Why do we custom fit?

Driver Length

The club length the large "name brand" manufacturers use on their clubs is TOO long for 90% of men golfers and 98% of women golfers. These large companies make drivers that are 45½" to 46½" where as the average length of drivers used by Tour Professionals is 44½".

So why is this done? Because, companies advertise that the longer the length is, the longer you will hit the ball. Except it only works when you have smooth tempo, a consistent square swing path, a LATE RELEASE OF YOUR WRIST-COCK ANGLE (notice it is capitalized...must be important), good swing timing and rhythm.

If this isn't you, it's not going to work.

This chart gives a good starting point when considering what length will work best.

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Grip Size

Historically has been over looked but of late has become a more highly scrutinised area of the fitting experience. Large manufacturers build stock clubs that have only one size grip, mens standard (or womens standard). Given that we all come in different shapes and sizes and the grip is the only area of the club that links you to it. It is logical that grip width is becoming a more critical part of club fitting.

2 golfers of the same height and build, generally will have different sized hands and will grip the club differently.  99% of golfers playing have a grip size not suited to their grip, sometimes i see golfers with grips so narrow i wonder how they hold on to the club at all. After grip size is adjusted we’re constantly surprised at the data that comes back from trackman. Although given the game is highly feel and confidence based I guess it stands to reason.

Talk to us about resizing your grips you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Shaft Geometry through EI (Elasticity Index)

Shaft designers use EI to describe the bend profile of their shafts. The graph below shows just how much impact the right shaft can have, these lines represent the bend profile of 4 different regular flex shafts from the same manufacturer.

EI chart describing the profile bend of 4 shafts

The golf shaft is the transmission of your golf swing. The way you swing the club is unique. Your shaft delivers that power to the head of the club. Like a car’s gearbox needs to match the power of the engine the shaft needs to reflect your movement, power and timing.

The correct shaft for you is very personal, trying your friends club because you want to hit the new “latest club on the market” and expecting to hit the ball well is a long shot! It's like assuming the clothes they are wearing will fit you.

Performance testing backed up by data from decent launch monitor (Trackman) will help find the a shaft that performs for you. A well fitted shaft will stabilise your swing into a more consistent pattern, reducing dispersion, increasing distance and ultimately lowering your scores.

Driver Loft

Most golfers believe that they need a low lofted driver to hit longer drives. At Condor Golf, we believe that loft should be determined by the golfer's club swing speed (which is not the same as ball speed). The average male golfer swings 87 mph while the average female golfer swings at 65 mph. Below is a chart showing how the far the ball will travel for the given swing speeds.

Many golfers select the wrong driver loft for their ability and strength. Below are average distances for different driver lofts. The yardage shaded in yellow would show the correct driver loft for type of player listed in the left column. For example, if you swing 90 mph, notice that when using a 12° loft driver, you will actually hit the ball 16 yards further than you would if you hit a 9.5° driver loft (245 yards vs. 229 yards).The yardage shaded in yellow would show the correct driver loft for type of player listed in the left column.

If you are a beginner or an occasional golfer, select the highest loft available.

Total Distance in Yards for Carry + Roll

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Fitting Irons

As well as picking the correct shaft and grip, when it comes to fitting irons shaft length and and lie angle are also huge contributing factors to hitting a more consistent ball. Shaft length is determined by height, arm length and posture.

Just because a player is tall doesn’t mean that they automatically need longer clubs, a tall player with long arms, could require standard club lengths. indeed a shorter player with short arms may require the same length. Of course when you swing different length clubs you will find a preference and invariably that will be the correct length. But again proper testing and measured data is the key.

Other factors to be considered are the weight of the shaft, as when length increases so does weight. Increasing shaft length also increases the flexibility of a shaft. In the same way shorter shafts become stiffer. Shaft length will also affect lie angle.

Lie angle image for club fitting

A shorter player with clubs that are too long will typically find the lie angle is too upright and will need to be flattened. Typically a player who has clubs that are too upright will see a majority of shots going left. In the reverse a taller player with standard clubs that are too short will find the lie angle is too flat meaning the clubs lies "toe down" meaning the toe of the club will meet the ground before the heel turning the face of the club and subsequently the ball to the right.

Trackman dispersion data

As you can see from the data above when fitting players that require different length shafts the shot pattern data can be quite surprising. As a result shot patterns become more consistent, dispersion is tighter and as a result scores become lower.