The Science of Fitting Golf Clubs
There are many important factors (13 to be exact) which make up the proper fitting and manufacture of golf clubs. We are going to cover a few of them here:
1. Driver Length
The standard club length used by the large "name brand" manufacturers is much too long for 90% of men golfers and 98% of women golfers. These large companies make drivers that are 45½" to 46½" whereas 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.
2. Driver Loft
Many golfers select the wrong driver loft for their ability and strength. They believe that a low lofted driver will hit longer drives which is absolutely untrue! The best loft angle for a driver is determined by swing speed and ability. Large golf manufacturers, "big box" chain golf stores and many golf professionals tell customers that male golfers swing a driver at an "average" speed of 87 mph, which is also not true. Most male golfers swing between 75 - 80 mph.
If a golfer swings a 10.5° Driver at 50 mph, the total distance will be 87 yards. If a 14° Driver is used, the total distance would be 96 yards.
If a golfer swings a 10.5° Driver at 60 mph, the total distance will be 127 yards. If a 14° Driver is used, the total distance would be 137 yards.
If a golfer swings a 10.5° Driver at 70 mph, the total distance will be 164 yards. If a 14° Driver is used, the total distance would be 176 yards.
If a golfer swings a 10.5° Driver at 80 mph, the total distance will be 206 yards. If a 14° Driver is used, the total distance would be 216 yards.
If a golfer swings a 9.5° Driver at 90 mph, the total distance will be 229 yards. If a 12° Driver is used, the total distance would be 245 yards.
If you are a beginner or an occasional golfer, select the highest loft available.
3. Grip Size
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 is amazed that this is so important.