OP­TIONS + EX­PER­TISE = GOOD FIT

Glenn Millin is a highly ex­pe­ri­enced and long stand­ing mem­ber of the PGA of New Zealand. He is also the founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of ProDrive Ltd who are de­liv­er­ing a level of ser­vice to the golf­ing mar­ket not seen for many years.

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Smoke and mir­rors or knowl­edge and ex­per­tise? Demystifying cus­tomised club fit­ting let me ask a ques­tion.

Would you get an ac­coun­tant to build your house? NO!

You want some­one who knows what they're do­ing. NZ PGA golf pro­fes­sion­als are the ex­perts in the golf in­dus­try.

Golf club fit­ting has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant changes dur­ing my 20 years in the in­dus­try. For­merly, when buy­ing a driver your op­tions were lim­ited to fac­tory stan­dards usu­ally 8.5°, 9.5°and 10.5° loft, with a stiff or reg­u­lar shaft. For $185 you could up­grade to a bet­ter qual­ity - more suited shaft but this was a cal­cu­lated risk. I re­mem­ber try­ing 3 or 4 dif­fer­ent shafts be­fore find­ing the right one for my Titleist 975D driver, an ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing ex­er­cise.

Fast for­ward 20 years, there are many more op­tions but less wasted time and ex­pense. How so? Let's look at the PING G400 driver. There are 3 dif­fer­ent head de­signs with vary­ing lofts.

LST – Low spin head. Used by PGA tour pro­fes­sion­als to a 5 hand­i­cap­per or pow­er­ful hit­ter. The head de­sign brings the spin rate down thus en­abling greater dis­tance, stronger ball flight and bet­ter con­trol.

SFT – Anti slice head. Ideal for the ma­jor­ity of golfers bat­tling the dreaded slice. The club head has ex­tra weight in the heel of the club, which on im­pact, min­imises the play­ers slice.

Stan­dard G400 –For peo­ple who hit it rel­a­tively straight.

There are around 15 dif­fer­ent shafts avail­able, giv­ing you about 45 op­tions just for your driver.

For irons, look at the just launched Titleist 718 range, it suits golfers on all lev­els from Adam Scott through to be­gin­ners.

718AP1 – Game im­prove­ment club, fan­tas­tic for off cen­tred hits. Has a lower cen­tre of grav­ity and gets the ball up in the air eas­ily. Suits av­er­age to begin­ner golfers and se­niors. The ladies op­tion has proven very pop­u­lar and with fan­tas­tic re­sults.

718AP2 – A very pop­u­lar model. Jor­dan Spi­eth uses it but it can be used by any­one who; hits the ball well, wants good dis­tance con­trol and to shape their ball flight. It is more for­giv­ing than the MB or CB but still has a tra­di­tional com­pact head.

718AP3 – To me, this is the most ex­cit­ing club in the range. Sim­i­lar sleek look to the AP2 iron with the for­give­ness of the AP1. As an aside, I play match­play weekly with a friend for $20, it's usu­ally easy money. How­ever, I have now fit­ted him into these irons and a G400 driver and as a re­sult have lost the last 2 matches.

718TMB – A bet­ter play­ers iron with un­be­liev­able dis­tance. Quoted as an iron on steroids.

718CB – Not too dis­sim­i­lar to the MB range and used by many tour­ing pro­fes­sion­als around the world.

718MB – Blade iron. De­signed for pro­fes­sion­als and elite am­a­teurs. Sleek com­pact head. This club is not the most for­giv­ing, but for the golf purist, very hard to go past in terms of looks.

These 6 dif­fer­ent heads have up to 25 shafts avail­able, giv­ing 150 op­tions.

But don't stress, your NZ PGA pro­fes­sional is an ex­pert hav­ing spent 3 years train­ing for their qual­i­fi­ca­tion, as well as work­ing full time in the in­dus­try. Their in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge means the ar­ray of op­tions be­fore you, need not over­whelm you, just put your trust in them and their sys­tems.

Us­ing swing and ball flight video tech­nol­ogy to get the right com­bi­na­tion, gives sig­nif­i­cant gains in dis­tance, tighter dis­per­sion (off line hits) and bet­ter ball con­trol.

Once the op­ti­mum fit has been es­tab­lished, your in­for­ma­tion is sent to the fac­tory and the clubs are made to your ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tions. They are unique to you.

This must come at a huge cost right? Wrong. Be­ing cus­tom fit­ted for clubs comes at no ex­tra cost to you and the clubs will cost much the same as buy­ing them off the shelf. The dif­fer­ence is they are spe­cific to you and your golf game.

This ex­ten­sive club fit­ting ser­vice is of­fered by PING, Titleist, Mizuno, Call­away, Bridge­stone, Wil­son Staff and PXG. Just imag­ine the op­tions avail­able to you.

If you want greater gains in your game, see an NZ PGA Pro­fes­sional at your club or at a ProDrive Golf store. No­body re­grets buy­ing qual­ity.

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