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Body Anchored Putter: USGA and R&A Putter Ban in Effect

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in New News, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Those who follow the doings of the golf equipment industry with interest are aware that on May 21, the USGA and the R&A officially announced their decision to ban the anchoring of putters to the body.  The decision was made despite the publicly stated opposition of the PGA of America and the PGA Tour to the ban, as well in the absence of any facts which prove the use of a body anchored putter automatically enables a golfer to make more putts. Body anchored putters have been in play for more than 30 years.  Up until 2011 you could count...

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Swing Type Plays a Huge Role in Club Fitting

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Clubfitting | 21 comments

I feel like the quick answer to this question has to start by saying. . . . DUH!! Clubfitting is and always will be about tailoring the specifications of each golf club so they best match the various swing characteristics of each different golfer. Next time you head to the driving range when most of the hitting stations are in use, stop and look at the differences in how all the different golfers swing at the ball. Inside-out/square/outside-in swing path – fast/medium/slow swing speed – hitting down/swinging level/hitting up on the ball...

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Why MOI Matching Is Important to Your Golf Game

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Clubfitting | 22 comments

By now, most golfers who read even a little about golf equipment know that the acronym “ MOI “ stands for Moment of Inertia. And most golfers who are aware of the MOI of a golf club have been told this is a scientific property that is a big part of how forgiving a clubhead can be when a shot is hit off the center of the face. All that is true. The MOI that almost every golf article has referred to is the resistance of the clubhead to twisting when the shot is hit off-center. Put more of the head’s weight all around the perimeter of the...

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How Much Does Shaft Torque Affect Performance?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Shaft Fitting | 29 comments

Shaft torque affects performance a little bit, but not nearly as much as does the shaft’s weight, overall stiffness design and bend profile design. And here’s why. The term “torque” is used to convey the relative, comparative amount that a shaft is designed to resist twisting in response to a specific force. If the Rules of Golf were to allow clubheads to be designed so that the shaft would attach directly in line with the clubhead’s center of gravity, shaft torque would be a non-issue. The reason is because what causes a shaft to...

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Should I Use Graphite Shafts for Hybrids and Steel Shafts for Irons?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Hybrid Fitting, Iron Fitting, Shaft Fitting | 14 comments

Absolutely, and it is done all the time by tons of golfers. Industry statistics say that over 90% of all hybrids are sold with a graphite shaft, while only 30% of all irons are sold with graphite shafts. These trends most definitely say graphite is by the shaft of choice in hybrids while steel is the material of choice for iron shafts. But is that right? Since few hybrids are even offered by companies with steel shafts, if they were, would that make hybrids a better match to a set of steel shaft irons and thus offer a golfer a higher level of...

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Will Wedge Shafts Improve My Game?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Shaft Fitting, Wedge Fitting | 39 comments

It’s been a number of years ago since a few of the shaft companies began to offer shafts specifically designed for wedges. Anyone remember the name “Spinner” as an example of a wedge specific shaft? The concept behind most wedge specific shafts is to try to use the shaft as a way to increase the backspin on a wedge shot. The idea involves designing the shaft with a little softer flex than what would be normal when an iron shaft is tip trimmed its normal amount for use in a wedge. The belief is if the wedge shaft is a little more...

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Does the Price of the Shaft Ensure Better Shaft Performance?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Clubfitting, Shaft Fitting | 10 comments

In a word? No, the price of the shaft does not ensure that anything about the shaft will be better, whether you are talking the fit, the performance or the quality. Sad, but it is true. Over the past several years, a number of shaft companies have chosen to develop and market graphite shafts for woods which are VERY expensive. From the early 1980s when graphite shafts were first introduced until the mid 2000s, the most expensive graphite shafts cost in the area of $50 to $60. In almost every case, these were shafts which were manufactured to...

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How To Use a Launch Monitor To Improve Your Game

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Clubfitting, Driver Fitting, Tips | 15 comments

If the clubfitter has years of experience in fitting many golfers and is knowledgeable in all of the fitting specifications that have a bearing on shot performance, the answer to this question is NO.  There is no question it is possible to gain so much experience in fitting that it is possible to watch the flight of the ball and know how to fit a golfer. However, there are not all that many clubfitters who posses such qualifications, so it very definitely can enhance the accuracy of the outcome to be fit on a launch monitor. But ONLY if the...

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Do Tall People Always Need Longer Clubs or Short People Shorter Clubs?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Clubfitting, Tips | 34 comments

There are certain assumptions that golfers often make about their equipment.  Associating height with club length is one such assumption that quite often is wrong.  The reason is because many tall people have long arms and a lot of short people have normal length arms. When we take our stance to hit a golf ball, it is the combination of our height AND our arm length that initially determines what club length is required to ensure that we are comfortable over the ball.  But there is a lot more to advising the proper club length than one’s...

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Does Buying an Adjustable Driver Mean You’ve Been Custom Fit?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Clubfitting, Driver Fitting, Golf Club Technology | 0 comments

Since 2011, the hot club offerings from several of the big golf companies have been drivers made with an adjustable hosel piece or adjustable sole piece that are said to offer custom fitting to any golfer. By adjusting a specially made device in the neck of the drivers, these companies say it is possible to offer golfers a custom fit loft, lie and face angle. Sorry, but the adjustable hosel or sole drivers are NOT even close to being custom fit in the sense of how professional custom fitting can tailor a driver to allow any golfer to play to...

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