10 Things to Know About Custom Club Fittings

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The technology to understand how your golf equipment affects your golf swing has never been better. It makes little sense to use an instrument ill-fit to your stroke motion. This leads to compensation and, most likely, failure.

Custom fitting can set your mind at ease. A qualified club fitter is most certainly near where you play. They can give you information about how your swing motion affects ball flight which, in turn, can lead to customized equipment needs. In many instances, these PGA professionals charge for their expertise, and it’s worth the investment.

The custom fitting process can be a game-altering experience, regardless of your current ability. When you do decide to go through the custom fitting process, make sure you understand these 10 things.

1. Do “Your” Homework

  • Have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand what you want to improve and what you feel comfortable doing.
  • Set up an appointment to screen your fitter. You should know who you might be spending a couple of hours with to establish rapport.

2. Keep an Open Mind

  • You may have pre-determined how the session may go. Don’t overreact when the fitter suggests something contrary to what you came for. They may be just trying to fill in the blanks.
  • The fitter may surprise you with something you never thought of that works better than you might have imagined.

3. Have Realistic Expectations

  • Most golfers go into a fitting thinking they are going to stripe it, every swing. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself that you can’t perform.
  • It’s important for the fitter to see you hit shots that you might see on the course. In this case, ‘normal’ is better, if not best (see #5).

4. Now is the Time

  • Getting fit is crucial for all established players. Even if your game is on track, fitting can only enhance your game.
  • New golfers can get fit anytime. The amount of fitting needed may be small compared to better players.

5. Play Your Normal Game

  • Do not hit shots that you would not normally hit on the course.
  • Do not try to kill every drive or hit the flop shot because it’s cool.

6. Know Your Current Equipment

  • What’s in your golf bag? Do you really know what types of clubs you have picked up over the years??
  • Figure out what clubs work best for you and which ones do not. You might think your 8 iron works great but your 5 iron stinks. The fitter needs that information.

7. Go for a Fitting, Not a Lesson

  • One thing that throws off every fitter is the golfer who keeps grinding away at trying to show them their best swing.
  • No question the club is moving because of you, the golfer. Be sure to ask fitting questions and not swing questions. Set up a separate time for a lesson after the fitting.

8. Choose an Experienced Fitter

  • Check out manufacturers’ websites for certified fitters in your area.
  • Make sure the fitter has the most current tools, carts, and technology available.

9. Adjustment Period

  • When you get your new clubs, there may be a period of time to adjust. This is normal.
  • It may take anywhere from 4-6 rounds to 4-6 weeks for you to get comfortable. Some golfers will see an immediate improvement.

10. Know Your Specs

  • When you get your fitting specifications, have your fitter email them or write them down for you.
  • It is unlikely that you will change much from being +1/2” and two degrees up any time soon.

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Todd Benware

Todd Benware has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 1996. He is a two-time All-American at Ohio Wesleyan University, and a 1996 Ohio Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. Todd is a talented golf instructor, giving over 10,000 golf lessons since turning professional in 1991. His understanding and knowledge of the golf swing allows him to identify the cause of a student’s problem and create a solution. He has experience using both TrackMan and FlightScope golf ball tracking systems, and is a recognized professional club fitter by Ping, Mizuno, and Titleist.