My stats btw ~174 cm height or 5'8.5" and 162 lbs. male right hander. age 37.
A brief summary of how my fitting went.
Pulled up to Augusta Pines. (yes i know, kinda cheesy name for a course, obviously playing on Augusta National and Torrey Pines)
Very nice clubhouse and building. Quite impressive for a scrub like me. nice amenities inside with a fancy restaurant/proshop, and like riverwalk/indoor water feature.
walked in mentioned i had an appointment with donnie massengale at 1.
was directed to the Ping nFlight center just off the side of the driving range. which btw was very nice.
2 indoor centers with rolling garage type doors to fire away down range. in use they had the doppler (not trackman, other brand forget name at the moment)
he also had 2 cameras and flood lights, probably either for night hitting and or swing analysis. neither was in use for my session.
donnie got me back there, we talked about my game, or lack thereof, and then he asked what i thought i hit a 7 iron. i proceeded to tell him 140ish and drives 220-230ish with roll.
he took static measurements, which i knew and told him i was a Red. and sure enough i was correct.
then he asked me if there was a reason i was hitting graphite shafts, to which i basically replied no. in fact i mentioned that i didn't like the swing weight difference between my current irons and wedges. they were quite far apart and made hitting the wedges sometimes a bit of an awkward transition.
he started me hitting a 52 degree wedge rustique tour-s.
hits similar to my clevelands so went fairly well, went about 89 yards.
then moved to 7 iron G15 in black (standard lie and length) with regular and then stiff shaft, then back to regular, then switched to i15. hit 7 iron both shafts.
discussed which i liked, i mentioned hit similar, but aesthetically the i15 was more pleasing, and hopefully i could grow into them. i'm not sure, but i think i may have hit the G15 iron a little further. i'm asking for all the detailed data, which i'm sure he'll provide. including launch angle, ball speed, spin rate etc.
then moved on to hybrids. hit k15 and g15 hybrids i believe 23 degree. for the life of me, the g15 was easier to hit for some reason.
then onto driver. i started with G15s and kept pushing it right. either straight right or slice. he brought out the k15 and sure enough, they went straighter. same went for fairway woods.
then we kinda discussed club makeup, how many hybrids if any, how many woods etc.
discussed wedge gaps etc.
hit the G15 driver at first 12 degree, kept pushing the damn thing to the right. club head speed he told me was around 90. this is where i learned something. i tried cranking it up and oddly my headspeed was actually slightly slower like 87. and the results were way worse with poorer distance. suprisingly an easy in tempo swing was 90ish mph and tended to go straighter and farther in general. tried k15 in 12 with better results and for giggles tried driver in 10.5, which resulted in shorter drives.
trust me, given my double bogey handicap, i hit plenty of mishits and shanks (ground balls etc) particularly with the longer clubs. no suprise there.
so after everything was said and done. i was recommended the following:
general rules, steel shaft for irons/wedges, graphite for hybrids and woods. Regular flex all round.
standard black and the white grip
K15: driver 12 degree, 3 wood 16 degree, 7 wood 22 degree, G15: 4 hybrid 23 degree, I15: 5-gap wedge, and i was gonna keep my 56 and 60 clevelands though the computer actually recommended 52 and 56 wedges.
Overall impression, was a positive one. i asked donnie from the get go, let me know if it is too premature for a fitting and if he thought my swing would change drastically enough with lessons etc to change my fitting. he took that into acct, and not far into the session told me my swing was fine, and that the only real change he would expect is shaft changes to stiff if my swing speed increased. pretty common sense. the other thing, he mentioned may change was the driver, loft and shaft, for the same reasons, but he felt the irons would keep and maybe if i got more consistent i could swap the hybrids for regular irons, but he mentioned that may never happen as many people love hybrids and use them at all levels.
hope this is helpful, be happy to answer any questions, and may just update with more details later anyways, b/c i'm like that.
oddly absent, i saw a lie board on the wall, but i did not hit off of it. Having said that, he knew when i was hitting it fat or thin etc, guess he has a pretty good eye.
hit em good,
p.s. Donnie apparently played on the tour for several years 6-7 i believe. We BS'd around about the Shell Houston Open, Bubba Watson, Anthony Kim, and Yani Tseng.
Edited by arduous1 - 3/30/11 at 7:32pm