Pretty straight-forward: should you consider custom fit golf clubs?
That’s a resounding “YES”. It’s not even just a suggestion, it should be read as a Commandment. “Thou Shalt Not Buy Off The Rack”, as Moses might say.
Custom fittings can be very basic, or very (one might say overly) complex.
We’re about Common Sense here, Dear Reader; in my eyes, so a basic fitting would do more for your game than just buying off-the-rack.
I can hear you now:
-“Why the hell should I go through the whole process? I’m a <insert handicap here> golfer”.
-“I’m just not good enough for a fitting (sad face)”.
-“I’m a golf newb”.
Stuff like that. It’s insane, and just the wrong mentality.
It’s all about confidence.
You’re not a professional athlete in any other sport, but you wear shoes and clothes that fit, right?
The reason you need to be custom fit for your golf clubs is more for confidence, in my opinion. You don’t jump higher or run faster with a properly-fit pair of shoes, nor do you close more sales or change the oil better because your suit/uniform fits just right. But you feel comfortable- better- when they do. You’re more confident.
Confidence is key!
That’s what a custom fit set of clubs does for you.
We’ve talked about why “optimization” shouldn’t be part of the equation, but you should at least get the basics. I’ve already covered them for the driver; there’s only one to add for irons and wedges: Lie Angle.
Lie angle can be described as too upright (toe high in the air; leads to pulled shots), too flat (heel in the air; leads to pushed shots) and just right (straight shots, we hope!). Face angle is a spec for woods only, so we can discard it for the irons and wedges.
What a Club Fitting Really Does
Will having a custom fit set of clubs magically turn us into Tiger or Rory? Absolutely not. But it does get us into a good starting point, so we can put our best effort on the ball. Couple that with a solid setup and decent mechanics and it does make getting around the course a little easier. If you don’t have a solid setup and decent mechanics, it can at least help to mitigate your issues some. Either way, you put yourself into a better position to succeed, to have more fun… it just makes sense.
The Types of Custom Fitting
There are two types of custom fitting:
- Static and
Dynamic fitting is fitting while you’re swinging a club; Static fitting is done through a questionnaire, either online or by written form.
Dynamic fittings are considered the best way to go because you’re physically swinging clubs and getting instant feedback.
I’m all about practicality, though, and it just isn’t always in the cards. For some, they can’t afford a 1+ hour fitting, or they’re shy, or whatever. A static fitting isn’t great, but it gets you pretty close.
If you chose the static route, the only thing I’d suggest is to ensure the lie angles are correct for your swing. An online fitting form will use your height and wrist-to-floor (WTF for short… insert joke here) to determine the lengths and lie angles, it can’t account for your impact position. Note I say this is a suggestion… use your own personal Common Sense here.
Putting It All Together
All that said, the main reason to consider getting custom fit golf clubs is to get you into specs that allow you to hit the “sweet spot” as much as your ability allows, with what you consider to be an acceptable trade-off between distance and accuracy. That’s why you, Dear Reader, need to be custom fit for your golf clubs: any step we can take to make the game more enjoyable should be considered. Your clubs should be working for you, not against you.