Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Synching Your Lesson With Clubfitting
And get better now!
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The R11S may have built in fitting options, but a clubfitter can take it to the next level.
That said, a good instruction session should not necessarily include clubfitting—unless the clubs truly don't fit your swing. But how are you to know, until you're already in the lesson? Many golfers actually shy away from taking lessons, for fear that the instructor may try to sell them new clubs. If that's you, either go to a pro you trust or one who's referred, or find out in advance who you're dealing with by finding out as much about the instructor as possible. A good teacher won't always try to sell you clubs. After all, you go to a lesson mostly to improve your swing with a few tips. Do you really want a sales pitch during the middle of your lesson?
Companies like Cleveland Golf have tech vans that travel the country so you can get fit like a pro.
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Before Tom Davidson, PGA director of golf at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, gives a lesson or clubfitting session, he always asks students what club they use on specific holes—instead of how far they can hit each club. "It's a much more revealing answer," says Davidson. "Most people either overestimate their shot distances or have no clue. I also look for wear patterns on the clubface and grip. It's kind of like playing C.S.I. with the clubs. People have no idea how they hit the ball. Some guys are techies with launch-monitor numbers but are utterly clueless about their game and swing."
Any way you look at it, your equipment affects the motion of both your swing and the ball—so you can rely on a good pro looking at your equipment during a lesson and at your swing during a clubfitting session. Davidson advises you to do your homework before you get fitted or take a lesson. Let the pro know up front what club or part of your swing you're trying to change and why. Also, have realistic expectations about your distances, how quickly the lessons will improve your game, and what new clubs will do for you.
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