Ok, short intro as I'm new to the this forum (and forums in general).
I'm 34, been playing golf since I was a child but stopped for a while and started again about 4 years ago. As I'm starting to take the game more seriously I thought I'd treat myself to a fitting session for a new iron set ... and I'm now more confused than ever.
Although I recently broke 80 (+8) for the first time, I'm usually in the mid-high teens over par and, unlike most of my playing partners, my short game is very good while my longer irons don't go far and my driving is comfortably the worst part of my game. As I'm 5'7", I assumed the fitting session would be recommending shorter shafts but the 'advice' turned out very different than I expected.
The fitting session highlighted that my biggest problem was my distance and that was because I have a very high trajectory with my irons, he identified the weakness in my swing at impact, and that is something I intend to work on. I was very keen on getting some Ping irons as they felt the most 'balanced' to me and I also preferred the way the i20's looked at address. He tried to steer me away from these though as he said the lofts weren't right for my trajectory? is this right, surely if I'm going to work on improving the way I impact the ball this should not be a factor?
Secondly, I've always struggled hitting my longer irons and when checking the lie angle, he suggested going for 3 degrees flat. This made sense to me for my longer irons as the toe does sit up a lot, but not so much with 8,9,PW as they don't seem so bad and I hit them well. Also, almost everyone I see getting fitted has to go for more upright lie angles and other advice I read online said that flatter lie angles result in fading the ball (which I already do with my standard off-the-shelf clubs, I don't want this to turn into a slice!). Should I be considering getting different lie angles for 4,5,6,7 than I do for 8,9,PW ... or is this tinkering too much?
Finally, the fitter didn't think I needed any changes to the shafts (regular length, regular steel) even though I had a relatively slow swing speed of 78-80mph. He did recommend a slightly smaller Aqua grip though. Does this all sound normal to you you guys or should I get a second opinion?
I went in thinking I had a good swing and a reasonably strong game in general, and left feeling terrible lol. He did I say I swing the club well but now I'm not so sure. Obviously I want to improve but hitting high approach shots into greens and stopping them has always been the best part of my game and I don't want to lose that.
Any advice appreciated.