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By Larry Levow, PGA
 
THE WHOLE GAME GOLF SCHOOL at
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Custom Club Fitting


The right size club??

Club fitting means finding the proper grip size, club length, lie angle, loft angle, design and shaft flex. Club fitting has several phases. 1) Static fitting- i.e.; does the club fit your posture as you stand properly in your address position. Do your arms and hands hang down properly, does the club face rest flat on the ground. 2) Dynamic fitting- i.e.; during impact does the ball hit the center of the club face, does the bottom center of the club face hit the ground squarely on the line of play and does the shaft load and unload at the correct time. Obviously swing technique and personal mechanics have an effect on these inswing dynamics.


The most important component to fit properly is the golf club shaft. Shaft fitting means that it should flex for your timing, rhythm, strength and size. This is accomplished by trying different shafts at different flexes from too stiff to too flexible until you find a shaft that is right. Shaft flex should be one of the first items to determine because it effects the dynamic fit the most.

What you are looking for from the shaft is the proper loading and unloading of the shaft. What this means is at the top of your backswing as you swing down the shaft bends and loads energy, then at impact this torqued and loaded shaft unleashes the energy it has stored and adds to your power. If you add to much force for the shaft for to long it won't be able to unload. Conversely if you don't put enough force on the club it won't perform the way it could and neither will your swing. When you use a shaft that works with you when you do you will notice a difference!

Proper shaft flex adds to speed & power

Some of the most important parts of the game are over looked in learning and club fitting. Putting and short game are the most critical parts of golf that effect your score. Not only do we neglect to practice them enough in the proper way, but our when putters and wedges do not fit the golfer it blatantly causes bad golf shots.

For example wedge lie angles are critical because a wedge that is to flat will cause the ball to go off line, at times way way off line. Next the goals in putting are hindered dramatically by putters that cause poor aiming and increased stroke arc because they are either too long or too flat or both.

Thus in putting you should find a putter that has the putter face lie flat on the ground while you to stand with your arms hanging down under your shoulders and your eyes over the aimline. Your wedges should have a lie angle that sets the face aim properly at address and during impact.