Is it club fitting or the swing? Which one’s the egg, and which one’s the chicken?
Maybe they fill both roles. As far as fitted clubs go, look at it this way: you could buy a suit off-the-rack and you’d look good… but a suit fitted to you would look great.
But fitting for golf clubs doesn’t have to be nearly as strenuous as some make it out to be.
Especially when we’re talking about weekend golfers, who don’t have the consistency of someone like Tiger, DJ, Rickie, or even a 125th-place pro.
Keep in mind, though, that they themselves aren’t as consistent as we’re lead to believe:
- As far as accuracy off the tee is concerned, the best averages <75% of fairways in regulation.
- Get down into the 30’s (rank) and they start missing a third of every fairway they hit.
- From 115th on, they miss 4 out of every 10 fairways.
So what are you supposed to do? If the pros aren’t 100% consistent, how are you and your weekend foursome supposed to be fitted?
You only gotta get the basics of a custom-fitting. That’s what’s most important.
- the length,
- lie angle (for irons, wedges, and maybe putter),
- grip size/material,
- loft (woods, especially the driver),
- swing weight (how heavy the head feels),
- overall weight,
- shaft flex,
- and set make-up
Getting those right will be more than enough for the majority of golfers. I’d also refer you to my 10-point checklist, for a more visual look:
After that, it’s all technique.
Not even so much the swing mechanics themselves, though. Every Teaching Pro To The Stars (how would that make for a TV series?) seems to have some “it” method of doing things. Just watching one round of golf on TV, though, will tell you that no two pros really swing their clubs the same way.
The most obvious is Jim Furyk and his funky, looping swing, but there are many others. Like Tommy “Two-Gloves” Gainey:
You gotta find your own way. A teacher can help, but don’t focus so much on how it looks as compared to how it performs. But hey, if you gotta go it alone, there are plenty of ways to make online lessons work.
It’s all about getting around the course in as few strokes as possible.
Maybe I’m biased, seeing as I’m primarily a club fitter, but I think you can’t have one without the other.
It’s not an either/or scenario. A good, fundamentally sound swing can be ruined by clubs that are too long, too heavy, or have poorly-sized grips. But the nicest, most blueprinted set of custom-fit clubs will go to waste if you swing like a three-legged aardvark that hasn’t eaten in five days.
Regardless whether it’s club fitting or the swing, it’s up to you to find the right blend. Get fitted for your sticks, yes, but do something to help with your swing.