Some good emails today so let’s get to some answers!Our first email asks about club fitting. Our reader asks if club fitting is really necessary for a higher handicap that has an inconsistent swing. Let’s answer this in two parts… first some words from my good friend SirPuttsAlot… check out his Rant from back in December, “Getting Your Clubs Fitted – Is It Really Necessary?”. This was actually one of my favorite Rants and it really echoes my feelings on the subject. The one aspect that I check all the time is swing speed. If I am going to send a golfer out the door with a new set of clubs, I want to at least make sure their shafts are the right flex. Everything else can be altered later at no charge. Any good manufacturer will take their clubs back and alter them for you free of charge… unless you want to do something really drastic like changing the shafts. If I see someone hit three balls with three different swings, I’ll tell them to use the clubs for a while and then come back and see me. If they come back in a few months and have improved their consistency, I will go ahead and finish the club fitting. I check everyone on a lie board… it’s nice to show the customer what it does and what we learn about the swing by using the board. I let the customer ask questions about club fitting… the more good information that they can get, the better off they will be in the long run!
The same email asks a few specific questions about Callaway Golf. The first is about the uniflex steel shaft that Callaway has used for years. This shaft is basically a stiff regular… if that makes any sense at all. It is a decent shaft for the average player but Callaway doesn’t charge too much for an upgraded steel shaft… last time I checked it was under $10 a club. As for bending a golf club made by Callaway… it can be done but get Callaway to do it. The bore through hosel makes it tricky but it can be done. I know a few clubmakers that will do it but they sometimes get us to sign a waiver before taking the clubs.
Our next email asks about hybrid clubs and how to fit them into your existing set. First is club length. Our reader’s 3 iron is 39.75″ and his new TaylorMade Rescue Mid TP #2 is 39.70″. Personally, I’d leave it as is… chances are that the technology in the hybrid is going to help hit the ball higher and farther anyways. The second question has to do with the lie of the club. Our reader’s set is 2 degrees flat and he wants to know if he should have the hybrid bent to match. I’d hit it on a lie board and see what happens… you may find that you don’t need to do anything. Chances are that you will need to bend it flat a bit… maybe not 2 degrees but I could see 1 degree for sure. Thanks for the email!
Staying with hybrids… a reader asking about the new Cleveland Halo. I have hit this club numerous times and we will review it soon. I want to get it into the hands of our testers once more. The Halo is a great club and it could be a real sleeper this year. Watch for a review soon! I also got an email asking if we can review the Cobra SZ fairway woods… I have been meaning to do that one so watch for it very soon too!
Nike Golf’s investment in Paul Casey is paying off. You might remember Casey’s negative comments towards Americans and how these comments lead to Titleist Golf dropping the European star. Nike was willing to forgive and forget… and it paid off. Casey won the TCL Classic in China over the weekend.
Well that’s it for today. I met with SirPuttsAlot last night over a few beers and he is healing nicely after his shoulder surgery. We are working on a bunch of stuff right now and we hope to get it up soon… and don’t be surprised if the site gets a bit of a facelift too!