I just had a club fitting a few months ago, after holding off for years. After the fitting, I couldn’t help but ask myself the question – “why didn’t I do this sooner?”
It’s not for everyone! But for those whom it is for – well, I think you’re missing out on a lot if you don’t have fitted clubs. If you’re asking yourself the question “should I get fitted for golf clubs”, the answer is probably yes.
I’m going to share who should, and should not, get a club fitting. Along with details on what to expect from a club fitter, the process, and pitfalls to avoid.
Who Should NOT Get Fitted for Clubs
Okay, don’t blink, this is a pretty short list and you might miss it.
I told you it was a short list. Honestly, if you’re on this page reading this article then I would guess that last bit doesn’t describe you.
Who Should Get Fit?
Benefits of a Custom Fitting
Imagine the lie angle on your irons is off by 1 degree. That’s not much, but according to Jon Sherman at Practical Golf, this will result in a ball traveling “4-yards off your intended target line“. Now imagine 2 or 3 degrees off!!!
Or imagine picking up a set of clubs with loft angles that are too strong, resulting in your approach shots having a low descent angle, hitting the green and rolling out at an unpredictable rate. Not every 9-iron has the same loft.
Club fitters are trained and do these evaluations every day. There are ton’s of small nuances they look at during the fitting process that can make a huge difference for your golf game. They also have the tools that provide real-time data on your swing, allowing them to see exactly where adjustments need to be made to the golf club.
Isn’t Club Fitting Expensive?
Club fittings can range from $0 to hundreds of dollars. Usually, if you decide to buy new clubs through the store where you had the fitting, they’ll credit your purchase price, making it a free fitting. I only paid $5 for my fitting at PXG
It’s very likely you can find a very reasonable price at a local golf shop, but you’ll want to make sure the individual conducting the fitting has the right level of expertise and access to a quality launch monitor within the shop. Chains, like Golf Galaxy, ensure all of their fitters are certified.
A new driver could cost you upwards of $600, a new set of irons $1,000 or more. If you make a mistake and pick the wrong equipment and need to replace it later, that $50 – $250 on the fitting fee is going to be a drop in the bucket.
Lessons Learned From My Fitting
I ended up getting fit from PXG, it only cost me $5 (I am a veteran and they were running a special at the time). I have had my eye on their irons for a while and considered just buying them online without a fitting. But – I’m committed to game improvement and knew a proper club fitting was the right way to go.
I did a full review of my experience with the PXG fitting, but I’ll share the relevant anecdotes here too.
I don’t think I’ll ever buy another club without some level of fitting. I did a review on the new golf clubs, the PXG 0317 T’s. They have been great, I could not be happier with the clubs and the overall experience!
What to Expect During a Club Fitting
Preparing for a Club Fitting
Schedule your appointment at a time where you feel energized and healthy. You don’t want to show up feeling under the weather or unable to perform at your normal level.
Bring your golf clubs, you won’t hit them much, but it will give you some comparisons with the numbers.
Warmup time will be provided for you at the fitting. No need to hit the range before, I would suggest you simply go through your normal warmup routine once it’s time.
Interacting With Your Club fitter
A club fitting begins with a conversation about your golf game. The fitter will assess your current clubs, handicap, scoring average, and typical distances. They’ll also inquire about your goals for new clubs and any common issues in your game.
This initial discussion helps the fitter estimate your swing speed and the type of club forgiveness you might need. Next, you’ll warm up with your clubs while the fitter compiles an initial set for testing. During this, your shots on a launch monitor provide further insights into your game and skill level.
It is important that the process be a partnership, provide them with feedback! When they put a new club in your hand, share your observations. Is it light, heavy, does it feel good when you hit the golf ball. Compare one club to another. Your observations are critical to finding a golf club configuration that provides you with optimal numbers AND you feel confident with.
Data and Adjustments Throughout the Fitting Process
As you hit the initial clubs, the fitter will be looking at things like swing speed, ball flight, launch angle, descent angle, face angle at impact, impact location, lie angle etc etc.
If consistent patterns emerge, the fitter will make adjustments, possibly changing club heads, shafts, or weights, depending on your responses and performance metrics. It’s essential to communicate openly with the fitter during this process. Express any preferences or discomforts, as this information is key to finding the right fit.
Finally, once a suitable set of clubs is identified, you can decide to place an order or take time to consider. Remember, the fitting fee is for the service, and there’s no pressure to purchase immediately. Your comfort with the clubs is paramount.
Where Should I Get Fitted For Clubs?
There are plenty of options ranging from local golf stores, chains such as PGA Tour Superstore, or your local Golf Pro.
Although I don’t have first-hand experience with Club Champion, I have two friends who have gone and I’ve read through several golfers experiences shared on Reddit. There seems to be a common theme – they will push you into some REALLY expensive clubs. The common story seems to be around shaft and grip upgrades.
I had a great experience with PXG, which included a local fitting at an X-Golf location. The Fitter brought a Trackman and cases upon cases of clubs and shafts.
I have also worked with a local golf shop in the past to get a driver, they had a GCQuad and knowledgable staff members taking me through the process.
If you are on this page, I think the answer to the question “should I get fitted for golf clubs” is – YES. If you are considering buying new clubs, there is no harm at all in getting fit. It is a small investment of time, and a relatively small investment of money to ensure you have the right fit.
After getting fit myself, I will never buy clubs again without a fitting. It just doesn’t make sense to do so, at least not for me.
Good luck with your fitting, and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out or share them in the comments.