Good evening to you all, after last week blog where I wrote what the Ping Putter Cradle can do for your game I have had quite a few people asking me more about the process of what goes on in a fitting session and what new products we are getting. Towards the end of February we will be receiving our stock from Ping, which includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and putters. If you can't wait until then to have a look at them, head to the shop where one of the shop staff will give you one of the new Ping irons to have a go with. We can do this because last week we received the new Ping Fitting Stand which features the iron heads to the new G, Gmax and I series, along with a variation of shafts to fit for your game.
This means that you no longer have to drive all the way to Gainsborough to get fitted for your club, we can simple do the necessary process on the practice area, order your clubs to your specifications and wait for them to be delivered.
I still find it surprising that people do not get fitted for their clubs and instead decide to purchase 'off the shelf' clubs based on price. People differ in size, strength, athletic ability and swing characteristics, which can only mean that there is not a one size fits all policy, which is what you are predominately getting when you purchase 'off the shelf' clubs. Also, when you take into account the fact that there are 12 elements of the golf club to fit for, you need to ask yourself... what are the chances of 'off the shelf' clubs having the correct elements for my game? When you get fitted, these personal characteristics are taken into account and the elements are fitted accordingly. I often compare this process to buying a t-shirt - imagine you like the colour, the pattern on it, you like the style and best of all, you like the price.... the one problem is that it is not in your size... would you still buy the t-shirt?
Research has shown that most players have not been fitted for a putter, yet the putter is the most used club in the bag, with use in 40% of shots. So why are players willing to spend £250-£300 on a correctly fitted driver (which is used for approximately 14% of shots), but not £100 for a fitted putter? Of course, getting correctly fitted for a driver is extremely important, so why not a putter?
Length of Putter
This is the first thing that we look at and, unlike a driver fitting, where we aim to have you hitting a club as long as possible, we often find that a shorter putter suits players more than a standard one off the shelf. The reason for this is that a shorter putter will often help aid alignment by getting your eyes over the ball more. A putter that is too long for you will mean the ball is further away, causing a more rounded action. A putter that is too short will mean the ball is too close to you, which again, will cause alignment problems.
Paul’s Top Tip – Use an upturned CD with a ball placed in the middle to check where your eyes are in relation to the ball.
Once we have established the correct length, we look at the lie angle. As with irons, lie angle will tilt the face of the club either to the left of the target if it too upright and to the right if the club is too flat. The tilting of the face is very important when fitting for irons due to the amount of loft, but as a standard putter has about 4º, the tilting is small. The main reason we fit for lie angle is to improve a golfer’s consistency in making contact with the centre, or sweet spot, of the club. As the lie angle of the club changes, so does the position of the sweet spot. If the lie angle is incorrect and you fail to make contact with the centre, then the amount of energy generated by your stroke is significantly reduced. It is imperative that the correct length is found out first as a change in the length of the putter will result in a change in the lie angle.
Last week I wrote about how the Juniors were making improvements by the day, well, I now have some more news from the Junior section of the club. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Peter Mounfield has kindly volunteered his time to help out with the Junior section of the club. As we get closer to the better weather, you will see Pete helping out with various aspects of the Junior section as we look to take the club forward. I would like to be one of the first to thank Pete in advance and I look forward to working with him to make the Hornsea Junior section one to be envied.
Just as a reminder I am still taking group sessions on a Friday morning and that these group sessions are open to anyone who wants to either improve their golf or needs a quick refresher in a particular part of their game. We start with the mens group at 9am followed by the ladies straight after at 10:30am, at £5 per session it represents great value for money. Click on the images either side to find out what is this weeks theme.
Finally for this week I wanted to tell you about my other special offer whereby I am offering 2 for 1 on playing lessons until the end of February. With a playing lesson you can find out so much more information about a player than repeatedly hitting balls on the range. With a lesson on course we can work on course management, mental preparation and find out just how consistent you can be. Take me up on my offer before the end of the month.
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