Thursday, April 8, 2010

I was recently "fitted" for irons at the club where I play. The pro didn't even have a device for recording swing speed. Did I get a real fitting?

It doesn't sound like it. Any basic iron fitting has to uncover what your swing speed is with a mid iron like a 5 or 6 iron. Then at least you will get a shaft that somewhat matches your swing speed. I say "somewhat" because there is no industry standard for shaft flex. One company's "R" flex is another company's "S" flex which may be another company's "A" flex. In other words, there can be a 3 flex difference in an "R" flex from one shaft maker to another.

Other aspects that should have been recorded is your tempo (how much time elapses from takeaway to impact), release (where your wrists uncock), transition from backswing to downswing (smooth, average, or forceful), physical strength (below average, average, above average), length (wrist to floor measurement coupled with your setup and comfort level), shaft weight (depending on your tempo, transition, and physical strength), shaft bend profile which will assist with trajectory providing you have a mid to late wrist cock release, lie angle, grip size and texture, clubhead design that will compliment your misdirection tendency and swing characteristics, and set makeup (lowest loft hit use buying a 3 or 4 iron if you can't hit it).

A friend of mine went through one of these "going through the motions" fitting and when he picked up his clubs there was nothing different about them from what anyone could have bought off the rack at any golf store...standard weight shaft, flex designated as "Uniflex" (whatever that means), standard length, standard size grip, standard lie angle, and standard set makeup 3-PW. If you don't know what's involved in a fitting, then you don't know what to expect. Not your fault.

No comments:

Post a Comment