How Important is Equipment?
How Important is Equipment?
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This month the topic is How Important is Equipment? Players on the PGA and LPGA Tours all have their clubs custom fitted. Do you? It does not cost any more than buying a set off the shelf. These are aspects that a good club-fitter will take into consideration.
There are several things to consider in choosing equipment.
Although The mechanics of the golf swing are the first and foremost factor in hitting a good golf shot – correct equipment will certainly maximize your talents.
It is important to try several “demo” clubs, each having different specifications, to help you decide on the right set of clubs for you. Â I do not recommend only one particular brand of clubs. I think the look and feel play a big role in how confident you feel with that particular club in your hand.
Vital Considerations :
1. Club Length:
In my opinion, the most important club specification is the proper length. The right club length allows you to assume the correct address position, without which a proper golf swing can never be fully executed. The length of the club is primarily determined by the distance from the big knuckles to the ground. However, since strength and athletic ability are also important factors in determining club length, it is to your benefit to seek the advice of a professional.
2. Shaft Flex:
Too many players have shafts that are too stiff for them. Hit shots with different shaft flex’s and note distance, trajectory, and direction.
3. Grip thickness:
Make sure your hands fit comfortably on the grip – have your instructor check your grip and the thickness of the grip on your clubs.
4. Swing weight:
Since swing weight is affected by length, shaft flex, and grip size, the proper swing weight will fall into place as you decide on specifications #1,#2 and #3.
5. Lie Angle:
Certainly, in my opinion, the most overlooked and probably the most important aspect of your irons. Most golfers have too flat clubs, causing the club’s toe to hit the ground first, causing the clubface to open, and the result is a slice or push. Note the depth of your divots. Is the toe end of the divot deeper than the heel? – this will indicate that the club lie angle is too flat. The opposite will be true of heel-deep divots.
In conclusion regarding your equipment – you don’t necessarily have to buy new clubs. You can have your clubs altered by a professional club fitter. Don’t fall for the TV hype of thinking you can buy a better game. Let common sense prevail, and enjoy your golf.
Source: Mel Sole Golf School.
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