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Why Custom Golf Clubs Will Improve Your Game Your golf game will improve with a set of custom golf clubs because you will have equipment that is specifically made not only to your unique physical characteristics but also to your playing abilities. Why can I say that? Studies done by Golf.com over 18 months have shown dramatic results for those golfers fit with custom golf clubs: “More than 90 percent of the test cases reported improved performance with their custom-fit clubs. Mid-handicappers lowered their handicap by two or more strokes on average within a few short months. Elite players aren’t necessarily scoring better (it’s difficult to drop it much when you hover near scratch), but they’re seeing greater consistency. Many players who were fitted strike their new clubs up to one full club longer with irons and 10 to 20 more yards on drives. They’re having more fun playing the game, too. A poll of golf.com readers reveals similar satisfaction levels.” from Golf.com
People are like Snowflakes, no two are alike Consider these differences between golfers: In general, women golfers are shorter than male golfers and likely to have smaller hands and not swing as fast, therefore requiring more flexible shafts and smaller grips. Golfers who are older may suffer from hand or joint related pain and may require grips that might be larger and softer. They may also need graphite shafts to help dampen some of the unwanted vibration at impact. Golfers who are beginning or are less skilled should have different equipment than those who can strike the ball in the middle of the face on a consistent basis. If you score is high, then you should seek as much game-improvement features into the clubs as possible. Shorter golfers generally need shorter clubs and taller golfers may require more length. All of these factors must be taken into account when purchasing a set of golf clubs. By properly fitting the golfer according their size, needs and ability the best possible golf set will be created yielding the lowest scores. Every pro golfer has their clubs custom made. Do they know something you don’t?
If you are buying your clubs off-the-shelf, you are making a major mistake. Off-theshelf golf clubs are made for the majority of the population. Put three people side by side and measure height, look at their swing, check their swing-speed, and calculate the differences each person is to each other (strictly speaking of the golf swing, and golfers strengths); and you will see major differences. There are so many factors that are different between these 3 golfers, it can be enough to make your head spin. How can one golf club work perfectly for all 3 golfers? It can’t and it doesn’t. Now if you get your clubs custom built, the custom builder will check your wrist-tofloor measurement, swing-speed, loft angle, lie measurement, height, age, sex, and your glove size. This is the basic formula. A good custom fitter will watch you hit a bucket of balls at the driving range, and see your weaknesses. They will also ask you about 20 other questions. When they make golf clubs for you, you will see a huge difference. The golf clubs will fit you like a glove. You see, if you buy off-the-shelf clubs, you are conforming to the golf club. However, if the clubs are custom built just for you, the golf club conforms to you. As a golfer, you know how bad a change in your swing can mess up your game. This is why you should not conform to the golf club. I don’t care if you have the most uncharacteristic swing, a custom builder can build a golf club that you will feel very comfortable with. It’s important not to get custom golf clubs mixed up with fitted golf clubs, as there is a stark difference. Fitted golf clubs start with a set of standard golf clubs from a club manufacturer which are then fitted to be more suitable to your personal traits. Custom golf clubs are completely different, as they are entirely custom from the ground up and will fit you perfectly. Don’t buy into the hype of the latest club trying to boast the best in club technology - keep it simple with a set of custom golf clubs which you know you can depend on time and time again. Mass produced clubs are nothing but a hassle, opt instead
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for clubs which you know will meet your specific and unique playing style. Many people think that custom fitting is only for an expert golfer. This is totally wrong. Anyone even the beginner can use it and in fact, they’ll find it easier. So, whenever you reach the point where you need to replace your old set of clubs, take this opportunity to get a new custom fitting clubs. Custom fitting won’t cure all your bad shots. Coaching will sort that out. But if you do make a good swing, then the custom golf club will arrive correctly at impact and should produce a straight shot at your target. That alone will save shots during a round. After a custom club fitting, golfers will feel confident that
they have made a good decision in their investment. The added confidence will enhance performance almost as much as the custom fitting itself. For more information or to receive the benefits listed above, please contact me. A copy of this and my previous articles for Doyle’s Dilemmas can be found online at www.servicetogolf.com/ doylesdilemmas.asp. Should you have any questions on this or any equipment matter please feel free to call me on 01256 322007 or 07859 920055 Alternatively, email me directly at dave@ madetomeasuregolf.co.uk or visit my web site at www. madetomeasuregolf.co.uk
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