[Editor's Note: The following article was written by Todd Casabella, Director of Instruction at Grey Hawk Golf Club in Lagrange. Todd is a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America and a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor.]
Golfers have two options when buying a set of golf clubs off the rack, stiff or regular shaft flex. Most club manufacturers offer club fitting at no additional charge but most people still buy golf clubs right off the rack. This doesn’t make sense to me. If you were to buy a $1,000 suit, I would think you would make sure it was altered to fit you. Why would you not have clubs built to fit you and your swing?
Everyone’s heard the old saying “It’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian”. But if your clubs don’t fit you, you can execute a perfect swing only to have the ball go nowhere near where you intended. For example, let’s say your clubs are too upright for you. This means that the toe of the club is off the ground at impact, causing the ball to go to the left of where you are aiming. In order to get the ball online with the target you’ll have to make adjustments to your golf swing. In order to get the club flush with the ground your hands will have to be higher causing you to stand up out of your posture and move in closer to the golf ball. This makes it very hard to be consistent and also creates a loss of power. There are other faults that can be created by your clubs being to upright. Some golfers aim left and open the clubface. This creates more loft and exposes more of the bounce of the club producing short shots to the right or even thin shots hit in the middle of the golf ball.
These are just two examples of clubs being too upright. There are countless others. But here’s why you should be fitted when buying new clubs. Let’s say your current set is too upright and you buy a new set off the rack that is too flat. Your swing that produced good shots with the old clubs isn’t going to work with the new clubs.
When you are fit for golf clubs, the clubs are customized for length, lie angle, shaft flex and grip size. Your skill level determines what clubs you actually need. A good fitter will do a gap analysis. This will determine your set make up determining the number of wedges you need and the longest iron in your bag before you transfer into hybrids or fairways.
If the Indian’s arrows are crooked he’s not going to hit his target. Playing your best golf more often requires equipment that’s designed for your swing and your game. Take advantage of club fitting. The small amount of time it takes to be fit creates a lot more enjoyment during your time on the golf course.