“A change of shaft cured my pull shot”
Modern technology can reduce the effects of a damaging swing flaw.
“I started the session talking to Nick about his shot-shape tendencies as well as his preferences for head design and topline. I know that he is very visual in his preferences. Nick turns the club over quickly through impact – which means unless he times it perfectly, he’s pulling the ball left. I wanted a solution that pulled a little speed from the hit so that he didn’t have to “money” it every time to get the distance he wants.
“I was also trying to enhance speed retention across the face. I thought that if I could manage the way the clubhead moves through impact - ie. not wanting to rotate too quickly – and keep the speed consistent across the face to reduce the effects of mishits – we would see an improvement. In other words, I was looking to use speed technology to manage ball speed across the face instead of just out-and-out distance on pure shots.
“Nick also tends to spin out of the shot a little early in his downswing with a resulting low thin, so I recommended a 1/2-inch longer than standard shaft to help him stay a little taller through the strike. In terms of the grip, I recommended a multi compound plus 4, with an extra wrap under the grip. Again, just to slow the hands down a heartbeat through impact to save the shot from missing left.
“As for the shaft, we needed something stable, low on torque and fairly firm in the tip. In theory, this combination works against the higher ball flight that Nick wanted to see, which meant we needed a specific type of head – one that created the ball speed through the face technology rather than manipulated launch conditions.”
“I’ve always been a golfer who has tried to improve by making swing changes rather than using modern club technology to compensate for swing flaws. But it quickly became apparent during this fitting that equipment could help reduce some of my more damaging tendencies.
“I wasn’t really looking for extra distance from this fitting, more peace of mind that I had optimised every club in the bag. At 50 years old, I’m conscious of the fact that, while I can still get it out there, my swing speed and power are only going one way.
“Derek recommended the Taylor-Made P790 or the M3 irons and I agreed. I need the ball speed retention because iron play is the weakest part of my game. When we switched into the recommended shaft, I instantly noticed my slight pull straightened out.
“I liked the Rogue driver recommendation, too. It’s a really stable clubhead, which helps keep my hands out of the shot, but it also gave me extra distance over my previous driver. I was particularly interested also when Derek recommended that I swap out my trusty 3-hybrid in favour of a 5-wood. I have kept a 4-hybrid but Derek believes the 5-wood will flight the ball better than the 3-hybrid and give me more stopping power on the greens.”
Enhanced distance and tight dispersion made the Rogue driver an ideal choice.