Making Fitting Accessible to All
Anyone who reads Plugged In Golf with any regularity knows that we always stress the importance of being fit for your clubs. As a result, we’re well versed in the objections. Cost is high on that list.
So what if I were to tell you that there is a place where you could get a premium club fitting experience for free? If that sounds interesting, read on to learn about Shaftology Centers, located in West Chicago.
“There Must Be a Catch”
Before I get any further, let me assure you that there is no catch. Nippon is making free fittings available to all golfers as a way for golfers to get into the right Nippon shafts.
Options You Won’t Find Elsewhere
If you’re thinking that a Nippon-sponsored fitting will only include Nippon shafts, you’re correct. But before you scoff, take a look at Nippon’s full line up HERE. From weight to flex to profile, there’s no company with a wider range of iron shafts. They also have an excellent array of wood shafts that don’t get the notoriety they deserve.
Additionally, Shaftology Centers has fitting options you won’t find anywhere else. They have multiple models and weights of wedge shafts in different lengths. You can try over 70 fairway wood shafts. Want to test something ultralight and extra stiff? Super heavy and soft? They’ve got that, too.
The Fitting Process
Each fitting at Shaftology Centers is performed by veteran fitter Mark Pekarek and lasts about one hour. The session focuses on one thing – irons, driver, wedges, etc – but golfers are welcome to book multiple sessions over several days to fit their entire bag.
As with most high quality fittings, Mark starts the process by getting some baseline data from your current clubs. Then he uses his knowledge and experience to make recommendations for things to try. Shaftology Centers has a selection of club heads from all the major manufacturers to pair with their Nippon shafts.
Mark explained to me that his focus is finding a shaft that creates consistent ball speed, launch angle, and spin. Consistency indicates that the golfer and the shaft are working together rather than the golfer compensating for or fighting the shaft.
My fitting started by Mark confirming that my current shaft is a good fit for me. Then we discussed things that might be even better. This started with Mark asking me what my dream shaft would be and how it would perform. I said that I would be open to dropping a little more weight and getting a smoother feel, as long as I didn’t lose predictability.
The first shaft this led us to was the Modus Tour 105 which was a great fit. It was lighter than my gamer but not so much that it felt unusual. Importantly, it gave me the same predictability I get from my current shaft. Though we were pretty sure this was the best option, we did try the NS Pro 950 in X-flex – one of those odd combinations you can only find at Shaftology Centers. With this, the best shots felt amazing but it was a little too light for my aggressive swing.
A Full Recommendation Without the Pressure
At the end of the fitting, Mark writes up a complete recommendation for each golfer that they receive via email. It includes the suggested length and lie plus the shaft model, weight, and flex. A club head recommendation is also be included, if appropriate. Finally, the email includes Mark’s notes about other possible combinations to try and things that were or weren’t tested.
One final thing that makes a fitting at Shaftology Centers unique is that there is no pressure to buy. While they can fulfill your new custom order, their recommendation email includes other local shops who can build your new clubs.
With zero cost and no pressure to make a purchase, there is no excuse for golfers not to head to Shaftology Centers and learn more about their game.