May 15, 2017
By Dave Wells
As you know, golf equipment, especially golf clubs, have a big impact on golf scores. For that reason, my recent winter visit to Scottsdale, Arizona included many club fitting sessions.
Why was I looking for new golf clubs? I had just bought a new driver last year and my irons had always done a pretty good job. At least I thought so, after shooting my age some 50 times.
However, in the wonderful game of golf, a new golf club venture is always seen as an opportunity to do better today than yesterday.
My Quest to Improve Clubs
During a two-month winter visit to Scottsdale, I embarked on a personal journey to improve my clubs. Demonstration days and fittings for drivers, fairway woods, irons, and putters are available all over the Valley of the Sun.
I tried all brands in many unique fitting locations, some outside, and many inside. In every case, all the fitting equipment stats were available, such as club speed, ball speed, spin rate, launch angle, distance (carry and total), direction, and the actual club hit on irons, plus the driver launch angle. Many of the professionals that I met stressed that launch is a golfer’s friend.
I found that enjoying interesting times and conversing with professional fitters, then comparing golf club results from all the fittings, led to choosing the clubs that best fit my swing.
Numerous sites were available in Arizona, including PGA Tour Superstores that feature many fitting professionals and the ability to compare all club brands.
After the visiting the superstores, it was on to an exclusive appointment at the Ping factory. I met with professionals covering each statistical part of the swing with a written recommendation done and email follow-up. Very well done!
Then a two-hour session at a Camelback Golf Club Demo Day with the newest of the new, the PXG (Parsons eXtreme Golf) clubs.
All the fittings were professionally done and the latest technology was used for fact- finding. I recommend your final fitting be done outside. Being outdoors provides a better golfing atmosphere for making your decision.
When my visit to Scottsdale was over, I returned to Memphis. On Saturday, April 8th, at TPC Southwind, a complete demo day awaited me. All the leading golf club manufacturers were on-hand. The day was time well spent because I was able to utilize the knowledge I gained at all those fitting sessions in Arizona.
My new driver and irons arrived a week later. And, I can happily say that I have shot my age 51 times. Ely Callaway should have a big smile on his face!
The bottom line on your fitting experience is that you owe it to yourself to have the right golf clubs in your golf bag. Golf is a lot more fun when you can play a top-notch game. As Nick Kuenneke, Head Golf Professional at TPC Southwind, says, “The right golf clubs are game changers.”
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