Archive for March, 2010

Today, part three of my five part series on Clubfitting. “Grip Size” is another one of the important parts of clubfitting that is often ignored.  If your grip size is too small or too big it can cause you to overgrip the club, causing tension in your hands, upper arm, and lower arm which prevents you from setting and releasing the club throughout the swing. Having a grip that fits your hand properly can actually promote a lighter grip pressure which in turn can increase your swing speed, which could also increase your distance. The easy way to check your present grips for size is to hold the club in playing position, take off your lower hand and observe your upper  hand. Do your fingers dig into your palm? (too small) Is there a large gap between your fingers and your palm? ( too large) You get the picture here, to be just right we would like yout fingers to be slightly touching your palm, I also like to see a 1/2″ gap between your pinky and your heel pad. Now of course you have to be in proper grip position to get really close.

Ther are all kinds of grips out there, from your standard Tour Velvet from Golf Pride,which most of the club manufacturers use (rubber), to your full cord, your new style half cord (rubber on your lower hand and cord on your upper hand). The last few years the Winn grips with their polymer cord have been very popular, and this year their lite grips weighing in at 26  grams (super lite, promotes light overall feel, which can promote more swing speed).

If you need your clubs regripped (you should have your clubs regripped at least once a year) give me a call at the Dana Rader Golf School (704) 542-7635.

Let me know how you hit’em.


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Today is the second part of a five part series on Clubfitting. Number two on the list is “Clubhead or Swing Speed” ( interchangeable). Most people end up being a little violent when it comes to their golf swing (Trying to swing out of their shoes). Some do it on purpose, trying to create more speed to make the ball go farther. Most of the time trying to hit the ball harder causes your muscles in your arms to tense up, your hands squeeze tighter especially if your grips are too small or need replacing and that actually slows down your swing speed ( You are going to find that each part of clubfitting can and usually does effect the other ones).  Clubs that are too long , shafts that are too heavy can also decrease your swing speed. If your grip tension is relaxed you can feel it in your arms , your shoulders, and your swing speed will increase.

Clubhead speed is measured in miles per hour(mph), with each additional mph equating to 3 yds. The combination of clubhead speed, tempo, timing,ball speed, and spin rate helps the clubfitter to determine the correct shaft (flex,kick point,torque ,weight, and material) for the individual.

If you think you shafts could be wrong for you, that you are not getting the carry or the distance you should, give me a call at the Dana Rader Golf School (704-542-7635) and  I will  be glad to answer any question you have. If you would like to get a clubfitting I will be glad to do that to. Thanks, let me know how you hit’em.


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