Custom Fitting

Game Assessment and Custom Fitting

Club Assessment Information

There are 9 main factors that can be altered on any club to make it custom made for you.

They are:

  • Length of the club
  • Lie of the club
  • Loft of the club
  • Shaft material
  • Shaft flex
  • Shaft weight
  • Shaft torque
  • Grip material
  • Grip size

Length of Club

The length of the club you use is critical in allowing you to produce the motion that is required. From a technique view point, rotating your body the required amount is more difficult if the club is too short for you. The most efficient position to produce a rotary motion is from a more vertical position not from a more horizontal position. Once we find the correct length, you will start to consistently strike the clubface in a same position.

Lie of the Club

The lie of the club is the angle the sole of the club sits at, when the club makes contact with the ball. It is the least known part of the club but certainly one of the most important. The correct lie angle for you is to have the club sitting flat on the ground when you make contact with the ball. Some people produce a flatter lie angle and others produce a more upright lie angle. Every person produces a different lie angle therefore finding the correct one for you is important.

The lie angle is affected by the length of the club you use but is not relevant to your height. An incorrect lie angle makes the ball go off line even with a good golf swing. The correct lie angle of the club allows the ball to go towards the target when you produce a good swing.

Loft of the Club

The loft of the club is the major factor in determining the launch conditions for any shot. The loft of the club is also predominately responsible for the amount of backspin that you impart on the ball at impact. To obtain the correct loft to optimize the ball flight, different Head Lofts, Head Design and Centre of Gravity positioning needs to be tested.

To produce the optimal launch conditions and ball flight with a driver, whatever your clubhead speed is, the golf ball needs to be launched off the clubface at between 12- 14 degrees with a spin rate of 2200- 2800 rpm. The loft you need to use is dependent on producing numbers as close as possible to these. That may mean you need to use a 9.0 degree driver with a stiff shaft or a 13.5 degree Driver with a senior shaft to achieve the best result.

The optimum launch conditions for irons will change depending upon what club you are using. As a guide though a 6 iron should launch at between 14-16 degrees and produce around 6000rpm.

Shaft Material

There are two types of shafts available. They are steel and graphite shafts.

- A steel shaft is heavier than a graphite shaft however; it plays more consistently than a graphite shaft.

- A graphite shaft is lighter, absorbs more vibration than a steel shaft and makes the ball travel further, however the downsides to these shafts are that you may be slightly less accurate.

A Golf Professional has graphite shafts in their woods or hybrids due to the fact that they travel further but have steel in their irons because they produce a more accurate shot with them. For some players, they perform better with steel shafts and others find that they hit graphite further without the loss of accuracy. To determine what suits you better, we need to try you with both and see how they perform. Junior, Lady and Senior golfers tend to like the lighter weight of graphite plus the added distance they produce. Players with wrist or elbow problems prefer graphite because they absorb more vibration than steel shafts and therefore, are easier on their bodies.

Shaft Flex

The flex of the shaft that you need is relative to how much club head speed you generate, how you flex the shaft in the swing and also the height you hit the ball.

The flexes that are available are:

Junior, Ladies, Seniors, Regular, Stiff, Extra Stiff

Golf Professionals use clubs with shafts rated between regular and extra stiff, whereas most players will use clubs with shafts rated between regular and ladies. The flex of the shaft affects the distance and height of your shots. Clubs that are too stiff for you (ladies using regular flex clubs) will generally mean your shots will go shorter and lower due to the decrease in the amount of backspin that you can impart on the ball. Your swing will also be compromised as you will have to fight the club to make it work.

Shaft Weight

As the shaft flex increases from Junior to Ladies to Senior to Regular and so on, the weight of the shaft increases as well. It is possible, to be able to get different weights in shafts that are rated in the Regular and Stiff ranges. The weight of the shaft can vary up to 25 grams in some cases which can have a significant effect on your golf swing.

Graphite shafts are significantly lighter than steel shafts (up to 50 to 75 grams in some cases). This is what allows players to generate more club head speed and therefore more distance. The weight of the shaft has a pronounced effect on the amount of spin that you can impart on the ball.

Heavier shafts produce less spin than lighter weight shafts so players with less clubhead speed will need to use lighter shafts that will help them generate more spin. There is a certain amount of spin that is required to hit the ball at the optimum trajectory to get maximum distance for the clubhead speed you produce.

Shaft Torque

The torque in the shaft is measured in degrees and is the bending sideways of the shaft. This is what most people feel when they pick up a club and waggle it back and forward. The torque in the shaft affects the accuracy of the shot. As a general rule, the heavier a shaft is, the less torque a club has. Steel shafts weigh between 95 grams and 130 grams and have a between 1.5 and 3 degrees of torque. Graphite shafts weigh between 40 and 80 grams and have between 2 and 6 degrees of torque. Lighter weight golf shafts have higher degrees of torque and heavier shafts have lower amounts of torque. Players with slower swing speeds should use more torque and lighter weights. Players with faster swing speeds should use heavier shafts with lower torque.

As you can see, a correct fitting shaft matches up length for optimal body rotation, flex for height control, weight and torque for clubhead speed and accuracy.

Grip Material

Standard grips are made out of rubber, however more expensive grips are made out of rubber with cord woven through them. They are more durable and provide better grip in wet conditions however, they are a little harder on your hands. The top of the range grips are leather ones that are treated so that they become sticky if they get wet. They are fantastic if you play in wet conditions and they last really well if you look after them.

Grip Size

The size of your grips are determined by how you hold your club and the length of your fingers. People with small hands and fingers generally use smaller, thinner grips and people with bigger hands and fingers use larger grips. The correct size grip is when you hold the club and your middle two fingers lightly touch your palm.

As you can see there a many factors that go into customizing someone’s golf clubs. The testing can take up to 2 hours to ascertain what club specification best suits you.

As with any purchase, Golf Clubs can become extremely expensive if you get the wrong ones in your hands and they will also affect how you play and your level of enjoyment. The Golf Club has a huge effect on your performance, therefore you are better off to get clubs that will help you play better.