Originally Posted by Shindig
What did the fitting cost? I know they do fittings at the RD in Santa Ana, but I don't know what they charge.
$29 for half and hour and $49 for an hour. It's on an optical system, so it infers the swing speed based upon the ball speed. They have the attachment for swing speed as well, but the bottom line was more important to me anyway. I also recently had my swing speed measured with a Trakman, so it's a bit irrelevant. They used premium balls for the testing (pro-V1). He pulled a sleeve of brand new "distance" balls (Callaway Xhot2) for me which also reduced the spin. Nice setup in a private room.
BTW, my 3000-4000 rpm still indicates that my AoA is still in the negative territory. I played around with a couple shots really trying to hit up, and did reduce the spin a little. The only good news us that my swing is consistent enough to clearly show changes in my setup. I am happy with my swing progression, but still have a long ways to go. He recommended that I try a more penetrating flight because my spin was so high, and the flight was nicer. He also thought that the roll would be much better, and the carry distance did not decrease with the more penetrating 15 degree flight. Basically, If I couldn't get rid of the spin, then just adjust the flight to use it as best as I can. He picked out a club to maximize the distance based upon this setup. We tried 4 different head and another 4 shaft combinations with the head both of us liked.
In the afternoon, I went to the range with my kids. I changed my setup to try to reduce the spin. So, I teed up almost 3.5", and think that I finally hit up on the ball. I need to place the ball just at the apex of my shoulder, which is about half a foot width past my lead foot. Seems like my swing speed improved too with this setup, because I felt less resistance in movement swinging past the ball. I feel like I'm moving faster through the ball. Once again "feel is not real", so more monitor work is needed. I could not actually see where the balls were landing. The range was setup 30-40 yards past the line so the back fence was only 200 to 210 yards away. Even 220 yard carry goes near the top or over the fence. I plan to go back to the same fitting center once I get more comfortable with this setup position to see if I can get down to 2000 rpm with a decent "swing speed". I will also ask for the GC2 with the SS attachment to see if my swing speed really did improve or not over my Trakman readings done a couple months ago.
In any case, his knowledge and the assortment of shafts they had there made for a really efficient experience. I only had to hit between 40 and 50 balls to get the optimal driver for my "previous" current swing. Worth every penny.