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Club Fitting 101 By Todd Daignault
Golfing Magazine Staff
By Golfing Magazine Staff
Published on 05/4/2011

Club Fitting 101 By Todd Daignault

This fit is the most basic and should be able to be done at any location that clubs are sold, including online retailers, golf courses, and vendor websites.  A static fit usually includes the basic measurements of height, wrist-to-floor, hand size and swing speed. This method leaves the most to be desired because it doesn’t take into account your swing mechanics and tendencies. It’s better than buying off the shelf, but not by much.

About a half an hour long, a basic dynamic fit is a big step up from a static fit and can utilize a launch monitor or other modern fitting equipment, but unfortunately that is not always the case.  By watching your swing the fitter can dial in lie angle and length better through the use of impact tape and a lie board. By using a launch monitor, you have a better chance to get the right loft for woods or to determine what shaft is best for you. Most golf retailers will provide you with this as an option for a small fee or free if you purchase the clubs from them.

 This is the most involved fit and usually the most expensive. This fit has to be done with someone who understands the swing as well as an intimate knowledge of the physics of golf.  All aspects of your clubs will be discussed and tweaked.  The fitting process should take well over two hours and two sessions, focusing on certain clubs for each fitting.  Woods and putter one day, then irons and wedges another.  This keeps you from swinging too many times and tiring yourself out, thus clouding the results. It should start with a very detailed interview to find out your goals and physical obstacles.  After warming up, the fitter will gather launch data on your current set to see what ball flight you are used to and how you can improve your clubs’ performance. The next step is a little trial and error to find what shaft profiles match you best based on how you build power in your swing. Variables like weight, length, torque, and profile will be dialed in and finalized. The last and most important step to a great fit is a discussion about set make up.  A good fitter will gap your set for you so you don t have any overlapping yardages or gaps that are too far apart. This is where the right combination of woods, hybrids, irons, and wedges are chosen for you in order to make you as efficient as possible out on the course.  
Remember a competent experienced fitter can make all the difference in the world.