The other day I participated in my first full-bag fitting.
TrueSpec golf offered an opportunity that doesn't come around too often - a free (450.00 value!) full bag fitting at the Boston location.
I was very much looking forward to this as I had never done a full bag before.
3 years ago I had an iron fitting that wasn't very good.
5 years ago I had a driver fitting that was o-kay.
2 years ago I had a putter fitting that was a disappointment.
I've heard a lot of great things about TrueSpec, especially reading about @jlukes experience, and I couldn't wait to see what it was all about.
On behalf of everyone at True Spec Golf, thank you for considering us for your golf equipment needs. We are looking forward to showing you what a custom club fitting can do for your game. We have you scheduled for:
October 9, 2019 03:30 PM
Your appointment should last 240 minutes.
WHAT !?!??! 240 minutes.... as in 4 hours ?!?! Wooo-boy.
I was glad that I was the last appointment of the day.
Upon arrival I saw that the location was in an industrial area and located in a warehouse looking building.
This made me a little skeptical.
But... I had an open mind and was optimistic.
Waiting for me outside of the building was Nick and he saw me with my bag and greeted me pleasantly.
Right away I let him know that I worked as a forum admin for MyGolfSpy and asked if he'd heard of the site; - "Oh yeah, they did that big ball test this year, right?" Funny...that really REALLY had an impact on the industry.
I let him know about how the site is independent and lets the data speak for itself, how we do a lot of equipment testing and that I'm also there to get some information to share with the forum members so I'll be taking some photos.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was just him and I and the space was open, warm, welcoming and large..
I'll let the pics speak for themselves... giant hitting bay, shafts and heads galore... every machine you can imagine. Top notch.
He asked me the particulars that you typically are asked when getting a fitting (what am I looking for, what do I currently play, etc.)
He then took my 6 iron and measured everything (loft/lie/length) while I warmed up with an 8.
A very nice touch: he asked what ball I typically play (BS RX) and we used THAT ball for everything.
(Note - they use a GCQuad/Foresight which works very well)
He described how they do all of their fittings using a 6 iron because that's the club that most people lose confidence in for some reason. 7 iron is fine but the 6 seems to scare folks. Personally, I am fine hitting my 6 but I liked to hear how they want to get folks comfortable and confident hitting a club they typically aren't confident in.
Devices aplenty....(he used the tall black metal machine to bend my wedge and the other stuff was used to measure weight, length and flex)
For a full bag they typically start with irons, move on to driver, then woods/hybrids, wedges, putter.
I had a unique situation because I had a set of specific irons I wanted to get fit for and he was more than happy to help with that.
I hit my 6 to set a baseline and then we compared my 6 to the set I wanted, tried a couple different shafts (I asked him to stick to the stock choices for ordering purposes) and found one that I really liked and performed well for me.
We then went to the driver and I won my driver during a member-guest tournament earlier this year and I wasn't properly fit into it so I asked if he could help me with the settings.
I took some swings, he looked at the numbers, made a couple of adjustments and my total distance before the change became my carry distance afterwards! Basically I added about 20 yards to my drive with some minor adjustments.... #fittingmatters
My kind of drawers!
After we got 'my' driver dialed in I let him know I wasn't "married" to it and if there was anything else he had that might be better I'm all for it.
I tried a number of different head and shaft combinations that came close but nothing that could knock it outta the bag. He did suggest that I trim an inch off because it is 45.5 inches long! Even tour pros don't play drivers that long.
We carried on with 3w and my hybrid and same thing... both were as good as anything else. I recently began to get a bit of a hook with my hybrid and he helped me adjust the settings so that it is more fade biased and I gained about 15 yards as well.
I asked about my wedge makeup (50/54/58) and he liked it and especially liked the grind for the area/courses I play (New England).
I told him that something about the 50 felt 'off' and he measured it and noticed it was 2 degrees flat. Well then!
He quickly put it on the machine, bent it so that it was standard and boom.... I got the extra yards I was missing.
He helped to make sure that the gapping in my set was good (of course since I didn't have my irons he could only estimate) and we moved on to the putter.
This was in another section of the fitting area and used GCQuad. I had a previous putter fitting using Samlab and there wasn't much difference between the two of them.
Mix and match shafts, grips and putter heads.... very cool.
I recently purchased the putter and had only had it out for one round. I hit a series of 9 foot putts while he watched behind and the putts were going in and the numbers looked okay but he noticed that the toe was a bit high.
He bent the putter a bit, I tried again and voila.... the numbers were spot on.
Giving the putter a little makeover...
THIS MADE ME VERY HAPPY.... this is where I lose the majority of my strokes and this was my 4th putter this year. Having a properly fit putter is such a great feeling!
It was now about 7:30 and the time just seemed to fly by.
We're both kind of 'gear heads' so it was easy to pass the time; Nick KNOWS clubs and we had some great conversation.
He was easy going, friendly and helpful.
All in all it was the best fitting experience I have ever had. The place itself is first class. Clean, organized, professional...everything you could want from a fitting.
To top it all off Nick sent me all of my results in multiple pdf documents within 30 minutes after my session and even offered to send me the entire dataset. I was able to ask him a question the next day via email and he responded quickly. There was no pressure to sell me anything and I could tell he truly only cared that I have the best performing clubs in my bag - no matter whether they were new or old.
I highly recommend TrueSpec; I've been to Club Champion and some other local "Golf Digest top 100" fitters and they pale in comparison.
The one thing I would caution you on - for a full bag you will hit a lot of balls and you'll probably feel it the next day; I didn't feel it at the time but when I woke up the next day I did.
Don't get me wrong, the full bag is awesome, and it's great to do it all at once and totally worth it but they do offer other individual fittings.
TrueSpec is wicked awesome.
You should definitely do it.
Just for fun.... my results:
Irons (6 iron):