Posts Tagged ‘Club Fitting’

COMMENTARY: Golf Digest and Phil’s secret weapon

In a recent article published by Golf Digest for the U.S. Open 2021:
“The new secret weapon Phil Mickelson has in his bag at Torrey Pines”. (see link below)
It is my belief that they are commenting on the specialty driver (i.e. a 2-wood type) that Phil has used in the past. The history of a 2-wood in golf is worth looking at as well as examining the benefits it would provide. Personally, I used a 2-wood in my early days. The fact is that this type of club was specifically designed for easing the difficulty of hitting a driver off the deck. I have played with many players who can do that but this specialty design makes the error less likely. Note that I don’t say it eliminates the error just lessens the likelihood. 

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/us-open-2021-secret-weapon-phil-mickelson-has-in-his-bag-at-torrey-pines

With the considerable advancements in the design of the 3-woods I would think that it would be less likely for the average player to have this specialty club in their bag. Only think that I can see this type club does is to increase the size of a 3-wood head and add some length to the shaft for more speed, which both conditions will add slightly more carry. However, with the bomb and gouge play see today it would be very course specific when put in play. That is where the PGA Professional can show his worth in understanding that modifications to his club supporting the course management decisions he makes on a weekly basis.

Most of us, even avid golfers, don’t necessarily have that precise a game needing this type of specialty club in our bag on a daily basis. However, I would not discourage any player from looking into the ‘mini-driver’ or 2-wood for specific courses. There are plenty of options out there for acquiring this option. Taylormade attacked the problem several years ago but they had limited success and the product has disappeared from their line.

Every player must consider every aspect of his game an the needed equipment to find success so don’t discount the idea. Investigate thoroughly and decide from there you needs.

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Do On-line fitting systems really help?

Now that we are out and playing golf again it is time to discuss the need for your equipment evaluation. Club fitting has become available to everyone in golf. You may choose to go to OEM websites (e.g. Titleist, Callaway, Taylormade, etc.) for their product matching or you can go to individual components (i.e. Shaft manufacturers and retailers). the fitting centers run by a myriad of great professionals (e.g. Cool Clubs and Club Champions, etc.) but there are some good on-line options. Latest to enter the fray is TrueGolfFit (see link below) which is powered by MySpyGolf. I would suggest that this isn’t more for the techno-geek types. It will give you a good look at the wide range of products available in the product market. Player would have an idea of their game and what would be want to do to seek improvement. This will be the starting point for those who want a full market comparison. When you read the article you will find that this is not the end of the line to game improvement. For the Minimum Fee of $9.00 for each output it is well worth the price.

https://mygolfspy.com/truegolffit-golf-club-online-fitting-tool/

Recommendation for you by trying TrueGolfFit is to be sure to keep the data you input into the system for future use. This will allow you to change details which may give you different information. Even after obtaining the recommended product from this site it may be best to see a good club fitter to tweak the last ounce of improvement out of the options.

How much you want to invest in the game will really drive your benefit from the fitting process. The minimum fee here will be much less than the on-site fitting you will experience which will run anywhere from $150.00 to upward $350 dependent on the depth of your investigation and time.

Personally, don’t pass this up process up as it is well worth the time to read and experience. Also see on this website you will find a heavy endorsement of spending the additional money for the on-site work.

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Bonded Hosel vs Adjustable

The following story is from a great source (see Logo upper left and click link below) and my comments on this are for those which have a technical interest in club making and fitting. There is a special inside look at the different designs that effect the proper fitting of golf clubs. This inside look is about Callaway golf and how they address the variables for their different staffers, non-staffers and pass along those adjustments and variables to the public.

http://Bonded Hosel VS Adjustable, Whats the Difference

As a golf club maker I have experienced the variables. Most of the bonded marker’s products are not adjustable (i.e. bendable) so if it is necessary to adjust for the game of a player I usually have to  advise to purchase a separate club. Personally, I have a bonded hosel in my hybrid and have found that by relocating the weights I can affect bias and I have not been required to adjust the lie.

Be advised that not everyone is required to make the adjustments the same way it is explained in the related story.  Some manufactures (very few) have provided the necessary length in the hosel area to allow for bending. The older methods of weight distribution are usually still available in todays clubs but finding a good club maker with the necessary skills to produce the right adjustments is still pretty hard.

Hopefully this will give you some insight into the technical expertise of your local club maker and help you improve your game.

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AXIS1 PUTTER REVIEW

UPDATE: 2020-05-29  With a little more exposure and practice, I have gotten a little better. I feel that my problem is more with the read than the equipment. I have however noticed that I am closer to the hole on the miss affected by distance. Recommendation is to stay with it and get a refresher course from your local PGA Pro on the mechanics.

Here is a review on the my recently received new AXIS1 ‘Joey” putter. I have been able to try the putter on the golf course and for a few drills at home and find that this is a very good product. I have tried about 6 different types of putter during my time playing the game and find this one the easiest to get used to.

For a good discussion you need to see the related video review by Justin Rose at https://youtu.be/g-Lk0kn85_4

There are a number of sources out there with various prices. In my opinion, at this time for someone looking for a change due it is a good choice. I have a problem with the backswing wabbling and not getting the club face back to the ball with the center of the club face at the ball. With all the training I have received I find this club the easiest and more stable during the backswing. The lighter ‘Joey’ blade model fits my eye well and I have reasonable distance control. The biggest improvement in my putting with this equipment is getting the ball on line.

I would recommend this product but it is the owner’s choice in the various models available (don’t just get Justin’s because he is a pro) based on your preference in the style from a blade to a large mallet like Justin’s.

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NEW GOLFER SERVICE CENTER MOVES

My apologies for those golfers in South of Dallas-Fort Worth. Young’s Custom Golf Styx has relocated its repair facility between Midlothian & Waxahachie to Schertz, Texas.

Operation now includes basic club repair services (i.e. shaft replacement, regripping & similar work), advise on current equipment and instruction is available by appointment. More sophisticated services including higher-end club fitting projected to be ready later in 2021.

The facility will be open by appointment only. Therefore, please email cleekgeek@gmail.com indicating what work you require, including your contact information (email will serve as name up-front).

I will replay with business cards and other contact information and pricing for your project. An email will get the quickest response, however, you may text or call at 214-463-9281. Price list of services (PDF format) will be sent and you will hopefully find them consistent with most other providers in this area.

Thank you for your consideration.
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