How to Get Fitted for Golf Clubs

By Steve Silverman

Custom fitting of golf clubs is a phenomenon that is fairly new to the game of golf. While it can be an expensive options, it makes sense. A golfer who is going to pay over $1,000 for a new set of golf clubs has every expectation that the clubs should fit his game. It may cost a bit more, but it will be worth the investment in the long run.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Step into a golf simulator when you walk into a pro shop or a golf specialty store. The fitter will ask you to take a swing or two with a wood and then a couple of swings with the iron. The simulator will not only show the results of the swing, but it will also tell the fitter your swing speed, launch angle and golf ball spin.
Step 2
The professional fitter will then take basic measurements concerning your height and weight. Perhaps the most important measurement taken will be the length from your wrist to the floor. This number has more to do with the length of clubs that will eventually be built for you then anything else. Taller players do not necessarily need longer clubs and shorter players do not need smaller clubs. The key number is the distance between your wrist and the ground at address.
Step 3
Tell the fitter about your game. He will ask for your handicap, your analysis of your strengths and weaknesses in your game and what has been going well for you recently and what areas you have struggled in. Patricular areas of interest may be distance and height on your shots.
Step 4
You and the fitter will then go back to the swing simulator to examine the videotape image of your swing. You will look for any obvious flaws or tendencies that can be identified and worked on. Knowing your flaws will help the fitter because he will not want to build you clubs that play to what you do incorrectly. He will want you to know what your mistakes are so you can address them immediately.
Step 5
Sit down for another conversation with the fitter in which he will explain the type of clubs that are best suited for your game and how and why they will be built. The fitting process takes 10 to 20 minutes and you should have new clubs in 2-to-6 weeks.

Tips & Warnings

Be honest when assessing your game. Don't oversell yourself to a club fitter.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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