The Pros & Cons of a Club Champion Fitting

Is a Club Champion fitting worth it? I visited my local Club Champion to find out

, GolfLink Editor
Updated April 13, 2023
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Fitting bay at Club Champion
    Club Champion fitting bay with Trackman
    Club Champion
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Golf club fitting is more important than ever. Fortunately, it’s also more accessible than ever, thanks to brick-and-mortar fitting chains like Club Champion. If you’re considering a golf club fitting at Club Champion, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not cheap, and you’re wondering if the experience is worth it. 

To help you figure out if a Club Champion fitting is worth it for you, and to give you my first-hand thoughts and tips on the Club Champion fitting experience, I visited my local Club Champion for a fitting. Here’s my complete review.


Is Club Champion Worth It?

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Let’s start by answering the question at the top of your mind: Is a Club Champion fitting worth it?

I paid $125 for a hybrids and woods fitting, and in one hour, I was fit for a 3-wood that outperformed my gamer by 32.5 yards, and a hybrid that beat my gamer by 25.6 yards.

It’s up to you and your personal budget to determine how much better golf equipment is worth, but hopefully these figures help you make that decision. 

The other takeaway you need to know about the price is that the new clubs you’ll be fit into will not be cheap. New golf clubs are already expensive, and if you fit into an aftermarket shaft, as opposed to one of the stock options offered, those costs jump up in a hurry. You may get a price break if you purchase after your fitting, and Club Champion also has a trade-in program to get some money for the clubs you’re upgrading from, but your out-of-pocket cost is still going to be high.

While I opted for the hybrids and woods fitting, Club Champion offers everything from a full bag fitting, to fittings for just a putter or wedges. Prices may vary and you may get a discount if you purchase clubs, but as of this publication, here are Club Champions current offerings and rates.

Fitting Type Cost
Full Bag $400
Full Bag (minus putter) $325
Long Game (driver, woods, hybrids) $250
Driver $175
Irons $175
Woods & Hybrids $125
Putter $125
Wedges $100

The Real Value of Club Fitting

Club Champion fitter
    Club champion fitting
    Club Champion
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The real value is not in the distance gained compared to my gamers, but the distance gained compared to what I would have bought without the fitting. 

I use a PING G425 driver, and I love it, so my instinct when upgrading my woods and hybrids without a fitting would have been to snag the new G430 3-wood and hybrid. 

However, neither of those clubs actually outperformed my gamers by much. Without the fitting, I would have blindly dumped money into new equipment that made no difference in my game. From that perspective, if you’ve already decided that you’re going to upgrade some of your equipment, I’d say you can’t afford not to get fit.

I didn’t purchase the clubs I was fit into, but if I wanted to buy them, it would have cost somewhere between $700-1,000 for two clubs. That’s a crazy amount to explain to a non-golfing spouse for two golf clubs, but in my opinion, it’s better than spending several hundred on new clubs that don’t help.


Club Champion Fitting Review

I decided to go with the hybrids and woods fitting from Club Champion because those are the least-new and most perplexing part of my bag.

In addition to being the next up for replacement, my 3-hybrid, 3-wood, 5-wood, and 4-iron, are in a constant 4-for-3 playoff for the final spots in my bag. For context, here’s what we're looking at with my current gamers:


Model (Release)



TaylorMade RBZ (2017)

209 yards


Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme (2013)

209 yards


TaylorMade Burner Rescue (2008)

197 yards


TaylorMade M5 (2019)

198 yards

I must note that I was not fit for the hybrid or woods, but the 4-iron is part of an iron set that I was fit for.

As you can see, those four clubs only give me two different distances. I mostly attribute that to how well I hit each club. I have a ton of confidence with my 5-wood, but tend to chunk my 3-wood, which is why they produce the same distances.

That’s exactly why a fitting is helpful. Just because one club should outperform another, doesn’t mean it actually will for you, and you don’t know which club and shaft combinations work for you until you try them. 

Armed with all this information, I went into my fitting with two goals:

  • Find which current woods and hybrids best fit my swing
  • Find which setup is ideal for me in this part of my bag

Helpful Hack

Always establish your top 1 or 2 goals for your fitting, and communicate them clearly to your fitter from the start. If you have the opportunity to complete a pre-fitting questionnaire, do it. This will keep your fitting focused on your top priorities and result in a much better use of time and money.

Setting the Tone With Baselines

My fitting started with some warm-up swings, then we collected some baseline numbers with my current gamers. 

Even though this was a routine part of the process, it really set the tone for the rest of the fitting. It’s easy to become uncomfortable in a fitting, with all of your flaws measured and displayed on a 10-foot screen for a golf expert to see and judge. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case in my Club Champion fitting. 

Even though I wasn’t hitting the ball particularly well, my fitter made me feel comfortable and relaxed from the start. This not only set the tone for my fitting, but is one of the top positive takeaways from my experience overall.

Fitting the Shaft

After we had a good baseline for my current clubs, my fitter started by fitting me into a shaft. Using one head, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid, I tried a handful of different shafts. Even after we identified the one, we hit a couple more just to make sure. 

It was fascinating to see the impact a shaft can make despite using the same club head with the same swing.

Club Champion fitting wall
    Club Champion fitting wall
    Club Champion
    Permission given by Club Champion

The biggest problem with the shaft fitting has nothing to do with performance, and everything to do with cost. 

Since my fitter knew I wasn’t buying anything on the spot, we didn’t discuss pricing after the fitting. A little research on my own at home told me the shaft I fit into is a $200 shaft. Sticking those into two brand new club heads that already cost upwards of $200 and $300 would be extremely painful on the wallet, and would probably be a deal-breaker for many golfers.

Even if you’re not paying sticker price for the shaft and the club when you order a custom-built club through Club Champion, it’s still likely to be an expensive upgrade.

After we identified the shaft for me, the Oban Devotion 85g 04 Hybrid shaft if you’re keeping score at home, it was time to test various heads.


Fitting Club Heads

I had a list of different heads I wanted to test, but being a lefty, I knew they would not all be available. Such is life. I was able to test the newest heads from TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra, Titleist and PING, but didn’t get to try the PXG or Srixon heads I was interested in demoing. That’s about what I expected, and as other lefties who have been to fittings before know, that’s a lot better than it could have been.

To test heads, I hit 3-4 shots with each, my fitter dropped the worst strike, and we moved on to the next. After testing all of them, we took a look a the data from Trackman. We focused mostly on dispersion, club speed, ball speed, and distance. With a few shots from each club, it was easy to rule out the worst of the bunch one-by-one. Surprisingly, a couple of the heads I tested didn’t even out-perform my 15-year-old gamer.


Helpful Hack

My biggest takeaway is that just guessing at which clubs you should upgrade to, without a fitting, may not result in any performance gains. Even my 15-year-old gamer out-performed some of the most advanced clubheads of 2023. Don’t waste your money on clubs you have not tested!

After paring them down, I was left with three great options that each produced 20-plus yard distance gains compared to my gamer, with the exact same swing. At that point it was up to me to prioritize consistency, top-end distance, immeasurables like look, feel, and sound, or even price.

Fitting Woods

After going through this process with hybrids, we repeated it with woods, testing the same lineup of 3-wood heads, including PING, Cobra, TaylorMade, Titleist and Callaway, with the 3-wood version of the Devotion shaft I fit into.

One disappointment I had with the woods portion of the fitting was that, despite being a fitting specific to hybrids and woods, I could only test 3-wood heads. I was really hoping to see some numbers with 5-woods, because I typically bench my 3-wood and rely heavily on my 5-wood.

Aside from that, the woods fitting was very similar to the hybrids fitting, and it was great. I left the testing with two great options that each gave me a 30-plus yard advantage over my gamer. It was up to me to choose the one that went four yards farther, or the one with a much tighter dispersion pattern.


Finding the Fit

Even though I wasn’t making a purchase, I still wanted to leave my fitting having identified my winners.

The Cobra AeroJet 3-wood was the clear winner as the best overall performing club I tested for the day. Since the AeroJet hybrid was also one of the top two hybrids I tested, I decided to go back and take a few more rips with it and compare it to the other hybrid contender, the Callaway Paradym.

Maybe my swing was hitting a groove (it wasn’t) or maybe I was just becoming more familiar with the club, but the AeroJet hybrid out-performed Paradym in my second round of testing, and felt like a much easier club to swing.

With all that information and testing, my fitter and I determined that my ideal fit was the AeroJet 3-wood and 3-hybrid, with the Paradym 3-wood and 3-hybrid an almost too-close-to-call second. 

Leaving my current 4-iron in the bag would introduce a gapping problem given the increased distance with the hybrid, but as a bogey golfer, I can’t say the gap in my bag between 198 and 222 yards would cost me too many strokes.







Cobra AeroJet

Callaway Paradym




Cobra AeroJet

Callaway Paradym


5-wood & 3-hybrid

By the end of my fitting, I had accomplished both of my goals. I found the solution to 4-for-3 problem at the top of my bag by replacing both woods and my hybrid with a 3-wood and 3-hybrid. I also found the very best clubs for me to fill those spots.

On top of all that, I found a hybrid and 3-wood that outperform my gamers by 25 and 32 yards, respectively, so I got that going for me.


Pros and Cons of a Club Champion Fitting

There were a ton of takeaways from my Club Champion woods and hybrids fitting. Here are the top pros and cons that I think you should know before you decide to take the leap.

7 Benefits of a Club Champion Fitting


I’ve elaborated on pretty much all of these already, but here’s what my top takeaways from my Club Champion fitting boil down to:

  • I felt comfortable and at ease throughout the fitting, which was a top priority 
  • For $125, I was fit for a 3-wood and hybrid that beat my current gamers by 32.5 yards and 25.6 yards, respectively
  • Club Champion being brand agnostic gave me confidence that the fitter and I had the same goals. My fitter was perfectly happy recommending one hybrid and a completely different 3-wood based on how they performed as long as the difference in brands made no difference to me
  • A fitting is a fun and different way to learn about your game and your equipment, even if you don’t buy anything
  • Speaking of not buying anything, there was absolutely no pressure to buy
  • My fitter sent all the data from my fitting to me, which is easy to understand using Trackman’s site or app
  • My fitter never tried to give me a golf lesson, which would have been distracting and uncomfortable

4 Drawbacks of a Club Champion Club Fitting

If you’re debating whether a Club Champion fitting is the best next step in your golf equipment journey, check out these main drawbacks before you make your decision:

  • Finding the best shaft on planet Earth for your swing is great, but finding out how much it costs could be a deal-breaker
  • I went for woods fitting, and I could only test 3-woods. Since I usually bench my 3-wood in favor of my 5-wood, I would have liked to test 5-wood heads as well
  • Not all heads I wanted to test were available in left-handed versions
  • I did not get a cost breakdown of the clubs I fit into after my fitting. Even though my fitter knew I had no intention of buying, I would have liked to see the dollar amount of the custom-built clubs, just in case - although I'm sure that information is one phone call or email away

The Final Swing

If you're upgrading any of your golf equipment, I cannot recommend being fit by a professional strongly enough. My experience at Club Champion alone opened up my eyes to just how much money I've spent on clubs that should be good for my game, but really aren't.

Even if you don't plan to buy anything, a Club Champion club fitting can teach you a lot about how your equipment and your game work together.

Just keep in mind that even if the upfront cost of your club fitting is reasonable, expect the custom build of your recommended clubs to be fairly pricey. That's the cost of getting clubs built to your swing, and I think most golfers looking to invest in their games will find that it's money well spent.