Each group of golf clubs is fit separately at different sessions; Irons, Hybrids, Wedges, Fairway Woods and Drivers. You only have so many “Good Hits” in you at any fitting session and we try to concentrate on what we are fitting for. You will find that after a bucket of balls, you are worn out and even half way through you start to lose your tempo and composure. An hour at a session is usually the most we do.
We will have and variety of demo club heads and shafts for you to try out at that session with as many options as possible. We will do our fitting at an outdoor range where you can hit a ball on grass; the best way to do a fitting.
Step 1: Get the correct club length
We like to start with 4-clubs all 1″ different in length. We will have you swing them in your natural posture to find the best length for your natural swings. We don’t want to fit you into some “Standard” club length chart; you are unique and your swing in unique. We will have you hit some balls choking up and down on the various club lengths to find a natural length for your swing. You could be short with long arms or tall with short arms and EVERYTHING in between. We are looking for where you like to have your hands in the swing. That will determine where our lengths and lies of the clubs will be. This is a VERY important part of the process. We will try to get you in the shortest club length that we can because shorter clubs = more control.
Step 2: Get the correct heft of the club
Once we have honed in your club length, our next step is to determine how heavy you like the club to be. All golf heads are the same weight, no matter who we buy them from. A driver is 200 grams, pitching wedge 300 grams and everything is in between that. Where the weights change is in the shafts. We have different weights of shafts that we will have you try out, depending upon what group of clubs we are fitting. We want to find what the natural feeling to you is when swinging. That will be our target heft to go along with the length we have derived.
Step 3: Get the correct flex of the shaft
Now we have a length and weight to the shaft, the next step is to work on the flex. For this we will start hitting golf balls. We will get as close as possible to what we believe will work the best for you and have you hit the club with the same length and weight of shafts, but vary the flexes. We will observe your ball flight and trajectory as well as measure your club speed.
Step 4: Pick out a club head
We here at NVI Golf put this down further on the list because we know, no matter what head you pick out, they will all give you great results when paired with the right shaft. We have hand selected what we feel are great club heads to use and that is what we will be testing with. Ultimately, these parts, if fit properly, will really help your game.
Step 5: Determine a lie angle
The lie angle is directly a result of the length and where you like your hands to be. We don’t like to vary lie angles, but vary the lengths to make the lie angle work for you. We have found that moving lie angle all over the place does not yield good results and trying to stay around the standard lie angle will work best. We will observe your divots and ball flight to determine if the lie angle is correct for you.
Step 6: Determine your grip size
We will have you try various grip sizes to figure out where you should be; we shoot for the biggest grip that you can handle because the bigger the grip, the lighter you will hold the club. The lighter you hold the club, the faster and more accurate you will swing. This can be a big key; think about it, your grips are your interaction with the club. It’s the “Steering Wheel” for the club, and we need to make sure you work with your grips.
Step 7: Assemble a single test club or build your complete set
We know, you want all your clubs by this time, but skipping this point can cost you $100’s of dollars! We want to build you a single test club to take out and hit for a week or two. That way, before you buy an entire set, you can take it out, play 4-5 rounds with it and you will KNOW if the club works for you. It’s easier to swap out grips, shafts and heads since it is only a single club. You will find what you like and don’t like and we can make ANY changes you need to that single club at a MINIMUM cost! We will do this with EACH group of clubs as we fit you for them. Or we can build the entire set of clubs…they are your clubs, you decide.