Fixing Your Swing Flaws Through Club Fitting

(Part 2) By Scott Kramer

Last month, we explored how clubfitting can remedy the effects of certain swing flaws. Here we conclude with more common problems golfers experience and how tweaking equipment can provide a solution.

 
CHUNKED IRON SHOTS

This is a common problem for golfers that can typically be fixed by simply changing the club length and also ensuring that the shaft weight and flex are properly fitted to the swing. “Typically your body knows when you’re using a shaft that’s too heavy or stiff, and thus your muscles tense up and pull on it through your swing — causing you to hit it thin,” says Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion. “So when we see someone chunking it with irons or wedges, we want to get them into a heavier or stiffer shaft. With wedges, we also need to look at the sole’s bounce angle and grind type. Many fitters usually just look at the bounce. But bounce is not measured the same from one company’s wedges to another, because of where they measure it on the sole. Grind has a lot to do with it, too — is the club sole narrow or wide? Golfers all deliver the clubhead into the impact zone differently — some with the leading edge and others with the trailing edge. So we need to know where the bounce is measured. Thus, we fit for the grind first and the bounce second.”

 

Fixing Your Swing Flaws Through Clubfitting

 
HITTING GROUND BALLS OR SHOTS THAT ARE TOO LOW

Sometimes this happens because you’re playing shafts that are too heavy or light. But you also need to make sure you have the right clubhead for your swing. Some clubheads launch high and spin more, others launch high and spin less, etc. Because many drivers, fairway woods and even hybrids are adjustable, getting balls up the air can be an easy tweak. You still need good clubhead speed to gain trajectory, and a properly fit shaft can help you achieve that speed. But the right clubhead will inevitably help you get shots airborne with less effort on your part.

 
DIFFICULTY HITTING SHOTS OUT OF BUNKERS

This typically happens because you don’t have the appropriate bounce and grind. Many golfers assume that they just need more bounce in a bunker. But it’s more a matter of how you deliver the clubhead to the ball, and that’s where a wedge’s bounce and grind come in. Sherburne says that his fitters start there with wedges and then zero in on any other club factors that can help you ease shots from the sand.

 
MISSING PUTTS TO THE RIGHT OR LEFT

Sometimes this has to do with your aim, the putter head’s offset or even how you see the putt’s line before you take a stroke. But Sherburne avers that most of the time, it’s a result of an improper toe hang for your individual putting stroke. “Toe hang is how the putter hangs naturally on a fulcrum when it’s balanced,” he says. “There are various factors involved, including face balance and how the shaft is connected to the head. Your stroke has a natural rotation. If you miss to the right, many times, you have too much toe hang and don’t close the putter face fast enough through impact. Using our SAM PuttLab system, your Club Champion fitter can gauge the proper toe hang for you. The system shows the putter rotation and reveals what kind of putter you should have. The hardest tweak is to change the toe hang on a finished putter. You can bend it all you want, but in some cases, you just have the wrong putter. The system will reveal if that's the case, while presenting a better option for you.” Then, you won’t even need to change your putting stroke.


 

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