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YOUR CLUBS - CAN THEY DO THE JOB FOR YOU?

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Your Clubs - Can They Do The Job for You?

Sat Jan 11, 2003 - By Bob Dougherty

 

I can’t tell you the number of people who come to our golf school with improperly fitted clubs. Imagine a man who is five foot six inches tall and hits the ball 200 yards, maximum. He arrives at the golf school with two degree upright lites, an extra stiff shaft, and says, “I always slice it to the right”! That’s because he’s using clubs built for Davis Love Ill, who is six foot four inches and hits the ball 300 yards.

In order to help this golfer we would have to manufacture a swing to fit the clubs he is using. After testing, we discovered he needed a regular shaft with a 280 degree frequency and the lie of the club needed to be two degrees fiat after our golfer got the right clubs in his hands; he hit 90% of his shots solidly with a five yard draw on almost every iron. His handicap has dropped from a 24 to 11. I am always slightly hesitant about telling someone that their clubs are wrong for them. We don’t want to push clubs on people or give the impression that having a proper fit will solve all their problems, but it’s a waste of time to take lessons if you don’t have the right tools to do the job.

Bobby Jones’ clubs were tested a few years ago. They were hickory shafted clubs which had been picked up by Jones individually. They were not a matched set. He had tested them by touch and feel. When these clubs were put on a modem day frequency analyzer, they all tested to the same frequency and swing weight it’s the rare golfer who could choose a matched set of clubs by feel.

Every club manufacturer today sends out a set of clubs that are made on an assembly line. The heads are assembled that way and the shafts are cut from bundles which are usually numbered in the hundreds. No time is taken to test each shaft to see is it’s the same on each club in a set of eight or nine irons. They don’t take the time to do this. Some of the lies come in regular, some upright, some flat. They look like a matched set of clubs, but what you end up with is a mixed bag. Can you imagine what would happen if tour pros played with a set of clubs like this?

Tour pros’ clubs are made to very tight specifications and then tested and re-tested before they’re even sent back for further “tinkering”. When all is said and done, you’re not playing with anything that even resembles what the tour player is using. They are playing with a manufacturer’s highly customized set of perfectly matched clubs. (We personally tested 40 sets from different manufacturers, not one of the sets tested out the same for all the clubs in shaft flex, frequency or lie).

You can have the same advantages, if you take the time to see someone who truly knows how to fit clubs. There are many people, even pros, who say they can fit anyone, but they really can’t. I’ve been in the business 30+ years, and I wouldn’t even presume to pass myself off as a master club fitter. I do work with people who are experts in this field. An expert will test you for an hour or so with different shaft frequencies and lies. When they find the right one, they build a set to the individual’s specifications. When the set is made, it truly fits.

If you are interested in having a set of clubs that suits you best, look around and investigate. You wouldn’t but a car without driving it, and you wouldn’t have open heart surgery from the mechanic who services your car. Don’t buy a set of clubs that do not fit you.

If you have questions, call us. We work with Doug Smith, who has achieved the status of Master Clubfitter.
 


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Grip

Sat., Jan 11, 2003 - By Bob Dougherty

 

There has been a vast amount written on the golf grip. There are two reasons for all this attention. The first reason is because your grip is your only connection to the club. The second reason is that, even with pictures, drawings, and extensive verbiage, it is almost impossible to convey a description of the grip that a reader can comprehend. We have found that the easiest, and best, way to learn the proper grip, outside of personal instruction, is to use a pro-formed molded grip that is available at all custom and golf repair shops. We recommend that this grip be put on a weighted wood club or on the Matzie trainer.

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