If you’ve been playing golf for a while (at least a couple of years) you know the answer to this frequently asked question: Should I get fitted for golf clubs? – and the answer is a resounding YES!
But if you’re a newbie at the game, still trying to decide if you really want to keep playing… the answer is more ambiguous. Because until you are properly fitted for clubs, you’ll never know if you’ll be good at this game. Borrowing a mates old clubs, or buying a boxed set off the shelf at one of those big box stores will give you a set of clubs to use, but unless you are very lucky (and I mean VERY), the clubs will be too long, too short, too stiff, too flexible — anything but right for you and your swing.
When you get fitted for clubs, club length, weight, lie angle, shaft flex and grip size are matched to your swing. A private session with a club fitter should take at least an hour. By testing and swapping out a variety of shafts and club heads a good fitter will find the perfect club to match your swing. (I would discourage you from getting fitted at one of the big retail golf stores as you are most likely being fitted by a salesman.)
How much do club fitted clubs cost? – The biggest obstacle I hear from golfers is that getting fitted clubs is expensive. It can be if you decide to buy an entire set of clubs from driver to wedges. But you don’t have to buy the whole set all at once. As for the cost of the fitting, this is often waived (as we do at Kent Golf Academy & Custom Fitting Centre) if you order on the day of the fitting.
How often should you get fitted for clubs? Buying a golf club, one at a time or a full set is not a “once and done” thing. As you play and improve your swing may change. As you get stronger, older, fatter, thinner…. your swing may change. If you suspect your game is going off the rails, it might be time to get a club fitting check up.
Bottom Line Pros & Cons
The Pros: Your clubs will match your swing, you’ll play better and with increasing confidence, and you’ll know if you do hit a bad shot the problem is not with your clubs.
The Cons: It takes time, money and a commitment to the game. Not much of a “con” if you really want to improve. If you continue to play with your mates old clubs you’ll never know if you could do better. Is the problem in your swing or in you club? You’ll just never know.