Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Most Overlooked Factors Of Clubfitting
10 keys that will get you fit
Labels: Instruction, Shafts, Club Maintenance, Quick Tips, Fitting, Buyers Guide, Equipment, Irons, Buying, Clubs, Swing, Drivers, Techniques, Hybrids, Fairway Woods, Full Swing, Body
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Most players will hit drivers, and evaluate them based on one factor—distance. If they hit one good shot in five, and it goes 10 yards farther, they think they've found the Holy Grail. But the goal is to get around the course in the fewest number of strokes, which means getting the ball in play off the tee consistently. You'll score better with a driver that allows you to hit more fairways, even if it means sacrificing a few yards.
7. Difference In Putterhead Styles
There are many different styles of putters, and it can be confusing as to which is best for you. If you're trying to swing the putter on an arc, a putter with "toe-hang" is built for you. Those who try to make a straight-back and straight-through stroke will benefit from a "face-balanced" putter. Finally, if you struggle to hit putts solidly, try a high-MOI putter. These are the large, mallet-style putters. The sweet spot is much larger, and distance control will be easier for you.
8. How Your Height Affects Club Length
Most people assume that taller people need longer clubs, and shorter people need shorter clubs. This is not always the case. The length of your arms plays a big role. A tall person with long arms may need the same-length club as a much shorter person with shorter arms. Rather than use height to determine the proper length, take a look at the distance from your hands to the ground. That's more relevant.
9. Grip Size
The size of the grip on the club influences the way you release the club. If the grip is too thick, it'll be harder to release the club properly, and you'll tend to miss to the right. On the other hand, if the grip is too thin, you'll tend to overrotate your hands and hit pulls or hooks. And to make it worse, if the grip is the wrong size, it can lead to tension, which creates a whole new set of problems.
10. Set Makeup
We're allowed to carry 14 clubs, including the putter. We want to have a club for every situation—no more, no less. If there's a club in your bag that you can't/won't hit, replace it with a club that'll help your game. For example, some golfers still carry a 3-iron. And for some, even if hit solid, it doesn't go any farther than the 4-iron. Replacing the 3-iron with another wedge, or hybrid, will result in lower scores.
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