Regardless if you swing with the PPGS or not, it's critical that you have clubs that are designed for you. Clubs need to be based on your own personal body and swing measurements. Because of this, finding the right clubs shouldn't be something you search for at a retail store or a pro shop. Gambling on clubs off the rack is a waste of your time and perhaps more importantly, your money.
Samuel Vasquez sent in a question about club fitting today, so I decided to give my two cents on the topic. Most of you know that I'm big on custom club fitting. That's why I've got certified fitters all over the United States and overseas. It's because I want you all to realize that club fitting isn't something just available for professionals. We can all play with custom fit equipment, and we all should!
Have you ever measured the angle when you bend over at address? Would it be different for each individual player and would the proper club length and lie make any difference? I think I have the wrong length of clubs and lie angle because I seem to stand tall at address with the clubs I have. I bought them at a pro shop and was fitted for them but I did not use your swing at the time.
It doesn't matter what kind of swing you're using because the clubs should fit you properly at address. Just because we swing vertically, doesn't mean our clubs automatically have to be shorter or more upright. You have to be in the right posture first and foremost. Sam did say that he thinks he stands tall because his clubs are too long. This could be leading to a loss of balance and poor posture. Balance always funtions best at 30 degree angles. Good posture is staying athletically ready like a tennis player awaiting their opponents serve or a baseball player getting ready to field a ground ball.
I actually like the concept of standing tall. But, if you're still having trouble hitting the ball, your clubs might be too long. However, if a golfer is tall, that doesn't necessarily mean they need longer clubs. My son, DJ, is nearly 6 inches taller than me but our arms are the same length. So, why is this comparison important?
Height is not a factor in club fitting. Get that out of your mind. Instead, it's based on your arms and a wrist to floor measurement when you're standing up straight. The key is that it doesn't matter what swing you use, you need properly fitted clubs.
Sam says he got fitted in a pro shop, which is a good start. But, the difference between our fitters and most pro shops is that our sessions typically last 1-2 hours. Sometimes, pro shops will fit you in 5-10 minutes. How can you expect to get the best possible clubs if you were measured so quickly?
The second good part of a fitting is what happens after you get the clubs. Our fitters don't charge you until after you hit the clubs they've built for you and the both of you are seeing the results you desire.
Remember, everyone's body is different. It's all based on your arms and your wrist to floor measurement. If you want to play your best golf, get to a fitter who is going to give you their best effort. Don't get hung up on name brand clubs either. A lot of our fitters use lesser known clubs that are equal to or better than the big name brand clubs. They'll feel like the best custom fit suit you've ever worn.
If you can't get to any of our fitters, they may be able to come to you. So, don't let distance discourage you! Contact us and get the right set of clubs for YOU!
Keep it vertical!
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