June 06, 2016 Stephen Garrison

If you are looking how to custom fit a set of golf clubs, there are 4 areas that you will need to address: shaft flex, shaft length, lie angle, and grip size.

Your shaft flex is determined by your swing speed. If your swing is between 70mph-90mph,then you need a regular flex driver, 90mph -105 mph is stiff flex, and anything above 105 mph is extra stiff.

The next area to look at is how to determine the correct shaft length for your custom golf clubs. Your correct length can't be determined based solely off of your height. Some taller people have shorter arms and vice versa. The best way to determine proper shaft length for your custom fit golf clubs is to get into an athletic stance like you're set up to the golf ball, and measure the distance between your wrists and the floor. You can also adjust the shaft length in conjunction with your golf swing. If you have a habit of hitting the ball thin, you can add length to the shaft to help you stay down into the shot.

The next point of emphasis when going in for a club fitting is the lie angle. The lie angle is the relationship between the shaft of the golf club and the bottom of the club head. It's the angle between the shaft and the ground. If you get fitted by a professional, they will most likely put a piece of tape on the sole of the golf club and have you hit golf balls on a black board called a lie board. Where the mark is left on the tape will determine where your club head is coming through at impact. If the mark is toward the heel or the toe of the club, changing the lie angle of your clubs can help counteract your tendency, and help come through square for more pure contact. For instance, if you have a habit of coming through impact with the heel of the club first, then you can pull the toe of the club head down a couple degrees to help square up at impact. The image below demonstrates how having your lie angle too upright or too flat can affect your ball flight.

To finish up customizing your golf clubs, it's time to determine the grip size that you will need. I like to keep this simple. If you want to check on your own to see if your grips are the right size for you, simply grab a golf club and set up like you're going to hit a golf ball. While gripping the club, check your left hand and if your middle and ring fingers are barely touching your left palm, then your grip is the right size. You don't want a gap,nor do you want those fingers to be too bunched close to your palm.

In addition to those four stages of club fitting, there are many more ways to customize your set of golf clubs to fit your game. For example, you can change the lofts on your woods if you want to hit the ball lower or higher. Another option for you is to mix up your 14 clubs in your bag. You could switch out a low iron for a hybrid golf club, or even add another wedge instead of a low iron. You can use any combination of golf clubs, as long as the total doesn't exceed 14 clubs.

At Traveling Caddy,  we offer shaft flexes for every caliber of player including regular, stiff, and women's. We offer clubs with bigger cavity backs for players looking for more distance, as well as blade irons for the lower handicap players looking for more feel. With our rental golf clubs, we offer some of the newest technology on the market at the best prices in the country.

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