The Club Fitting Process

Club fitting has similarities to getting a suit properly tailored. You want to feel as comfortable with the clubs as you are with a tailored suit. When analyzing your swing, a fitter will look at many different aspects such as club head speed, ball speed, spin rate, launch angle, and carry distance. These numbers help determine which clubs will fit you the best. The next step is finding out what exactly are you looking for.  Are you looking for a driver, irons, or a full set? We recommend doing some research to find out what clubs or new technology peak your interest.  When you schedule a fitting, you can discuss with your club fitter and he or she will provide good recommendations on different clubs to test during the fitting. For irons, options could include game improvement irons with extra forgiveness, a player’s iron with less forgiveness/more workability, or tour level irons with a compact head and best feel. There are different types of shaft options available from steel to graphite, and different shaft flexes depending on several swing characteristics such as swing speed. Oftentimes, the shafts can make the biggest difference in the dispersion and trajectory of your shot. Since there are so many aspects that go into a fitting, we recommend working with a certified fitter that can guide you through the process. We offer custom club fitting at Pure Drive Golf from top brands like PXG, Callaway, and TaylorMade. Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule your fitting.  

What is TaylorMade Twist Face?

This year TaylorMade came out with the new M3 and M4 line for Drivers, Woods, and Hybrids as they usually do. But the technology was a bit more innovative than in years past. TaylorMade has gone away from the traditional “bulge and roll” face and have literally twisted it. Twist Face technology was made with the idea of helping your miss hits find the way back to the fairway. The toe portion of the club face is open compared to the traditional look, as well as the heel is more closed.

How does Twist Face work? This technology is designed to help shots finish closer the intended target. For example, TaylorMade has done extensive research and found that most golfers that strike the ball near the toe also deliver a closed club face. With traditional gear effect, this was causing a hook that ended up well left of the intended target. Using Twist Face technology, this shot would end up closer to the intended target because the ball would start more right before it would draw back to the target. The same is true for strikes in the heel. With traditional gear effect, this would produce a shot that would fade away from the intended target. But since the heel is more closed with Twist Face, this shot would not fade as much and finish closer to the intended target.

You can come demo the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 line here at Pure Drive Golf.

 

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The Pure Drive Golf App

Introducing the Pure Drive Golf app designed by Adam to help everyday golfers use Trackman technology. This app provides color feedback for a handful of important parameters so you can quickly interpret the data on your own. The best part of this app? When you hit a bad shot, it tells you why!

Green “acceptable” ranges are based on impact conditions that produce a ball flight that lands within close range of an intended target. These ranges are determined by taking into account the average width of the fairway and green. For example, if an iron is used the objective is to have a margin for error within 12.5 yards left and right because the average width of a green in the U.S. is 25 yards wide. In other words, if the pin is located in the middle and you aim at the pin, you're margin for error on both sides must be within 12.5 yards to be within the green "acceptable" range. Numbers will turn yellow when misses are just outside this range or red when you miss well outside this range.

In this example, everything looked good except the club face angle was a little too closed (color yellow) causing the shot to miss just left of a standard width green.

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In this example, the club face was very open causing the ball to mis well right of the standard width of a green. 

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The Pure Drive Golf app is available for anyone that rents our Trackman simulators at Pure Drive Golf. 

What's in Adam's bag?

Here's what's in Adam's bag:

Driver: PXG 0811X 9 degree
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70 (TX Flex)

3 Wood: PXG 0341X 15 degree
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 (TX Flex)

Hybrid: PXG 0317X 19 degree
Shaft: Tour AD 105 (X Flex)

Irons: PXG 0311T (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour 130 (X Flex)

Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled (52, 56, 60)
Shaft: KBS Tour 130 (X Flex)

Putter: PXG Brandon H
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist ProV1X

Grip: Golf Pride Full Cord
Grip Specs: Standard size and logo down

 


 

What is the Purpose of the Bounce?

What is the bounce?

The bounce is the angle between the leading edge and lowest point on the sole. The more bounce there is, the higher the leading edge is off the ground when the club is held in a square position. 

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What is the purpose of the bounce?

The bounce is added to a wedge to prevent the leading edge from digging into sand or turf, so the club doesn’t lose momentum through impact. This is especially important from greenside bunkers when the objective is to hit a few inches behind the ball. It’s also important on pitch shots from the fairway because it provides additional margin for error by allowing you to hit slightly behind the ball and get away with it. To help you choose the right amount of bounce, I’ll examine three different options and explain how course conditions and technique determines the right amount for you.

Low Bounce (4-6 degrees)

Low bounce means the leading edge is close to the ground when the club is in a square position. Typically, the only wedge that comes in low bounce is a lob wedge. I recommend a low bounce lob wedge for intermediate to advanced golfers because this club requires proper technique and offers very little margin for error. 

·       Allows you to slide the club under the ball in firm or tightly mowed turf conditions

·       Good if you pick the ball clean on short shots

Mid Bounce (7-10 degrees)

Mid bounce means the leading edge is slightly higher off the ground (compared to low bounce) when the club is in a square position. All wedges are offered in mid bounce. I recommend mid bounce for any wedge because it gives you benefit under typical playing conditions.

·       Provides general protection for the leading edge on average playing conditions

·       Good if you either pick the ball clean or take small divots

High Bounce (11+ degrees)

High bounce means the leading edge is high off the ground when the club is in a square position. This nearly guarantees use of the bounce and no loss of momentum through impact. All wedges are offered in high bounce options. I recommend high bounce in wet fairways or soft fluffy sand.

·       Provides maximum protection for the leading edge in soft playing conditions

·       Good if you take medium to large divots

My recommendation for the average golfer:

Low-mid bounce lob wedge
Mid-high bounce sand wedge
Mid-high bounce gap wedge

The Backswing Mobility Screen

Something wrong with your backswing? Check out this mobility drill I came up with that helps you assess and improve key areas of the backswing. I posted this a few months ago on Instagram and have received a lot of positive feedback. It’s what I call the “backswing mobility screen.” Start in golf posture with arms crossed (right arm over left for righty golfers) and with your back side touching a wall. Rotate your upper body until your right elbow touches the wall. Then, raise your right wrist up to the wall without moving your right elbow and the rest of your body. Once you reach the top (if you can get there!) slowly move back in the opposite order.

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Here's a link to the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfecguoBtcv/?taken-by=akolloff

This drill will help you assess and improve your ability to rotate, if you can stay in posture, and if you can externally rotate your trail shoulder – all good things for the backswing. Of course, everyone has a different body type and some are more flexible than others. Most of you will struggle getting your elbow or wrist to the wall. Just keep practicing until you see some progress – that’s the whole point. You can adjust the difficulty level with the height of your elbows at the beginning. For example, elbows lower (elbows closer to the body) decreases the difficulty level by shortening the distance you need to rotate to move the elbow to the wall. This also decreases the difficulty of moving your wrist up to the wall. Elbows higher (elbows further from the body) increases the difficulty level by increasing the distance you need to rotate to move the elbow to the wall. This also increases the difficulty of moving your wrist to the wall. Either way, find a good starting position with the elbows and adjust as needed over time to get the most out of this exercise.  

High Hands for More Speed

Does higher hands at the top of the backswing help generate more club head speed? Yes. It’s a simple fact if you think about it. The higher the hands and club travel in the backswing, the more time and potential for energy the club can generate on the way down. High hands at the top is a common trait among the longest hitters on tour, most notably Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. This doesn’t mean you can’t generate speed with low hands, it simply means you will maximize speed gains with higher hands. Word of caution; not everyone can shallow the club on the downswing with higher hands at the top. This is especially true for golfers with less ability, less flexibility, and poor mechanics. For example, if you typically hit a draw and start to work on higher hands because you seek more club head speed, it may steepen your downswing and your draw could turn into a fade or even slice. After you reach the top, focus on starting the downswing with your lower body and keep your right wrist trailing the right elbow (assuming a righty golfer). This move will trigger a good sequence and keep the trail arm externally rotated to shallow the club. Just some additional thoughts to remember if you work on high hands at the top.

How Technology Speeds Up the Learning Process

We have a good idea what tour players are doing. Of course, there are many differences in how they swing, but advances in technology have allowed golf instructors to peak inside a player’s swing “DNA” and learn major commonalities that make these players great. With this information, we can use it as a baseline or as a guide when helping amateur golfers. The process begins by analyzing an amateur golfer’s current set of skills and comparing that to these commonalities we see in elite players. Even if the amateur’s goal is not to play on tour and to simply lower their handicap, we can still use elite player commonalities as a guide when forming a road map for improvement. Because the road map is based on facts, it’s an incredibly efficient system for analyzing anyone's game. After a road map is finalized, technology can also provide feedback to monitor progress and indicate levels of success or failure. Therefore, golf technology speeds up the learning process for two reasons; it providers a fact-based analysis with available comparisons to elite players and provides measurable data to quantify progress over a given time. When you add a well-trained golf instructor who can guide you through the process, technology is a powerful tool for anyone looking to improve!