While we do not have an expensive indoor computer-based golf simulator (also known as a launch monitor). We do use proven real situation techniques at an outdoor driving range. The golfer is placed on a launch monitor to check launch angle and spin rate along with swing speed. That way they theoretically can match a proper shaft and loft with a person’s swing speed. Also, keep in mind shaft stiffness isn’t 100% about swing speed, tempo is important too. For example, a person with a 95mph swing that has a short, quick tempo could need a stiff shaft, while someone with a 105mph swing with a long, slow tempo may benefit more from a regular flex shaft.
The rate of accuracy with golf simulators has always been in doubt with perfect indoor conditions. If you are placed on two different models of golf simulators – you will see that the readouts that can vary significantly in terms of results. These golf simulators are better served as a ballpark guide, and likely not of great use in fine-tuning any club specs. They are mostly useful in head to head comparisons such as one driver or iron vs. another.
Furthermore, most people are not able to feel confident in any club’s performance until they hit it on a driving range or on the course. There is definitely difference between the real range and the simulator. Our practical fitting program performs practical measurements and observations out on the range with “outdoor” conditions that effect play including: humidity, wind, and background noise. We utilize a number of different items to assess ways to improve your clubs. We are not golf instructors, but rather golf club technicians with the technical expertise to provide maximum performance from your clubs whether they are brand new or vintage.
We have an iron set of clubs specifically designed for fitting. This set includes multiple club combinations of a standard 6 iron for both right handed and left handed golfers. The 6 iron fitting set includes variations of loft and lie settings to fit a person for the right angle of their individual swing. We also have both steel and graphite shafts in the various flexes: L, A, R, S, X.
Our program involves having the player hit a few shots with their current 6-iron and then try various combinations (shafts are interchangeable from each club) of other 6 iron models based on their results and preferences until matched up with the one that will provide optimal hitting results. We chart workability, forgiveness, and trajectory to determine some recommendations.
Shaft Style: Match the player seamlessly with a shaft set that offers optimized flight, feel and forgiveness.
Club Length: Measuring the person to the right length club is based upon a player’s swing plane and ability to square the club face at impact. We have a laser measuring tool that can read whether or not your hands or the club face is leading into the ball.
Shaft Flex: We determine ideal shaft flex based on the player’s ball speed, swing tempo, swing weight trajectory at launch, and preferences.
Lie Angle: Using lie tape and the lie board, we determine if the player needs standard, upright, or flat lie angles for their irons. Having the proper lie angle is one of the most important elements of fitting, as playing with incorrect lie angles can cause misses of up to 20 yards – even on a perfect swing.
Head Design: There is a general assessment as to whether the “muscle back” or “cavity back” iron head is a better fit with the golfer. All golfers need to find the right head weight feel to match to their sense of swing timing, rhythm and tempo in order to achieve more consistent center hits. In general, blade style irons have a distance advantage over most larger and “more forgiving” cavity back designs, which are designed for more forgiveness.
Golf set manufacturers are now frequently replacing the lower number long irons with a couple of “hybrids” – often called “rescue” clubs. These golf clubs are a cross between a long iron and a fairway wood (hybrid), and extremely adaptable from poor lies (rescue). With a deeper and wider cavity back, hybrid clubs are designed to the launch the ball much easier after striking it. In a hybrid golf club, the center of gravity is shifted to the bottom of the club, which helps in launching the ball high up in the air. The face of the hybrid golf club is also kept flat which gives the ball a higher spin rate. The added higher launch angle of the club makes it possible for the ball to spin and hence the ball stops faster after landing. The shaft of the club is generally shorter and the club face has typically been kept stiffer like iron golf clubs.
The fitting issues to check here with this type of club are head design, length, loft, and lie angle, which are checked and measured while the golfer is using them at a golf range. Keep in mind that you will always hit longer with woods than irons. Perhaps a 3 wood is 14-16 degrees in loft just as a 1 iron, but you’ll hit the 3 wood longer. The hybrid as the name states, is longer than an iron an shorter than a wood at the same angle.