Tuesday, January 19, 2010
There’s more than one way to get perfectly fitted clubs
But one of their biggest perks is available to you too: getting fitted for equipment. In fact, you can buy the same clubfitting experience if you like.
Don’t fret; there are a range of fitting options available to every golfer, covering all levels of ability and budget. You can keep it simple by just having your current clubs’ specs adjusted for your swing, or you can keep moving the fitting bar up all the way to the Tour level where your clubs and ball are optimized for you.
And there are a myriad of places you can go to get the job done. But when all’s said and done, there are five different ways to get fit. Each offers a unique experience, plus its own advantages and drawbacks. Read on and decide which method suits you best.
Several major manufacturers offer clubfitting directly to consumers—and yes, the treatment can be identical to what their staff members experience.
It all started with PING and its color-coded fitting system. You know the colored dots on their clubs’ cavities? Each corresponds to a different lie angle. Taller players need more upright clubs; shorter players need flatter clubs. For PING, figuring out how to get the right club in its customers’ hands was just that easy. Now the company also offers its sophisticated nFlight fitting software.
Titleist offers many options, too, including being fitted by a company-trained local clubfitter or golf pro, high-end fittings through the company’s FittingWorks Tour Van and a Titleist Tour Fitting experience at the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif. “Our Tour Fitting experience offers driver, iron, wedge and full-line fitting options,” says Brett Porath, director of FittingWorks. A driver fitting typically includes a look at fairway woods, while an iron fitting typically includes a look at hybrids. “The full-line fitting covers you from tee to around the green, and includes a look at your full set composition. The Titleist Tour Fitting is conducted at the same facility, using the same methods, tools and expert fitters as our PGA Tour staff players. From the time you arrive to the time you leave, the experience is the same as what a Tour player receives.” The cost is $150 per fitting, or $450 for the full line.
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