Let me explain; I had a client who had just returned from Singapore with a brand new set of Callaway’s; irons, woods, putter and bag. The whole shebang. He was so excited about his wonderful BARGAIN he snapped up (some $2000 cheaper than what he would have paid at home).
There was a big problem though! He didn’t get them fitted for himself, he just bought them off the shelf. When I told him, he shrugged it off and told me that there was no difference and that he would be able to use them any way.
Much to my dismay, I had to try another tack to get it through to him so he could understand the consequences.
He had told me that he was passionate about Skiing, so much so he used to be a ski instructor to pay his way through University.
So I turned it around on him and asked him, “would it make a difference if I rocked up to one of his lessons with a set of skis that were designed for Ski jumping?”
“Of course it would, but I’m not trying to play tennis here with these golf clubs he retorted!”
“No but how hard would it be for you to teach me Slalom Skiing on skis that are way too long for me or way too short for that matter?” I asked again.
“OK, I see your point!” he admitted.
He could still teach me to get down the mountain, but certainly would be a lot harder for me if I didn’t have the correct skiis.
The same applies in golf, and I see this all the time.
As the European Educational Director for Henry Griffitts, I travelled around Europe teaching golf professionals how to get better results with their teaching through correct clubfitting. So I saw some the or the ‘worst case’ scenarios.
I challenge my fellow Professionals to bring their ‘worst case’ to the workshop so we could use them to demonstrate the power of clubfitting combined with teaching.
It allowed me to demonstrate how important clubfitting is when purchasing a set of clubs and how often an in-correct fitting set of clubs was the root of all evil – the cause of their problems.
You can see my article, mistakes people make when buying golf clubs to find out more on the fitting/ teaching process.
Back to my ski instructor, I demonstrated why his clubs didn’t fit by the lie angle and why the clubs were too short by capturing his swing on video and replaying the result. He saw his posture was so stooped and made it hard for him to turn.
You can do your own assessment if you wish, just check out my video on how to evaluate your clubs by going to lesson-2-evaluating-the-fit-of-your-golf-clubs.
My tips for buying new golf clubs are;
- Always get fit by a professional golfer who has your swing interests at heart and not his own pocket
- Use technology to get an accurate reading on ball flight so you take out any guess work or opinions – you only want to look at the facts ( this will take your ego out of the equation and or a persuasive salesperson)
- Always make sure you get fitted when you are happy with your swing path or swing, not in the middle of major swing changes
- ALWAYS get your Lie Angle tested and make sure you use sweet spot tape to get an accurate read on the impact point on the clubface (club-head design can change this aspect significantly)
- Never order a set of clubs without testing the exact club that you are going to buy (with fitting systems nowadays there should be no excuse for this)
- NEVER order off the shelf – be prepared to get them custom made for you. It may take a couple of weeks but it will be well worth it.
- Make sure you test all the variable components on the golf club to find out each aspect of the club can change your impact point and ball flight. These variables are; club-head design, shaft-length, type and flex, grip size (even type), Lie Angle and even swing weight.
Once you have gone through this process and it should take roughly 30-45mins if done properly, you will have a better understanding of not only your new golf clubs, but also the effects of all the separate components that make up the club.
I would avoid the typical club demo day where you might have half a dozen different companies all with their sales reps on the range to sell you their golf clubs.
In all fairness to them, and some of my best mates do these demo days – but most of them a amateur golfers and don’t know how to teach, just how to sell.
Not only will it save you $100’s or even $1000’s, but will also improve your golf game not damage it.
If you would like to find out more about how to choose the right golf clubs for you, then keep an eye out fort my upcoming articles on how to choose the correct wedges and woods, or to get Jim to personally help you with your game, go to www.learntoplaybettergolf.com to find out more.
If you have any questions regarding purchasing golf clubs in particularly irons, then
please do not hesitate to contact me or if you have any comments, leave them below and I’ll get back to you a.s.a.p.