Custom Golf Equipment Fitted Using Swing Timing

Golf Club Fitting - Selected as The Best in the Industry

What we do not do that is different
Most  club fitters will start off with a questionnaire and particularly the question "What is your objective more distance or more accuracy?" We will not ask you this question or past history questions because they are irrelevant to your proper club fitting. The question on distance and accuracy is your first clue. When the Shaft is properly fitted, to be  back to straight and square at ball impact, your best distance and  accuracy will occur at the same time. What that question, when asked,  really is telling you is that fitter does not know how to fit Golf Clubs so the shaft will be back to straight and square at ball impact and  provide its peak performance of distance and accuracy at the same time.


What is Our club fitting process?
There are (6) basic steps to our custom club fitting:
1.  FitChip Computerized Swing Analysis - pin points the necessary shaft flex/frequency depending on the golfer`s swing timing (club/shaft release to ball impact timing)
2. Demo Equipment -  trial of  recommended shaft specifications selected by FitChip for the player’s  swing and make a comparison with current equipment.
3. Shaft length is determined to accommodate the player. (his preference or to promote the proper swing posture) 
4. Grip size and style is selected to provide comfort and performance.
5.  Advanced Ball Launch Analysis - to track all aspects of a player’s swing and ball flight to select Driver face loft angle plus hook or fade bias or offset head. 
6. Post-fit Checkup - To track a player’s  progress and make any additional adjustments such as lie angle and club  face angles. These should be done only with the final shaft frequency  the player will play with.


Other major fitting variables include  set make-up (type of Irons, where do Hybrids fit in if any and number  and type of fairway woods), lie angle (not to be performed until proper  shaft is selected), club head design (mostly player preference), hozzel  offset, face loft (using the launch monitor), shaft make (if it can be  trimmed to the proper frequency), shaft torque (as low as possible to  promote less dispersion with off center hits), shaft bend point (high  kick points are recommended for greater distance when the proper shaft  selection provides the accuracy), shaft weight, swing weight, and total  weight. These specifications all contribute to improvements concerning ACCURACY, DISTANCE, FEEL, TRAJECTORY, and CONSISTENCY.


Before we  discuss these specifications in detail and the reason we use the FitChip  fitting system you must understand the other fitting systems available  and their approach to club fitting.


Fitting With the Launch Monitor
When fitting  with the Launch Monitor, the trial and error process optimizes the Launch Angle for carry of the  ball for the shaft you are hitting and your club head speed. You must remember however that optimum carry does not mean optimum distance.  If you are not using the shaft that best fits your swing you are not going to get the best possible results. You must find the  shaft that produces the best performance prior to using a Launch Monitor for determining optimum launch  angle. Trying to use the Launch Monitor to find the best shaft for your swing can be a very long and fut tel exercise. The FitChip will pick the correct shaft for a single club in six swings and a full set of clubs in 24 swings. What the launch monitor is best used for then, is selecting the  proper face loft of the club head.
 

Fitting With Club Head Speed
Club  Head Speed has been used by the industry as a simple approach to selecting a shaft flex range. However, there is no scientific  relationship between club head speed and shaft reaction, it is only some ones opinion to satisfy the better player's ego, in the way the industry uses it. It has been experienced many times, that  different players with the same club head speed, who fit themselves by  trial and error, do not pick the same stiffness shaft or stiffness  change from club to club, as the player builds his set, to achieve their  best performance. Many PGA Professionals have found on their own that they need a softer shaft then what Club Head Speed fitting would recommend.


Fitting With Tempo
Tempo is measured as the time between club take away and return to ball  impact. This technique has a better scientific relationship to the clubs  shaft reaction than fitting with club head speed but still lacks the refinement too accurately recommend a shaft stiffness. Within tempo there can be to many variations. The length of the swing and the time spent in each segment of the swing can vary greatly.  For further explanation see Tech Talk "Golf Club 101" page on this site.


Fitting with the Shaft Lab
The  Shaft Lab was a follow-on to TureTemper's Determinator, using a dedicated club instrumented with strain gauges to record shaft loading VS time. Even  though this is a good approach the Shaft Lab only uses the magnitude of  the load as a fitting parameter and no timing parameters are used to  relate the club reaction to the swing. This system is really a modification of club head speed in that the more area under the load curve the higher the club head speed. If two players have the same area under their curves, but different peak loads, the one with the higher peak load will get a stiffer club than the other. This is correct in  many cases but with out the timing parameter being taken into account  the accuracy and reliability is questionable. This is because the higher  peak load could release the club earlier in the swing than the player  with the same area under the curve or same swing speed that would  release the club later. Any player that generates a lot of area under  the curve without a high peak will release late where a player  generating club head speed with a high peak load can have a release that  occurs early, late or any time in between.


Fitting With FitChip -- Shaft Loading and Timing
I  would like to redefine “shaft loading” as stated by Jeff Jackson.  Even though it can occur at the transition point between back swing and down  swing, for most players the peak load occurs at some place during the  down swing. The timing of this loading and most importantly the start of  shaft unloading is the key factor in club fitting. The key parameter that  FitChip uses in selecting a shaft is the time between the start of  unloading or shaft release and ball impact.


The golf shaft is a  spring.  Depending on the stiffness of that spring it takes a certain  amount of time for the spring to recover from the deflected position to  the neutral position (the golf shaft straight).  It is at this  neutral position that the golf shaft reaches its greatest effectiveness  (maximum speed and club face square). As some may have suggested, if  ball impact occurs at peak loading, the shaft will still be flexed and  be much less than effective in aiding the golfer.  Based on spring  mechanics the stiffer the spring the shorter the time of recovery.  The  natural frequency of the golf club describes this recovery time and the primary mechanism that drives the shaft back to straight upon release. Therefore  the earlier the release is in the swing the softer the shaft and the  later the release the stiffer the shaft.  You will quickly find out  using this system that shaft selection has nothing to do with club head  speed as the industry has used it in the past.  In fact I can show you,  that if two players have the same time between release and ball impact,  the one with the higher speed needs a softer shaft. This occurs because  there is a second mechanism acting on the shaft to return it to straight  and square. The first one, which we all understand is the spring action  of the shaft that is described by natural frequency. The second one is  the centrifugal force pulling down on the weight of the head to  straighten the shaft and is a direct function of club head speed. Since  this club head speed induced force is helping the spring action the  spring action needs to be reduced to get the correct timing to be back  to straight and square at the time of impact. Then since the high club  head speed player gets more help from club head speed he would need the  shaft with a lower frequency (softer shaft). Both of these timing  mechanisms are accounted for in the FitChip Shaft Fitting System. 


The  FitChip analyzes this timing and club release problem and selects the  clubs natural frequency that will return it to straight and square at ball impact.  No other system available today for club fitting can identify the point of club release during the swing.  This timing is what best creates the feel and timing between the player and his clubs.  The data collected by the FitChip (up to 84 full swings) can be  downloaded to any computer to view the pertinent individual swing data.   You will find that many players have double loads and releases that  make the process even more difficult and identify faults in the players swing.


Who Can Best Fit Golf Clubs
How  good are the major club companies at fitting the golf club to the player. They claim to be the best by using club head speed and their bag of test shafts and heads in order to find the club you hit best and adjust your lie angles. They have no concern about where the club head is in respect to the shaft flex. You would think they would do their best for the professionals on their staff since their winning is  important to their sales. The two photos below speak volumes about the  success of their approach to club fitting.

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Both  of these players are prominent professionals playing for a major club  manufacturer. The photographs show distinctively how poorly fitted these  clubs are fitted to the players. No wonder these players are having  control problems with their drivers. Both players have been fitted with  clubs that are too stiff for them. If the shaft was straight both  players would be just approaching ball impact but because the shaft is  to stiff and has already kicked past the shaft straight position the  head has already reached ball impact. Many people in the golf industry  will say the club head should be forward of the shaft at ball impact. This  is true to the extent the centrifugal force at high club head speeds will tend to align the butt of the shaft with the center of gravity of the head. However in both of these cases the position of the center of gravity is well ahead of the shaft straight position indicating the  shaft has kicked through too quickly and is too stiff. When the shaft has kicked through, past the shaft, it’s losing the extra club head speed contributed by the kick of the shaft. This Kick speed can be  as much as 10 to 12% of the total club head speed. Not only has the player lost club head speed but they have also lost power transfer efficiency. This loss of efficiency is caused by the fact that the shaft has built up a load in the shaft that wants to kick the shaft away from impact back to straight. Therefore, any impact on the head will encourage the head to retreat form the ball during impact reducing the efficiency (ball compression) of the energy transfer to the ball. For some hitting the ball 300 yards it could mean a loss of distance of  30 yards not accounting for the probable inefficiency of the impact. The player is also required to manipulate the club or swing to correct ball flight since the head of the club is most likely starting to close as  it comes though the shaft straight and square position. This manipulation results in inconsistent results.


Fitting by trial  and error and more easily with the FitChip you can insure that the  proper shaft is selected to provide the best combination of accuracy and  distance. These two attributes occur at the same time when the player  has the proper shaft.


Typical of FitChip Successes
Recently  when working in Florida with one of the top 10 golf instructors that  was interested in the FitChip as a fitting system for his school I had a  chance to fit several of his students. The one student was a PGA  professional and instructor from Canada taking lessons. He was hitting stiff shafted clubs but was not totally happy with them and was interested in trying the FitChip system. As a result of the testing I put him in a driver that was two flex ranges softer then a senior shaft. He just shook his head until he hit the test club against his on the Launch Monitor and got more distance and less dispersion. I ended up building him a full set of new clubs. He called after he got home and played with the clubs saying “ My friends were laughing at me because the shafts were so soft, until we got on the course and I was out driving them by 50 yards and was always in the fairway”.  He then  proceeded to win the Canadian Club Professional Golf Tournament with his  new clubs.


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