I think the biggest misconception golfers have regarding equipment is that clubs are “one size fits all.” I’m not sure if it’s powerful marketing by the club manufactures but many golfers seem to become dead set on a particular club being the ”one" for them.For example, the latest driver is always “the one” to fix their game. This misconception and a golfers “need” for a particular club could possibly put the wrong equipment in their hands. This can cause certain manipulations within their golf swings to adapt to wrong equipment, not meant for a player of their caliber, and in time will create long term swing flaws.
I have this conversation daily with golfers. I’ll start my answer on this with a question. How important is it to any golfer to play their best golf?Golfers of ANY skill level can benefit from a professional fitting. I speak with amateur golfers all the time who believe they “may not be good enough” for a fitting and this thought could not be further from the truth.I feel the potential for improvement is far greater for the average player, where they could see tangible improvement from professionally fitted clubs, than would be the case for a scratch golfer or tour pro.I believe if the golfer has the right tools in their hands the probability of having success is always going to be greater for them. It then becomes a snowball effect. Success more often leads to more confidence and then we’re off to the races so to speak.
Great question! To be honest getting fit for them all is important. But the putter to me is of paramount importance.How many times do we hear the story of a round that is a career low but “could’ve been lower”? I’ve heard it a million times, I’ve told it a million times. The fastest way to drop strokes is on the putting green. On average, the putter is responsible for 40% of the strokes taken in each round. It’s far and away the most important club in the bag.I would then rank the irons behind the putter because they are also used on every hole. Wedges are our best friends when it comes to scoring. Guys like Phil have made a decent living based almost entirely on their short game prowess. The reason I rank irons ahead of wedges, however, is because if the irons are dialed in, a player should be hitting more greens than they were prior.Last comes the driver. Still an important component in the bag. A weapon for some, however, I think there is more to be gained in getting fit through the rest of the bag first.
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