(Part 1) By Scott Kramer
No one has a perfect golf swing. But we can get close, thanks to the latest clubfitting technology. In fact, you don't even have to take lessons to make fixes. Leave it to the expert clubfitters at Club Champion, who can adjust your equipment to compensate for a variety of shortcomings in your swing. If you recognize some problem areas below in your game, know that there are easy ways these fitters can either tweak your current clubs or suggest new clubs that can put you and your game back on track.
HITTING FADES AND SLICES, ESPECIALLY ON TEE SHOTS
According to Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion, there are two ways to correct your shot direction: “One is an easy fix for golfers already playing adjustable clubheads,” he says. “We can open or close the clubface, and also adjust sole weights if needed. But altering the face angle will have the biggest impact on directional hitting.” The second approach is through a fitting session, to find out if you have the proper shaft weight and length. If it’s too heavy or light, you will swing out of plane and not square up the clubhead through impact. In a fitting session, the fitter can test various shaft lengths and weights to make sure you have the most optimal combination for your unique swing.
CONSISTENTLY COMING UP SHORT ON FULL-SWING SHOTS
Typically if you do this and you’ve never been fitted, you’re probably not generating your maximum swing speed and smash factor — the latter measures how efficiently you transfer energy or power into the ball at impact. Many times if you’re coming up short on distance yet you have perfect speed off the clubface, you might be generating too low of a launch and spin, and hitting a knuckleball that falls out of the air and dies quickly. You can also get the high spinner, in which you hit it hard, the ball climbs fast, and then it falls out of the air. Either way, your launch and spin are not dialed in. A good fitter will figure out the right style clubhead for you, and then home in on the loft -- which is the #1 factor affecting launch and spin. That will get you optimal trajectory and maximum distance.
MISSING THE SWEET SPOT ON IRON AND WOOD SHOTS
That has a lot to do with the club length and lie angle, as well as the shaft weight, profile or stiffness. Sherburne says that a good fitter will explore the length and lie of your clubs. Once those are correct, you’ll begin repeating your swing and contact point from one shot to the next. From there, if any adjustments are still needed, the fitter will work on the shaft weight and flex to fine-tune your contact point.
NOT HAVING THE RIGHT CLUB FOR A PARTICULAR DISTANCE
This is all about proper gapping. Every set used to have the same loft progression from one club to the next. Now they’re all over the place. “If Club Champion builds you a set of irons first, we then decide how we fill your bag at both ends,” says Sherburne. “When you buy any new club, it has to gap properly with the rest of your bag. If you come in for a wedge fit, we will start at that end. There’s a perfect gapping of a set on paper, and then there’s what you really do on the course that truly dictates the lofts and distances you need. We can give you 10 yards between clubs or give you a more practical gap, based on where you normally play and where you typically struggle on the course.”
INCONSISTENT BALL CONTACT
The first thing a good fitter will do is examine the shaft weight and length. Once that’s corrected, you will likely hit the ball with less deviance. Then the fitter will fine-tune the lie angle, shaft length, shaft weight, flex and other factors — to zero in on pure consistency from one shot to the next.
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