The Painful Truth
There are many things that golfers say that make me want to pull out my hair – metaphorically speaking, since I have none – but at the very top of the list is, “Yeah, I went for a fitting, but I was having a bad day.” I’m aware that this is not going to increase my popularity, but you need to hear it: your fitting was not a bad day.
This Lesson Is For You If:
You aren’t confident in your club fitting
You haven’t been fit because “your game isn’t ready”
You are planning on being fit and want to get the most out of it
Excuses and Ego
Why do people say that their fitting was a bad day? The answer is right there in bold: ego and excuses.
Most people do not know the facts of their game. They think they hit their driver 250 yards, at least. They think that their 7I flies 160 yards and is straight 90% of the time. For the average golfer, this is a delusion that a good fitting will destroy, because the launch monitor will show that their drives carry 200 yards and their 7I goes to all fields. Rather than accept these facts, many golfers will protect their ego by saying, “Oh no, that’s not me, I’m having a bad day.”
Saying that their fitting was a bad day also gives them an excuse when their new clubs don’t work. If they slice a drive and their pal starts in with, “I thought you got that fit?” they can deflect by saying, “Yeah, well, they fit my bad swing.”
I wouldn’t point out our flaws without offering a solution. Here’s how we can be better.
First, know your game. If you’re serious about your score, start shot tracking with a system like Shot Scope. You will very quickly get the facts about how far each club goes and how accurate you are. Not only will this educate you, it will help your fitter when you get new clubs. They can easily see which clubs work and which ones need improvement.
Second, appreciate that your game has variance. As a golfer, you are not the best or worst swing you’ve ever made; you’re somewhere in the middle. Over the course of hitting 50 or 100 balls, your “real” golf is going to show. Don’t be embarrassed when you hit a stinker – your fitter has seen worse. By the same token, don’t ask your fitter to discount every shot that isn’t perfect.
Finally, get the clubs that do what you want and don’t make excuses. If you want clubs that will fight your slice tooth and nail, tell your fitter that, but don’t be upset if you occasionally hit a hook. If you want clubs that are fit to your very best self, that’s cool, but don’t be mad when your middling swings don’t produce great results. There is no such thing as a perfect fit [learn more HERE], and you are ultimately responsible for your results on the course.
Maximize Your Fitting
There are also simple things you can do to make sure that your fitting isn’t a truly bad day. If you’re going to be fit indoors, practice hitting indoors. Alternately, if you can’t stand hitting indoors, find a fitter who can fit outside.
On the day of your fitting, show up rested, well fed, and hydrated. Take your time to warm up and stretch. Don’t be nervous about hitting in front of the fitter – they are there to help you, not judge you. Finally, don’t rush during the process. If you hit five balls per minute, but shank three of them, you’re not helping anyone. Take your time, rest and gather yourself between shots, and give each one your best effort.
One last piece of advice that can’t be overstated: be honest with your fitter. If you lie to your fitter, A) she will know and B) you’re only hurting yourself.