I've read all the posts on getting fitted for new clubs so it's a no brainer. My dilemma is where to get it done.
I have old clubs - Callaway x-12's, reg flex graphite shafts, bought second hand approx 14 years ago. I've only recently started playing more than a couple of times a year to try and improve.
My swing is not consistent yet but is somehow a constant source of annoyance to anyone I play with as they generally think I should be playing much better (haven't broken 100 yet so plenty of room for improvement!).
It's never bothered me before as I wasn't playing enough but now that I am trying to improve I admit it's starting to bug me. I know it's not the be-all-and-end-all, but another thing that's annoying is I'm not getting the distance others are when I seem to be striking very well.
The pro at a local shop recommended trying his second hand Wilson Fat Shaft, Mizuno MP-60 and Maxfli something-or-other with stiff shafts, as he said my swing was more suited to these clubs/shafts.
On the simulator, a 6i in the Wilson and Maxfli averaged ~170. The Mizuno was launching so high I was hitting the top net so couldn't get accurate readings. By comparison my X-12 5i was averaging around 160 which is comparable to on course distance. Dispertion was probably no better or worse.
I think it's fair to assume I can expect to gain a couple of club lengths in distance with fully fitted clubs so the distance issue would be sorted. Straight off that seems like it could bring about an improvement in game strategy and confidence.
My plan now is to start taking lessons at the beginning of February, take them for a month or two, or when the instructor thinks I'm consistent enough, I'll go and get fitted properly. I'm not in any rush, and I don't have my mind set on any brand of club. I'll go with the recommendations and the best numbers.
When the time is right where do I go to get the fitting? Will most places give you the time to go through all the options to give you the best clubs. I'm in Ireland and within a couple of hours is a recent GCA World Clubmaker of the Year. On their website they say a full fitting is an hour long. Is that really enough time to do a proper fitting?
Is this award likely to be worth the paper it is written on, or a marketing gimmick? They don't seem affiliated to any manufacturer so I should be able to try all the options and get exactly what's right for me, but wouldn't that be the case with most good fitting stores anyway?
Taking prices from their website:
As a guide you should expect to invest:
Custom fitting analysis
1 hour session €100 (every club in your bag)
From €75 to €130 per iron
From €90 to €170 per wedge
From €150 to €240 per club
From €150 to €290 per club
From €150 to €540
I'll be asking instructor and fitter for advice but let's say I go for 3-9i, three wedges, driver, one wood, one hybrid.
At roughly mid-prices of the above that will cost me somewhere around €2,200. Approx $2,900.
In Ireland I imagine a fitting that provides all the club and shaft options of this place will be close to this figure, so if the award is actually worth anything I may as well go there.
A lot of cash but I know it will always be in the back of mind if I don't get it done properly and I don't plan to do this too often so worth the effort and cost.
So...how much would a similar fitting cost in The States? Could it be worthwhile traveling there for the fitting?
Even if it is only a couple of hundred Euro cheaper that's a big chunk of my flight and a good excuse to go on holiday.
I would have accomodation in Atlanta, somewhere in Texas, and probably the Santa Monica/Malibu area of California.
Finally, is there any after sales requirements I should think about that make make this a silly idea. e.g. do you usually go back a month or so later to recheck the clubs?
Apologies for the long post, and thanks for any feedback.