Joining the club. TL;DR question is should I consider getting a driver fitting as an 18-19 handicapper?
I've played golf very intermittently for many years (playing 1-2 times a year at the most for >10 y) but this year was in a position to actually spend time on the game. Also my 10yo son had interest so it was a nice father son activity. Never really had enough rounds for a handicap so I upgraded my vintage 1990's starter clubs for used irons and driver and went at it this summer. Lots of youtube videos and a lesson or two.
Handicap moved from 23 to 18.6 at this point so I'm fighting to be a consistent bogey golfer and breaking 90 is more normal now than a miracle. I don't know if it's coincidence or not but I started using some of the Leadbetter "A" Swing principles and that coincided with me getting to the 90 range as opposed to the 95 range. I know there are mixed feelings on the "A" swing but for my body it made sense.
I like tech and found 18 birdies great for tracking rounds but found entering in data a pain in the butt. Got Game Golf Live on sale (since they are pushing the Pro) and it's been very useful I think. Based on strokes gained putting, off the tee and short game are where I need to work on.
Which gets to my driver which I bought as a kinda off the shelf used Titleist 913D2 with some fiddling with the settings. Has an extra-stiff shaft which I had no thoughts on at the time but I'm sure is not a match for my slow swing speed. I'm hitting 34% of my drives to the right (58% fairways hit) and I know am getting lots of side spin that is taking distance off and typical drives averate 175yd. Bizarrely my 3 wood averages 177yd primarily from the fairway (yeah yeah - I know I should use my 3 wood more then).
I'm at a place in my game where I can see where increasing length (and accuracy) off the tee will help me as I'm gaining strokes on my approaches. So I'm pondering getting a driver fitting at a local shop that has a really good reputation (not a big box store). From there I can decide if I want to pony up the $$ for a new driver or change shafts on my current one. Given end of the season I'm wondering if I can get a deal.
So question for my high HI brethren - driver fitting worth it? My swing consistency is ok but I'm hoping some fitting will help figure out if the shaft is working against me and see if I can make the mishits more tolerable. I figure at the least for the cost of a round of golf I can get some data on how crappy my swing speed is, attack angle etc to know what I need to work on.