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I purchased a set of Callaway irons and woods off the rack. I would like to have them fitted to me. How can I have that done?
For the average 15 handicapper, do you recommend they carry 3 and 4 irons or hybrids?
How often should you replace your grips?

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  • Get a New Fitting if You Change Your Swing

    Whenever you make a major swing or posture change, it's a good idea to get a quick fitting to make sure your clubs still fit you. If you start standing lower or more erect than you were when you got fit for your clubs the length and lie angle that you were fitted to may no longer match your swing. The same is true for major changes that affect your swing plane or angle of attack. This can alter how your clubhead comes into impact and cause you to start striking with the toe or heel down.

  • 3 Point Check for a Slipping Grip

    If your club is constantly slipping in your hands there are 3 easy solutions. First off make sure that you have the grip properly placed in your hand. Check out my articles on grip or work with a qualified teaching professional to make sure you are holding it correctly. Second, if you aren't wearing a glove you might want to try one as they really do help with traction. Along with this is the obvious issue - make sure your grips aren't getting worn out and slick. The third solution is to try a chord grip which works well for many players. When your hands are sweaty or you are playing in the rain, even a half chord grip can help you maintain hold of the club without slippage.

  • Are Your Grips the Right Size?

    When trying to find the right grip size for yourself, know that the general rule is that the fingers in your lead or top hand (left for right handed players) should barely touch your palm. I use term "general rule" because a lot depends on your shot pattern with your ball, what your swing looks like and what your goals are. If you have arthritic hands or other issues with your hands a fatter grip will end up being best. If you are too handsy, a hook can result and a fatter grip could help off set this mistake. The best case scenario is to work with a qualified fitter or at the very least a qualified teaching professional to make sure your grip size is right for your game.

  • Use a Launch Monitor For Ball Fitting

    To decide what type of ball you should play, the best thing is to get on a launch monitor. There is nothing wrong with eye balling it while you are out playing and experimenting to see which balls seem to perform best for you. A launch monitor however gives you precise readings on your spin rates, launch angles, ball speed and carry distance. The machine doesn't lie and it's a great way to know for sure that you have the best possible ball for your game in your bag.

  • Does Your Putter Match Your Stroke?

    Make sure to buy a putter that matches your type of stroke. If you move the putter on an arc you will want to get a putter conducive to an arc stroke. This means it may have more weight in the heel, is not face balanced and allows for some face swinging open and closed. If you prefer to move the putter on a straight line you will definitely want a face balanced putter and maybe even one that is center shafted. It's critical to have your equipment match your style so you are not constantly forcing the putter to do something it isn't designed to do.

  • When to Change Your Grips

    You should change your grips more often than you probably think. Most experts will say at least once a year, but if you play frequently you should consider changing them every 6 months. Air, sweat and oil from your hands, heat and cold are are elements that can affect the wear and tear on your grips. Even if they don't feel slick to you and you aren't getting indentations in them, they probably are not up to par if it's been over 6 months.

  • Get Your Loft & Lie Checked

    If you are a player that plays and practices often, especially if you hit a ton of balls, make sure to get your loft and lie checked on your clubs. How often? That depends on how much you use them. I know tour players who stopped by our lab after every couple of events to make sure they weren't gaining loft and the heads weren't moving. The infrequent golfer, need not worry too much, but if you are a good player and serious about your game, it's worth looking into. We had tour players get their clubs directly from their club sponsors and still bring them in to us right away to make sure they were correct. Mistakes happen and quality control is not always that good.

  • Beginners Choose a 2 Piece Ball

    If you are a new player or high handicapper and haven't been fit for a golf ball yet, your best bet is to choose a two piece ball. A two piece ball will help you maximize your distance. Distance is hardly ever something that anyone turns down and can never hurt! For better players with higher club head speeds though, they will most likely seek more spin and control around the greens. A two piece ball is also hard to cut and more durable so yet another reason to choose this ball if you are just starting out.

  • Don't Rush Into an Expensive Set of Clubs

    When starting out and trying to choose clubs you can become overwhelmed by all the options. The first thing to know is that you don't want to go out and spend a bunch of money on expensive custom fitted clubs when a) you may decide at some point you don't want to play anymore (God forbid!) or b) your swing may develop and change so much that the clubs might not fit in the future. Your best bet is to get a used set or a starter set where the specs reasonably fit you and then upgrade later.

  • Longer Isn't Always Better

    Remember when choosing clubs, especially a driver that distance relates directly to speed and centeredness of contact. In other words, don't always think longer is better. Yes, longer could increase your clubhead speed, but if you are hitting the ball on the toe or heel of the club, you are missing the hot spot and hitting the weaker spots as well. Not to mention you will probably be spraying the ball all over the course.

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