If you are an avid golfer as I am you will know that you can play better golf with custom made golf clubs. There reason that you play better is that the clubs are made to fit your swing mechanics in terms of swing speed, lie, swing weight, and the length of the shaft. This article will discuss the differences between off-the-shelf and custom build golf clubs in terms of their performance for you on the course.
I first became interested in custom fit golf clubs over 20 years ago when I decided to buy a new set of clubs. The set I had been using was a set of MacGregor Tourney MTs that I received when I was 12 years old. Well, there were so many different types of new clubs available that I wasn’t sure what to buy. One of my golfing pals had a set of Ping I-2s and I always asked him how he could play with such “weird” looking clubs and he just kept telling me I should try them one day. Well, that’s what I did. One day, he let me play with his set of irons and wow, I was amazed how far I could the ball when I even made a lousy swing and hit it off center. I so impressed that I bought a set of those clubs on the way home from the golf course. In those days, Ping irons were fitted only in terms of the lie of the club and were colored coded to indicate which lie the club had. I was in-between the Black (standard) and the Red (1 degree flat).
I played with those clubs for a year or so when they were stolen from my car one night. Well, this time I purchased the Red dot clubs as a replacement. I played better with these as my swing is flat and I would take a more even divot with these clubs.
A year or two later I matched up with three guys on a regular basis. The thing we were all interested in was hitting the ball further off the tee. This was the early advent of “metal” woods – is that an oxymoron? It was also around the time when the Fiber-speed 6000 infomercial was on television proclaiming that this guy could hit the ball 500 yards with a whippy shaft that looked like a fishing rod. Well, whippy sounded pretty good but all we had were steel shafted woods. So, one of the guys had a catalog where you could purchase all the components to make your own golf club.
It wasn’t too long before each of us had a new golf club made with our own choice of shaft. We were gonna hit the big dog 300 yards down the fairway – or so we thought. Well, some of the clubs we made for ourselves worked fairly well and some did not. We swapped clubs with each other to see how we could hit their club. We had no idea what we were doing but it was loads of fun trying to figure how to make that perfect golf club that we could crush a drive down the fairway in front of everyone else. We would read all the specs on club shafts, shaft weights and bend points until we had no idea what end was up. We each made a new club every month to play around with so we always had new stuff to compare to what we had made before. Sooner or later we all had a club that we liked and we could hit it farther than the club we started with. The bottom line is that we learned that a club needs to fit the player and one club does not fit all. From that point on I have been sold on custom made or custom fit golf clubs.
There are many variables which must be taken into account when trying to fit golf clubs to a particular player. With today’s technology, you change make adjustments with shafts, swing weights, lie, loft and grips that will help both your game and enjoyment.
Many of today’s best golf clubs can be custom fit for lie angle, shaft type and length, grip type and size. Custom fitting golf clubs involves several easy measurements.
Golf club fitting is for both professional and beginner golfers, and all those in between. No matter what your handicap, you can benefit immensely from a custom fit.