The Process of Fitting the Golf Club With FitChip and Swing Timing

 

What we do not do.

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 a 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 a golf  club 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.

Where is the Club fitting done?

The  primary location for this service is Perfected Golf Group's Shop and  Range in Columbus, Ohio. The Fitting session can be a stand alone  session or part of a Instructional Package. Perfected Golf Group also  offers the basic shaft fitting remotely by having a FitChip shaft  fitting device mailed to you with instructions on gathering the data.  The FitChip is returned and the data analyzed. A test Driver,  Hybrid and 5 Iron can be built to your recommended specifications and  mailed to you for approval. This can also be combined with the remote  video lessons offered by Lotus Golf. 


Your cost prior to making a final purchase decision  on clubs will be the return postage of the FitChip and test clubs. We  will also be happy to quote you the cost of the club or clubs you might  be want to order prior to committing to you fitting session. 

There are (6) basic steps to our in house custom club fitting session:
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 time)
2.  Demo Equipment - trial to substantiate the ideal shaft specifications  selected by FitChip for the player’s swing and make any minor  adjustments.
3. Shaft length is determined to accommodate the player. (his preference or to promote the proper swing posture) 
4. Grip size and style and size 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.


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  downswing.  The timing of this loading and most importantly the start of  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 (for 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 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 are two mechanisms 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.


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 yard 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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