Most Overlooked Factors Of Clubfitting
10 keys that will get you fit
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1. Gap Analysis With Scoring Clubs
A majority of the strokes you take in a round are inside 100 yards, so it makes sense to have a club for all situations. Today, manufacturers are making pitching wedges with loft as low as 44°, which can create a large gap between that and a traditional 56° sand wedge.
2. Lofts In Fairway Woods
Imagine a garden hose, with the water pressure turned way down. It's hard to make the water shoot very far, unless you raise the angle of the garden hose so the water shoots out higher. It's the same with fairway woods. If you don't have a lot of clubhead speed, there's not enough loft on a 3-wood to maximize carry distance. In many cases, slower swingers will hit a 5-wood farther than a 3-wood, just because it's easier to launch the ball at the proper angle.
3. Bounce In Wedges
Most people recognize the loft of a wedge, but there's another important factor—bounce. If you're a "digger," meaning you take bigger divots with your wedges, or if you play on a course with deep rough around the greens, you'll benefit from higher bounce. Low bounce will tend to benefit "sliders," those who play on a course with hard, tight lies. It's a good idea to have different bounces in your wedges, so you can have a club for all conditions.
4. Loft On Your Putter
Most people are surprised to find there's loft on a putter. There is, because when the ball comes to rest on the green, its weight causes the ball to sit in a slight depression. Loft is needed to lift the ball slightly before it starts rolling. Everybody has a different putting stroke; some forward-press and deloft the putter, and others may add loft to their putter at impact. It's important to have the correct amount of loft so the ball comes off your putter properly.
5. Driver Length
Much is made of longer drivers to gain more distance. On a robot, that is true. Unfortunately, not many of us swing like a robot. The real key to distance is hitting the ball on the sweet spot. You want to use the longest driver that you can consistently hit solidly on the center of the face.
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