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What should I do to prepare for an iron fitting so that I will feel confident in the fitter recommendation assuming there could be some spec changes that make the irons custom. Want to make sure that the spec changes are right and I don’t get stuck w clubs that are not fit right.

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Be open minded, try not to look at what he/she is given you in terms of shaft or head. Be honest in your feedback. Don’t chase numbers 

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Wear everything that you normally do to play golf (gloves, shoes, etc.). Also, bring your current club that you’re testing against. Plus, be ready to hit 50-100 balls without getting too fatigued. You don’t want to be 25 shots in and getting tired and end up with a bad fit.


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I’m getting fitted at Golftec. I’ve been hitting balls so that when I get there I’m in swing shape and hitting it they way I would be after The “spring rust shake”.

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I also suggest bring your game ball if they allow it and keep them informed of your budget. Don't get blown out of the water if they pick a major upcharge shaft.
Most of all enjoy the experience and ask questions try to understand what they are looking for number wise so you can get an idea when things are heading in the right direction.

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I actually just got fitted at Golftec. I dont know if they have a universal experience but he asked me questions about my game and where I want to improve. Then measured my current gamers to establish a baseline. Then went through a couple different heads, asking for how it looked how it felt/sounded etc. The main components he cared about outside of that was spin rate, launch angle and decent angle. Once it was dialed in properly in those fields it came down to my personal preference. I thought the overall experience was solid, you'll benefit the most by being open with what you're feeling with each club.

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See if they are open to you coming back a second time to hit the top contenders again.  Helps your confidence to know that the fit holds on a different day when you might have a slightly different swing feel.

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Look for a guarantee that if you are not satisfied you can return the clubs.  Or at least find out if they will allow a free follow on fitting to make adjustments.

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A few ideas for you to consider. Do 1) and 2) below BEFORE you test any clubs. But above all  GET FITTED!

1) Get a solid baseline on a sim with your current clubs. DO NOT settle for getting data only on one club (6 or 7 iron). Go through the entire bag. You may have to baseline on one day, examine the data carefully, and return on another day to test clubs. Fatigue is a risk if you hit enough to get a solid baseline on your entire current bag. 

2) Do at least three to five 3-swing sessions with Mizuno's Shaft Optimizer 3D. Don't let the fitter just have you swing the MSO 3D three times. Most people's swings are not consistent enough to use the data from just 3 swings to  narrow the field of shafts and select the best for you. In my case, five 3-swing sessions with the MSO 3D identified the same shaft (KBS C-taper Lite, regular flex) as most suited to my swing in three of the five sets, and it was second in two others. Obviously, that shaftt is suited to my swing. Get all the data details from the Optimizer, not just the recommended shaft. You may find that your current clubs are just fine, but your shafts aren't suited to your swing. Or, after testing through step 5) below, you may find that just putting new shafts and grips on your existing clubs is much less expensive than a new set of irons. Then you can spend the money left over on lessons, which might help more than new clubs.

3) When you get into testing irons, plan to swing at least five models of clubs, more if the fitter is willing. And swing them with more than one shaft if the MSO 3D has not identified a clear "best" option for you. At a minimum, hit the 5 iron, the 7 iron, and the pitching wedge. If the fitter insists just hitting the 7 iron is enough, find another fitter. Go through the whole set if you can, whether with the fitter or on your own using the sim. At a minimum, you will learn a LOT about your swing. 

4) Try to fit hybrids into the set during the iron fitting, most likely in the 3 iron or 4 iron role. Test shafts with the hybrids, starting with the one identified with the MSO 3D. But be open to trying others as well. If you select a hybrid with an adjustable hosel and weights, experiment with adjustments. I found that the hybrid tended to hook. We dialed the loft down to the max available, which flattened the lie, and then set the weights heavy at the heel of the club. Bingo, straight as could be and better spin rates. 

5) Consider a blended set of irons, e.g., Hot Metals and Hot Metal Pros or JPX 919 Forged. Or even try the MP20 HMB irons for the longest iron(s) in your bag, gapped to work with your irons and hybrid.  

6) If a fitter doesn't have the patience to go through this with you, ask to work with someone who does or simply walk away. It's your money.

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