Getting fit for clubs these days can be a daunting task.
There are such a variety of club companies to choose from
that it can be difficult to decide which brand to go with.
These days many country clubs, public courses and off-course
retailers who offer club fitting make it more difficult to
choose where to go to be fit. Here are a few important
factors that we offer at the Mike Bender Golf Academy and
would suggest considering next time you decide to get fit.
1. Having the right tools. Fitting has come a
long way just in the last ten years and one of the most
important tools used is the launch monitor. These days you
really cannot be fit without one. At the Mike Bender Golf
Academy, we use the Trackman, which uses Doppler radar
technology to track the ball. The Trackman Launch Monitor
provides the most accurate data necessary to make proper
assessments when fitting. We look at specific data such as
launch angle, spin rate, angle of attack and ball speed to
help us determine which club is producing the maximum
Other tools that are vital in fitting are the loft and
lie machines and frequency machine. A fitter should have the
ability to bend any type of clubís loft or lie. We use a
Mitchell loft and lie machine that can bend not only irons
but drivers and woods as well. We determine the actual flex
of the shaft by using a Digi-Flex frequency meter. This
allows a set of clubs to be frequency matched in the flex of
the shaft. Often times we will find that one or more clubs
in someone's bag is more flexible than any other club in
their bag, even though the flex may say "stiff" on it.
2. How to get fit. Two questions I always ask a player
wanting to be fit are, "Are you working on your game and
taking lessons or do you want to be fit for the swing you
currently have today?" There are really two types of
fittings: One for someone who will never work on their swing
and would prefer to be fit for their "current" swing and the
other for players who may be in the middle of a swing change
and their swing maybe isn't quite consistent with the new
changes. Regardless of which category you fall in,
consulting with your club fitter beforehand to determine
which direction the fitting needs to go in is very critical.
If you are in the middle of a swing change, have your
instructor consult with the fitter so they are on the same
3. Get fit where you can see the ball flight. Nowadays,
even with all of the technology in launch monitorsí telling
you how far your golf ball goes, itís still important to see
the ball flight. There are lots of retail stores that offer
fittings but do them indoors. For some, being fit indoors
may be the only option, which is fine. However, being able
to see how the ball flies differently with each type of club
and then seeing the results on the launch monitor is the
optimal way to be fit.
4. If you purchase clubs, have your new clubs checked
when they arrive. When a new set of irons comes in the mail
for a customer, we always check the specifications that were
determined in the fitting. We check the length, loft, lie
and swing weights of each club. Often times when clubs are
ordered, they arrive with slightly different specs than the
ones ordered. This shouldn't be a problem as long as they
are adjusted to the original specifications.
The Mike Bender Golf Academy offers comprehensive
clubfitting and club repair to cover all of your equipment
needs. Custom-fit golf clubs will make a big difference in
your game and we have exactly what you're looking for...
For more information please visit www.mikebender.com or
call our offices at 407-321-0444.