Study: Fitting = Instant Success
8 out of 9 tested golfers improved 1.7 strokes added 21 yards off the tee and 13 with the irons
As a 5-handicapper in his 60s, Stan Ludwick didn't expect to shave four strokes off his game in just six months. But that's just what happened after he went for his first custom-fitting in 40 years of playing golf.
Ludwick was one of nine golfers to get their first clubfitting and undergo a comprehensive bag analysis by Club Champion Golf, one of the country's premier clubfitters, with locations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Houston. The players then charted each round they played using the GolfLogix smartphone app. Eight of our nine participants improved with their new clubs by an average of 1.7 strokes in barely half a season of play. Most of the golfers in our test showed dramatic, almost freakish improvements in distance. The average gain with the driver was 21 yards, and the average gain with the irons was 13 yards—or essentially a full club.
With advances in club technology, most golfers could easily hit the ball further and more accurately. Yet, a Golf Magazine study found that 90% of U.S. golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs. A Golf Digest study found that 8 out of 9 Club Champion custom fit golfers lowered their score by as much as 6 strokes per round and added up to 21 yards off the tee.