A follow up to my fitting
Many Sun-Times readers know me for my coverage of the Bears. But, during the NFL offseason, I get to dive into one of my passions: golf. Not only as a viewer but a doer.
A few weeks ago, I detailed my journey in replacing a five-year-old set of Cleveland clubs. I tried out a bunch of different clubs, from a number of manufacturers, then I picked one: Taylor Made's RocketBallz, with steel shafts.
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Since then, I've received a lot of emails asking for more information and asking me how the clubs are working out for me.
Well, the 3 wood is doing better than 17 yards it's advertising. I am consistently getting more than 20 yards out of it. As for the irons, I am getting one more club, meaning my eight is now traveling the distance of my Cleveland seven.
As I said, a fitting is essential, and I got mine at Golf Galaxy, when they were having a special. But, you can go to any number of places, or wait for one of the manufacturer's "Fitting trucks" to come to a club -- or store -- near you.
Tom Fisher, who runs Taylor Made's Performance Labs, noted that a golfer should consider new clubs if they're more than two years old. And keep in mind, that not all fitters are created equal.
Like any expert, some are better than others. While a launch monitor is essential, excellent fitters can spot things just by sight.
Fisher said he can tell a golfer which clubs they hit well and which ones they don't.
"There is always a club in their bag that they love," he said.
Marty Jertson of PING said he tell a lot by ball flight.
"All our Tour reps can call spin rates by watching it fly, without a launch monitor," said Jertson, the senior design engineer at PING.
Jertson, though, is troubled that he's played with other golf professionals who clearly weren't fitted properly.
"It's an advantage for me," said Jertson, who still plays competitively.
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