Re: Considering Project X shafts, need recommendation
This discussion has lead me to believe that a standard fitting session
is not so standard. I am curious how each of you were fitted. Here's what happened during my fitting session:
1. My initial warm up was done by a Power Plate (
). This was the first time I had ever experienced anything like this. Definitely warmed me up in 60 seconds! I can now understand why NASA and professional athletes use such a machine to warm up. It feels like cheating.
2. Next, I continued my warm up by hitting several balls with my pitching wedge.
3. Next, a bunch of electronic gear was strapped onto my body, and I was told to swing one of the irons. Then, I swung one of their drivers.
4. Next, I swung the electronic gear with my clubs while the launch monitor and other equipment gauged and recorded my swings.
5. Next, the fitter went over "the numbers" on his computer. He explained what was good, what was not so good and how he was going to try and help me find the right equipment to help me reach optimal numbers.
6. Next, the fitter taught me some subtle details on improving my stance and address position for driving. While these were awkward at first, they definitely gave me greater swing speed without me swinging any harder. I was impressed! Who would have thought an address position would increase swing speed????
7. Next, he showed me an instructional book where this address position was mentioned. I read a little of the book and then played with it for about 15 minutes.
8. Next, he gave me a break. He gave me a bottle of water, a Gatorade and a protein bar. He said, relax while I go get some gear.
9. After 10 minutes or so, he came back with an assembled driver (i.e. various pieces from various clubmakers). I hit quite a few balls while the launch monitor recorded everything and the fitter made observations. He told me there were improvements in my numbers, but not what he expected. So, he left the room again and was gone for another 10 minutes or so. We continued this testing of various shaft, head and grip combinations for quite some time. Finally, he found a combination that gave me the numbers he was looking for: The Taylormade SuperQuad head with a Diamana shaft that is 45.5 inches long, and an oversized G8 Winn grip.NOTE
: Keep in mind, this fitter is not loyal to one clubmaker. Rather, he is loyal to helping his customers finding the right clubs for their swings. For example, the drivers that gave me the best numbers were a toss up between two manufacturers (Taylormade and Titleist). The irons that gave me the best numbers were a toss up between three manufacturers. In the end, I got the best mix of equipment.
10. Next, we worked on finding the right set of irons for my swing. Again, we worked on finding the right combination of head, shaft and grip. After 30 minutes or so, the fitter had found the right mix that gave me the right numbers.
11. Next, we worked on finding the right ball for the new clubs. After hitting Titleists, Taylormades, Slazengers, Precepts, Topflights and others, the fitter found the best ball for the new clubs.
12. Finally, we went over to a new machine and worked on putting for about 30 minutes. Turns out, I had the best putter for my putting stroke. However, a weighted insert was added to my shaft to help me stabilize the putter.
After a little over three hours of testing, I had finished my fitting session and was waiting for the results. I hung out at the putting green and waited for the fitter to come back with the results.
He handed me a piece of paper that had $4000+ worth of recommended equipment on it. We sat down and went over each club, inch by inch.
I finished by reaching into my wallet, gave him my credit card, payed for the fitting session ($250 for three hours) and paid him for the new woods. I was a bit timid at spending that much money, but I had to trust somebody.
Two week later, I had the clubs. Two weeks after receiving and playing with them, I was a VERY HAPPY MAN!
So, is this the kind of experience all of you have had? Have you had similar experiences? More was done? Less was done? Give me the details. I'd like to compare what I received (and paid for) to what you receive (and paid for).