  So there is somewhat of a contradiction here.  Shorter irons, woods and long irons standard?

Nest step is I have a complete other set of heads coming in with all graphite shafts.  Lets see how the graphite shafts do along with the possibility of steel shafts in the 7,8,9,PW,AW and then graphite in the 5 and 6 irons.  Being I will be at the PGA show this week it might be until the end of the month until I can put them together for testing.

Here’s a new video below: