Renslow: Finding a club that fits you
Soon, in order to save money on manufacturing and materials, shoes of all types will only be available in two sizes. Men’s shoes will be available in size 12 and women’s shoes will be produced in size 8. For those who have never worn shoes, what they don’t know won’t hurt them. For those who will feel the difference and would perform better with a more appropriate size, they will need to adapt. Or, if things needed a small adjustment, we could just use some scissors or a little duct tape.
Of course, this illustration based on shoes is not true (had some of you fooled, right?). But, it does provide an example of how golf clubs were made for years. Whether the golfer was tall or short, strong or not, the set of golf clubs displayed vertically on the Pro Shop wall was the only option. One standard was produced for men and another general size was made for women. Many are still made this way.
Fortunately, over the last few decades, quality golf club manufacturers have recognized the need for custom-built golf clubs. People come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The equipment we use should account for that (just like shoes) and be built with the individual in mind.
Are you relatively short or tall? Is your swing slow or fast? Does your swing generate a lot of energy? Are your golf clubs suited for your game? A number of questions — but if we’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on greens fees and golf clubs to enjoy the game and improve, we should take a little time to find the answers and get the right equipment.
Today, golf club manufacturers and golf professionals have the resources to match virtually every golfer to the golf club best suited to each style or skill level. In fact, a certain number of golf clubs now available can be adjusted by the owner on a continuing basis.
Also, a club can be specifically developed for an individual to give them the best chance for ideal trajectories and spin rates, which translates into maximum distance. Again, everyone is different, but we want that ball to fly higher. Air has less resistance than dirt.
Before you invest you in some new golf clubs, connect with your local PGA professional.
Based on your swing and style, he, or she, can dial you into the correct length, weight, flex, loft, and more to help you get the most from your equipment. If you want to play better, if you want to lower your scores, call your local golf professional today.
Put it on the schedule. You wouldn’t want to be in someone else’s shoes.
John Renslow is general manager and director of golf at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at email@example.com.
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