Game Changers

May 15, 2017

Author, Dave Wells, enjoying winter golf in Arizona. (Courtesy of Dave Wells.0

Author, Dave Wells, enjoying winter golf in Arizona. (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

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.

Entrance to Exclusive Golf Club Fitting at Ping (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

Entrance to Exclusive Golf Club Fitting at Ping (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

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.

Demo Day at Camelback Golf Club (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

Demo Day at Camelback Golf Club (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

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.


Home Again

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!


Bottom Line

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.”


Inside Ping HQ with Ping Man (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

Inside Ping HQ with Ping Man (Courtesy of Dave Wells.)

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Author: Dave Wells

Dave Wells is retired and lives in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his B.B.A Degree from the University of Mississippi. After working as a sales executive at Schering-Plough Corporation for 31 years, he retired early to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1992 for its beautiful weather and competitive golf. Dave has written numerous magazine articles on golfing experiences and his memorable days in Arizona before he returned to Memphis in 2002.

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