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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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