Golfers are seldom properly fitted for the most important clubs in their bag.
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
I believe the most important clubs in a golfer's bag are the putter, the driver, and the wedges. Yet, these clubs are most commonly either poorly fit or not fitted at all.
When a customer comes into my shop for a set evaluation, this is what I most commonly find:
A POORLY FIT PUTTER.
During a round of golf, about 40% of your shots will be putts. When the length, loft, and lie-angle of your putter complement your setup position and stroke, putting becomes easier. Yet, most golfers continue to buy expensive putters off the rack with no consideration to the specifications.
A POORLY FITTED SET OF WEDGES.
About one-third of your "non-putts" will be struck with one of your wedges. I consider these, along with the putter, to be the scoring clubs. In terms of shaft length, shaft weight, lie-angle, loft, and grip size, I believe your wedges should be a logical extension of your properly fitted iron set. Yet, golfers continually get fitted for their iron set, but not their wedges. Why?
DRIVER SPECIFICATIONS THAT INHIBIT ACCURACY.
Hitting your average driver 10 or even 20 yards farther will NOT lower your average score, but keeping the ball in play a higher percentage of time will lower your average score. Trying to gain distance at the expense of accuracy makes no sense. Yet, when getting fitted for a driver, golfers remain fixated on distance.