Optimize Your Fitting
Congratulations, you’ve finally done it: you booked a club fitting. Now what should you do?
Step one: go into the fitting with an open mind, contemplate a realistic budget, and communicate with the fitter prior to the fitting to express any concerns. Any fitter that is truly concerned with your game will have an extensive interview prior to a single shot being hit. The interview may happen when you arrive or it may occur over the phone.
Honesty is the Best Policy
This is far and away the most important thing that I can recommend to you: be honest with your club fitter.
There are two reasons to be honest. First, just like your mother, your fitter already knows the truth. If you swing your driver at 80 MPH, your fitter knows that your drives aren’t carrying 275. More importantly, honesty is going to help you get the best results.
Be truthful about what your misses are, what shots you’re confident in, what shots scare you, and what your goals are. If you just want more distance and don’t care about spraying it all over creation, say so. If you’re a chronic slicer trying to buy a fix, say so. Your fitter can’t get you into the best clubs unless you’re honest about what you want.
Another thing to let your fitter know is whether or not you’re going to be working on your game. An accomplished fitter can take this into account when making a recommendation.
Be Ready for a Workout
Club fitting can be a marathon. Especially if you’re trying to get fit for a full bag in one session, you’ll be making more swings than you’re used to. Get a good night’s sleep before the fitting, have a good meal, and get hydrated. During the fitting, don’t be afraid to take breaks, get a drink of water, or eat a snack.
Good fitters understand that it can be a long process. If you’re getting tired, communicate. A fitting can usually be broken up into two sessions is fatigue is an issue.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve fit who answered every question with, “It doesn’t matter,” “I don’t know,” or “I don’t care” (for the record, I never accepted any of these answers). These are your clubs! It’s your money! You have the right to have preferences!
Whether you’re a Tour pro or a guy who can’t break 120, you have the right to express your opinions about what you’re hitting. Tell your fitter which clubs you like the look of, which ones feel good, and which ones you never want to see again. And don’t wait to be asked. If they hand you something that you don’t like, for any reason at all, hand it back (politely). That said, keep an open mind. Ask the fitter why they think this is a good option for you. A good explanation might open your mind to a club you never would have selected for yourself.
Finally, ask a lot of questions! A club fitting is an amazing opportunity to learn. Ask about why your fitter is handing you a certain type of club, why this shaft does (or doesn’t) work for you, or anything else that’s on your mind.
The #1 problem I see with golfers getting fit is that they’re nervous. I can guarantee that if your club fitter is worth a damn, he or she doesn’t care how good you are, they just want to make sure that you have a great experience and end up with better golf clubs.
Enjoy the experience, learning about your game, and finding the best equipment.