Fitting with Dave
A typical fitting session will take 45 to 60 minutes and includes the following:
Learning to hit the ball solidly can be a difficult task in itself without the complications of ill-fit clubs. Golf club evaluation is an important part of every student’s game improvement program. I don’t believe a teacher can be as effective as he or she can be without addressing the fit of their students’ golf clubs. I believe the teachers who have tools on their lesson tee to address equipment issues have a tremendous advantage over those who don’t – and it’s the student who reaps the benefits. I use the same process the pros use when they get fit for clubs … they hit clubs outside, from real grass, and can see the ball in flight. Studying the ball’s flight allows us to dial in on specific components of the club while the student witnesses the enhancement of properly fitted golf clubs. The most important aspect to proper club fitting is that it is done with a trained professional in an outdoor setting. The feel of the club is extremely important and so too is the sound. For the player to get an accurate representation of this, the ball should be struck from real grass while receiving the feedback of the ball’s flight. Additionally, it’s vital that a person goes through an interview with the teaching professional/club fitter to determine if the student, among other things, is working on anything in his or her set-up or swing.
Why is an equipment evaluation an important part of instruction?
The equipment you use affects the ball flight. Because equipment affects ball fight it also affects a golfer’s motion. If your clubs are ill-fit, you’ll build compensations into your swing to get the desired results. For example, if the components of your clubs influence the ball flight right of the target (i.e. lie angle too flat, shaft too stiff, etc.), even when the face is square at impact, you will develop a compensation to get the ball to go more left. You’ll understand how the components of your clubs – the grip size, shaft flex, length, loft, and lie angle – affect your motion and the distance, direction, and trajectory of your shots. Just as important is the right set composition. We’ll help you determine just the right combination of woods, irons, hybrids and wedges that compliment your style of play. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced golfer, having golf clubs and balls that fit your individual attributes and abilities is instrumental in playing your best.
Interview Process - The fitter identifies your current ball flight tendencies, equipment specifications, likes and dislikes of your current equipment, and your needs and preferences for new equipment.
Static Fitting - Your height and wrist-to-floor measurement are used to calculate your static measurements and shaft length, and your hand dimensions are used to calculate your static grip thickness.
Dynamic Swing Test - Golf balls are hit from an impact board with special tape on the sole of the club. When the club hits the board, it leaves marks on the tape that help the fitter understand how your setup and swing affect the position of the clubhead at impact.
Ball Flight Analysis - The most important step in the process is ball flight analysis. During this step, the fitter will utilize a variety of clubs with slightly different specifications to isolate each fitting variable and determine the combination of club length, shaft type and flex, club model and grip size that gives you the best opportunity to achieve your desired ball flight.
Monitoring Performance - Since your swing may change over time, the final step, Monitoring Performance, is ongoing. Periodic evaluation of your ball flight may reveal undesirable adjustment or a combination of both may be necessary to resolve or eliminate these patterns.
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