Hard or soft?
June 29, 2017
Resident golfing expert Lars Holden offers some useful tips on finding the right equipment to help you zing on the fairways.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CLUBS ARE TOO SOFT OR HARD?
A player who uses a club that is too soft or flexible will generally find the ball going right of the target – generally known as a slice, cut or fade.
Players who use clubs that are too firm or stiff will generally find the ball will go to the left of the target – known as a hook or draw.
Players who have slower swing speeds generally need regular shafts to ensure better control, height and distance. Golfers with faster ball speeds require clubs that are firm, stiff or in some cases extra stiff shafts to get the desired result for their game.
WHO CAN GIVE ADVICE ON WHAT KINDS OF CLUBS A NEWBIE SHOULD BUY?
I would always suggest a golfer looking to purchase a new set of clubs speak with either a PGA Golf Professional or a leading retailer that understands the importance of having the correct clubs. Getting sound advice from the start will go a long way to ensuring the game is enjoyed and you get the most out of your ability.
On many occasions, I have seen new golfers purchase clubs based on cost and not what is best for their ability. So, do yourself and your game a favor and contact a PGA professional or a reputable retailer with a trained fitter to help select the correct clubs.
WHO CAN BECOME A CLUB FITTER?
With the game of golf growing in Vietnam, so is knowledge on fitting and its importance in selecting the correct clubs for your game. Most leading brands now have qualified club fitters in most major golf locations in Vietnam.
For example, Titleist has four fitters in HCMC, two in Danang and four in Hanoi. Along with this, Titleist conducts monthly demo and fitting days at all the major driving ranges and golf courses throughout Vietnam. Titleist has invested heavily in the fitting aspect of the game as it understands the importance of having the correct equipment for your game. Fitters in most countries are trained PGA professionals. However, a golfer with a passion and understanding of the swing can be trained to be a club fitter.
WHO NEEDS TO MEET WITH THE CLUB FITTER?
I would suggest any golfer who is serious about the game and wants to be the best should be fitted by a professional club fitter. Getting the correct clubs will ensure you have the best chance of performing at the best of your ability. If you have clubs that are too long or short, shafts that are too stiff or flexible or have lie angles that are too upright or flat, then the chances of hitting the ball correctly are low.