The Importance of MOI

Since we’ve covered center of gravity in another blog, it’s time to continue our journey into golf’s alphabet soup with moment of inertia, or MOI. 

MOI is the measure of how resistant the clubhead is to twisting — the higher the MOI, the more resistant to twisting the clubhead will be. The more twist-resistant a clubhead is, the more forgiving it will be, too. 

It’s pretty straightforward: higher MOI = more forgiveness. This applies to every club in the bag from your driver all the way down to your putter. 

Now, similar to CG and to the game of golf in general, the same thing isn’t going to work for everyone. Not everyone may want high MOI clubs in their bags.

So should you go with a high or low MOI? Well, there are general rules for both. 

Highly skilled golfers may not want as much forgiveness as the average golfer and may expect more workability from their equipment. These players would prefer less MOI because less clubface twisting hinders their ability to hit a draw or fade as desired. If ball-striking isn’t a problem for you, low MOI allows you to achieve the distances you want while not restricting your ball-shaping abilities.  

On the other hand, the average golfer benefits from a high MOI due to improved stability at impact. That way, ball speed isn’t sacrificed on an off-center shot. If you want your golf club to be less punishing on mishits, high MOI is for you. With a high MOI and thus, more forgiveness, finding fairways becomes a bit easier.  

Should you let MOI affect how you choose your clubs?

It should certainly be considered! 

If the biggest concern with your game is accuracy and/or consistency, high MOI clubs will play a crucial role in improving those issues for you. If shot shaping and distance are your main concerns, a low MOI will generally assist with those specific needs. 

When you come to get fit, discuss your goals with your fitter — they’ll be able to send you on a path to the right amount of MOI. The beauty of a custom fitting is that there’s no standard or one-size option. The best golf clubs for you will be the ones that work with you, as always.

Finding the set that works best for you is always of utmost importance to us. So, if you learned a little something about MOI today and think you want to start making some changes to your bag, head to clubchampiongolf.com to schedule a fitting. 

Why CG is important

If you’re tapped into the golf equipment world, you’ll see the term “Center of Gravity” or “CG” tossed around a lot. It may seem self-explanatory, but it isn’t always explained in relation to your clubs. 

CG is more than just marketing jargon — the CG in a clubhead determines launch, feel, spin, forgiveness, shaft reaction, and much more. 

To define the center of gravity more clearly: it is the point at which your clubhead is optimally balanced. You may find a clubhead’s CG at its center the majority of the time, but it can be adjusted and shifted depending on the club design or the golfer wielding the golf club. 

The CG in a clubhead can be forward, back, high, or low.  

A forward CG will launch lower with reduced spin, making it a less forgiving club. A back CG will increase launch and spin, making it a more forgiving club. See how that works? 

So, a High CG will cause the ball to launch lower and spin more, while a low CG will cause the ball to launch higher and spin less. 

When it comes to drivers, we typically fit most golfers into a low CG driver. The challenge is whether to fit them into a low-forward or low-backward design to optimize their longball launch.  

Lower handicappers typically want spin and launch down will fit into a low-forward design while most other golfers will opt for low-rearward designs for more height and forgiveness. Most drivers nowadays do come with adjustability weights and loft switches to play around with the CG, so it’ll be up to the fitter and the individual golfer to decide what’s launching the best and what feels the best with a certain CG. 

CG is important for not just the driver, but for every club in the bag. 

Although you won’t find a lot of adjustable CG irons, there are a plethora of iron designs from players to Game Improvement irons that vary in weight and size. For example, someone who fits into Game Improvement irons will typically have lower and more rearward CGs throughout their irons while players irons usually have higher and more forward CG locations for more workability on your shots. 

As with the driver, it’s up to you and your fitter to determine what irons have the greatest sweet spot with your swing and the CG location to find your perfect irons. 

CG matters just as much with wedges and putters as well. 

The way club ingenuity has gone, wedge companies have started to implement progressive CG locations, with the center of gravity getting higher as the loft increases. As for putters, the CG can completely make or break your short game if it isn’t properly aligned with how you stroke your putter. 

All in all, per usual, it’s best to have a fitter take a look at your golf game to determine where the center of gravity should be on your set.

Why Club Champion Builds Are Better

It’s no secret that custom fitting and custom building go hand-in-hand when considering golf clubs. That’s why, along with our Master Fitters, we employ Master Builders to precisely hand-build each club to the tightest tolerances. We pride ourselves on being a full-service option for all your equipment needs. 

Our builders have an unrivaled process that includes hand-picking weight sorted products, PUREing the shafts, altering the shaft length and swingweight to match the golfer’s specs, and more. The process is built — no pun intended — to yield impeccable golf clubs that can’t be matched by assembly lines or stock options off a shelf. There’s a lot more to the building process than we can cover in this blog but we’re always looking for quality club builders to join our team if you’d like a closer look.  

All that said, this blog is more about the why than the how 

There are a few misconceptions out there about club building. The most persistent is the idea that every club build is essentially the same if you have the right specs. That’s just not the case. The devil is in the details, so to speak. 

Let’s start with loft and lie. Digital loft and lie machines are the standard across the board, but they don’t measure equally. You can take the same set of specs to Club Champion, to an OEM, and to an at-home builder and yield three different clubs…and only one will be the club you tested in our bay if you were fitted at Club Champion. The reason we’re so confident in saying that is because all our loft and lie machines are calibrated to match — from store to store, and from stores to the build shop in Chicagoland. If the machine in Santa Monica measured one thing, the machines here at our HQ will be able to match it. 

We stress the importance of our calibrated machines because we’ve maintained the integrity of consistency. We don’t allow for the kinds of swingweight or loft and lie discrepancies you find with stock builds, and we guarantee that the club you hit in the bay will be the one that is built and shipped to you to play your best golf.  

We also stress our build tolerances. With other builders, you should expect variances of 2-3 degrees of loft and lie, ½ inch or more on length, and swingweight differences. Our builders are expected to deliver clubs within 1/8 of an inch, one degree of variation for loft and lie, and one swingweight point — and we’ve been known to reassemble clubs even within THOSE tolerances to ensure the closest possible match. This becomes extremely important when comparing our custom sets and off-the-rack sets. Most off-the-rack clubs are built in an assembly line where those tolerances aren’t assured and inspected. The assembly line process will have machines automate all the work or have one person cutting the shaft, another gripping and another gluing, and so on. There isn’t much room for consistency and accuracy with expediency is the main goal.  

“With a professionally built club like those we create, one person is doing the build from start to finish. We’re following much tighter tolerances and can offer a much wider range of custom options,” Club Champion founder Nick Sherburne said. “The tolerances for mass-produced clubs are all over the place, which is why a professionally hand-built club is key.” 

It’s worth noting that the 50,000 hittable head and shaft combinations in every store translate to just as many buildable combinations. When you have that sort of variety on your build desk every day, you know you must deliver quality sets every time, and understand the intricacies of each build. Our Master Builders do this day in and day out and can’t be beaten by hobby builders or robots in a warehouse.  

To learn more about the building process or to book a fitting, head to clubchampiongolf.com. 

Club Champion’s Winter Golf Guide

Missing the warmer months? We certainly are at Club Champion HQ in Chicago. We’ve compiled some advice for those of you in the same boat — the boat that’s full of snow and ice and freezing temps. Keep your golf game as spry as springtime during the dead of winter with these tips. 

Get a custom fitting 

There was no chance this wasn’t going to be the first thing on our list. I mean, come on, that’s what we do!  

We’ve discussed why we fit indoors and the winter months are just another reason why we do that. All of our fittings are in a temperature-controlled environment without wind, humidity, or other unpleasant weather patterns. In a static indoor environment, you don’t have to worry about anything other than you and your swing. 

Plus, just getting in the bay and keeping your swing on point for when warmer weather arrives isn’t a bad idea. Nor is making sure you get the perfect set fit to you in time for the spring golf season. Since all of the latest and greatest gear drops in the first few months of the year, we’ll give you access to brand new equipment in our bays as soon as they’re made available by the brands. 

Also, between now and 1/31/22, our winter fitting deal is active, so it’s the perfect time to come in and get fit!

Have the right gear 

Yes, this applies to golf clubs, but this tip is more from the clothing and golf ball standpoint.

Wet weather gloves, thermal socks, and several long-sleeved layers will only benefit you on your winter golf outing. Layers may impact your swing, so be mindful that you aren’t over or under-compensating, which may lead to injury. 

Or if you’re one of those football fans who takes their shirt off at playoff games in the snow, I imagine you could do the same thing playing golf. Assuming the golf course allows you to play with no shirt on.

You’ll definitely want to break out your yellow golf balls if you’re playing in frosty conditions. You can find a great variety of golf balls at our locations, including the Srixon Divide golf balls, which feature a two-sided neon colorway that makes finding it in rain, sleet, snow or hail that much easier. 

Take lessons 

One of the biggest misconceptions about our fittings is that they double as a golf lesson. We don’t provide lessons but we can provide you with a perfect club that fits your current swing. That perfect club can help you progress even more quickly with your golf instructor’s help. 

Whether it’s at a range, a course, or another indoor facility, you can find lessons that will help get your golf game to a comfortable level. Say you really need to work on your driver swing (like I do) and you don’t want to get fit until your mind, spirit, and body are in the right place. You’ve got a couple of months before your buddies want to get out on the course, so now is the time! There are indoor facilities all over the place that can help you dial in the foundational improvements you need to hit the course at your peak next season.  

Read, Listen & Watch 

Say the conditions are just too cold and a blizzard rolls through; this doesn’t mean you can’t completely immerse yourself in the game of golf. 

Whether it’s reading this blog or watching our YouTube channel, we’ve got a plethora of golf equipment content ready for you! You can learn all about our fitting processes, golf terms, what the difference is between aftermarket and stock shafts as well as what great options we have on our walls for you in all of our locations. 

We also have the Fits With the Founder podcast, hosted by our founder Nick Sherburne. Alongside our Marketing Director and social media guru, Cassie Bausch, our podcast covers all of the top golf news and gets into some wacky hypotheticals about the golf world, with special guest interviews from some of the top names in golf! 

If you have room in your house, you may even be able to break out your fitted set and take a few swings and learn from an instructional video to maximize your swing before the weather warms up. If you don’t have the room, maybe just put your clubs in the corner of the room and stare at them until your swing becomes immaculate. 

There are also several Tour events that happen in the winter months, so it’ll be easy to keep up with your favorite pro golfers while you’re stuck inside. 

To book a fitting or to find more equipment content to keep you warm during the winter months, head to clubchampiongolf.com! 

Club Champion University: The Master Club Fitter Education Program

A Master’s Degree doesn’t just fall into anyone’s lap. It takes grueling study and masterful practical sessions to be able to call yourself the Master of anything.

That said, you don’t have to go back to college for this Master’s degree and you won’t even have to plead a case to Jedi Master Mace Windu.

All you have to do to get this club fitting Master’s Degree is to take a seat in Club Champion University (CCU).

The Curriculum

The road to becoming a Master Fitter begins at the Club Champion Headquarters in Willowbrook, IL. Once there, fitters and their fellow classmates begin a four-week training program constructed to make Master Fitters out of every single new hire, regardless of background.

CCU Professor and Master Fitter Brad Syslo

“There’s no hands-on training experience like it in the golf industry,” CCU Professor and Master Fitter Brad Syslo said. “We’ve built a program from the ground up and put together some of the best fitting knowledge in golf into a single program.”

With Syslo and our Founder/Dean of CCU, Nick Sherburne, at the helm, trainees learn the ins and outs of a Club Champion club fitting from over 50 combined years of club fitting experience. The two teach lessons, assign homework and allow the trainees to perform practicals and hands-on fittings in the Chicagoland stores.

“It’s one of, if not the most, intense fitting courses you can find,” said Sherburne. “We’ve teamed up with other minds to ensure that every fitter that comes through CCU earns the rank of Master.”

The Content

CCU has a textbook with over 200 pages of instructions and hypothetical examples of different fits. This textbook is paired with over 250 hours of online task portals that are tracked throughout the training process.

The bookwork provides a great foundation before each trainee is put to the test with practical sessions. Dispersed amongst multiple Chicagoland locations, each master-in-training gets hands-on experience with real golfers, conducting actual fittings with trainers observing in the bay. Trainees are also taught how to build and adjust clubs so they understand a customer’s golf club from the component stage all the way to the customer’s bag and beyond.

“Sometimes, you just have to run before you can walk,” Sherburne said. “The trainees are being supervised by Master Fitters during their first couple of rounds but after that, they’re expected to have grown from their training.”

Many of the fitters hired at Club Champion already have prior golf industry experience, but it isn’t required to become a Master Fitter. A familiarity with the golf industry is always preferred but passionate golfers with no previous experience can sometimes turn into the most effective fitters since they have a hunger for the process.

Included in the course is in-person presentations provided by OEM partners like TaylorMade, Mizuno, Edel, Bettinardi, and many more to ensure that every fitter knows the ins and outs of the current technology. Graduating from CCU is only step one!

The Graduation and Epilogue

After the four weeks are up and the fitter has completed their training and earned certifications from the OEM partners, it is time for them to officially graduate from Club Champion University as Master Fitters. The new class of Master Fitters are then sent to one of the many locations nationwide to help lower the scores of golfers everywhere.

But, unlike the usual graduation ceremony where you may have received a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss and you’re sent off to live life, this Master’s Program has an Epilogue.

To ensure Club Champion fitters are consistently the most highly trained in the industry, they receive bi-weekly training so the process remains the same from coast-to-coast. The online portal they gain access to during training stays open so they can take recurrency exams and have all the up-to-date information on new products. This level of training is unmatched by any other golf club fitter you’ll find.

“As a PGA professional who has taught thousands of lessons and conducted hundreds of fits, it is impossible to reach your fitting potential without proper knowledge of the art,” Mike K. of our Owings Mills store said. “It was not until I started fitting for Club Champion that I realized the power of what we do here as fitters, CCU is game changing!”

Club fitting in general is game changing, but the steps Club Champion takes to make sure our Master Fitters match our process truly separates us from the rest of the pack.

To learn more or to book a fitting with one of our Master Fitters, head to clubchampiongolf.com.

Club Connections: The Key To An Agnostic Fitting

For over a decade, Club Champion has provided golfers with a massive number of possible club combinations in a fitting. That number has steadily grown over the years and now sits at over 50,000 hittable options in each store!

But it’s easier said than done — the secret’s in the sauce and at Club Champion, the secret sauce is the quick connects system.

The quick connects is an adapter piece, not entirely different from the loft sleeve, that allows a fitter to pair any head and shaft from the demo matrix to create a custom club that can be tested in real-time. This piece allows Club Champion to uphold their cardinal tenet of brand agnosticism to fit golfers into a club or set of clubs that works, regardless of brand.

Say you needed an extremely stiff True Temper HZRDUS Smoke Green shaft paired with your Titleist TSi4 driver head so you keep high spin and responsiveness without sacrificing launch. The quick connects systems can join those together to create a level of synergy only comparable to the likes of peanut butter and jelly, Jordan and Pippen, or lemonade and iced tea.

When comparing the loft sleeve to the connection system, they’re similar in the sense that they allow for quick adjustments; however, unlike the loft sleeve, the quick connects system allows the shaft and clubhead to be completely separated to swap something else in.

The most powerful characteristic of the quick connects system is its ability to give you access to literally every combination. Many golfers come to a fitting with a brand or model in mind because that’s what they’ve experienced in the past. At Club Champion, nothing is off-limits because their Master Fitters aren’t limited to just stock options or a few bags of pre-built clubs.

Okay, so what’s the catch? Frankly, there isn’t one but a common counterpoint to a quick adapter system like the one at Club Champion is that it adds weight to the clubs you’re testing. While this is true, the weight is minimal and it is taken into consideration by the fitter during your session when deciding on final specs like swingweight. If we want to test every possible combo to find the best fit, we have to have a system sturdy enough to take the force of repeated golf swings to do it — the alternate option is to stick with pre-built clubs that can’t be customized. As hundreds of thousands of fitted golfers can attest, the positives completely outweigh the negatives. Pun intended.

All in all, there are many factors that make Club Champion fittings the best in the industry. But the 50K+ combinations in every store are an incredible asset to any golfer looking for their best possible equipment and it’s all made possible by the quick connects adapter system.

Take a closer look at the club connection system during a fitting! Book here.

Q&A: Getting to Know Club Champion’s Founder, Nick Sherburne

1. How did Club Champion start?

I’ve been in and around the golf industry my whole life. I found my way into club fitting in 1998 at a place called EJL Golf. The “Steve Jobs started in a garage” story is sort of the skeleton of ours, too. Golf was just a passion of mine and I wanted to ensure others enjoyed it as much as I did. The best way to do that was to get people the best equipment for them. Club fitting has always been a part of the sport of golf but as time has passed, the technology behind club fitting has greatly improved. With EJL, our knowledge grew as technology advanced and we had more customers than we knew what to do with. Then, in 2010, Club Champion was founded out of EJL Golf and ever since, it’s been a runaway train — we now have over 90 locations across the U.S. with plans to expand further. Before the mass availability of TrackMan launch monitors, SST PUREing machines, SAM PuttLabs, and more, fitting was limited to Tour pros and an upper echelon of golfers. Now, we can give every golfer a Tour-level fitting experience.

2. What is the most challenging part of a club fitting?

Having 50,000 combos in your face can sometimes create a Netflix effect — too many options, not enough time. Our fitters are trained to dial in the best profiles and options pretty quickly but sometimes you get the golf nut who wants to try everything and we want to provide that experience. Our massive wall of demo options is one of my favorite things but it’s sometimes a double-edged sword.

3. Speaking of, do you ever say no to carrying certain brands or equipment?

We pride ourselves on being brand agnostic and fitting golfers into the best possible equipment for their swing, rather than what looks coolest in their bag. I’ll look at and invest in brands that believe in the science of golf and the betterment of golfers. I sometimes have to say no for logistical reasons, but it’s rare! My phone and email are always open to new brands and innovations from both the big guys and the small businesses out of a garage. I hope that the number of possible club combinations never stops growing because that also means that the number of golfers that we can help keeps increasing as well.

4. Bryson DeChambeau has been one of golf’s most consistent and significant distance players and is known for his quirky equipment choices. How do you feel about One Length, armlock, longer drivers and the other equipment trends that Bryson brings attention to?

Bryson’s a unique guy to talk about when it comes to equipment and science as it relates to golf and performance. We love having him on our team because he approaches golf exactly the way we do: by looking at the data and always striving for that next best thing. When it comes to single-length clubs or armlock or any trend off the beaten path, I’d have to say I stand by what Club Champion is all about. Every golfer and every swing is different. The reason we have as many equipment options as we do is because of that fact. One Length as a concept is super interesting and it works for a fair amount of people. But nothing is one-size-fits-all. At the end of the day, I’m taking the golfer in my bay into consideration, and nothing else. That said, if you think that I haven’t tested every one of Bryson’s components or fitted someone into armlock putters or what have you, you’d be wrong. It’s all about the science but science can be fun.

5. What’s the oldest set of clubs you’ve ever seen brought into a fitting?

I’ve seen weird brands, foreign equipment, knockoff clubs, and clubs so rusty you’d think they were 100 years old. But I had a guy come in with clubs that were nearly 50 years old. He was a scratch golfer and couldn’t part from his iron set outside of regripping them every so often. Contrary to what some people think, Club Champion actually fits existing clubs all the time, so we got this guy into the bay with these relics. We changed out his shafts, got him some new grips and he increased his distance with 50-year-old iron heads. I just love that I still can be surprised even 20-some years into this by what equipment and fitting tech can do for each other.

6. Let’s say you transported Bobby Jones, Gary Player or even Jack Nicklaus in their prime to today and got them in for a club fitting. Do you think they’d be even greater with the modern fitted equipment?

No doubt in my mind. The level at which those guys and even pros now play is just unfathomable for your regular weekend warrior, but they were doing it before so much innovation and science were applied to sports. And it’s not even just the club designs, it’s also launch monitors and other assets that help golfers better understand what they’re doing and what they can change. There are days when Bill Belichick’s philosophy of, “A statistic isn’t the reason why we missed tackles,” is true, but could you imagine having a peak Jack Nicklaus play against Justin Thomas or Jon Rahm, armed with not only fitted equipment but knowledge of every angle of his game? I love JT and Rahm, but I think Nicklaus with TrackMan data and 2021 club models in his bag is wiping the floor with them in this hypothetical match.

7. Where do you see Club Champion in five years?

When I look back five years, it’s crazy to see how far we’ve come. I’m proud to say that we’re a flag carrier in the field of club fitting and I think we’ve seen a massive shift in perception even just the last few years. Golfers are smarter, they have access to more technology, they interact more directly with pros, there are more golf retailers, and so on. The 2021 landscape for golf in general is wild, but club fitting in particular is seeing some massive movement as people realize that, like anything else, their hobby is more fun when they’re performing at their best.

In terms of where I think we’ll be in five years, this is sort of a cop-out but I think the answer is that there’s no limit. It’s cheesy but think about it. When we started, we were thrilled to be a local fitting business with three locations in the Chicago area. Now, we’re about to open our 100th location, we’re looking at international expansion, we employ hundreds of people nationwide, we work with some of the biggest names in golf…I’m not sure that I even want to come up with a goal because I’d rather just keep outperforming even my own expectations. Which is why we’re so hung up on words like “best” and “better” — we’re constantly searching for the next best thing, which it’s a club combination or the next spot for a Club Champion studio. Who knows what that’ll be in five years, but I’m excited to find out.

To hear more from Nick, check out our YouTube page and Club Champion’s official podcast, Fits with the Founder.

Breakdown: SAM PuttLab Technology

To continue our month-long celebration of the flatstick, we’re breaking down the Science & Motion (SAM) PuttLab technology found in every Club Champion studio and how it helps fitters to find your perfect putter.

For most golfers, putts make up around 40% of the strokes on a scorecard. In nearly every round, you’ll use your putter on every single hole — it’s the only club in the bag that gets that much mileage. So why not employ the gold standard when it comes to putter fitting technology?

Let’s break down how the technology actually works. SAM uses ultrasound scanners and lasers to track the core function of dozens of different putting parameters. There are a lot of factors that go into a putting stroke and SAM takes all of them into account. The machine tracks where you make impact, how your striking speed differs or compares to your tap-ins, your stroke path, and many, many more elements.

The SAM Triplett tracks the motion of the club during your stroke.

You’ll see a funny-looking machine in a Club Champion putter studio, called the SAM BaseUnit, that uses attachable lasers to show precisely where the putter is aimed. There are also overhead projectors that illustrate the correct break of the green and motion capture systems to track the “before,” “during,” and “after” of the stroke.

All the tracking and data is recorded in real-time, so you’ll be able to see what you’re doing while you’re doing it. But the comprehensive analysis reports that SAM provides are where the real magic happens.

Based on the information generated from first testing your gamer and then testing a few other putter options, your fitter will be able to recommend the best combination of elements to suit your unique needs. Putter length, toe hang, head style, loft, even grip size — everything can be dialed in using the data generated by SAM and the knowledge of a Club Champion fitter on both the fitting tech and the putter options available on the market today.

After a putter fitting, 40% of your game can be 100% fitted to you. Book a Club Champion putter fitting on the unmatched SAM PuttLab at Club Champion today — and don’t forget, for the month of September, that fitting is FREE when you purchase a putter!

Golf Health at Club Champion

There’s a lot more to the game of golf than equipment.

While our primary goal is to find the best possible clubs for your unique swing, we also want to ensure that your muscles and joints maintain their health so that you can enjoy the game of golf for as long as possible.

An easy jumping off point for this blog about your golf health is to flash back to our post about how to prepare for your fitting.

During one of our fittings, you’re going to hit hundreds of balls in the bay. We always encourage you to stretch before the fitting to prevent any pain or injury afterward. We also keep nutritious snacks and water to help fuel you during your fitting. Whether you’re hitting one ball or one hundred, a golf swing can wreak havoc on your body and you need to be prepared to safely perform at your best.

From an equipment standpoint, a set that works with your swing motion instead of against it can tremendously improve your score but also your health on the course. Say you currently play with an old set of irons that are too short but you make them work. That overcompensation requires you to bend down, forcing you into an awkward position to swing. This not only hinders your full range of motion but it invites injury.

From a body standpoint, stretching is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle, especially on the golf course. Generally, stretching is a great way to decrease soreness and pain in your muscles and joints, as well as improve posture and range of motion. It can even help relieve stress, which is a welcome side effect for most golfers.

It doesn’t take much to translate what good posture and solid range of motion can do for your golf game. Elbow soreness, knee soreness, back soreness, etc. are all commonalities for golfers and without stretching, those commonalities can become repeatedly or permanently painful. Stretching can mitigate or eliminate those issues for better health and better results when you play.

A set of perfectly fitted clubs pairs well with a thorough stretching session, but there’s a third element that can take your game to the next level. Therabody’s revolutionary percussive therapy, Theragun, is sold at 40 Club Champion locations nationwide and all four versions of the Theragun – the PRO, Elite, Prime and Mini – are ready to help relieve nagging pains and stiffness after a tough round. With varying speeds and interchangeable heads, a Theragun session before, during and after your round will maximize your body’s performance and recovery on and off the course.

If you’re looking to improve your golf game and your lifestyle, Club Champion’s got all the bases covered.

Book a fitting today!

Fitting existing sets

It may come as a surprise, but we love to fit existing sets at Club Champion. Golfers frequently bring in clubs that are 5, 10, 15, and sometimes even 50 years old! While we always recommend the equipment that performs the best, sometimes that means sticking with the tried and true.

For those with an attachment to their current set, there might be a reason: maybe there’s an emotional attachment but sometimes, we see older sets that can perform wonderfully. The ol’ “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality is not lost on the golf industry.

The moral of the story: not every club fitting results in a brand new set.

But you might be wondering, “How does that change the fitting process?” Great question.

We’re going to take those Titleist AP2 712 irons from 2011 and have you set some baseline data with them so we can ensure that you aren’t sacrificing performance for nostalgia. We’ll analyze all your data points, your striking, etc. and see if there are small tweaks like loft and lie adjustments that can milk even more out of the set.

At that point, we’ll discuss shaft upgrades or other updates. Sometimes we keep the clubheads and upgrade the rest; sometimes all you need is a quick loft adjustment and a new grip. It’s all relative and we have thousands of ways to optimize what you already have in the bag. It’s all about blending the old and the new for the best possible performance.

Some golfers might ask, “If I’m spending the time to get fit, shouldn’t I just roll with the latest technology?”

Take it from me — I play Select Model Pro Design irons from before I was born. I got them adjusted and I’ve never played better golf. We’re talking about saving seven strokes (or more) per round compared to pre-fitting Danny. Had my fitter found something that blew these out of the water, I would have absolutely considered a new set. But sometimes, the devil you know leads to better scores than the devil you don’t.

If you’re sold on upgrading your existing set, just talk to your fitter about your options. The great thing about custom fittings is that they’re, well…custom. Let us help you find the best configuration, even if that means holding onto elements from back in the day.

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