or, as a beginner, am I better off waiting until I am consistent before getting it adjusted?
Chicken first, or egg? Will fitting my adjustable driver improve my consistency...
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It seems when your are fitted you hit better and more consistent. But as beginner your swing is not consistent and erratic so the fitting does not make sense to begin with. But maybe more important to begin with is to find a swing that fits you before any club fitting. As a desperate beginner trying to hit the ball myself i am still finding the right swing methodology and consistency that hopefully comes with it. Until this is not found i refrain from any club fitting as it surely will have to be changed once i do find the proper swing mechanics (if i ever manage to find).
I like this comment. I played around with my adjustable driver quite a bit - I like to tinker.
Once I got a few lessons and now have a much better swing (IMO), then I played with the settings again. Now it's pretty much back to all the neutral settings - (no bias either way).
this driver just adjusts face open/closed - and it comes along with a bit of upright/flat as a side effect. The new drivers can do a lot of this independently - that might be a fitting worth doing if I buy a new one someday....maybe
I would say try and hold back a bit, have a lesson, work on your swing, then get fitted to your swing! It's what I should have done, but I was impatient, luckily, I can still get the lie test re done and altered if need be! And I've had all year to get used to my clubs and work on my swing!
IMHO, it all depends on several factors:
#1) If you are taking lessons from a pro, let your teacher make the decision.
#2) As a beginner, are you hitting a fade or slice? If so, I would recommend adjusting the face for a draw bias. (Do the opposite for a hook or draw.)
#3) As a beginner, are you hitting the ball lower than you would like? If so, I would increase the loft on the shaft. (If you are hitting it too high then decrease the loft.)
After a round or two, make sure that you make minor adjustments to the driverv, and determine for yourself if you saw any improvement. If you didn't then return to the original setting for another round or two and then try another adjustment. Eventually, I think that you will find the adjustments that you will be comfortable using.
Depends on exactly what doesn't fit about your club.
If it's adjustable you should be able to tinker with the settings and /or weights and find a combination that works okay.
You can put tape on the face and mess with it until you are getting consistent impacts, and you can choke down on the club a little at a time until you find the length that you can handle for consistent impacts.
Once you find that length you can either always choke down to that point or have the shaft cut down.
I am thinking that I will leave it as is for now after reading the responses and thinking about it. When I was playing last weekend I managed a couple really nice drives(by my standards) including one nice draw, as opposed to my usual fade or slice(after a lot of time on the range). I have been focusing on getting around quicker to close the club face, as I usually leave it a little open, and have been making progress. I guess that if I adjust the club for draw, my results might improve dramatically, but my swing would stop improving, if that makes sense. I think I will wait until I stop seeing progress.
So did I. Until one day it dawned on me that most of my problem was that every time I adjusted it the shaft spine was changing.
I found the one setting where the shaft didn't feel like wrestling with a snake and left it there. After two years of wrestling with that snake my rounds have been much more stress free and I'm hitting many more fairways (one problem solved). Now if I can only figure out how to keep from messing up the rest of the way to the green.