So this is a topic I have mulled over for quite some time and I'm hoping to get a few answers to some questions I have.
basically I'm starting to take my golf quite seriously now. I practice as much as possible and play every weekend and midweek if possible. I'm a 10 HC at the moment but only joined my first club 6 months ago and was given a 15 HC. My last 2 rounds have been a 78 and 77 and I really feel like my golf is headed in a good direction and I would love to come down to a 5 HC and play good consistent golf.
So...this gets me thinking about equipment. I have a set of Callaway's (they're similar to the x-20's) I can't think exactly what they are now and they're down in my store room. They are quite a few years old and were hand me downs from my old man cos they weren't working for him.
Now I am wondering if getting fitted clubs really makes that much of a difference? My iron play is the strongest part of my game. I feel I strike the ball really well, get good distance I think and what looks like a decent flight path, quite high though sometimes. I've never been for any lessons or had my swing analysed so this is all my observations I'm afraid.
I generally hit the ball straight, I don't shape it much. I hit my 5i about 180m (195y) or so, give or take if that is anything to go by in terms of ball striking. Some days I am a club stronger which I have no idea why, has anyone had experience with this? Some days I will just find that the ball is traveling pretty much a club further than I would normally hit. It's odd.
Moving onto driver, I used a Cobra Offset Driver for quite a long time. Again a hand me down from somewhere that my old man had. I used to have a horrible slice and the Offset did help somewhat but I have sinced fixed that swing flaw and the Cobra is no good anymore. I switched drivers with my brother in law. It's a jack nicklaus, again not sure of make will have to check. This thing hits a country mile. At least 30-40m further than my cobra. However I have the tendency to fade it if I don't get right thru the ball.
Now, I have a couple questions related to the info given above.
irons : It seems so stupid to change my irons, which is why i'm asking if fitted clubs really do make a difference? Because I feel like I hit my irons great and don't have anything to compare it to as it's the only set I've had.
Driver : I feel like being fitted for a driver would be quite beneficial for me. I think a stiffer shaft would help a lot and I also like the idea of a slightly shorter shaft. Sometimes I like to choke my driver a bit and I have real control when I do this and can nail many more fairways.
I am going to the US on holiday in 2 weeks time. I am from South Africa and things in the US are generally a lot cheaper. I am thinking of getting a driver fitted for me there. I'll see what comes about but the irons situation has me far more perplexed.
if I were to answer my own question, I wouldn't even think of replacing my irons. And I'm sure many will say I've therefore answered my whole dilemma. BUT. I do see a lot of people praising the idea of fitting clubs specifically for your swing and game and I guess I'm just worried that I'm missing out on something or handicapping myself further by using clubs that aren't helping my swing as much as they could.
Well, that's the end of my essay. If i'm being crazy thinking of changing something that works, please say so :) It's how I feel anyway. if you feel fitted clubs are still a good idea, please say so. Just wanna put this thing to bed.
Wrt the driver I think I might shop around or at least get a different shaft fitted onto the one I have.
Cheers for reading guys.