Why are your golf clubs different lengths?

The reason your set’s clubs vary in length is a lot more complex than “just because.” 

There was rhyme and reason to why our golf forefathers mixed and matched their measurements. To get the most obvious answer out of the way: distance. Along with a club’s loft, its length is a top contributing factor to distance. 

The longer a club is, the faster it can be swung (to a point). While same-length clubs have caught fire over the last few years, the majority of golfers still fit into varying length shafts. When length is increased up the bag, each club has greater leverage and speed to hit the ball further if solid contact is made.  

So why isn’t everyone swinging 50-inch drivers? It boils down to too much of a good thing. Studies have shown that you can pick up about 1 mph for every additional inch, and more speed tends to yield most distance. If 1 mph = two additional yards of carry, there’s a basis for the theory that longer = better.   

However, not all golfers have identical swings, so the rule of thumb has its caveats. You’re looking to produce solid, repeatable contact with your clubs, and the longer the shaft, the more variables there are working on the shaft as you bring it around your body. Sure, you might find a few extra yards every couple of shots but if all the intermediate swings are smash factor disasters, you’ve played yourself.  

Conversely, shorter clubs are designed for more precision. The closer you are to the hole, the more precise you want to be with your shots. Makes sense, right? It’s like tightening the bolts on a toy car vs a real car. For a bigger car, you’re going to need more leverage and a larger wrench. For a toy car, you’re going to want more precision and thus, a smaller wrench to get the job done. 

Golf isn’t usually touted as a game of averages but golf equipment manufacturing can be. This is another reason we have varied lengths in the bag — it’s as if Reebok didn’t offer Shaq’s shoe in your size or Reebok told Shaq he’s out of luck because they don’t make shoes big enough for him. A lot of products are made based on averages and golf shafts are no different. The average male and female heights in the United States are 5’10” and 5’5”, respectively. Although most people can use an average shaft made to suit those heights, “most” is not all. And frankly, “use” is not the same thing as “wield like a weapon of scorecard destruction at every hole.” As a custom club fitter, we prefer to lean into the latter. 

We’ve mentioned before that the shafts we use in our fittings are made from higher quality materials and aren’t cut down for length until your measurements are assessed. To drive home the point: any shaft can help bring the clubhead around and into the ball, but you may be sacrificing distance, accuracy, repeatability and more, or even risking injury, by sticking with something that doesn’t suit you. Variety is the spice of life but it’s also the secret to an optimized golf game. 

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How to care for your clubs

Caring for your golf clubs is just as important as how you swing them. Here are some tips on how to clean, store, and care for your custom-fit golf clubs so they don’t just become decorations for the corner of your garage. 

Cleaning your golf clubs 

Having clean clubs doesn’t just make them look shiny and brand new; it also helps them continue to perform at their full potential. 

Grass, dirt and maybe even a spilt transfusion can build up in the grooves of your clubs, affecting the performance of your shots. Irons and wedges will both have their spin and control negatively affected without a clean face. 

The same substances and scuffs can also affect your putting and driving, too. 

It’s recommended to tend to your clubs with a proper cleaning every few rounds or after a particularly muddy or damp round.

You’re going to want: 

  • A bucket of warm water 
  • Dish soap 
  • A soft-bristled brush 
  • Hand towels 

Always start cleaning your clubs from the head, and then scrub up. 

To clean the clubheads: 

  • Put a small amount of dish soap into your warm bucket of water. 
  • Dunk your clubhead into the water for 15 seconds. 
  • Remove the head and wipe it down thoroughly with a towel. 
  • Gently scrub the remaining foreign debris from the grooves using the soft-bristled brush. 

Not done yet! Natural oils, sweat and those pesky transfusions can cause your grips to deteriorate and become more slippery over time. To clean the shaft and grip: 

  • Take a new hand towel and run it under water. 
  • Wipe the grip. DO NOT soak the grip in water or use bristles on your grips. 
  • Use soap and water to wipe down the shaft. 

We’ve always suggested that you regrip once a year at a minimum to maximize your club and grip performance. But if you like the feel of your current grips, just make sure you clean them properly to extend their lifespan. 

Before you put your clubs back in your bag, make sure they are completely dry. If you store wet clubs, they can become rusty quicker, and they can even be damaged beyond repair. Only clean your clubs one at a time and dry the club off completely before moving to the next. 

Storing your clubs 

Whether it’s between rounds or the end of your golf season, storing your clubs is extremely important. 

Take it from somebody who once kept his clubs in the trunk of his car for an entire winter, it’s absolutely horrible for the long-term performance of your clubs. 

It goes without saying that the trunk of your car is not the best place to keep your clubs long-term. You should always store your clubs in a climate-controlled environment without humidity or moisture. Your garage or the trunk of your car is a bad place to put your clubs because an environment that contains extreme heat or cold can weaken the glue on your club’s components. 

Keeping them inside your home or office is the safest bet — just make sure they’re out of the way of your family’s daily routines. The last thing you need is your kids using your clubs as lightsabers – even though it looks cool. 

If possible, you should put a rain/travel cover over your bag during extended storage to help prevent scratches and dents. I know there’s a stigma attached to ironhead covers, but in the case of long-term storage or extended periods of travel, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get headcovers for all your clubs to prevent bumps, bruises and dust buildup. 

General upkeep 

Outside of cleaning and general storage procedures, your clubs are going to naturally age. There’s going to be one bad swing after a couple dozen rounds and something may come loose.  

Getting your clubs fit through Club Champion is a lifetime investment. Your fitter is determined to ensure that your clubs consistently play their best for you. So, make sure you keep in touch with your fitter to let them know when anything about your clubs may start to feel different and they’ll invite you in to get your set back to tip-top shape. 

Proper cleaning, storage, and care will allow you to get the best return on your investment and enjoy your ideal clubs for years to come.

Putter Fitting Month Is Here!

It has arrived.

Putter Fitting Month is here and Club Champion is coming at you all month long with special collaborations, deals and content centered completely around the putter and how getting it fit can be the best thing for your game.

From September 1-30, 2021, all Club Champion locations will waive the putter fitting fee, valued at $100, for any golfer who purchases a new putter or custom putter shaft with Club Champion installation.

So how does it work? It starts with an unrivaled number of putter options, including models from all the major brands and boutique brands alike. Some of those brands and models are showcased below, to give you a taste of what Club Champion offers beyond just the usual suspects.

SIK Golf

SIK Golf is looking to combat inconsistent launch angles and poor distance control on the green with a unique tech called Descending Loft Technology (DLT). With DLT on the face of each of SIK’s five putter models, each putter head delivers consistent launch angles regardless of the shaft lean at impact, which leads to consistent rolls. With four varying degrees of impact on the face of the putter, consistency is brought to each putt regardless of the angle at which you strike the ball.

As mentioned above, SIK has five putter models – Pro, Jo, DW, Sho and Flo – and each are available through Club Champion in plumber’s neck, slant neck or post neck styles. SIK also has several armlock putters with different hosels and specs depending on what fits the golfer best.

L.A.B. Golf

Lie Angle Balance (L.A.B.) is a patented technology intended to simplify putting. According to the brand, it eliminates torque from the design of a putter, allowing all golfers to consistently repeat their stroke — especially when the pressure is on. Club Champion carries the Directed Force 2.1 model, an aesthetically unique and performance-driven mallet, as well as the B.2 model, a blade-style putter with a minimalist design that fades into the background at address.

L.A.B. putters are 100% milled in the USA and are fully customizable. With RH and LH options, golfers can choose from five alignment options, numerous finishes, custom shaft options, and even faces with or without grooves. Like all Club Champion options, length, loft, grip style and more can be completely optimized to the individual player.

SeeMore Putters

The patented Rifle Scope Technology (RST) on each SeeMore putter head allows golfers to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target. The bottom portion of each shaft is lined up between two white lines on the top of the clubhead and covers SeeMore’s signature red dot on the heel of the top line. Like a radar locking in on a target, the two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in a perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke.

SeeMore has a plethora of putter models to choose from and all can be found and fitted at Club Champion. With a focus on perfect putting alignment and having different variations of shaft location and head design, SeeMore putters are a fitter’s dream.

Edel Golf

Edel’s goal to provide the perfect fitted putter to sink more putts is perfectly aligned with Club Champion, and the technology they bring to the table is what makes them a perfect partner for us.

The Edel Alignment System (EAS) is a unique putter building strategy with interchangeable weights and alignment plates that are individualized to the golfer using the putter. Every golfer perceives putter shapes and alignment scenarios differently, and with Edel’s arsenal of multiple putter heads, shaft offsets and the interchangeable components, they can create a putter that perfectly fits everything about your game on the green.

Bettinardi Golf

If you’re looking for milled putters, Bettinardi Golf has you covered. Through precision face milling techniques, “one piece technology” and constant adaptations, Bettinardi offers a collection of beautifully crafted, performance-inspired models like the BB1 Long Neck (a collaboration with Club Champion), the Queen B Series, the Inovai Series and more.

Breakthrough Golf Technology

Breakthrough Golf Technology (BGT) has revolutionized the putter shaft with their original Stability shafts, Stability Tour shafts and the brand new Stability Carbon shafts. Traditional putter shafts have always been relatively the same: a steel pipe. However, the brand posits that traditional shafts are inherently inconsistent and can limit how well golfers perform.

BGT’s shafts remove inconsistencies and help compensate for the typical mistakes any golfer makes on the green. Cooperating with a variety of putter heads available through Club Champion, a BGT Stability shaft can help any golfer unleash their full putting potential.

These brands and more combine with Science and Motion (SAM) PuttLab technology to help Club Champion master fitters to pinpoint the perfect putter. Our fitters are trained to understand what each putter brings to the table, and their only goal is to find the best combination of components to lower your scores.

To complement the expansive equipment knowledge and options, Club Champion master fitters are also trained to analyze SAM PuttLab metrics to precisely break down what’s going on with your existing putter. Key criteria about your stroke — club path, face angle at impact, loft, lie angle, consistencies of rotation — should be considered when seeking out a new putter. Data from the SAM PuttLab helps us address those things, as well as other elements like head style, weight, putter length, face balancing and even toe-hang. Your Club Champion fitter will explain what areas need to be changed with a new putter or simply adjusted on your current putter.

Whether you are an occasional golfer or on the links weekly, every player benefits from a custom-fitted putter. To take advantage of our limited-time Putter Fitting Month promotion, please visit clubchampiongolf.com.

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