A golf fitting is a very important process, as it is the one that evaluates your physical and playing conditions to determine the right clubs for your conditions.
A failure to use the wrong clubs is a problem that can lead to technical and physical complications. In other words, if you use clubs that are not suited to your conditions, it can cause injury. Besides being a badly invested economic cost if you buy any club.
Who needs a fitting?
All golf players, from the most professional to handicap 36.
Elaborating a golf fitting at a high handicap is a great responsibility since the recommendation made by the professional will mark the evolution and learning of the player.
Now we will explain certain things about fitting that will help you, above all, to identify the people who really do this profession and not who make a living recommending golf clubs.
What is done in a fitting?
1. THE MEASUREMENTS
The measurements that players from other specialized places and stores follow are quite distant measurements, where they only value seeing what models of clubs the client plays, age, the rod they play and the lie they have with a board on the ground hitting certain balls.
With a data collection with different radars in 90% indoor (generating objectivity, but often incongruous numbers due to the indoor evaluation of the radar).
The procedure that must be followed to make a correct analysis of the player:
- Complete evaluation of the player’s material (we check lie, loft, swingweight, frequency, lenght, grip size). There we can appreciate the imbalance that OEM’s standards often have.
- Score evaluation of the player’s vision of his game: with the numerical score that the player puts on all the segments, it is possible to know without them telling us what their game is like.
- Data collection with outdoor radar: at HCC we have a study that has direct access to the driving range, which allows us to follow the evolution of the fitting and visually appreciate what the radars (Trackman and Flightscope) we have at our disposal give the information reliably and real to the player.
- Analysis of the player in the static and dynamic stance: the analyzes are made by taking posture measurements, statically and dynamically.
Think about how you hit the ball by standing up or in a golf position. The Stance is the initial phase of golf club customization.
Then, in the dynamic moment, what is appreciated is how the player’s body works with the stick in his hands, and many of that is where the difference is made.
The technical knowledge acquired over the years, plus the knowledge of the biomechanics of movement, help professionals to know how the player’s movement should be, without having to do a technical touch-up.
But at the end of the process, the player hits the ball in his own way, but fulfilling the objectives set by the professional.
2. DATA ANALYSIS
The goal is to make the player feel more comfortable with his clubs and begin to improve his level. Therefore, the first basis of performance is movement cleaning.
An improper material configuration generates incorrect movements. Can a rod make that possible?
Partly yes, but then proper player settings are always better.
In doing so, a proper club test can help the player to obtain the energy of the ball’s impact, along with an optimal trajectory.
After showing you the first phase of the fitting of all the others and of HCC, it is tried that the player see what are the basic problems that the player has.
Outdoor vs Indoor: advantages and disadvantages of the fitting
The first thing I want you to know is what is the difference between doing an indoor fitting (doing it indoors and hitting balls against a net that the player has about 3 meters from the ball) and an outdoor fitting (doing it by hitting the ball outside and above with the real parameters that you can find playing, that is, height, pressure, temperature and wind)
GOLF INDOOR FITTING
The advantages of indoor are:
- Conditions are always stable, under control.
- Real game balls can be used.
- You hit on an ideal carpet that favors good impact.
But the most important disadvantages are:
- The indoor data correlation for Trackman, Flighscope, Foresight is not entirely accurate.
- They are governed by algorithms and equations to calculate what the ball will do after a 3m flight.
GOLF OUTDOOR FITTING
The advantages that we find with an outdoor fitting:
- The player is in a place the same or similar to where he trains, driving range.
- The place of impact is a real carpet or grass.
- Real weather conditions like you have on an ordinary golf course.
- The radars are working 100% because they are designed to follow real trajectories, so the data obtain