Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy and today I am going to talk to you about club fitting and specifically head design and loft and its influences on your swing.
Here we have two different clubheads, drivers obviously. We have one that is what we would call a non-offset or a truer head. You can see based on where the hozzle is that it is very straight. This is an offset club and as you can see based on where the hozzle is we have a little goose neck here, that is offset. What offset does is it actually closes the face quicker so it allows the ball to go a little more left. If you are someone who always hits it to the right but you hit it to the right pretty solid you may need a little offset to bring the ball back on line. Some may say that they would rather fix their golf swing. Well that may be the fix to your golf swing. It may be the club that lets you swing in balance and hit it straighter. Just like a pair of shoes fits you, if you have a pair of shoes too small you are going to curl your toes and walk funny, you want a club that fits you. Forget whether it is offset or non-offset, what fits you and helps you to swing in balance because that is the biggest effect of club fitting on your swing.
The next piece is loft. Most people want low lofts, they think that the guys on Tour are hitting nine degrees, I need to be hitting nine degrees. Well we don't swing at those speeds, we are not on Tour and in general they have a much better idea of how the ball flies and are able to work that ball flight and they understand what loft does to them. Most amateurs don't understand. More loft a lot of times hits the ball lower because the person is able to attack the shot better. We need a loft that is effective at impact to help create balance. These two things can help you make your golf swing better.