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Poll Results: Golfsmith fitting or Golf Galaxy fitting?

 
  • 70% (17)
    Golfsmith
  • 29% (7)
    Golf Galaxy
24 Total Votes  
post #55 of 64

     I would do neither. Not even PSS. Last time I was fitted for my irons, I went to my local pro shop in Mineola NY, who is highly regarded(even before they made it to the Golf Digest list), and also does fitting for PGA amateurs and other professionals. It took a few hours. He doesn't display clubs and doesn't have all of them. It took my measurements for length and grip size. Then he has heads to attach to different shafts. Decided on which heads I hit best by the tape method. Then hit using a monitor to display which head was better for mishits, and dead on hits also. Then tried many different shafts using their shaft monitor, deciding on flex, weight, kick point, etc. THen sent the specs to Mizuno to build my irons and wedges. They shipped them back and the fitter double checks the lofts and lies before he called my to pick them up.

     When I finally/hopefully get another job, I will go back to them for the new Mizuno irons. Maybe a driver and 3 wood too. He isn't cheap, $125 for the fitting, not deducted from the cost of clubs. Yet worth it.

post #56 of 64
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post
 

 

Wow, we 15.1 handicaps must really have bad swings. :-$

No its got nothing to do with your handicap.They just wanna make money off of you and figure you love golf and you want to improve and will pay for it.Im a 9-10 handicap and knew I have a good swing and was even told by pro especially since ive been playing 20 years.I took the golftec evaluation was even after figuring out what I needed to do to hit ball straighter and better they still wanted to offer that lesson deal but he wasn't really pushy,just trying to help me be better.Wouldnt recommend anything near that many lessons unless you just started golf.

post #57 of 64

I was just looking at Golf Galaxy platinum fitting. Then I found a top 100 fitter from golf digest in my area. Both charge the same amount for a complete fitting. I would say make sure you research. 

 

I haven't set up my fitting yet but it is definitely a hard decision. I am looking to get irons and will probably spend somewhere around a grand. Would hate to make the wrong choices. 

post #58 of 64
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Originally Posted by whatwoodtigerdo View Post
 

I was just looking at Golf Galaxy platinum fitting. Then I found a top 100 fitter from golf digest in my area. Both charge the same amount for a complete fitting. I would say make sure you research. 

 

I haven't set up my fitting yet but it is definitely a hard decision. I am looking to get irons and will probably spend somewhere around a grand. Would hate to make the wrong choices. 


Sounds great. Let us know what you end up getting and how the fitting goes.

post #59 of 64

Regarding original question, I personally call it 50/50 based on personal experience.

 

I do fitting/repair(not full time-yet:) and order some components from GolfSmith/GolfWorks/GolfGalaxy. I learned through trial and error like most. For many many years I spent way too much $$ based on marketing, etc before meeting someone that took time to explain why specs, club configurations may fit my swing characteristics. 

 

 My best advice is to visit as many fittings as you have time/patience for. Hopefully you will know when you are in good hands. IF you go the OEM route (i.e. big name brands) you should definitely hit balls outside preferably with a fitting person that represents a particular OEM brand. 

 

I do admit to being a Wishon disciple when it comes to club fitting. Personally I think when it comes to choosing/educating yourself on what shaft/club head loft/lie angle configuration you actually require, there is no better authority than Tom Wishon. Yes there are others, I just think Tom Wishon covers all bases and has greatly simplified the fitting process.

 

In conclusion, I would suggest contacting via the web, Wishon golf as they maintain a listing of club fitters. 

post #60 of 64

I am a certified club fitter at a big box store and I try to do my best with my customers.  Ideally, I recommend to high handicappers to spend there money on a package of lessons to learn how to swing a club before making a purchase.  A customer should always wear clothes that are similar to what he or she would be wearing to the golf course

Once all above has been achieved, then we could proceed.  The customer should do his/her due diligence regarding costs, set makeup, and the style and brands that they are interested in.  As a fitter, some of these questions are usually asked during the initial interview.  Once a customer has settled on a particular brand, model, set makeup and costs..........we can proceed to a fitting.  During a fitting we identify 4 main components....shaft length, shaft flex, lie angle and grip size.  Most manufacturers offer at additional cost other shaft and grip selections beyond what comes as standard.  I will offer that as a suggestion to a customer if I feel he or she will benefit from an upgrade.  I will also have the customer demo an upgrade shaft and head combination for feel and differences.....specifically as it relates to distance, accuracy, feel and cost.  Once we have agreed on the selection and finalized the fitting specs then we move forward with the purchase.  I want my customers involved in the selection process throughout the fitting.  I want my customer to feel good about his purchase and confident that he or she made the right decision.  Is there any benefit of being fit for a set of clubs outdoors?  Yes, but only if you have a trackman or flight scope.  Our simulators are inside, but we do have technology that delivers spin rate rpm (backspin, L2R, R2L), face and path information, deviation, launch angle, ball speed, club head speed, smash factor............

post #61 of 64

In the area I live, and the choices you offered, I would travel a couple hours to the Golfsmith that has an outdoor range passing my local Golfsmith and Golf Galaxy.

 

Story that was told to me by the pro at my old club. When he started his career the head pro told him if he wanted to be thought of as a smart and a good pro, never move someone too far out of their comfort zone. With club fitting find out what they are using and make only slight adjustments if necessary. That way it won't feel too strange and usually they will get that "new club bounce" in their games. He thought the guy was just being lazy and didn't want to really work and do a good job. Now he sees the wisdom in that advice for most of the players.Ask yourself if you want to be that customer, you really may want to be. Make changes in stages. 

 

Fitters have biases.

 

They are pals with a certain brand rep

They get a bigger commission on some clubs

They have had success with a certain club

In most cases they do not know you, but they do know the various reps, bosses, etc. 

The XYZ rep just took them to play XYZ course.

 

Buyer beware. Learn as much as you can before starting the process. Have a specific issue you are trying to improve with your current clubs. Distance? Ball flight? Consistency? Alignment? Then ask how that new club is going to help that. Does the answer pass the b.s. test? 

post #62 of 64
In my opinion..

Both are very reputable retail stores with authentic, quality products.. but if possible research your preferred manufacturer and find demo days and fitting events...

For example:
http://www.titleist.com/golf-club-fitting/

You can't go wrong.

With the retail stores, it's luck of the draw. Some associates are excellent, some are clueless and do their best....

they are all equipped to fit you with excellent technology (launch monitors etc) but I suggest you do your research on your fitter to ensure you maximize your experience and investment.
post #63 of 64

I recall having posted some negative feelings about Golf Galaxy in my area. They just recently built a new and much larger one maybe a mile from where I work. So i stop in from time to time just to browse the new stuff. I have interacted with a few of the guys there and maybe they are all new hires or a different managerial direction in that store but everyone i have spoken with has been great. Just recently went through some fittings for a 3 wood and a putter. They sounded knowledgeable about the details and pleasant to work with. Good job GG!  :-) 

post #64 of 64
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Originally Posted by metrybill View Post
 

Find out where the best players in your area go for clubfitting - head (for irons, hybrids and wedges - offset, or not - blade or game improvement),  for drivers (launch angle, back spin and side spin), shaft (bend point, torque, weight, launch and spin

), LIES {by far the most important for irons, wedges and short irons (very, very, important) hybrids, even putters}, shafts {material (steel or graphite), bend point, weight, and launch}, bounce (short irons and wedges especially)}, and grip sizes.  In my area, New Orleans, the best amateurs and even the pros flock to James Leitz, PGA and top 100 Teacher and clubfitter.

That's exactly how it plays out in my area!

There are basically three options in my area:

 

Dick's - Um,,,,NO!

 

Golf Galaxy - They have all the equipment and the ability to do a decent fitting but honestly the "big box" mentality really comes out in there. To them, everyone that walks through the door is a 20 handicap because,,,,,that's what they mostly sell to so they give everybody the usual treatment.

 

Mom & Pop store that's been around since the 1950's - Bingo, every and all good players from scratch to 5 handicap that I personally know are fitted and buy their clubs from this store. The customer service is top notch and they go out of their way to get you into what you really need. Their prices are not the lowest by any stretch but it's just another example of you get what you pay for! My sons entire bag of Titleist clubs have come out of there. Pricey, yes, but fit to perfection!

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