Should everyone have their clubs custom fit?
No, custom fitting is not always necessary. However it is important to remember there is zero downside to having it done. The benefits gained from custom fitting will vary a great deal from player to player based on the adjustments needed.
Remember, custom fitting will never make you worse. When you consider the fact that in most cases, there is no additional cost to your purchase to have the equipment assessed and fit for you, it is pretty much a no-brainer to have it done.
What fitting options should be considered?
The list of custom fitting scenarios is endless; however please allow me to address a rather common one I deal with weekly.
Taller women often struggle with their clubs being too short. Standard women’s length is not enough for them and their game suffers. They often assume the next step is to move toward a standard men’s length set because it is slightly longer.
Upon first glance, this does appear to solve their concerns. But it will likely cause bigger problems for them in the long run. While men’s clubs are longer than women’s, they are also heavier and the shafts are much stiffer. Moving to men’s clubs will fix the length issue, but it creates two new issues as a bi-product.
What would I suggest for taller women?
The best answer is to purchase a ladies set and have it custom fit. You can then order longer clubs with women’s flex shafts. This fixes the length issue without creating shaft flex and weight issues at the same time.
There is a second option which is often forgotten about. If purchasing a set off the rack is still more your style, then consider looking at a senior set.
Senior clubs are slightly longer in length; however they tend to be lighter and have shafts designed for slower swing speeds. This presents a great happy medium for taller women and is a great option to consider.
Bottom line, use your resources and ask the staff at any golf shop or fitting centre about your concerns. They will be more than capable of handling any questions you have and will certainly help you find the best strategy for your needs.
Important to remember that without being assessed professionally, you are really only guessing when it comes to your fitting needs. Getting some definite answers will ensure you are comfortable in your search for the correct equipment and ultimately guide you to a purchase you will be happy with for years to come.
Have the BEST day you can!
Trevor Moore, CPGA, TPI-CGFI, CFI