What is REAL Custom Fitting? If your car is dirty and trashed out, you can pull it into the driveway, hook up the hose and spray off most of the surface dirt and grime. On the other hand, you can do a better job in washing your car by filling a bucket with soapy water and scrub off all of the dirt with a sponge and a little ‘elbow grease.’ Or, you can pull out all of the stops and not only scrub the outside of the car, but wash, wipe, and vacuum the inside as well and finish with a full wax. Custom clubfitting is very much the same way. If you realize that you simply bought your golf clubs in standard form, off the rack from a golf retailer or pro shop and you are curious as to whether your game may benefit from being custom fit, there are many different options available in the golf business, all which are termed by some to be a ‘custom fitting.’ The problem is, since 98% of all golfers really don’t know what constitutes a real custom fitting, it’s easy to think you’re getting the ‘full detail job’ when you’re really ending up with only a ‘hose job.’ Real Custom Fitting is not answering five or six questions on a web site to be ‘fit’ into a driver or a set of irons. Real Custom Fitting is not a cart with wheels filled with different golf clubs and sitting in a pro shop or on the practice range. Real Custom Fitting is not attending a Demo Day at your local driving range and hitting clubs until you find something you like. Real Custom Fitting is not something that can be accomplished from start to finish in 20 minutes or less, regardless if you are hitting balls on a launch monitor. Real Custom Fitting is not done by altering some aspects of an existing standard made set of golf clubs. Real Custom Fitting IS working one on one with a trained custom clubmaker over a period of at least 45 minutes or more, and frequently over the course of 2 or more visits to the clubmakers shop. Real Custom Fitting IS being fit from scratch, in the same manner as a tailor making a custom suit, with the right clubheads, shafts, and grips being recommended by the custom clubmaker from a wide variety of different models, designs and performance factors. Real Custom Fitting IS the domain of the serious, professional clubmaker who ‘lives, eats and breathes’ all of the information available which will allow him or her to accurately match each golfer’s swing to the best fit set of golf clubs.
It’s Time To Check Your Clubs Golfers invest a significant amount of money in equipment these days but often neglect properly maintaining them leading to less than optimal performance on the course. Your golf clubs are the most important equipment in your golf bag. But golfers often overlook having them regularly examined and evaluated. Improve your game by inspecting your club’s grips, heads, and shafts. Grips. Check your grips and look for signs of wear. If the grips are in pretty good shape with minimal wear, then use a piece of fine steel wool with soap in it and scrub the grips. This will clean off dirt as well as roughen the grip renewing it’s tacky feel. If the grips are hard or excessively worn, then you need to replace them. Pay attention to grip size when making the replacements. In general, the middle and ring finger of the left hand (for RH golfer) should barely touch the palm as it is placed in playing position. Heads. Inspect the heads of your clubs. If there are signs of rust, treat them with WD-40 by applying and rubbing until the rust is removed. Clean the heads with a plastic brush and warm soapy water. Make sure to dry completely. Get the loft and lie checked. Clubs can get out of alignment during normal play. A two degree change in
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loft can result in as much as ten yards in distance. If your clubs have ferrules, take a look to ensure that there are no gaps between the head and the ferrule and that they are not loose. If the ferrules have lost their shine, applying a light coat of acetone will restore their luster. Shake the club and listen for rattles in the head. Have repaired any rattles or loose heads. Shafts. Take a close look at the shafts. Inspect for rust and use WD-40 to remove as mentioned above. Look for dents and dings in the shafts. A ding or ding will make the shaft weaker and should be replaced to avoid breakage during a swing. Check to see if any of the shafts are loose. Grab the clubhead in one hand and the grip with the other and then twist. Any movement or squeak indicates that the head is loose and needs to be repaired. Take a look and see if your shafts match. Check the flex and length. Irons generally have a half inch increment between clubs and woods usually have an inch increment between clubs. Inconsistent shaft lengths and flexes can affect the club’s accuracy and distance. Have any anomalies sorted out by a qualified clubmaker. If you are serious about the game, it is imperative that you regularly and thoroughly examine your golf clubs. Be it your loft, lie, shaft or grips, it is wise to have your clubs given an annual check up. Golf clubs can be costly and giving them the attention and care they deserve will save you money in the long tem. 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 email@example.com or visit my web site at www.madetomeasuregolf.co.uk