ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL: why custom fitting makes a difference


People come in different shapes, sizes, strengths and all manner of other variants I could list. These variants are what make us unique and in a golfing sense our golf swings unique.

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Golf clubs can be looked at like a new suit. when you need a new suit you don’t just go to your local department store, see a style, colour or pattern and take it to the counter without looking at the label to see what size it is. A low percentage might buy by the size number, most try it on first. If opportunity lends we get measured up and have it made.

In golf most equipment is purchased by the equivalent of liking a style and colour then pay for it, no trial or look at the specifications.

The components and aspects of fitting and the affects they have:
- Length: how long the club is will have a direct affect on your ability to hit the ball in the centre of the club on a regular basis. The length is determined by the length of your arms in relation to your body, not simply how tall you are, then how you set up and swing. It is interesting to note that the average length of a driver for tournament professionals is 44.5″ yet go to the shops and standard for amateurs is 46″!!!
- Lie angle: the angle the shaft comes out of the head will have a big affect on direction due to face plane tilt. If the club is too upright (when you set up the toe of the club is poking in the air) the club face is actually pointing left. This is the reason when playing a ball that is above your feet it will usually go left. It is the opposite if the club is too flat.
- Shaft: flex and composition: the weight of the shaft will affect the club head speed and the distance. The stiffness, torque and kick point will influence both club head speed and how the club is delivered to the ball, affecting direction and distance.
- Loft: this will affect the ball flight and the variation in distance from club to club. In the driver it is amazing how many players go for a low loft which doesn’t maximise their distance, you need the perfect launch angle to maximise distance.
- Grip: the size of grip is basically about feel but too small a grip will tend to make you hold a club more in the palms and a fat grip will reduce wrist movement, both will reduce distance, feel & control.

These are just some of the issues that arise from having clubs that don’t fit. If you want to have a chance to play your best make sure that you get clubs that fit you and get them checked from time to time, your swing changes, so you may need the occasional alteration. To finish with the clothes analogy that fitted suit won’t still be fitted in 2 or 3 years time!!

for more on club fitting and my systems go to my custom fit page

About the author

I am a professional golfer and a Class AA member of the PGA GB & I. I inspire and improve golfers of all levels, currently at Thana City Golf Club, Bangkok and have been in Thailand for seven years. I am passionate about golf and want to bring the game to life making it fun for all including creating dreams for elite performers

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