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With the advancements in technology and availability of specialized equipment today, along with a better understanding of the golf swing process (high-speed video), ordinary golfers now have access to high-quality club fitting, just like the pros.
The dark ages of loft/lie fittings using tape and a plywood board are far removed from today’s high-tech club fitting. Trackman Pro is the gold standard of launch monitors and simulators, it is the same system the PGA Tour uses to track pro stats.
A Golf Magazine study found that 90% of U.S. golfers could be playing improperly fit clubs. A Golf Digest study found that 8 of 9 custom fit golfers lowered their score by as much as 6 strokes per round and added up to 21 yards off the tee.
Who wouldn’t want that?
You’ve no doubt watched the pros on TV and noticed the variety of swings (especially noticeable with the senior golfers). Can you imagine how many different swings amateurs have?
Major brand manufacturers are, by necessity, building clubs for the masses, the question you have to ask yourself, is your swing average? Stories abound about golfers shaving strokes off their game, getting more distance off the tee and with their irons after getting custom fit clubs. Custom clubs can fill in those gaps between irons and can even improve your putting.
Club Champion in Bellevue, Wash. is a premium club fitter and is one of Golf Digest Top 100 Fitters. Club Champion studios are equipped with advanced analysis technology, and highly trained certified fitters and builders that must graduate through an extensive training program. Each club-fitters goes through over 100 hours of training before they become master club fitters. All fitters are being continually updated with the latest technology.
So, what is the club fitting process?
The club fitting analysis process involves you hitting your own clubs and gathering information about your performance. You get to see your results on a computer screen. The desired ball flight is determined and you test hit clubs that are calibrated to match your personal swing. Your performance data is again viewed so you can see your new ball flight and compare it with before and after.
The launch monitor provides the necessary information about a golfers performance but determining the correct equipment match requires very specialized training, as there are over 15,000 club components to select from.
Club Champion offers seven different fitting options from a single club to the entire bag. You can count on spending at least an hour to fit a single club and up to four hours for an entire bag. Creating the perfect clubs to match your swing takes time but it’s fun and informative. You can even make modifications to your existing clubs if you like.
All of Club Champion’s custom clubs are built by master builders and made to the tightest tolerances.
If you plan on playing golf for several years or if you are serious about playing your best golf then you should think about Club Champion and get fitted to a new set of clubs and maximize your abilities.
For more information about Club Champion, check out their website at clubchampiongolf.com.