COMMUNITY: Why fitting matters

Golf tip from Steve Charters

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Editorís note: Steve Charters is in his 11th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 18 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Sometimes when talking to customers about getting their next set of irons, driver, wedges or putter fitted I hear a common phrase over and over ó ďitís not the arrows, itís the Indian.Ē

The truth of the matter is itís both.

While lessons and practice can help develop a consistent swing, if the clubs are not matched to height, body type, swing type, club head speed, etc., it will prove difficult to be consistent. Equipment that doesnít fit the player can result in the player attempting to consistently make compensations in their swing, set up or stroke.

For example, if your irons sit too upright for your set up, youíll consistently hit the ball left of your target, which will mean trying to make compensations in your pre-swing set up to make the clubs work. Thus taking a good set up and compromising it for the equipment.

A typical fitting will fit for shaft length, flex, grip size and lie angle. In the woods, different lofts, shafts and face settings may be employed to get that ideal launch angle.

Many companies have different types of heads for their woods and irons so part of the fitting also should take into account which head, with the combination of the other factors, gives you the straightest most consistent ball flight and performance.

Even putters are designed to fit certain types of strokes better than others, so find out what type of stroke you have and the mystery of what different models of putters you should be trying can be narrowed down.

Fittings donít have to take all day. Most can get it done in 30 to 45 minutes. So the next time youíre thinking about getting that set off the rack, remember for the same price the Indian inside you will benefit with some custom arrows.

ó Steve

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