After a basic swing and equipment analysis, a few scenarios may be presented for the golfer to decide what is the next step.
The natural progression is Stage 1, Stage 2 and then Stage 3. However, if we determine that a detail analysis is not desire for some reasons, we will attempt to optimize your equipment by going straight to Phase 2.
Stage 1 – Detail analysis and equipment matching (variation exists between fitting for driver/wood, irons and wedges)
We start off the session hitting 10-15 balls to collect launch parameters of the ball flight. These are ball speed, launch angle and spin. They are used as inputs to OptimalFlight to determine your maximum potential. We will run a couple of simulations to determine the best parameters with your current capability. With the reports from OptimalFlight and Trackman, we will have a common understanding of what we are trying to achieve. E.g. Improve ball speed with more centre hit, improving the ration of face angle/club path or simply increasing/decreasing spin.
Although there are general traits and law of physics that determine how things behave but I’m sure we recognize that each individual golfer is unique and the only way is to test. At this stage, we will assemble test clubs to hit more balls to determine the following specifications (some may not apply):
* Clubhead design
* Shaft Overall flex
* Shaft Bend Profile (wood)
* Shaft Weight
* Face Angle
* Grip Style
* Grip Size
* Lie (Iron)
* Loft (Driver)
The desired components will be ordered in and a test club will be built for the next stage of the fitting cycle.
Stage 2 – Optimization
A test club will be built to the specifications identified in Stage 1. Loft of iron will be checked again here. Golfer will hit balls to determine the overall weight, head weight, butt weight, balance point and if any shaft stabilizer is necessary. Trackman data and feedback in terms of the golfer’s feel (e.g. grip size etc) will be collected to make the final recommendation of the following spec:
The final set will now be engineered to match MOI or Swingweight. Our engineering tolerance for MOI matching is 1%.
Stage 3 – Gapping (irons and wedges)
After a 2-4 months period, golfer will be invited back to our studio to perform a gapping exercise. In this exercise, every club is hit to determine the distance, if there are any distance gaps between the clubs, their loft will be adjusted so that the distance gaps are more uniform across the set. These numbers can also be used to advise for the hybrids and fairway woods make up.
* Trackman Gapping Report