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FEATURE / ANDY SULLIVAN

                                                                                                                                 THE FITTING PROCESS UNPACKED                                              “Perfection isn’t
          GET FIT FOR YOUR CLUBS                                                                                                 client depending on their needs and/or budgets, the                     a word we would
                                                                                                                                 The  Master  Fitting  process  varies  from  client  to
                                                                                                                                 fittings do all however carry similar traits and you
                                                                                                                                 can expect any or even all of the following to come
                                                                                                                                 up in conversation during your fitting session.                         use, but by using
          A little help from a pro can go a long way. Andy Sullivan                                                              •    Club  design  –  Design  affects  desired  results             this technology, we

          discovers how asking for help and checking in with                                                                        and performance for each individual, looks are                      have been able to
                                                                                                                                    no longer everything.
          leading technology is the best way to up your golf game.                                                               •    Flight  bias  –  Most  drivers  nowadays  are                    improve the game
                                                                                                                                    adjustable but some come out with “pre-set”
                                                                                                                                    flight bias’s, this is normally more so for players                  of ninety percent
                                                                                                                                    struggling with a big fade or slice.
                                                                                                                                 •    Loft – A very underrated specification of any                    of the golfers who
                                                                                                                                    driver,  the  correct  loft  will  create  the  optimal
                                                                                                                                    launch window more frequently leading to                         come to us seeking
                                                                                                                                    better overall consistency.
                                                                                                                                 •    Launch angle – Not to be confused with loft,                                 assistance.”
                                                                                                                                    launch angle is the amount of degrees the ball
                                                                                                                                    leaves  the  face  at.  Things  to  be  considered
                                                                                                                                    here (As they all affect launch angle) are loft,
                                                                                                                                    shaft  weight,  balance  point  and  of  course
                                                                                                                                    swing technique.
                                                                                                                                 •    Shaft options – The Engine of the golf club! Get
                                                                                                                                    it wrong and no matter what you do the club
                                                                                                                                    will just not perform. Best analogy we can offer
                                                                                                                                    is  taking  a  Porsche  and  putting  a  4  Cylinder
                                                                                                                                    VW Beetle engine into it, it looks magnificent
                                                                                                                                    but has no punch.
                                                                                                                                 •    Spin  rates  –  Absolutely  crucial  to  any  fitting
                                                                                                                                    but in a driver this is the key. A rule of thumb
                                                                                                                                    to follow is generally the higher you launch it
                                                                                                                                    with the least amount of spin the more carry
                                                                                                                                    distance you will get. (This is of course relative
                                                                                                                                    as  there  is  not  one  optimal  launch  window,
                                                                                                                                    every individual is unique)
             his is going to be your year on   Ian Norgarb: Getting fitted for your game starts   AS: Is it all about getting the right clubs to suit   •    Distance – We all want more distance, but
             the course. You’ve renewed your   with the Master Fitter. At The Pro Shop, our   my swing, or are there other forces at play that   distance  without control  means  nothing.
         Tmembership or are joining a club for the   Master Fitters are all PGA Professionals, or   need to be looked at to improve my game?  Gaining every single meter without losing any
          first time; you get yourself kitted out with a   experienced low handicap golfers who have   IN: A significant component of accurate fitting   accuracy is the goal of any driver fitting.
          new bag complete with new woods and irons;   been fitting clubs for many years. They have   is using the correct golf ball for your swing.   •    Shaft options – There are thousands of custom
          you buy lessons and commit to playing at   been trained by the leading club fitters of Nike,   This oversight has cost golfers around the   shafts on the market and it’s a daunting task
          least once a week, if not more; you are going   Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Srixon, Cleveland,   world several extra shots per round. There   trying  to  find  the  correct  one.  Furthermore,
          to spend more time on the driving range and   Titleist and Cobra, and use that knowledge   are currently dozens of balls on the market   most modern OEM’s will offer more than one
          putting. All of which are designed to help you   and know-how to make sure every golfer   today, so getting fitted for the correct ball is at   option as standard to cater for a bigger variety
          lower your handicap, which seems to have   gets the quality of treatment that he or she   a premium today to get the best out of your   of  players,  most  players  will  fit  into  one  of
          got stuck around the 18 mark for the past few   requires.            game.                                                the  standard  offerings.  Those  that  don’t  can
          years. You are pumped and ready to go…     Technology has enabled us to help golfers                                      have their games further enhanced by going
             But what about club fitting? Have you   take their game onto a new level, and we   AS: The whole process sounds expensive, is it?  through  custom  options  available.  (Please
          overlooked or are you even aware of this   utilise the best indoor fitting system known   IN: It doesn’t have to be. Our Master Fitters will   discuss pricing with your Master Fitter as ALL
          crucial aspect of taking your game to new   to man in the form of the Foresight GC2   provide the best solutions within the confines   custom shafts carry an upcharge)
          heights?                          Simulator – let’s just say we take golf fitting   of the individual’s budget. So, it is very much   •    Shaft  length – Shafts come in a variety of
             If so, you're not alone.       very seriously.                    down to the client.                                  lengths with most modern drivers being longer
             Times have changed significantly, and      This system is used by many of the top                                      than the industry Standard (45”). Generally, a
          access to the best technology the game has to   pros, including Ian Poulter and Ricky Fowler,   AS: So I have made the appointment to get   shorter shaft provides more control but loses a
          offer is available to all, not just the pros.  as well as GC2 units being used extensively by   ‘fitted’, what do I need to bring with me?  fraction of distance and vice versa.
          It's a proven stat that ninety-two percent of   ninety-five percent of the original equipment   IN: As with any of our Master Fitting, we   •    Grip  size  –  Why  would  we  check  grips?  You
          golfers shoot lower scores after they have   manufacturers for their in-house testing and   always suggest bringing in your existing driver,   can alter flight bias from grip sizing for one, but
          been correctly fitted, so if you are determined   fitting purposes.   fairways, hybrids, irons, wedges or putter, this    more importantly it’s your only contact point to
          to get your game going, read on.     Perfection isn’t a word we would use, but   allows us to get a base line or a proof if you   the club and it needs to be comfortable.
             I spoke with Ian Norgarb, General   by using this technology, we have been able   will. From there it will be simple to see whether
          Manager at The Pro Shop (George), to find how   to improve the game for ninety percent of the   or not there is an improvement in your results   The great thing about being Master Fitted is it
          they help their clients get the most out their   golfers who come to us seeking assistance.   throughout the fitting. Best of all, if your own   takes away all the guesswork in that you can see
          game, by being fitted with the right clubs.  For the ten percent who don’t improve, we   driver out-performs anything currently on the   the results for yourself, so it removes the "have I
                                            have a 30-day money back guarantee…  market, our Master Fitters won’t be tempted     really got the right clubs?" doubt that often
          Andy Sullivan: I want to get my handicap   fortunately we haven’t had to use that too   to sell you anything as they are non-incentive   accompanies a golf purchase. Knowing you have
          down, I’ve heard about being ‘fitted’, where do   much.              team members, driven purely by results and        the right equipment will give you the confidence
          I start?                                                             not their own pockets.                            to just focus on your game.


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