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I've  never had a fitting,  but am looking at getting a new set of clubs,  and would like to be fitted.  My question is,  can a shop fit a set that I bought off the internet,  or does that have to be done at the factory.  I've seen the "notch" in Ping Irons,  that I assume is for bending to set the lie,  but most clubs don't have that notch.  Can a cast club be bent to adjust the lie?  May be a dumb question,  but I was wondering.  I've seen a lot lower prices on the internet than at my golf shops.  Also,  if I'm within an inch of the "standard" length of clubs,  should I have the length adjusted also?  I've heard both yes and no.  Any thoughts?

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I've  never had a fitting,  but am looking at getting a new set of clubs,  and would like to be fitted.  My question is,  can a shop fit a set that I bought off the internet,  or does that have to be done at the factory.  I've seen the "notch" in Ping Irons,  that I assume is for bending to set the lie,  but most clubs don't have that notch.  Can a cast club be bent to adjust the lie?  May be a dumb question,  but I was wondering.  I've seen a lot lower prices on the internet than at my golf shops.  Also,  if I'm within an inch of the "standard" length of clubs,  should I have the length adjusted also?  I've heard both yes and no.  Any thoughts?

The answer is yes.  Both forged and cast clubs can be bent to some degree.  I had a set of Mizuno MP-57 and got fitted with them.  The fitter changed the shaft and lie.  The fitting was well worth it.  The fitter will fit the clubs to your body and swing.

post #3 of 6

The lie angle can be adjusted (at least a couple of degrees) on clubs you get off the internet.  However, there is a lot more to a good fitting than adjusting the lie angle.  First, and foremost, is selection of the best shaft for your swing (it is amazing how much difference in ball flight you will see with various shaft models), then the length and lie are determined.

 

It is also worth mentioning that most fitters will charge you for a fitting and then probably again for adjustments to the clubs if you bring them sticks you've bought off the internet.  You may find that pretty much offsets any savings.  The big thing you lose though is the shaft selection.

post #4 of 6
Definitely get fitted. I would consider being fitted first so the pro/qualified fitter can order them directly from the manufacturer to your specs down to the shaft weight, grip and length you want. Bending the clubs to adjust for lie/loft is only one part. Good luck
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If you buy new irons from a good golf shop, very often the fitting is free.

 

Golf shops will do fittings on clubs you buy elsewhere, but will charge you a fee. If you have adjustments done on used clubs you buy from them, or clubs bought elsewhere, they will charge you for the adjustments.

 

You can get some good deals on last year's club models right when the first price cut hits. Sometimes the club maker (OEM) will have sets remaining at the factory they can custom fit for you.

 

Look at it as an investment. If you pay more and get a set of clubs fit to you, chances you will use them longer. You could spend $700 for a new set of irons you will use for six years ($118 a year if you spread the cost).

 

Or, you can spend time chasing internet "bargains," only to find they don't quite fit you and your game. You might spend $200 getting various adjustments done to them so they fit you.

 

And, as Pirate Jim noted:
 You may find that pretty much offsets any savings.  The big thing you lose though is the shaft selection.

 

You have to balance total cost with total value.

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Originally Posted by StBarnard View Post
 

I've  never had a fitting,  but am looking at getting a new set of clubs,  and would like to be fitted.  My question is,  can a shop fit a set that I bought off the internet,  or does that have to be done at the factory.  I've seen the "notch" in Ping Irons,  that I assume is for bending to set the lie,  but most clubs don't have that notch.  Can a cast club be bent to adjust the lie?  May be a dumb question,  but I was wondering.  I've seen a lot lower prices on the internet than at my golf shops.  Also,  if I'm within an inch of the "standard" length of clubs,  should I have the length adjusted also?  I've heard both yes and no.  Any thoughts?

@StBarnard, seeing you are a probably new to the game, club fitting will provide you with the "proper length and lie" of clubs.

 

Determining other factors of club fitting you will learn as you progress when you improve.

 

My suggestion if you purchase a set of used "Pings" simply have a "lie test".

Then have them adjusted

 

Determining the proper length, is a simple.

Shaft length can be either cut off or extended.

 

Usually it is best to buy used clubs which are near or close to the spec's of your physical size, (height)

As you become more familiar with various brands, you will find a set more suitable which feel proper.

 

Club Rat

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