Truth About Golf Club Fitting
The club length the large "name brand" manufacturers use on their clubs is TOO long for 90% of men golfers and 98% of women golfers. These large companies make drivers that are 45½" to 46½" where as the average length of drivers used by Tour Professionals is 44½".
So why is this done? Because, companies advertise that the longer the length is, the longer you will hit the ball. Except it only works when you have smooth tempo, a consistent square swing path, a LATE RELEASE OF YOUR WRIST-COCK ANGLE (notice it is capitalized...must be important), good swing timing and rhythm.
If this isn't you, it's not going to work.
Here are the cold, hard facts about longer clubs:
For golfers who score 94 + (which is 90% of all golfers), the average drive length is 207 yards while the dispersion (accuracy) is 23 yds offline. Using a 45" driver, the drive length DECREASES by 1 yard and the amount of offline INCREASES to 27 yds.
For golfers who score 82 - 93, the average drive length is 215 - 222 yds. while the dispersion is 18 - 23 yds. offline. Using a 45" driver, the drive length DECREASES by 1 yard and the amount of offline INCREASES to 26 yds.
Information courtesy of 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game by Tom Wishon
Most golfers believe that they need a low lofted driver to hit longer drives. At Condor Golf, we believe that loft angle on a custom driver should be determined by the golfer's club swing speed (which is not the same as ball speed) and the golfer's ability to hit the ball somewhere on the face consistently (not just once out of seven hits). The average male golfer swings 87 mph while the average female golfer swings at 65 mph.
If you are a beginner or an occasional golfer, select the highest loft available.
If you swing less than 80 mph, your driver loft should NOT be less than 14°.
If you swing less than 90 mph, your driver loft should NOT be less than 12°.
One more fact about driver loft, clubs that are described or sold as "Adjustable" can NOT be adjusted for loft angle. Loft angle is independent of any other specification and can NEVER be changed. The only specs that CAN be adjusted are face angle and lie angle.
So if a salesperson or golf pro tells you that the loft angle is adjustable, they are not telling the truth!
Custom Fit Grip Size
One of the least scrutinized factors in custom golf clubs is the grip size. Large manufacturers build stock clubs that have only one size grip, mens standard (or womens standard). The problem is that the grip is the only part of the club that you actually have some physical contact. It is your only link to the club. For this reason, Condor Golf considers it be one of the biggest factors in any purchase of custom golf clubs (either buying off the rack standard clubs, or completely custom fit and manufactured clubs).
Even though 2 golfers might be the same height and build, their hand size is generally different plus they probably don't hold the club the same way (and even that makes a difference). Ninety-nine out of a hundred golfers have grips that are not suited to their hand size and position of hands on the grip. I constantly see golfers on the course or in my store whose grips are so small in diameter, it's a wonder they can even hold on to the club. Once a club is custom regripped with a new larger size, the golfer is always amazed that such a factor can be so important.
Have Condor Golf custom size the grips to your hands and the way you hold onto the club and watch your scores drop dramatically.
The golf club sales person (or golf pro) tells the customer that he / she swings the club at a certain speed and therefore would be best fit using a Regular, Stiff or Senior flex shaft.
Swing speed is only the beginning of the shaft fitting process and, if the shaft fitting is done properly to incorporate all the other swing elements which dictate your best shaft, you might wind up with a shaft that is quite different from what you might have originally thought. First off, the flex letter code printed on your shaft means nothing; and second the shaft does not act like a buggy whip to slingshot the ball down the fairway. So, if the flex of the shaft does not slingshot the ball down the fairway, what does it do?
What looks like a buggy whip effect is not caused by the shaft at all. It’s caused when the golfer releases his wrist-cock angle during the downswing. That’s when the shaft’s stiffness or flexibility does its work.
The purpose of a shaft’s total flex design is to work in conjunction with your downswing force and your wrist-cock release (along with the clubhead loft, the club head center of gravity, and whether you swing up, level or down at the ball) to determine the final launch angle, trajectory and backspin of your shot.
To really get the proper shaft (and shaft flex) for your clubs you also need to consider how smoothly or forcefully you make the transition from the end of the backswing to the start of the downswing, how aggressive or smooth your downswing tempo is, when you unhinge your wrist cock angle and how consistently you do each of the above.