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Today I am starting a five part series on Clubfitting. The first topic is a important one“Length of Club“. I think the ideal length for a player is the longest length that the player can consistently hit the center of the clubface, and maintain a good posture throughout the swing motion. That length is going to be different for each person because their posture, swingpath, tempo, height, and even their coordination differ from one another.

The first place to start is the static measurement of the wrist to floor. That number is just a length to get the player hitting balls. During warm up can the player get to and stay in proper posture with this length? I find generally speaking that the static number plus a 1/2″ will be pretty close to the correct length for posture. If we add that 1/2″ can the player hit the center of the clubface consistently? Lastly can the player handle that extra three swingweight points that go along with that extra 1/2″ ? If their strength, coordination, and swing path will allow them to hit the center of  the clubface consistently and be in excellent posture we are good to go. However, if the pressure sensitive tape shows the impact of the ball on the toe, the heel, and all over the clubface we may have to change the length by a 1/4″ or 1.5  swingweights and test again. We may have to go all the way back to our static measurement to get centerness of hit, and if that is the case we may have to settle for good posture instead of excellent.  Not hitting the center of the clubface makes for a long day on the golf course, so the trade off is a good one.

The driver length is getting longer and longer. Many years ago the driver was 43″ long, today standard is 45″. Several of the club manufacturers have drivers that are 45.5″, and this year there is one that is 46″. No matter how long they make the driver it still comes down to ” Can you hit the center of the clubface consistently”? (go back and count how many times I have said that in this article, that is how important it is) If you are all over the face with impact, we need to try a shorter length driver, you will be surprised that the difference in distance will actually be the same if not better than the longer driver. For every 1/4″ you miss the center of the face you lose distance and direction.

Stay tuned for the next part of this series on clubfitting “clubhead speed”. Meanwhile, if you are interested in a clubfitting call me at Dana Rader Golf School for an appointment. (704) 542-7635

Thanks and have a great day!

Stan

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I am constantly getting the question “should I wait until my game gets better before I am fit for clubs?” My answer is a resounding “absolutely not”. Years ago that is what everyone did, they purchased a set of clubs and just started playing with them, and over time they adjusted their swing to the clubs. Depending on how well those clubs were matched they may have two different swings  for their five iron and seven iron. I feel like beginners do the same thing , they wait way too long before they have clubs fit to them. Meanwhile due to the ill fit clubs they are making compensating adjustments that lead to bad habits. Don’t delay, have your clubs fit to you as soon as possible. This does not mean you have to buy new clubs, (although that is definitely an option) your present clubs can be adjusted to you. With your clubs adjusted to you and a lesson or two your scores will go down and your enjoyment will go up. Give me a call at Dana Rader Golf School for a fitting appointment. Have a great day! (704) 542-7635

Stan Roach

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