Summer is officially here now, but in Northwest Ohio / Southeast Michigan, it usually considered the middle of the golf season. Father’s Day and the U.S Open has come and gone and before you know it, football season will be starting (Hopefully!). That doesn’t mean the year can be viewed as a waste if you have been playing bad or having trouble with your swing. Actually, now is the time that a lot of people start getting serious about their game and start working on getting better before the end of the year or making changes to their equipment.
The demo day that was held a few weeks ago at McDivots Learning Center was a big success. The Golf Galaxy sponsored event brought out several of the top club companies for demos and club fittings and there were even prizes given away by Golf Galaxy such as gift cards, golf balls and even the Phil Mickelson short game DVD.
If you are looking to make a change in your equipment, the importance of a proper club fitting cannot be overstated. Most golfers think that because they are average in height, they can buy a set right off the rack and be ready to go. This is not the case. During a club fitting, many factors are taken into consideration before the client is told what set is a proper fit for them. Swing speed, ball speed, spin rate, feel and most importantly distance are all taken into consideration during a fitting. During a fitting, the client will hit off of the loft/lie board to make sure the clubs do not need to be adjusted in a flat or upright manner.
In one example from earlier this year, a client wanted to get a proper club and ball fitting. We started the fitting using his current 6 iron, a 7-year-old Nike Pro Combo, and a Srixon Z star ball. This configuration showed that the club was putting too much spin on the ball and causing it to balloon in the air and lose distance. We next used a Callaway Razr X Tour 6 iron with the same Srixon Z star ball. This time, the club was more affective and greater distance was achieved, but there was still too much spin, which continued to affect the total carry distance. The next set we used was the same Callaway Razr X 6 Iron and a Callaway i(s) ball. This equipment provided the best results for the client, showing an increase of close to 30 total yards compared to his old 6 iron. The fitting ended with the client hitting off a lie/loft board showing he needed the irons bent 1-degree upright.
It should be noted that there are several reasons for such an increase of distance and performance. First, the newer irons are stronger in degree of loft compared to the old iron set. All of the companies do this because of the new technology and how they can change the weighting of the club to help get the ball up in the air quicker. The new Callaway 6 iron would equally compare to the old Nike 4 iron in loft and club length. The ball makes a big impact as well. A ball that spins more with an iron can either balloon in the air causing a lack of distance, or spin off line left or right causing a lack of consistency.
Of course, new equipment will not work as well if the proper fundamentals are not present in the swing. This far into the season, there should be a pattern developing with your game. If your “misses” are all the same (short right, fat, long left, ect), it is time to visit one of the great teachers in the area and get your swing where it needs to be. The year does not have to be considered a loss just because you are playing bad. There is plenty of time left to get things worked out and finish the year on a high note.
Remember, a club fitting or a quick tune up lesson can really make a difference in a player’s game. Knowing how fast you swing and how far you hit the ball can impact a player’s game and take it to new levels.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Randy at [email protected] Randy is available for golf lessons, which feature video swing analysis, at McDivots Learning Center in Holland, Ohio. Please participate! Randy will answer questions and comments in future articles. During the year, a drawing will be held for a free lesson from all emails received.