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I’m looking to go in for a driver fitting and have quite a few options around me in Northern Virginia. I have Golftec, Club Champion, Dick’s/Golf Galaxy, as well as a local place called Golfdom. There is also a 2nd Swing about 45 minutes away. My question is, is one place that much better than any other? Does anyone have a really great or bad experience I should consider before going in? As reference I’m about a 10 handicap and play 2x a month.

 

 

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Avoid dicks and golf galaxy. Club champion is a good option as long as you understand their business model and are well prepared when you go in. 2nd swing will be hit or miss unless you pay for the tour fitting they have. If you don’t mind indoors Golfdom in Vienna/Tyson’s is good again if you pay for one of the fitting studios they have. 
 

Westfields is a great option due to being able to hit outdoors or at least from the studio to the range. 1757 is another ok option. 

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I wouldn’t worry too much about where to go, I’d look into actual fitters. Dicks/GG don’t employ actual fitters to my knowledge. CC is 100% about fitting, and GolfTec is more based around lessons. Look at reviews and see if you can find more information on the fitters that work at these places. Club Champion gives you the option to choose your fitter when you book online, so you get a list of fitters. Try to get names, ask around for recommendations, do a little research. The fitter will have a much bigger effect on your experience than the company they work for. The catch is, it can be very difficult to find information on individual fitters.


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Dicks and Golf Galaxy are a joke when it comes to fitting
Club Champion is very good, but VERY Expensive

I don’t have any experience with the other 2


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I am a bit skeptical of the local club champion in my area. I know multiple guys who have gone there that dont know a ton of equipment and they all come out with Oban iron shafts and VA Composites wood/hybrid shafts. 

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The Club Champion location in Fairfax and the one in Rockville have good fitters. I know folks with limited golf club knowledge and a couple with that have been to those locations and have had good experiences. But as part of the initial reply I made understand their process and business model and what you are looking to spend on clubs whether you buy from them or not. This is one of the biggest complaints seen on forums and Facebook groups when it comes to Club Champion. But those who are open with their fitter in the beginning helps the process to be geared towards the golfers budget.


 

 

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The Club Champion location in Fairfax and the one in Rockville have good fitters. I know folks with limited golf club knowledge and a couple with that have been to those locations and have had good experiences. But as part of the initial reply I made understand their process and business model and what you are looking to spend on clubs whether you buy from them or not. This is one of the biggest complaints seen on forums and Facebook groups when it comes to Club Champion. But those who are open with their fitter in the beginning helps the process to be geared towards the golfers budget.

 
 

[emoji457] Yes, fitting is expensive, Club Champion is no different than any other golf retailer when it comes to pricing. You have to establish a budget first, before anything. A lot of people walk in blind and what to find the best equipment for their swing, then get shocked when the exotic shaft they hit cost an arm and a leg. You have to be honest about what you want and what you can afford up front. Any good fitter should go through this interview process first, unfortunately, as others have stated, some just want to make a buck.


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56 minutes ago, LeftyRM7 said:


emoji457.png Yes, fitting is expensive, Club Champion is no different than any other golf retailer when it comes to pricing. You have to establish a budget first, before anything. A lot of people walk in blind and what to find the best equipment for their swing, then get shocked when the exotic shaft they hit cost an arm and a leg. You have to be honest about what you want and what you can afford up front. Any good fitter should go through this interview process first, unfortunately, as others have stated, some just want to make a buck.


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Club champion is about on par with most fitting costs in the DC area when you compare non full bag fittings. Most fittings here will cost betwee $90-150 for 60-90 mins depending on where you go. Their advantage over a lot of places is the array of options they offer especially when you consider they have shafts that aren’t available from some of the OEMs. Example would be someone gets fit for a Ventus red in a titleist driver. That is not something that the customer Go to titleist or another shop to order rom titleist and would require to either get it from club champion or find another club builder. 
 

The club champion options is where the price issue for many comes in. The club is going to cost more from club champion especially if the customer falls into getting the shaft pure’d. So my earlier comment about budget this is what I refer to as well as understanding the business model.

So someone looking for options on fitting locations in northern Virginia has several good options that include the club champion of fairfax and the one in maryland which isn’t that far from northern Virginia.

The rest of the the places in my earlier post all offer the shafts that are available either as stock or upcharge from the OEMs and a customer won’t be fit to something the OEM doesn’t offer both Westfields and Golfdom do club building so there’s somE additional options they can work out with those shops if needed.

It boils down to what the OP is looking for in terms of indoor vs outdoor and budget to include if they want to go the route of having a wider variety of options outside of OEM availability 

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1 hour ago, Steven Hogan said:

Just Keep it Simple Know what your general fit is going in.  

If you seriously have no clue you will end up with a Huge bill from Club Champion.  They will rape you on price. 

Explain how you know your general fit prior to a fitting?.

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4 hours ago, Steven Hogan said:

Just Keep it Simple Know what your general fit is going in.  

If you seriously have no clue you will end up with a Huge bill from Club Champion.  They will rape you on price. 

Joined just 4 hours ago and this is your first post?  Seems like there may be a bit of an to grind to me .  

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