Key Golf Club Specifications & Why They Matter
Professional golfers have long understood the importance of how club configures can dramatically impact on-course performance. At the golf repair center, we’ve seen that amateurs’ clubs are almost always poorly configured for their unique swing dynamics. This is why club fitting services benefit amateur’s even more than professional golfers.
At the golf repair center, our goal is to equip each golfer with clubs that are perfectly matched to their unique swing characteristics. Here are a few of the most important club specification metrics that we carefully evaluate during the fitting process:
For each club being fitted, we measure the precise length of the golf club using a custom software program. Based on the golfer’s height, arm length and posture during the swing, the fitter can then define the ideal length of club for the golfer. Swinging clubs of improper length can create inconsistency in ball contact, improper club path to the ball and an ineffective swing plane.
The loft of the club is how many degrees the club is open from vertical. It affects the trajectory and spin rate of the ball on contact with the club and therefore the distance the ball will travel. Our club fitter will carefully measure the exact loft of the club prior to taking launch monitor readings. For irons fittings, we’ll measure the loft of all irons to determine if the club-to-club variances are correct (often they are not consistent in sets purchased off-the-rack).
If the loft is not set properly for the unique characteristics of the swing, the golfer may have difficulty getting the ball in the air or may lose significant distance due to hitting the ball too high. During the club fitting, our fitter will capture statistics to help define the ideal club loft for your swing.
Club Lie Angle
The club lie angle measures the angle between the bottom of the club head and the shaft. The lie angle increases as the clubs get shorter. The lie angle of the club needs to be set correctly for each golfer depending on their height, arm length and unique swing dynamics. Different manufacturers have different standard lie angle settings, which makes it difficult to buy standard clubs with the correct lie angle for your swing.
If the lie angle is too upright, the heel of the club will tend to hit the ground first. If too flat, then the toe of the club will tend to hit the ball first. In either case, the ball contact is less than solid causing loss of distance and inaccurate direction. Our club fitter will dynamically determine the ideal lie angle for each golfer and make sure that all clubs are set properly.
Stiffness of Shaft, Kick Point of Shaft
The improvement in shaft technology has been dramatic in recent years and has a major impact for all skill levels. The composition material (steel, graphite, composite blends) stiffness and kick point (where the shaft bends the most during the swing) of the shaft all impact swing speed, your ability to square the club face at impact, the distance the ball travels and the accuracy of the shot.
To achieve best results, it is critical that the shaft be suited to the unique swing characteristics of the golfer. The golf repair center works closely with the major shaft manufacturers that we carry so that we understand the characteristics of each shaft. This enables us to identify the best shaft for your swing during our fittings.
The swing weight of a golf club is the unit of measurement used when describing how heavy or light a club feels while holding onto the grip and swinging the club. Total weight is the combination of head, shaft, and grip. Total weight affects swing weight, but swing weight incorporates a “feel” aspect.
It is important for each golfer to use clubs with an appropriate swing weight for their unique swing. If too heavy, the golfer will have a hard time generating enough club head speed. If too light, the golfer may have a hard time hitting the ball accurately toward the target.
During the fitting, we perform extensive dynamic testing to determine the correct swing-weight for each golfer.
Identify Your Ideal Club Specs Before You Buy Golf Equipment
With thousands of potential club and shaft selections on the market, and many club specification factors that influence performance, it is almost impossible for the golfer to know which clubs are best suited to their swing. A golf repair center fitting before you buy any golf clubs enables you to make an informed decision that will produce better on-course results for years to come.
Our Custom Club Maker Carefully Craft Each Club to Complete Accuracy
At our high-tech club making workshop our experienced club builder configure clubs to the finest tolerances in the industry. This ensures that every club is delivered to precise specifications and will provide the best on-course performance for your swing.
The golf repair center team is highly trained, experienced, and passionate about helping you play better golf. They are supported by the finest technology, custom club making systems and customer support systems in the industry. Our outstanding people and their unique expertise make the golf repair center experience the finest in the club-fitting industry.