Should you get a Golf Club Fitting for Custom Golf Clubs?
So… Should you get a Golf Club Fitting for Custom Golf Clubs?
Some people aren’t sure if they should get a golf club fitting. They may think maybe their game isn’t good enough and that’s only for the pros. A lot of people believe custom golf clubs cost so much more than the standard ‘off the rack’ set or maybe that it would take too long. Well we are going to talk about some of these issues and find the answer to the question of whether or not you should get a club fitting done.
Professional golfers get every club fit to them and have club adjustments made multiple times a year. As that is unrealistic for the average person who doesn’t make a living golfing it is still very important to be fit for clubs when you purchase a new set.
If you were going to be a runner you wouldn’t wear running shoes that were built for sizes 9-12 for instance. You could and you might be able to get down the road without falling down but don’t you think you would perform at a higher level if you had shoes that were custom built to your foot. Ok, you with us so far.
Custom golf clubs can help so many facets of your golf game. It can help with your tempo, ball striking, launch angles, club head and ball speeds, distance, and dispersion, to name a few. Obviously improvements in areas like these will help you become more confident that will translate to better play and lower scores. That sounds good to everyone right? Ok so here’s the warning: Getting a golf club fitting and custom clubs will not make you a PGA or LPGA Tour Player. The ladies and gentleman on tour are amazing talents without the custom clubs but just like the pros you can get benefits from a fitting just like they do.
When it comes to the cost of golf club fittings and custom golf clubs it normally is not nearly as expensive as people guess or assume. Sometimes it’s the same price as the off the rack setup. There can be upcharges for different shafts or grips for instance and of course there are the fees for the fitting itself. Fittings can cost anywhere from approx. $50-$200 per hour and it can vary greatly depending on your local and the fitter you are with so be sure to check that part out. The good news is that many club fitters will discount or waive the fitting fees if clubs are purchased.
A full bag fitting to include the Driver, Fairway Woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges, Putter will take about 3 hours or so. But remember that you will be hitting a lot of balls. We recommend breaking a fitting like that up into a couple days to keep your swing fresh. Try and make sure, if nothing else, you do driver and irons on separate days.
When it comes to being nervous about going to get a golf club fitting: Don’t be! You wouldn’t be nervous getting fit for shoes. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But I don’t have to perform trying on shoes.” Well that is true but believe me when I tell you that any club fitter you work with will have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to golf swings. You aren’t going to impress them or be the worst they’ve ever seen. A good club fitter is also very good at making you feel comfortable and they truly care about finding something that fits you and will make you enjoy the game of golf that much more and at a higher level.
So if you’re still not sure if you should get a golf club fitting, ask yourself this. Are you a golfer? Yes or No. Whatever your answer to that question is the answer to if you should get custom fitted golf clubs or not.
If you are looking for a club fitter and you are in the Mid Atlantic area, or the Southern California area, or if you just want a great fitting and don’t mind a trip we highly recommend Golf Fitting Studios.
You can find them and many others on the Golf Digest Americas 100 Best Club Fitters List.
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