3 Fundamentals Your Set Must Contain
Doug Rikkers, GolfTEC Director of Club Fitting and Merchandise Services
In this day of technological advancements and equipment choices, you should have no trouble finding a set of clubs that fits your eye (and budget) that also performs well for you. But beyond the technology (and increased distance that comes with it( lies three fundamentals that every set must incorporate to get every possible advantage from your set. Take any of these away and you won’t reach your full scoring or performance potential.
Precision matching - one of the great things about technology is that we can narrow down specific launch parameters and find the club that precisely matches your swing and gives you the right combination of launch and spin. We often see players increase their driving distance by as much as 15 to 20 yards just by finding a driver that optimizes their spin rate. If you’re still buying clubs without identifying how they perform for you there’s a good chance you’re not getting the distance you’re capable of.
Set make up – Manufacturers are getting better at replacing long irons with hybrids but there’s still plenty of room for customization in other areas. Consider your longest fairway wood. Conventional wisdom suggests it should be a 3 wood but the truth is that plenty of golfers would do better with a more lofted fairway wood (say a 4 or 5) that would be easier to get in the air and would go farther than a 3 wood. Typically there should be at least 5 degrees difference between your driver and longest fairway wood. Wedges are another area we can tweak for better performance. Beyond loft, bounce and lie angles can be customized to match your swing and course conditions you typically play.
Progression – this refers to the progression throughout the set relative the flex (or frequency), weight, loft, and lie angles. To experience consistent feel, and yardage separation from one club to the next the progression of these variables must consistently flow from the driver thru the wedge.
Hopefully this helps you see the importance of getting every aspect of your equipment dialed in to the exact specs for your game. At GolfTEC we firmly believe these are important and can help you determine if you’re missing any key points. If you have any doubts, your coach can help.