Fitting 101 by Pat McCoy
Most of you who read our blog know who Pat McCoy is, but for those of you who don’t….Pat is Fujikura’s Director of Tour Operations and Technical Services. Meaning that Pat is responsible for fitting every PGA Tour player he can get to with the right shafts (woods, hybrids and irons). Needless to say, he is a very busy guy.
Occasionally, Pat get’s the chance to share his thoughts from the road. Today he would like to talk about “Fitting 101” as he calls it.
I want to take a moment and discuss the importance of understanding attributes of manufacturers club heads. It might be cool to play the current design of a OEM’s head because you, like the tour player that uses it or you like the looks. Perhaps you hit some drives on a launch monitor and it’s better than what you have. My question is how do you know there is something not even better for you? Our Charter Dealers understand head shaft combinations the best and have the ability after providing thousands of fittings annually to maximize your distance and decrease dispersion. Our Charters Dealers will discuss bias of models and manufacturers in regards to launch, initial direction, trajectory, dynamic loft, and the clubs center of gravity location. The fitter will explain why your impact location and vertical swing plane leads the fitter to his choice in a manufacturers model, brand, and shaft choice.
As new models from manufacturers come out it is my job to make sure the new model outperforms the last, and believe me they won’t switch unless it’s better. Last year I was working with a top 50 player and I had pushed all the weight I could in the head to the toe because in that model in all the heads we had tested were very left bias for his swing and he drove it very well in 2014. Fast forward to last week when I worked with the same staff player in the new 2015 manufacturers head and had to move 18 grams of weight to the heel of the head. The initial shot shape had a fall right flight, and once that was rectified the club was better than what he had before and went in play.
My advice is listen to the fitter and ask questions after he proves all the data out with a launch monitor. Make sure that he understands what you are feeling and it will lend to an even better fitting and experience. You should have complete confidence that what you are holding in your hands is made for you, and fit for you. The way you deliver the club into the ball with your impact location, and face direction is of the upmost importance for optimal fitting. Yes, many major championships have been won with the product and brand but this one is FIT for YOU!