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Yes, Clubs DO Make a Difference!
"Are you better than your clubs let you be? "
Author: Jane Frost
Level: Any
Tip: Are you better than your clubs let you be? If you are like the majority of golfers who have purchased golf clubs without being fitted then the answer is a resounding YES! Everyone, new golfer to expert, can benefit from getting a customized set of golf clubs. And before you see too many dollar signs dancing before your eyes, there are some great companies that offer clubs fit to you that are priced quite reasonably.

Now there will be those of you who will delay this customizing until your skills have improved…then it will be a good investment…you will then be “worthy” of spending some money on your golf equipment. Hog Wash! Do it NOW!!! You may not be able to improve until the equipment rewards your skills! Imagine for a moment that you are an expert ice skater…you have all the skills to challenge an Olympic Gold Medalist. Now, imagine that you have a pair of skates given to you…more specifically handed down to some of you by your husbands…how well are you going to perform with those skates? Hey…skates are skates…you’ll make them work! Right….and run the risk of injuring yourself, which is happening more and more amongst all golfers who are adapting to ill-fitted clubs! Now there’s a huge price to pay!

Okay…now there will be some of you who are saying…”but what if I don’t like this game? I don’t want to invest in custom clubs only to really hate this game.” Without the proper equipment, there is a higher probability that you won’t like the game because performance will be compromised and progress slow to non-existent. You will be better served to get just a couple of clubs that are fitted to you rather than the bargain of the week that puts 14 clubs in the bag that will only lead to frustration and ultimately leaving the sport forever due to lack of enjoyment. Again…a huge price to pay.

Then there are those of you who are saying…”but what happens when I improve? Will I need new clubs again?” This is good news! You are improving. Getting more efficient with your swing so yes you may need to upgrade your clubs to continue your improvement…isn’t that what you want? To improve? YES!!!! So then you trade in your current set to upgrade to the next level or in some situations your current set can be revamped to match your new found skills. In either scenario, the end result is a swing and a game that you are pleased with. Convinced? Good! Now let’s look at what needs to be fitted. First and foremost, find a qualified club fitter in your area. Not just someone who assembles clubs (the lick ‘em and stick ‘em folks!) but a qualified, trained in club fitting, professional. Another note, not all golf professionals are skilled in club fitting either…you do need to do some searching to find just the right person to help you. Ideally, club fitting is done outside so that ball flight can be observed. After all, everyone hits it straight into a net! The goal of a proper club fitting is to match components of the golf club to your swing, which then results in more consistent golf shots that propel the ball straight to the target. What are those components?

Lie Angle: Greatly affects the direction that the ball will travel. This is the angle created between the sole of the club and the hosel / neck of the club. The really good manufacturers will offer this as an option recognizing the significant impact on success this little adjustment can make.

Length: Yes, size does matter! Particularly with centeredness of contact. A club that is too short will result in shots that are either topped or hit thinly and a club that is too long often times results in shots that are hit “fat”…in other words the club chunks into the ground way behind the ball. I like to give students the very longest club possible (to improve getting more distance) that doesn’t sacrifice the centeredness of contact. Length is not always related to your height. Be like Goldilocks…find the length that is just right for you and allows the ball to be struck in the sweet spot.

Shaft Flex: Getting the right flex allows the clubface to square off at impact to the ball. This is basically determined by your swing speed. The slower and more timed your swing is, you may benefit from a shaft that is more flexible. If you are a quick swinger with lots of club head speed, then you will benefit from a little firmer shaft.

Grip Size: This also helps at squaring off the clubface at impact. This should be a match to your hand size. Too small a grip and you will tend to be an unhappy hooker and too big a grip will lead to banana slices…not splits!

Loft: This is predominantly on your driver and I will be very emphatic about this: MORE IS BETTER! What’s the matter with a 3 or 5 wood / metal being your driving club? Ego really gets in the way here. Just because you don’t ski the expert slopes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sport…the same is true of a “driver”. Just because you don’t use one doesn’t make you any less of a golfer. In fact, you will most likely be a much more successful golfer once you check your ego at the first tee and swing away with that more lofted driving club. Even within the industry, there are more manufacturers offering drivers with far greater lofts than ever before. If you’re looking for more distance off of the tee then start thinking about the correct launch angle and loft to be the leader down the fairway.

Set Make-up: No…not cosmetics! What clubs do you really use the most of? You don’t have to have the full complement of 14 clubs…only the ones you use the most and have the most success with. Fewer, in this case, is better.

There you have it! A primer on the importance of clubs and having them customized to you.

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