How to Custom Fit Golf Clubs

By Steve Silverman

A golfer can pay well more than $2,000 for a new set of clubs. When cost is that expensive, why should a golfer leave anything to chance? Since there are so many variables--shaft length, club face and type of shaft-- it is common for a golfer to go for a custom fitting for clubs.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Talk to you local club pro and ask about the benefits of custom fitting. Once he explains that you can get clubs that are tailored to the way you play the game, he can take a look at your swing and tell you what type of clubs you need for your swing.
Step 2
Have measurements taken as far as the length of your clubs are concerned. If you are between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-1, you probably want standard 48-inch shafts. However, if taller or shorter or you have long arms or short arms, those clubs won't fit your needs. A custom fitter will look at your height and build and your swing and tell your exactly what type of clubs you need.
Step 3
Determine whether you need stiff shafts or regular shafts. If you get good distance and have a hard time staying in the fairway, stiff shafts may be better for your game. If you are an accurate hitter but you struggle to hit the ball a significant way down the fairway, regular shafts and their increased flexibility will help you.
Step 4
Figure out what kind of club face you need. If you have a hard time getting the ball up in the air, low-profile clubs will help. If your ball flies well but you are not always accurate, you will probably need a club head that is large and forgiving.
Step 5
Go for your final fitting. The salesman can give you a mock-up of the type of club you need and you can try it in the store at an in-house tee. If you like it, the clubs will be built and you should have them in four to six weeks.

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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