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.
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.