Golf Digest South Africa|May 2017

Your ultimate guide to finding a better game

Mike Stachura

IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, custom club fitting has become more ubiquitous than craft breweries. As more equipment companies offer drivers with dozens of settings and bouquets of custom shafts, the golf consumer is at once tempted and swept away by a cornucopia of confusing choices. You may regret buying a driver or set of irons without first testing what is suitable for your personal swing and build. As an American clubfitter explained, “I don’t think golf equipment is a self-shoppable product.” Fortunately, many golf outlets today, from the mega stores to sometimes your own golf club, are increasingly equipped with expert fitters divining the right heads, lofts and lengths with a wisdom that encompasses club technology, instruction ideas and even good, old-fashioned people skills. The best facilities expertly bridge this marriage of art and science, and we offer some of their wisdom to prepare you to embrace the benefits of clubfitting.

- How to prepare for a clubfitting.

Approach this with an open mind. If you have a swing coach, get a tune-up before going for a fitting. Come to the fitting with notes on what you’re working on and where you want to get to. You also should come to the fitting with your current clubs. This gives you and your fitter a baseline for comparing other clubs. Every good fitting requires patience. There’s no need for anxiety and nervous tension.

- Why getting fit once is not enough.


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May 2017