Originally Posted by WUTiger
As a beginner, you need what is called a static fitting. The clubfitter takes a look at your height and arm length, and makes sure the clubs have the right shaft length and lie angle for your build. Clubfitters can make adjustments to clubs at a nominal cost - it's not the same expense as custom fitted.
The more complex dynamic fittings don't do beginners any good, since beginner swings change so much from round to round. It takes awhile for your swing to stabilize.
Also, as a beginner you should take some private lessons, or go to a group golf clinic for beginners. Successful self-taught golfers are few and far between. A good pro can look at your physical assets and help you develop a sound, basic swing.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
The problem with static fitting a beginner is this......for one the height and arm length is total crap. ( for lack of a better word). Its a way big manufacturers sell the idea of "custom fit". The only way to properly get your lie angle is to dynamically hit off a lie board. You give a player a longer club only if they can hit the sweet spot.
I think that your idea of dynamic fitting and mine are very different. The whole idea of dynamic fitting is to get the player a proper balanced swing motion, then fit them to clubs that allow them to make this motion. So if your a beginner, you can actually start to develop as a player instead of learning bad swing techniques by using equipment that was "statically" fit to you. I agree you don't fit a bad swing...( which is what static fitting is)... here you hook, or slice....take this club that will take care of that.The only time static fitting works is if the swing is perfect, meaning you have a balanced motion, your swing path is great, blah blah..so most tour players are statically fit. Most amateurs should never be statically fit!
There are a couple things you can do........
1. Go outside and swing with your eyes shut, just trusting your balance. You can have a teacher show you the fundamentals, and the only thing you should be worrying about is hitting your balance.
2. then either take your old clubs and go get dynamically fit, and get your clubs adjusted to the specs your given...( this is cheaper then getting a new set of statically fit clubs, most of the time) You would be much better off having a 20 year old set of clubs with the correct lie and loft then a brand new set of clubs with the wrong lie and lofts with a good shaft. At least now you can start to develop, and play without compensating for your ill fitted clubs.
3. when you are ready, meaning really when you feel like your balanced go get dynamically fit to a new set by a qualified fitter. They will make sure your in your best athletic balanced motion then fit you with every aspect of the club working to help you develop as a player, rather then compensating for what your doing wrong in your swing. This is why to really dynamically fit, you have to be a teacher/fitter.
Equipment has not changed much in the last 10 years, there is a lot of new colors on the bottom of the drivers, but don't get fooled by all the marketing.
Originally Posted by nuck81
If you just want a quick idea on what kind of adjustments you need, you can go to the GigaGolf site, plug in your stats, and it will give you a general idea of your length and lie adjustments.
I'd take that info, go to wherever it is, you're going to get fitted and use that as a starting point. But if you're that tall, you're hurting yourself by getting things standard...
This is not accurate at all, and should never be used. This is the most ass backwards thing I have ever seen......they have dynamic fitting and static fitting backwards, and they have no idea what either one means.
Originally Posted by jldavis73
What up nuck!?!
Great idea. You can also do this on the PING site (well, at least you could...).
No seriously this is the worst thing ever........This is why people think that they should be using the same equipment as tour players.....this is why people cant understand why their ball goes left or right.....this is made from people who are just trying to get you in and out the door spending more money on "custom" clubs. The average golfer cant break 100....this is why! You cant take measurements like this and then have people believe they have custom clubs....then they will always believe the reason the shank the ball is because they were "coming over the top, hitting up, hitting down, inside, outside,...never realizing that their clubs are designed to go that way, and the only reason they ever have a good shot is because they have compensated so much they finally found a way to hit the sweet spot..( although they are falling backwards, fore wards, awkward, goofiest swing ever.)......talk about a total scam!
You might as well buy off the rack.
think of this....If your playing the same loft on your driver as tour players 10 degrees or lower and you don't have a super high SS....and you hit it straight....you are somehow compensating. A low lofted driver with a low swing speed, and a balanced motion ( transferring of weight) the ball should slice...so instead of getting more loft so you can still make a good motion and not kill your back, and take out all your natural ability....you would change your swing to hit a club that makes your motion unbalanced and just bad. ( usually flat footed, hanging back, not transferring weight...you are adding loft). You loose distance, accuracy, and most important you are condemned to that swing. You cant go anywhere from there....doesn't matter how many lessons you get, if you are using equipment that's to strong the equipment will dictate you swing. So you tell me what you should do.......have a good balanced motion with clubs that encourage that motion, or have an unbalanced motion because your clubs are forcing you to do so.