The Science of Fitting Golf Clubs
There are 13 important factors which make up the proper fitting and manufacture of golf clubs. Here are 3 of the most important:
Callaway, Taylormade, Titleist all sell drivers that are TOO long for 95% of men golfers and 100% of women golfers.
So why is this done? Because, they advertise that the longer the length, the longer you will hit the ball.
When we fit for club length, we obviously look at your height and the length of your arms. However, the most important factor in determining the proper length is YOUR ABILITY.
Over the past 2 years, we have not built any drivers that were longer than 44.5". And most were between 43.5" and 44.25" in length! Our clients have become much straighter drivers and as a result, they actually gained distance over their previous driving clubs. It only makes sense to have a custom fit driver that you can consistently hit straighter.
Most golfers believe that they need a low lofted driver to hit longer drives. At Condor Golf, we believe that loft should be determined by the golfer's club swing speed (which is not the same as ball speed). The average male golfer swings 87 mph while the average female golfer swings at 60 mph.
Many golfers select the wrong driver loft for their ability and strength. Below are average distances for different driver lofts:
If your swing speed is 85 mph (carry + roll distance = 216 yards) or less, you should definitely use a higher 14° driver. You could also hit a 15° driver for more consistency.
If your swing speed is 95 mph (carry + roll distance = 245 yards), you should use a 12° loft driver (but only if you can hit consistently straight). If not you are better off hitting a 14° driver.
If your swing speed is 105 mph (carry + roll distance = 269 yards), you CAN use a 10.5° loft driver (but only if you can hit consistently straight). If not, you are better off hitting a 12° driver.
If your swing speed is 115 mph (carry + roll distance = 295 yards), you CAN use a 9.5° driver (but only if you hit consistently straight). If not, you are better off hitting a 10.5° or 11° driver.
Note: The total distances shown here are achieved using a level angle of attack into the ball with average fairway conditions at sea level. An upward angle of attack would require a lower loft; a downward angle of attack would require a higher loft.
One of the least scrutinized factors in 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 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 regripped with a new larger size, the golfer always is amazed that such a factor can be so important.
Have Condor Golf properly size the grips to your hands and the way you hold onto the club and watch your scores drop dramatically.