Many people mistakenly believe that custom fitting is only appropriate for highly skilled golfers.

 

In fact, just the opposite is true.

Clubfitting Specs

There are 22 different specifications involved in a finished golf club. This does not include the material specifications such as metallurgy, graphite composition, rubber, poly vinyls, etc.

Clubhead

  • Loft Angle
  • Lie Angle
  • Face Angle
  • Horizontal Bulge
  • Vertical Roll
  • Face Progression/ Offset
  • Sole Angle/ Bounce
  • Sole Angle/ Radius
  • Center of Gravity (CG) Location
  • Moment of Inertia (MOI) about Shaft
  • Face Design

Shaft

  • Weight
  • Primary Flex/ Butt Flex
  • Bend Profile
  • Torque
  • Weight Distribution/ Balance Point

Club

  • Size/ Style
  • Weight

Assembled Club

  • Length
  • Swing Weight/ MOI Total Club
  • Total Weight

When you add the all-important Set Make-up decision to the above list, there are 23 variables that a professional clubfitter takes into consideration when he evaluates the best equipment fit for you. Based on the golfer’s size, athletic ability, strength, skill and swing characteristics he is trying to optimize the following.

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Game Improvement Factors

  • Distance
  • Accuracy
  • Trajectory
  • Consistency
  • Feel

Compare this to a golf outlet store that considers changes in lie angle, length, shaft flex and grip a “custom fitting,” that is, if they have what you need in stock, otherwise you will get “standard.” And, they probably never asked you which of the above factors are most important to you in order to improve your game.

 

Not all of the 23 specifications will have a major effect on the Game Improvement Factors. In general, the specifications listed below under each of the Game Improvement Factors are the ones that will have a noticeable effect in the performance of the golf club in your hands and the ones I will concentrate on during the fitting.

Distance

  • Loft
  • Length
  • Total Weight
  • Shaft Weight
  • Vertical Roll
  • Swingweight? MOI
  • Vertical Roll (drivers)

Trajectory

  • Lie (mid & short irons, wedges, putter)
  • Length
  • Face Angle (woods)

Accuracy

  • Loft
  • Vertical Roll (drivers)

Consistency

  • Lie (mid & short irons, wedges, putter)
  • Face Angle (woods)
  • Length
  • Swingweight/ MOI
  • Set Make-Up

 

 

Feel

  • Grip Size/ Style
  • Swingweight/ MOI
  • Set Make-Up
  • Shaft Weight
  • Total Weight
  • Shaft Primary Flex
  • Shaft Bend Profile