A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a very interesting and informative Instagram post on Club Champion’s account:
Now, Golficity has emphasized several times why getting custom fit for clubs is necessary for any semi-serious golfer. I mean, regardless of whether you’re looking at getting fit for an entire bag, as Mike & Frank recently did with the help of 2018 Met PGA Teacher of the Year Kevin Sprecher, or just contemplating a potential upgrade to the newest driver head, like when the guys compared the Callaway Epic against the new Rogue with Club Champion’s help, it’s become very apparent the best way to go about your golf equipment is to work with a knowledgeable club fitter.
But in case our you still have some doubts about getting custom fit, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that demonstrates the significant gains you’re probably leaving on the table if you’re not playing equipment that spec’d out for you, Club Champion just provided another reason why you should work with a fitter.
Surprise! There is NO universal spin rate and launch angle that every golfer should be fit into! That’s right, while Brooks Koepka might be best served by playing with a driver that’s spinning around 2,000 RPMs and launching just over 10°, he’s also averaging just under 122 MPH club head speed off the tee in 2018. And since your driver swing speed is hovering in the low 100s with a controlled driver swing, you’re probably going to need a lot more spin and launch angle to achieve your optimal performance.
In an interview with Golfweek, Nick Sherburne—Club Champions’ co-founder and master fitter—commented on this widely-held misunderstanding that “everybody thinks that there is one optimal launch and one optimal spin rate” and fails to realize “that different speeds require different launches and spins.”
Yes, there are some generally accepted principles. For example, while golfers who swing slowly need to launch the ball higher and generate more spin to help keep the ball in the air longer and increase carry and overall distance, golfers who swing faster can rob themselves of distance if they over-spin the ball and hit it too high.
But these guidelines are just a starting point, and there’s several other factors (dispersion, peak height, ball speed, etc.) that you’ll want to consider. Furthermore, it’s equally important that golfers realize that your fairway woods, hybrids, irons, and wedges also have optimal launch and spin rates (along with lots of other target data points) depending on similar factors, like swing speed and angle of attack.
So in case you still had any doubts, there’s a very, very good chance you’re not playing the optimal clubs if you decided to pick up a new driver with the extra stiff shafts since you swing a little faster than your friend who got fit for a stiff flex.
Golf clubs aren’t cheap, but instead of spending lots of money on equipment that might be hurting more than it’s helping, spend a little extra money on a fitting (or look out for OEM Fitting Days like Titleist Thursdays) and equip yourself with the equipment that gives you the best chance to score.
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