More golf equipment is sold during April, May and June than the other nine months combined.
Dreams of long drives and lower scores in the new season bring golfers into their favorite golf shop. The latest and greatest new clubs give golfers hope of taking their games to the next level.
With all the technology and new equipment out there, how does a golfer find that club that will really help make them a better player? Just as with a new suit or a new pair of shoes, golf clubs need to fit the individual.
There are four critical variables in finding golf clubs that fit properly.
A club that is the correct length allows a golfer to get into an athletic posture at address and to swing the club on the correct plane for the player. This is extremely important in creating an efficient golf swing. Poor posture at address is the root of many swing flaws.
When a golfer is in good posture, he or she is bent slightly from the hips with a small amount of knee flex. In this position the golfer's arms are hanging relaxed from the shoulders and the club is held from there. Clubs that are the correct length allow a golfer to do this.
The shaft is the most critical component of the club. The shaft acts as a timing device, allowing the golfer to obtain optimum distance, trajectory, and direction. A correctly fitted shaft allows the golfer to square the club face at impact.
The flex of the club is related to the amount the shaft bends when it is in dynamic motion. The more bend the softer the shaft. The less bend the stiffer the shaft. In general, a golfer with fast club head speed and quick tempo needs a stiff flex shaft. A golfer with slow club head speed and slow tempo would use a softer flex shaft.
The lie angle of the club is the angle created by the shaft of the club, relative to the ground, when the club is soled flat on the ground. A golf ball hit with a club with an incorrect lie angle for a player will cause directional problems. For a right-handed golfer, if the club is too upright the ball will fly to the left. If the club is too flat the ball will fly to the right.
Since the way a player holds the club is one of the most important fundamentals of an efficient golf swing, the portion of the club that the player holds is an important component. The diameter of the grip or handle of the club plays a factor in how the player is able to square up the club at impact. A grip that is too large inhibits the player from squaring up the club at impact, causing a slice. Conversely, a grip that is too small promotes too much action of the hands and will cause a hook.
Having clubs that fit correctly allows a golfer to make an efficient swing, and the more efficient the swing, the better the golfer will play.
If you are thinking about buying new clubs, buy something that will improve your game. Do it right and get fit. Most PGA Golf Professionals are experienced club fitters and they can fit you for virtually any brand of equipment that you are hoping to purchase.
Finally, there are a few things to keep in mind. The fitting process is a dynamic one that should be done by swinging clubs and one that should always be conducted outside where ball flight can be watched.
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