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IVGID Tip: How to choose the right golf clubs

A golfer hits an approach shot at the Incline Village Championship Course.
Courtesy Frank O’Connell |

Golf club technology has evolved over the years, making golf easier on your body and more fun. If you’re playing with a set of old irons you’ve had for decades, you are not reaching your potential. Let the clubs do the work by getting fit and finding the right clubs for you.

Golfers should get fitted for clubs to maximize their potential and find the clubs that help them hit the ball further and straighter, resulting in a lower score. There are three variables to consider when looking for clubs.

1. Weight of the shaft. Typically slower swings speeds fit in lighter weight shafts and faster swing speed fit in heavier weight models.

2. Spin that is produced on the golf ball. Spin is essential in the fitting process. Golfers need the ball to have the right amount of spin to maintain accuracy and come to a stop on the green. Different spin rates will be produced depending on the weight and overall design of the club.

3. Trajectory of the golf ball. There is a preferred trajectory for each golfer that will produce maximum distance and the correct land angle for the ball to stop on the green. Choosing a shaft with the right bend point for your swing can help the ball travel on its optimal trajectory.

The best way to accurately measure these variables is with a launch monitor that analyzes swing and ball flight through radar technology. The Championship Course uses a launch monitor by TrackMan that Frank O’Connell PGA says is “the MRI for your golf swing.”

Stop by the Championship Course driving range to see TrackMan in action or schedule a full evaluation and club fitting session, and be sure to attend free demo days at the Championship Course driving range to try out clubs from top brands.

Visit GolfIncline.com or call the Pro Shop at 775-832-1146 for information about demo days, weekly clinics or club fitting.

“Tip of the week” is a weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Frank O’Connell, PGA director of instruction at the Incline Village Championship Course.

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