Have you ever wondered “are there differences in custom fitting”?
The answer’s “yes”… but does it matter?
Much like everything else in golf, asking if there’s a difference in club fitting is a resounding “maybe”, or “it depends on the golfer”. The differences between a low-tech range session and a high-tech simulator session may or may not have a true impact on your overall game.
It’s all about what you, the customer, are willing to pay for- and the fitter’s ability.
Does a fitter need a fancy $10,000 launch monitor? I don’t think so. It’s a selling tool (which you get to help pay for!), and in a controlled environment, it can help the customer find their “ideal” launch angle and backspin rate. But do you always golf in a controlled environment? Maybe in the future:
Last time I checked, we don’t golf in a climate-controlled environment… we golf outdoors! Why not get fitted for the environments you play in?
Let me put it this way: what’s the point of finding out that, because of your swing speed, you need a launch angle of 14* and 4,000rpms of backspin when you play in a windy environment with hard fairways?
What should you do?
You’d be better off with a lower Launch Angle and less backspin, so you can keep the ball down in the wind and get more roll-out for when it lands on the hard turf. Why?
You’re trying to fit for the conditions you play in. Just going by the “ideal” would lead you to hitting a lot of balloon balls that don’t go anywhere. If you want to maximize your overall distance, you gotta compensate for the conditions you’re in.
If the fitter knows what they’re doing and uses a little Common Sense, you’ll be just fine with whatever s/he recommends.
To be fair, on the other hand (the technologically-advanced fitting) may appeal to you techno-geeks. It may give some people more peace of mind.
For an advanced golfer, they can use this kind of fitting for the minute tweaks that might mean the difference between having their go-to shot (or distance) and not.
So don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for this kind of fitting. From a Common Sense standpoint, however, the differences in custom fitting are just one more thing to ponder when you’re ready to make a purchase.
For the vast majority of golfers, they only need to focus on what I call “The Ten Pillars of Club Fitting”:
I talk about this all the time, but for real; if you’re not playing on a professional Tour or an accomplished amateur, these 10 specs are really all that matters. Fancy equipment or not, a trained club fitter can help you find the best specs for your game.
No matter what the differences in the style of club fitting may be, the fitter is going to do their very best to get you into clubs that work for you.
It’s nice to have all the high-tech stuff and a million shaft/head combos… but no grip combos.
Yup, you can try all the different head and shaft combinations you can think of, but if the grip doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
SorryNotSorry… sometimes, I just can’t help myself from making pop culture references!
But the truth is, whatever the number of head and shaft combos you try is, it can all go to piss if the grip isn’t properly fit, as well.
Think about it this way: if you’re having to hold on to the golf club with a “death grip”, because it’s too small and/or the grip material isn’t tacky enough for you, that “best” combo isn’t truly “best”.
You gotta fit all of the parts together if you want to find the best-fit set of golf clubs!