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The right club fit can improve your golf game

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Quality instruction is the first step in building a better golf swing, but lessons and dedicated practice aren’t the entire answer. As noted by Keith Lyford, director of instruction at The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, andamp;#8220;Even the best professional swing advice and good intentions can be compromised by incorrectly fit equipment; a professional club fit is a must before you learn bad habits or invest in a new set of clubs.andamp;#8221;Incorrectly fit equipment leads to inconsistency and poor ball flight, creating automatic and unwanted swing compensations. When equipment fits correctly, golfers will reach their full playing potential. For that reason, club fitting should be an integral part of any golfer’s performance formula.A thorough custom club-fitting session includes various components like custom-fitting clubs to an individual’s physique and swing using the latest technology and fitting equipment. At the Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, Lyford first evaluates a golfer’s current equipment and offers size recommendations if any adjustment is necessary.The main components of a professional club-fitting session include iron fitting, launch monitor drive fitting, wedge fitting and long-game fitting. The following is a brief overview of what a golfer can expect from each specific fitting.

During the iron-fitting process, the fitter will determine which model and specifications best meet the individual golfer’s needs to enable better scoring. The fitter will observe current ball flight tendencies, personal swing characteristics and discuss the golfer’s preferred ball flight, carry distances and ball-stopping performance expectations.

At the Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, golfers benefit from the latest launch monitor technology that until now had been reserved only for elite players. With the right driver specifications and ball type, golfers can optimize their launch conditions to maximize driving distances just like the tour pros.By observing a golfer’s current trajectory and performance, the fitter can determine potential areas for improvement by comparing ball flight to proprietary aerodynamic contour plots developed by Titleist Golf Ball Research andamp; Development.

Each driver model has specific ball flight attributes as well as aesthetic differences. A club fitter helps determine which model represents the best choice for each individual golfer, evaluating shaft length, backspin, ball speed and launch angle.

The goal of a wedge fitting is to provide the best combination of wedges to optimize short-game performance and yardage gaps necessary for lowering scores. At The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, A Titleist FittingWorks Wedge Fitting guides a player through the process of selecting wedge model, bounce and spin characteristics.

Too often golfers are held back by their choice of long-game clubs that inhibit their ability to score when faced with longer shots. The benefit of a long-game fitting is to provide the correct combination of fairway woods, utility clubs (hybrids) and long irons that produce playable trajectories and preferred yardage gaps.andamp;#8212; For more information about club fitting, contact Keith Lyford, director of instruction at The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood, at 530-550-2670 or http://www.oldgreenwoodgolfacademy.com.