Jump to content
ChappyEight

Fitting W/Out Purchase?

Recommended Posts

So, I've never been fit for clubs in my life.  The clubs I have now I bought roughly 7 years ago and I pieced the set together based almost wholly on looks, company reputation, my OCD tendencies (hence the same brand throughout) and if I'm being honest, something less popular. (I can be weirdly contrarian like that).

 

That said, I like my clubs well enough, but I'm not certain if they're truly appropriate for me.  So, when I say "fitting" what I really mean is current club evaluation and length/lie & shaft recommendations and adjustments to my current clubs.  I'm not opposed to, for instance, picking up a new driver, but it will only be used and a year or two old (think $200 range).

 

From what I can tell, most of the places around me have certain manufacturers they're looking to sell and, while they advertise evaluation of current equipment, almost all of them eventually mention finding "the best equipment for" me, not necessarily tweaking what I've got to "fit" me.  GolfTec is nearby, a handful of mom & pop shops, and a few golf course academies.  

 

So what do you suggest?  I plan to go chat with a couple places this weekend, but any of you in this boat, or have been in the past?

 

Now, with that said, the second part of this question moves into which club I should have fit first.  My putter is good to go, no need to have it fit.  So, really, it comes down to irons or driver as far as which to fit first.  I see the pros and cons of either being first, but wondered if you all have a suggestion.

 

Thanks for your time,

Chappy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My suggestion is to go talk with the fitters and tell thEm just what you wrote here. Some may charge a fee or apply the fee to any work done. I think you can do the fittings together since you are trying to assess your set and not go crazy with a let's find the optimal set. If you want separate I would personally do irons first.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your best bet is a Mom and Pop shop. Do your research first. I've had three fittings at two different ones. The first was exactly what you described. I ended up spending 100 for the fitting and 250 for adjustments to my clubs. It was well worth it.

 

The second was for a specific brand, no charge because I purchased.

 

The third was a driver fitting. 100 last year that confirmed that it was not worth purchasing a new driver. That was money well spent.

 

I'm going for an iron fitting on Tuesday for the same reason. Hour and a half. I have doubts about my current shafts and a roaming eye towards the Ping G400 or Mizuno 900 hit metal. The question is if it's worth it. I will spend the 100 to save me from myself or to be confident that I'm making the right move and getting the right shaft/head combo. My guy isn't brand specific. You pay the 100 for the fitting but if you order through him he inspects your order to make sure you get what you paid for.

 

I have about 500 worth of clubs to unload so I will sell them off to help pay for the new irons should I purchase.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can't argue with what either Cnosil or RevKev said.

 

You mentioned GolfTec, I believe they have a $95 fitting fee and that they are brand neutral from what i can tell.  They generally have a very good selection and I dont' seem to be high pressure to buy from them either from my experience. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's another thought in the same discussion...

 

Is it bad form to go and get "fit" at a place like GolfTec or Golf Galaxy and then find a club online cheaper?  For instance, I'm not opposed to replacing my driver if the head technology is hindering me (2009), but I simply can't spend $500 on a club right now.  But, if I could find a 2015 club for $200, that's in my wheelhouse and is still a 6 year upgrade over my current stick.

 

Thinking out loud, I suppose.

 

- Chappy

 

P.S. I realize that my sucky swing is more of a hindrance than my 8 year old club technology.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's another thought in the same discussion...

 

Is it bad form to go and get "fit" at a place like GolfTec or Golf Galaxy and then find a club online cheaper?  For instance, I'm not opposed to replacing my driver if the head technology is hindering me (2009), but I simply can't spend $500 on a club right now.  But, if I could find a 2015 club for $200, that's in my wheelhouse and is still a 6 year upgrade over my current stick.

 

Thinking out loud, I suppose.

 

- Chappy

 

P.S. I realize that my sucky swing is more of a hindrance than my 8 year old club technology.

 

You're not going to have the exact same results between the new and old club, even with the same shaft.

 

I've done both demo day range fittings, and paid fitting at a club fitter. The main thing is to have a launch monitor, and ask your fitter a lot of questions. I didn't buy clubs on either of those days that I went to the fitting.

 

As for which to do first, I would say whatever is the least-successful part of your game.Getting fit for my driver transformed my game. Longer and straighter means I'm not in trouble, and the success was so eye opening I wanted to get fit for new irons and obsessed over it. Luckily, I got picked to test the JPX 900 line, so spending the $75 for my fitting was a no-brainer.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For what its worth, I had a driver fitting at Club Champion in Rockville near DC.   They have sites almost nation wide.   The end result was that I was advised to continue using my current driver until my instructor and I can get my "smash factor up".   

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's another thought in the same discussion...

 

Is it bad form to go and get "fit" at a place like GolfTec or Golf Galaxy and then find a club online cheaper? For instance, I'm not opposed to replacing my driver if the head technology is hindering me (2009), but I simply can't spend $500 on a club right now. But, if I could find a 2015 club for $200, that's in my wheelhouse and is still a 6 year upgrade over my current stick.

 

Thinking out loud, I suppose.

 

- Chappy

 

P.S. I realize that my sucky swing is more of a hindrance than my 8 year old club technology.

So long as you are paying for the fitting I don't think it's bad at all. I've heard my guy recommend that people go buy an item online when he knows they will get it cheaper. That's why he always charges and takes full responsibility for the clubs you order through him. He gives you both options.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are paying for the fitting you can either purchase clubs or not it's fine either way. But trying to apply the results of a fitting on a new club with newer shafts to a used club with a different shaft is probably not going to work.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are paying for the fitting you can either purchase clubs or not it's fine either way. But trying to apply the results of a fitting on a new club with newer shafts to a used club with a different shaft is probably not going to work.

More than probably

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was trying not to be Debbie Downer Rev lol

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Club fitting is kinda like financial advisor, you want to go to the one you pay for not the one the benefits from sales. In general if they change for service and do poor jobs they are not going to be in business for very long. If you go to the ones that don't charge extra with purchase then it's a flip of the coin, usually it's a bigger store and the kid who helps you may or may not know enough to help you. I've seen a few fitting and most are full of sh!t. They just want to sell you stuffs.

 

If you want to save money then buy from the big brands preowned site like callaway and Taylor made. You can't really go wrong with that there's not many choices or adjustment you can do except for loft, length and shaft selection. They can artificially adjust face angle through hosel but it's not lie adjustment, the only company I know that offer that is Wishon.

 

In general, unless you have a repeatable driver swing and/or low handicap you won't notice much from one premium shaft to another, they are all pretty good nowadays. Be realistic about it, even if you get a perfect fit, it's not going to turn you into Bubba Watson.

 

Lastly, fitting for new clubs is not a cheap route, at best you are paying retail+fitting cost, usually it could be more with shaft selections. I'm always against going to Brick & Mortar for a test drive and then buy cheaper online is not a good way to do business.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agree with Rusty1885. I went for a fitting at a 3 letter Superstore I won't mention but the fitter had the same three letters after his name. First thing I notice is that they had different hard cover balls in the bay. I asked if I could go to my bag and get some of the balls I play with. The fitter said it doesn't matter they can adjust the numbers. Are you kidding, I should have left then? Next I hit a number of shots with my club and got numbers. The fitter says relax for a minute, I need to make some adjustments. I notice on the screen, he changed the wind speed to 10mph helping. I said that's it and started leaving. I noticed Bridgestone was giving Free ball fittings a couple bays down. I took my driver down and hit a few, then asked the Bridgestone guy if he could get the Ping I wanted to try. There was basically no difference between the two clubs. I ended up buying some Bridgestone Balls out of guilt but bottom line is, I do not trust fitters that sell equipment as well.

 

Now, I just play around myself and find it more fun. I go to this website and compare test results. If I want a lower ball flight, less spin etc, I buy the club or shaft with the best test numbers and play around with it. I think it is more about feel and confidence than raw numbers.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Daily Deals

  • Sponsors

  • Our Sponsors

     
     
     

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      80,389
    • Most Online
      2,247

    Newest Member
    jaysat
    Joined
  • Similar Content

    • By Mr. Shank Dawg
      Great forum, great community, and I am sure one of the knowledgeable members has come across this question before (or, can point me in the right direction).  I have used the search bar some to pin point this topic to some effect, but haven't come across the answer that satisfies my curiosity.  I already know and understand a dynamic fitting and static fitting work best for shaft fitting and it's hard to beat a good (and patient) fitter.  
      My question pertains to online iron shaft fitting/recommendations from most of the shaft manufacturers and/or online fitting services: How relevant is a question regarding iron distance (say, 6i carry) when your current 6i loft and the set you are interested in purchasing is different?  I could ,theoretically, hit my 6i 170 yards using a 26* loft but only hit my buddies 6i 155 yards using 29*...these are just relative numbers to express a questionable point... with all other variables being the same (relatively speaking) but loft.
      My interpretation of the line of questions for iron shaft recommendation is that it is generating results based on flight and dispersion preferences along with swing speed/power/carry distance.  However, if my current 6i is 26* and is allowing me to move the ball 170yds down the fairway, how good is the online fitting tool going to be if the new set I am interested in has a more traditional loft to it?  Am I totally off base in this line of thinking?  Are the manufacturers shaft recommendations useless? 
      Again, I apologize if this has already been discussed ad nauseam.  Happy golfing!
    • By cksurfdude
      Matt Saternus (used to be with MGS) of PluggedInGolf.com posted an interesting article...
      "Do wedge shafts matter?"
      https://pluggedingolf.com/do-wedge-shafts-matter-golf-myths-unplugged/
      He tested in a similar style to MGS using a variety of recreational players and identical wedge heads with different shafts, then swapping them among the players and having them hit different short game shots. Results are measured by Trackman at a Club Champion.
      The questions he was looking to "Confirm" or "Bust" include...
      Myth #1 – A wedge shaft can create more spin
      Myth #2 – A wedge shaft can change launch angle
      Myth #3 – A wedge shaft can improve accuracy
      Myth #4 – A wedge shaft can improve consistency
      Myth #5 – The same shaft will fit all your wedges
      Interesting and informative article .. worth a look!
      https://pluggedingolf.com/do-wedge-shafts-matter-golf-myths-unplugged/
    • By Golfspy_CG2
      As an avid MGS'er, you know doubt have read about, or even tried, TrueGolfFit - Adam and Tony's personalized online golf fitting engine. You give TrueGolfFit what amounts to your swing DNA, and the engine's algorithms search and filter the mountain of data MyGolfSpy has collected over the years to deliver to you your best fit and first alternative driver. And the fit is guaranteed!
      Now, what if you combine that online fitting with Global Golf's U-try driver demo program? For $25 Global Golf will send you the driver of your choice, brand-new and unopened, to try on your home course for two weeks. If you like it, keep and and the $25 goes toward your purchase price. Don't like it? Send it back. The shipping is all taken care of.
      At MyGolfSpy we're all about having forum members put things to real live tests to experience for themselves what a club/device/program etc does, and to bring honest, unbiased feedback to the rest of the forum.
      This testing was a bit unique as it involved two separate entities that MGS combined into one experience.   As such it took a bit of patience to get all the pieces moving in the correct direction but in the end I think our testers will be able to give some solid feedback on, TrueGolfFit, Global U Try and most fun of all the drivers they were fit for.
      Note: Due to the nature of this testing where the testers get to keep the driver, they will not be able to review the return process.  Feel free to hit them up with all the questions you can think of, I know they are eager to get going. 
      Goaliewales14 Stage 1
      GoalieWales14 Stage 2
      GB13 Stage 1
      GB13 Stage 2
      808Nation Stage 1
      808Nation Stage 2
      Eseay32 Stage 1
      Eseay32 Stage 2
        
    • By one0wonder
      Having heard a lot of good things about Bender Golf gloves, I finally decided to give one a try. I ordered the glove 0n 6-26-2018 but didn't put the glove into play until the first of August of 2018. The glove fit very well and it felt good while gripping  the grip. At first glance the quality seemed to be fine. I played 8 or maybe 9 rounds and all of a sudden the sewing around the first finger and middle finger began to unravel. I thought since Bender stressed their quality on their website that they would be glad to work with me. for 2 days I tried calling them but you can never speak to a human being. As a matter of fact there is no possible way to speak to someone unless you want to leave a message and hope they will call back. I decided to email them and explained everything and it took to business days to get a reply. In essence the reply I received was approximately 3 sentences long and I was told since the glove was past 30 days old there was nothing they could do or would do.
       
      I have played MG gloves for over 10 years and only had 1  problem in that time. MG listened to my problem which was very much the same as with Bender and yes the glove was well over 30 days old but MG immediately sent me a replacement glove.
       
      I would hesitate to ever do business with Bender again. Has anyone else had any experience with Bender before?
    • By Dukester34
      Hi everyone, I just joined, and I appreciate the forum.  Cool, just what I was looking for. 
       
      I am trying to understand why I am hooking my new Apex Pro Irons.  
       
      My previous irons, Taylor Made, I couldn't draw to save my life, payed them straight or with a slight fade.  I was fitted with the Callaway irons and they looked pretty good on the monitor, good feel, 4,000 rpm, pretty straight.
       
      The issue I am 6'6" and I play 2 degrees upright, 1.5 inches longer, and jumbo grips.  So what I test isn't exactly what I get.  The shaft is True Temper XP 95, S300.
       
      I received the production clubs, and now if I hit a 3/4 shot it goes straight; if I hit a stock stock it draws left of the flag even if I am aligned correctly, and if I hit a full shot, the ball draws well left of the flag.
       
      I am a 4 handicap player and generally a very good iron player.  I can't tell if the irons have a draw bias, or if the shaft is wrong.  
       
      Any suggestions on what to try, or any experience with Apex Pro irons?  Thanks much,  Rob
  • Recent Topics

  • Latest from the Blog

  • Happy Birthday Today!

×
×
  • Create New...