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I talked my amazing wife into allowing me to get fit for my 40th birthday. I'm considering GolfTEC and True Spec as they are both in my area. I'd likely get a full fitting (woods, irons and wedges). I'm reaching out to see if anyone has strong feelings towards one company or the other? Just in my initial research I can tell that True Spec is about $100 more for the full fitting. 

Thanks in advance and hit em long and straight! 

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TruSpec and it’s not even close. You will get a larger selection of shafts and heads. The chances of a better fitter is going to come with TruSpec too.

Ive heard enough bad stories about golf Tec lessons and fittings that you couldn’t pay me to go there. 

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6 hours ago, Steve-O-hio said:

I talked my amazing wife into allowing me to get fit for my 40th birthday. I'm considering GolfTEC and True Spec as they are both in my area. I'd likely get a full fitting (woods, irons and wedges). I'm reaching out to see if anyone has strong feelings towards one company or the other? Just in my initial research I can tell that True Spec is about $100 more for the full fitting. 

Thanks in advance and hit em long and straight! 

I can't speak from personal experience, but based on what I've heard and read here in the forums, True Spec would likely be the better option of the two. It can be true for any club fitter, but I've heard more hit or miss stories about GolfTEC than True Spec. Also, I have no idea what GolfTEC has available in their fitting bays, but True Spec will definitely have enough options to make sure you get the right fit.

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

TruSpec and it’s not even close. You will get a larger selection of shafts and heads. The chances of a better fitter is going to come with TruSpec too.

Ive heard enough bad stories about golf Tec lessons and fittings that you couldn’t pay me to go there. 

So much this,  end of discussion 🙂 

Just check out the recent blog piece on iron survey, there is a section in their on club fitting and the companies.  TrueSpec was miles above GolfTec in every aspect. 

Great gift from the wife BTW!  

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2 hours ago, cnosil said:

I’ll play the devils advocate on this thread.   While True Spec is mikes above Golftec in the fitting department as they have access to more shaft and club options it may not be the right choice for you.   As a consumer and someone considering a high end fitting, I’d you:

  • know your goals from the fitting?
  • do you have any understanding of the fitting process?
  • do you have any understanding of launch monitor data?
  • what are you golfing goals?
  • what is your club budget?  
  • do you have you list of questions for the fitter?
  • have you considered any local fitters not associated with a chain?

Typically True Spec will have higher quality fitters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good fitting at a Golftec.  I pose the questions above because people who aren’t educated about the fitting process go get fit at a high end fitter and get sticker shock or don’t see immediate improvement in their games and then complain that the fitting was a waste if time and money.  We hear in commercials about the 50 yard gains from a fitting and while it happens when a player is using poorly fit or really outdated clubs, that isn’t the typical result.  You may see a few yards of gain and slightly smaller dispersion cones which is more of a long term improvement to you scoring floor and ceiling and may not be visible when looking at one shot or even a round. 
 

i think you can be successful at either location provided you know what you are looking for going into the fitting.  

There you go bringing logic into it.

True, I should have mentioned a disclaimer.   There may be certain Golf Tec locations that happen to have high caliber fitter that just happens to work there and can do a fine job.  And it's also possible that you could run into someone at TrueSpec that isn't as qualified as maybe that one off at GolfTec.  I would take the time to read the bios on each site of the fitters, they should all be there.    But if you are speaking in general terms and rolling the odds, you are more likely than not to get more of a quality fitting at TrueSpec.  But as you mention, each case can be different.  

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The $100 difference is more than worth it.

I got fit at True Spec NYC in 2019.  Here is a review of my experience

 

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59 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

There you go bringing logic into it.

True, I should have mentioned a disclaimer.   There may be certain Golf Tec locations that happen to have high caliber fitter that just happens to work there and can do a fine job.  And it's also possible that you could run into someone at TrueSpec that isn't as qualified as maybe that one off at GolfTec.  I would take the time to read the bios on each site of the fitters, they should all be there.    But if you are speaking in general terms and rolling the odds, you are more likely than not to get more of a quality fitting at TrueSpec.  But as you mention, each case can be different.  

Bingo. IMO the environment at TruSpec is going to win out over golfTec. TruSpec as far as I know is going to be able to change grips, modify swingweight adjust loft/lie on the spot so you will know exactly what the club does, looks like, etc where as golfTec you are going to have to hope the recommendation of a loft/lie adjustment works and that if you use something other than a standard size grip, you won’t have that feeling either.

 

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Much like @jlukes100% TrueSpec. 

I still believe having a personable fitter is important but thats just me as I like to chit chat. I received that there on top of all the clubs I swung, all the shafts, the fitter explained every detail of what he was looking at. The data provided after I still have and its extremely easy to read.

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Nothing more to add to the above posts. But curious - based on your name @Steve-O-hio looks like you're from Ohio. If so where? We have a bunch of members here from Northeast Ohio along with the Columbus/Dayton area. Again, if that's the case, there may be other recommendations outside of True Spec and Golftec. 

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3 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

Nothing more to add to the above posts. But curious - based on your name @Steve-O-hio looks like you're from Ohio. If so where? We have a bunch of members here from Northeast Ohio along with the Columbus/Dayton area. Again, if that's the case, there may be other recommendations outside of True Spec and Golftec. 

Thanks for all the responses. I live in the Columbus area, so if anyone has recommendations I'm all ears. I do really like the fitting chart from @jlukes. I enjoy the science and research aspect of golf as much as I like being on the course, so seeing this is getting me pretty pumped up. And thanks for the questions @cnosil. I appreciate the devil's advocate aspect. I do have answers to all of your bullet points. 

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40 minutes ago, Steve-O-hio said:

Thanks for all the responses. I live in the Columbus area, so if anyone has recommendations I'm all ears. I do really like the fitting chart from @jlukes. I enjoy the science and research aspect of golf as much as I like being on the course, so seeing this is getting me pretty pumped up. And thanks for the questions @cnosil. I appreciate the devil's advocate aspect. I do have answers to all of your bullet points. 

Sounds like you’ll love true spec. Just make sure you watch this before you go!

 

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I've been taking lessons at a GolfTec .. and benefiting from them .. and this particular center does happen to have a qualified and knowledgeable fitter. 

BUT........

They only carry the "Top 5" brands = Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping, Mizuno .. and then not necessarily every head or shaft each oem offers.

If you have the option to go to an independent shop like a True Spec, Club Champion, etc. I'd also recommend it.

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Late to this thread, but here goes. I have not been to GolfTec. I have been fitted by Club Champion (St. Louis) and True Spec (Chicago). I liked the experience at Tru Spec better. Felt like the fitter listened to me more. It wasn't about gaining distance for me but about tightening dispersion on my irons. True Spec worked on getting higher ball flight on the front end and back end of my shots.  True Spec put me in carbon shafts and Club Champion, which fixated on gaining distance even though I said that was not my objective, put me in steel shafts for irons. That said, I lime both sets of irons. Would recommend True Spec.

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I will second many others in saying don't go to GolfTec. Was "fitted" for irons there. No understanding of how lie angle contributes to start direction. I can't speak for True Spec, but I can't imagine it's worse than GolfTec. Certainly I can only speak to 1 fitter, but I was not impressed. Best of luck to you.

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If you haven't been fitted yet give Jim McCleery a call. He's a clubfitter/builder in Waverly, OH.  I think that you would enjoy the experience.  He knows his stuff. His site is McGolf on roadrunner.net.  Look him up.  It will be worth your time.

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4 minutes ago, cwbart said:

If you haven't been fitted yet give Jim McCleery a call. He's a clubfitter/builder in Waverly, OH.  I think that you would enjoy the experience.  He knows his stuff. His site is McGolf on roadrunner.net.  Look him up.  It will be worth your time.

Jim is a great guy and fitter.  And he's a member here.  So @Steve-O-hio would be in excellent hands with him.

 

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Been to Golf-Tec with a lesson thru Schwab. Good info and I told the instructor I wanted the $300 package to tweak up my game. He said "that would be a waste of money...you need the $1000 package". Needless to say, I went to a real PGA Pro at a private club and was able to tweak my game for a reasonable price.

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I understand the reasons to go to true spec or Club Champion but I prefer people like Jim McCleery.  They will spend more time with you, work on your swing as well as shaft.  They will not cost an arm and a leg but because they get most of their clients from word of mouth, they will work hard to gain your trust and fit you correctly.  One bad fitting could hurt them more than True spec.  Just go in with a game plan and you should come out better for it.

Also, realize if you have newer clubs, you may just need a few lessons to hit the current clubs better.  Some times a good fitter will adjust your current clubs rather than selling you a new set that you may not really need.  I sent 4 friends to a golf clinic about hitting their driver and everyone kept their current drivers saving over $400 apiece.  Lessons work wonders and can get you swinging better so even if you do get fitted and buy new clubs, you might want to invest in a couple of lessons to make everything come together.

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Have used GolfTec several times and its a mixed bag.

Six years ago I did a full bag fitting and everything was explained step by step.  I wound up with Mizuno irons, Callaway fairway and hybrids.  I saw on the graphics that my iron shots were identical with the Mizuno over the Callaway Apex that cost about 1 1/2 times more.  I was told not to change my driver (Callway) or my putter (Scotty Cameron Newport 2).   The putter was tweaked about 1/2 degree more upright.  

The result?  I simply hit everything better.  Best summer of golf in my life.  Dropped six strokes on average and just enjoyed every round.  The clubs were dead perfect.

I went back for some lessons right at the beginning of the pandemic and there was a new staff.  Inexperienced kids and now none of the harnesses they were using to collect data on my swing.  Every drill made everything worse and one of the instructors kept showing me Tiger Woods videos and saying that I needed to swing more like that.  YEah, right.  

Now my swing and game are a wreck.  I still have two lessons to use with them and I know they are going to push some $1000 package on me to continue.

The nearest True Spec is 3 1/2 hours away.  There is a Club Champion 10 minutes from the house but their hours are just plain weird.    

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