A lot of golfers prefer to buy standard golf clubs rather than take the time to get fitted, the reason? It’s convenient. The truth is studies show that 92% of golfers are playing with ill-fitted clubs, according to KZG President Jennifer King.
There are disadvantages to OEM clubs; standard doesn’t mean ‘one size fits all’. This article does not intend to place fault on any brand or golfer who prefers buying standard clubs; this article intends to highlight some flaws, which can be corrected by getting club fitted.
Flaw #1: Having the Wrong Shaft Flex.
A golfer’s shaft flex affects his feel of the club and distance, both important factors that aren’t considered when you buy standard golf clubs. One golfer may require a limber shaft flex while another a firmer shaft depending on the physical strength to get that “kick” coming into impact with the ball.
Flaw #2: Having the Wrong Length.
A long shaft may feel “head heavy” and uncomfortable to swing for a less fit golfer, while a golfer with a fast tempo would have a better chance of controlling the shift from backswing to downswing with a longer club. The wrong length of the club will affect the distance, accuracy and feel.
Flaw #3: The Wrong Loft
With an incorrect loft you can loose distance, trajectory and backspin. High club head speed golfers (fast swingers) need less loft for longer distance, while lower club head speed golfers (slow hitters) need more loft in their drivers and long irons but less loft with their middle to short irons. Depending on what you need as a golfer, remember with irons the stronger the loft the greater the distance but less trajectory; the weaker the loft less distance, less backspin but higher trajectory.
Flaw #4: The Wrong Lie Angle
Not all golfers can play with standard lie angle clubs. Some need the lie angle flat, others might need it more upright to attain the correct accuracy. Throughout time, your swing might change. It is best to have your lie angle checked and adjusted every six (6) months to guarantee the consistency of ball contact and flight path.
Flaw #5: The Wrong Grip Size (Size, Type, Weight)
The grip is the only contact a golfer has with the golf club, therefore he must be comfortable with the feel and size. The wrong grip size will make your arm muscles stiff which can affect the accuracy of your swing. The same goes for the type of grip, a golfer must be comfortable with the tackiness and hardness of the grip.
There are assumptions that larger grips would make you slice, while smaller grips would make you hook your shot – this is not true.
If you switch from a standard weight grip to a lighter grip this will also affect the balance point and swing weight of the golf club. Lowering the total weight of the club may increase the club swing and improve distance for some golfers. It is important to consider that same size grips may vary in weight.
These are just a few flaws that can be attributed to using golf clubs that are not custom fit. The less inconsistencies the better your game, so make the time to get fitted.