Hi there, I've owned golf clubs for about 15 years but only played about once every 3-4 years. This spring I decided to get more serious about the game and bought a set of Ping i20s (1w, 3w, 3-9i, 46/50/58 degree wedges). I bought them at Golfsmith so they came with a club fitting.
The guy who fit me used a yard stick to measure from my wrist to the ground while I was standing completely upright. He frowned and said I was right at the point where it could go either way, leave them standard size or cut 1/4 or 1/2 inch off (forget which). He suggested leaving them as is. I then hit several balls in the simulator, all with a 6 iron, with the tape on the club to see where the ball was striking. Again he just kind of shrugged and suggested leaving the clubs as is.
I bought the clubs and started playing with them the very next day and have played quite a bit with them over the 2 months I've owned them (about 2 dozen rounds and 15 large buckets at the driving range). An immediate adjustment I had to make from my old clubs, which were not fitted, is that I had to move the ball very far back in my stance in order to get a solid hit on them. My 9 iron for example needs to be in line with the inside of my right foot (I'm right handed) and my 3 iron is about 1 ball width left of the midpoint of my stance. Everything else is in between. I assumed this was normal and was simply a consequence of newer club technology.
Anyway, I can make solid contact on many of my shots and do not have a problematic hook or slice but I cannot seem to get any loft on almost all of my irons and my distance seems poor. Aside from maybe the wedges, all of my irons seem to fly about the same height as my 3 iron (10-12 feet off the ground eyeballing it). After numerous rounds with other people and watching them pop 5, 6, 7 irons up in the air like a 60 degree wedge and thinking back about the fitting process I went through... I have a feeling I got a bad fitting.
I plan on going back to the driving range this weekend and choking up on the clubs to see if that gives me more difference in lofts but in the meantime does what I describe sound like the clubs could be too long for my build?
Also, if there are any club fitting professionals out there can you give me some tips on what to look for during a fitting that shows the people know what they're doing and care that I get a good fit? For example, should they be doing the marking tape thing on all of my clubs and not just 1 club? Should they be taking the wrist measurement while standing upright or at address? Should I be wearing golf shoes for the fitting or will that likely not matter? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.