We bust 5 myths about custom clubs
Doug Rikkers, PGA Member, Director of Club Fitting & Merchandise Services
Tip provided by Golftec of Maryland
As avid golfers, we hear countless stories during PGA events about players who have had their clubs tailored specifically to fit their game. The assumption is that only a fine-tuned, highly-skilled player can benefit from clubs custom fit to their game. At GolfTEC, we take a different stance.
Myth #1: Custom golf clubs only help the best players Every player on the course will experience better play when the right clubs are in their hands. Whether you’re a mid-to-high handicapper who needs a more forgiving club or a scratch player looking to fine tune your game, having the proper make and model, built to exact physical specifications, will save strokes around the course. “If you think about it, if a bogey golfer can stay out of trouble off the tee, or carry an approach a little bit farther, it avoids the big numbers that hold them back,” says Mike Parker, part of GolfTEC Richmond’s Mizuno Top 100 Club Fitting team.
Myth #2: I can do my own homework to find the right clubs The amount of information and reviews about the latest clubs is easy to find in magazines and online. Most big box retailers have a wide variety of clubs available to test on simulators, often with launch monitor data to view. But, without the expertise of an experienced professional, you run the risk of picking a make and model that helps your game, but doesn’t maximize your potential. “We see a lot of people come into the bay with a new club in hand and find that many could have been matched with a better club to fit their game,” adds Nathan Morris, a Golf Digest Top 100 fitter from GolfTEC Denver.
Myth #3: Custom clubs are expensive Absolutely not. In most cases, players can order a set of clubs that are adjusted for their length, loft, lie, flex and grip at the same price as an off the rack club. Delivered in about a week, a player can get the right set of clubs built to their exact physical specifications. GolfTEC COO and Co-founder Mike Clinton adds, “We see a lot of sticker shock, the good kind, when we compare the cost of a custom set of clubs with a comparable off-the-rack set.“
Myth #4: Custom clubs will help, but not that much According to a recent study by the Sports & Leisure Research Group a majority of players using custom fit clubs saw at least a 2-shot drop in their average score. One out of every four saw a drop of 5 or more strokes per round. Even if your scores don’t change much, your enjoyment of the game is sure to increase as your ball striking is rewarded with better results off the tee and from the fairway.
Myth #5: Any fitter will do There are a lot of options available in the marketplace for club fitting, but be sure to check out their credentials and qualifications. There’s a lot more to a fitting than measuring your knuckles to the ground. Be sure to find a club fitter who has the knowledge and experience to find the right clubs for you. GolfTEC has the club fitting experts who not only have extensive knowledge of a variety of makes and models, but the in-depth understanding of the golf swing to bring it all together.
Before you make your next club purchase, consider a club fitting session before you make the sale. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on new equipment, be sure that it gives you the maximum performance. Your golf game will thank you for it.