The more home­work you’ve done, the more you will get out of the ex­pe­ri­ence

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1 As­sess your game

Chances are you won’t be buy­ing an en­tirely new set. To iden­tify which clubs are cost­ing you the most shots, col­lect some data from as many rounds as pos­si­ble. Put sim­ply, re­place the clubs that aren’t per­form­ing as you want and need them to. Re­mem­ber, the worst-per­form­ing clubs in your bag will not nec­es­sar­ily be the old­est.

2 Hit the prac­tice range first

A fit­ter can only make de­ci­sions us­ing the data they see on the day, so it makes sense to de­vote some time to prac­tice in the days be­fore the fit­ting so you’ve got a de­cent feel for your swing and you’re hit­ting the ball with con­sis­tency rel­a­tive to your nor­mal game. A good fit­ting should give you time to warm up be­fore the ses­sion, but if they don’t, ask.

3 Pre­pare a list of ques­tions

There are likely to be spe­cific things you want to learn or find out from your fit­ter. Write a list of ques­tions/top­ics you would like to dis­cuss dur­ing the fit­ting and take it with you so you don’t for­get. This will help the fit­ter bet­ter un­der­stand your needs.

3 Con­sult with your coach

If you’re work­ing on your game or hav­ing lessons, in­form your coach that you’re hav­ing a fit­ting. A good coach will be able to help con­vey the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion to a fit­ter, while a good fit­ter will be able to fac­tor fu­ture swing changes into their as­sess­ment.

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