How do you find the best club fitting?
The 12 KEY fitting specifications that must be a part of a professional fitting experience intended to maximize game improvement are, Length, Loft, Lie, Face Angle, Shaft Flex, Shaft Bend Profile, Shaft Weight, Golf Club Total Weight, Swingweight/MOI, Set Makeup, Clubhead Design/Model and Grip Size/Type. If only a handful of these key specs are fit for only a few of the clubs in the bag, the golfer will fall short of being able to achieve the greatest potential for game improvement through custom fitting.
How do you find a professional custom clubfitter who can fit for all 12 of the key fitting specifications for each club in the bag? Your odds are very slim to none in a retail golf chain store. It’s not likely to be found in a golf course pro shop either. And that’s sad to say because of the huge number of golfers who frequent big retail golf stores and pro shops.
The high image retail chain fitting centers such as Club Champion, True Spec or Hot Stix come much closer to full specs fitting than the usual retail golf stores and golf course pro shops but they still fall short and attach a very high price to their work. These high end retail fitting stores pursue a business model to dis-assemble and re-build standard made golf clubs from the heavily marketed golf club brands as their means of custom fitting. Very often the most expensive graphite shafts are recommended while still falling short of being able to fit for all 12 of the key fitting specs for all 13 of the full swing clubs in the bag. The end retail price to the consumer for a full set of clubs approaches $3000 and more.
To contrast you’ll find the best custom clubfitters typically working solo in their own small, independent golf shop. And yes for sure, because professional custom clubfitting is a “cottage industry”, you can also find a very good custom clubfitter working from the basement or garage of their home. In fact, there have been past winners of the custom clubmaking industry’s Clubfitter of the Year award who operate their fitting business from a shop in their home.
If you want to be fit the RIGHT way by a person with real knowledge and skill in professional Clubfitting, look in our directory to find out if there is a good, experienced clubfitter in your area.