This is the 3rd and final article in the series around Custom Fitting. How often do you see on social media “go get fitted”? I saw a comment today on Facebook that said “As long as you get custom fitted your golf will be fine”
But what if that player has no idea what causes their topped shot or why they take 6 inches of grass before the ball… Is a fitted set of clubs going to fix that?
I regularly see comments on social media like “What is the best set of clubs for a 21 handicapper” or “what are good starter clubs” and my favourite “I’ve been playing for a year and think its time to change clubs, what suggestions do you have?”
I’ve recently run some polls via the social media pages:
Would you prefer a custom fitting or lessons = 52% for lessons and 48% for fitting
I was a little surprised by this, I didn’t think it would be as close as this.
Would you pay for custom fitting? 62 people said yes opposed to 15 no’s
From the ones who said yes, very little have lessons. In fact, less than 10% of the people that would pay for a fitting confirmed that they have lessons.
So in essence, the results show people would prefer lessons. The majority would pay for a custom fitting session but in reality very little have lessons. Confused? I am!
What I’ve determined from this, is that the majority of golfers would rather invest in clubs than their own ability. What does that tell you? It looks as if most want short term gains, and believe that buying new equipment is the best choice… An expensive choice but not necessarily the best choice in my opinion.
Let’s take a look at some numbers…
An average set of new clubs can vary from £700 to £1200. An hour lesson once a month can vary from £300 to £720 per year (for me its £360). Surely it’s better to invest a little in ourselves? Especially as we get into golf, rather than buy clubs which could cost more than double what lessons would.
So I’m putting this to the test. I’ve had 3 horrible fittings that has left me confused on clubs. I’ve had lessons in the past and I’ve started back up with them. I know there is more I can be doing to better understand my golf and to improve my strike/swing.
So what can I get out of a lesson vs new clubs… let’s face it I don’t really have to explain do i?
So my clubs are not 100% perfect for me, but as we stand today my handicap is 20.1, I’m consistently posting scores in the low to mid 90’s. I have ambitions to be a good golfer and to progress into the 80’s and maybe one day even into the 70’s. For me to get there though I need to become a better golfer, so I’ve made the decision not to buy new clubs this year and see how I get on with just lessons.. Worst case scenario I stay the same handicap and I’ve saved myself a good chunk of cash.. I strongly believe that a good fitted set of clubs is not going to get my handicap down to 16!
Even speaking with a number of pros, at a handicap of 16 and above lessons are more beneficial than custom fitted clubs. Simply put there are things as golfers we could be doing better to get the most out of clubs.. In reality a clubs lie angle being 1 degree off can equate to a 4 yard push or pull on a shot… If my margin for error was only 4 yards perhaps I could just get my lie angle adjusted. However being honest with myself my bad pushes/slice are more than 4 yards!
Back in January I posted on social media to see if any of the followers and readers of the blog were interested in having regular updates on my golf. The consensus was yes, the consistency of updates is debatable but I’m aiming for once a month. If you want them more often then drop me a message on email.
With that being said, I don’t want to waffle on with the post and dilute the message I’m trying to get across. That lessons for mid to high handicap golfers are more beneficial for short, medium and long term gains and can save an awful lot of money.
Since starting back up with lessons from the middle of December, I’ve been challenged on my feel and control. Previous coaches have let me swing close to full power on every shot. My new coach who is well thought of in West Wales said on my 1st 3 swings you can’t control your swing.
Prof in the pudding, he asked me to hit a 50 yard shot onto a target the size of a dust bin lid… result = no where near. I mean no where near! The moment I had to control that shot with a club I wasn’t hitting with a full swing I was hitting the shot heavy, topping it, you name it!
Now tell me getting a set of custom fitted golf clubs is going to make me hit that shot consistently! We all know the answer.
The evidence I’ve seen from having lessons has made my mind up that I can do a better job hitting the ball and controlling my swing to improve my golf, rather than making a bad decision based on the 3 fittings I’ve had. VS the Ping i500, that means I’ll end up keeping £397 in my pocket by having lessons instead of buying new golf clubs!
The 1st update on my golf will follow next week, so if you don’t subscribe to the blog make sure you do here (https://rookiegolfer.co.uk/subscribe/) I’ll be sharing some exclusive content and giveaways this year so don’t miss out.
Until Next Time, Happy Golfing!