Before i start Practical Golf In 2015, I did not know much about golf clubs and how they worked. If anything, I was generally inexperienced about the subject and succumbed to many of the same myths that most golfers believe.
When I don't consider myself a gearhead, I should be fascinated that the equipment performs differently for each golfer. I have used that knowledge to my advantage, and have educated some of you along the way.
In this article, I want to go over some of the most important concepts about golf clubs that I have learned. I have had the privilege of studying under some of the best clubfaters in the industry. I would like to thank Pete's Golf, And his co-owner Woody Lashen, in particular. Many of their employees have taken me under their wing and shown me the truth about the appliance industry.
Here are four concepts that I think every golfer should know when it comes to equipment…
They are mostly great but not the same
All major golf equipment manufacturers are making excellent products. They employ top level talent (think aerospace engineers) who are constantly trying to push the boundaries of performance every year. Despite this, each OEM has different design philosophies, which make their clubs perform specific to each golfer.
For example, I have a very low spin rate on my driver, but most golfers have the opposite problem. OEMs try to cater to as many golfers in their designs. Therefore, a lot of modern drivers are designed to reduce spin to create greater distances. So if I use multiple clubs, my spin rate falls too low outside a functional range, and I lose distance and accuracy.
There are more options than ever for golfers to choose from, which becomes a double-edged sword. Clubfitters can fix golf clubs with thousands of possible combinations at their disposal. However, if you choose the wrong combination without testing, you can leave some performance on the table.
There are no standards
It is important to understand that there are no universal standards in the golf industry. Shaft flex, scaffolding, to lie, And many other important device specs are not created equal. You could argue that the shaft industry suffers most from this issue. While one company may list its shaft as a rigid flex, another may deem it regularly. There is not a golf watchdog organization that holds them as a performance standard. Unfortunately, golfers based their purchasing decisions with minimal knowledge and were all made equal.
Another real-world example is driver scaffolding. Many golfers believe that no matter who makes the driver, scaffolding will perform the same. On top of this, they usually assume that less scaffolding can lead to greater distances from T. Both assumptions are incorrect. I tested many drivers From different manufacturers on a launch monitor and found that my results were very different when using the same lofts listed in the club. This has a lot to do with where each OEM decides to center its center of gravity (probably the most important feature of driver design). I have found optimal results with one company setting a driver at 12 degrees and using scaffolding less than 9 degrees with another.
Overall, assume that all specs are the same.
The golf industry is incredibly competitive. A limited amount of dollars are available, and companies fight tooth and nail to convince golfers that their products are better for your game than your competition. While I won't go as far as to call their marketing practices fraudulent, some companies go a little overboard with their claims. In other words, don't believe the hype.
Most companies have a product cycle of 12–24 months. Every year, they are about to come out with a new driver who is set, ironically, wedge and putter. Their job is to convince you that what you have right now is not very good, and their latest options will dramatically increase your performance. I try my best to test some new devices released every year and measure the changes that I see. I think the term marginal is more appropriate than a breakthrough.
To say that you cannot upgrade your performance with new clubs. If you were playing with an older driver that was not right for your swing, a new, more suitable model might add 20-30 yards And improve yourself Spread. A new set of irony can help you launch the ball a little higher and improve your missit. Both improvements can help you hit 2-3 more Greens in regulation As a result of a drop of several strokes in his Disability.
However, after finding the right club, you do not need to upgrade every 1-2 years. believe me; You are not missing out on explosive gains. The only device that needs to be changed semi-regularly You have wedges. The right driver or irony can last you 5–10 years.
When to do a custom fit
If you haven't noticed, I'm a big proponent of golfers being custom-fitted for clubs. As I said before, there is more opportunity than ever to fix your devices. In short, it can make your good shots a little better, but more importantly, limit the damage on the wrong swings. There are tangible benefits that can result in lower scores. Think of the instrument as a refinement. Absolutely not expected to show the course as a new golfer.
Custom fittings have caught on even more in recent years. Not all clubfitters have the same level of knowledge (and ethics). But you have a better opportunity than 10-20 years ago, due to improvements in technology Launch monitor.
So when should you custom fit? I believe it makes more sense when your swing is more established. If you make a complete start, it is possible that it makes more sense to take some lessons to settle on a more sustainable technique. So if you plan to make any swing changes (at whatever level you are doing), it is probably best to wait.
For example, years ago, I was fit for clubs when I had a very vertical swing plane. I delivered the ball to the club in a completely different pattern than I have ever done. The irony with which I was playing matched my technique well before I made the change. Later, they were completely mistaken for my new swing, and this caused me to stroke the course.
Another persistent myth is that custom fitting is only for advanced golfers. it is not true. The opposite is usually true. Golfers who are less skilled at hitting the ball need all the help they can get. Why make the game difficult for you? Conversely, a very skilled ball striker can make subtle adjustments to compensate for clubs that are not necessarily there for him.
Overall, I believe that custom fitting can help you upgrade your results on the course. If you find the right clubs, it can save you many money in the long run. It will not be necessary to buy new releases every year (avoid it as hard as it is). Also, having the right golf club can give you more confidence on the course because you know that you are not fighting against your equipment.
wrapping it up
There is certainly a lot of detail and nuance to golf equipment. Nevertheless, the topics that I have covered are important to make you a smart consumer.
Remember the following:
- Modern technology is excellent, but not all clubs are created equal. There is a specific combination that will work best for your swing regardless of the brand name.
- There are no standards when it comes to most golf club specifications. Do not blindly assume that numbers like scaffold and shaft flex are the same throughout the circle.
- Do not believe all marketing hype! New tools may help, but it may not completely change your results.
- Custom fitting will give you the best chance of finding the right club for your sport.