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Titleist Tour Golf Club Fitting Notes...from the field.

Chris92009

Once upon a time, yes it now sounds like a fairytale; equipment companies offered golfers a plug and play solution. At the heart of the matter was finding more distance, the eternal Holy Grail all golfers constantly strive for. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or weekend warrior, everyone wants more. However, the pursuit requires greater commitment from both equipment companies and golfers. Case in point...Titleist:

Webb Simpson (T5 at the Honda) also made some recent changes. According to Titleist Tour Rep Jim Curran, “Webb revisited his 45.75" driver shafts again after previously trying a longer length but feeling he had control issues.” Following a discussion about length, Simpson moved from a Titleist 917D3 to 917D2 9.5* driver at a SureFit "D4" setting in a GDI IZ 5X shaft and saw his ball speed increase and no control drop off, according to Titleist. Testing, it said, revealed a 2 mph ball speed increase after moving from the standard length 45” 917D3 to a 45.75” 917D2. Titleist said the overall new combination versus his previous setup was over 7 yards long during launch monitor testing.

Also..Addressing his loss of clubhead speed due to his previously announced Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis; Morgan Hoffmann has worked closely with Titleist Tour Rep J.J. VanWezenbeeck to optimize his set composition. ”Morgan has always played very stiff shafts throughout his college and professional career,”.. “but with his gradual loss of club head speed, we have looked for something softer that would help his speed and maintain direction.” Hoffman started the year with a very stiff flex driver, Titleist said, but last week moved to an Atmos Blue 7X with less tipping which provided better ball speed and good direction and better spin numbers. Titleist also said he also moved earlier this year from Titleist 718 MB to 718 AP2 irons to help launch and spin.

So perhaps the moral of the story is if elite players are going to this much effort/trouble to improve their game, what must the average to avid player do to try and maximize his opportunities? There is a strong argument the “Regular Joe” has more upside if they are prepared to invest some time along with money to get the most out of their equipment and game. So when you read people on in this community guessing configurations, these stories hopefully tell a tale that taking the time and effort (and sometimes cost) for a quality fitting is paramount. I have been, like many of you, to the Titleist Tour Fitting Centers in Mass and CA, and they are worth the trip!

Cheers, Keep it in the short grass!

9 Replies

  1. Don O

    "Ditto" may date me. I've had wonderful and amazing fittings in the last 15 months for woods (@Oceanside) and irons. The numbers were dramatic improvements. After going to the local golf show (what the heck, it was snowing anyway) it was so painful to deal with the reps from the other major OEM's that were simply picking A/R/S shafts based on my 7I distance. It's soooooo important to find a fitter that understands transitions, angle of attack, kick point, etc. to optimize launch, spin, and dispersion. Titleist adds value when you find a knowledgeable fitter that understands how to dial you in, and not just pull a club with R/S/X off the rack for you to "try".
  2. Keith M

    So very true. Recently, I went to my local club for a fitting with our head pro. So much different than doing a big box "fitting". While my model of irons didn't change aside from being 712s to 718s, the shafts were vastly different than before and have made a world of difference.

    Can't wait to go through the process again soon for wedges, get my gaps spot on, and then again in the fall for the 919s.
  3. Michael JC

    While I totally agree, some of us "Regular Joes" simply can not afford to be fitted and purchase custom clubs.
    I certainly wish that I could.
  4. greg p

    I agree with you up to a point...but the average Joe (me) has trouble with a consistent strike. How does a good fitting make allowance for that?

    To give you an example, last year I had 3 fitting sessions--irons and woods. I came away from each session with different recommendations for shafts. One guy wanted to discard the shafts that came with the irons and install new ones with guaranteed frequencies. ( At a premium price, of course.)

    How does one know when you are getting a quality fitting? How does one know when you are optimizing your equipment?

    The pros have the luxury of working with experts on a regular basis (know their game) and have a lot more resources available to them.

  5. Ryan M

    I'd love to go back to Manchester Lane for a full fitting, but I remember them saying the waiting list is like a year out to schedule. We do not have any fitters here with a LM or even a full fitting cart by any OEM, so it's just a guessing game for us unfortunately.
  6. Don O

    Michael JC

    While I totally agree, some of us "Regular Joes" simply can not afford to be fitted and purchase custom clubs.
    I certainly wish that I could.

    While Manchester and Oceanside add a fitting fee, Titleist Thursdays have no fee, and many pro shops waive the fee for a purchase. The clubs themselves, short of exotic shafts (see the Custom Options under the Club section of this site) are essentially the same price as a boxed set of new clubs from a retailer. All of my clubs are custom built but I actually paid a little less from my pro shop than from a major retailer. None of my shafts are upcharge priced, but not found in retail sets. Buying new Titleist clubs and not getting fit is losing the inherent benefit.
  7. Chris92009

    Great point Don! Titleist Thursdays have no cost to be fitted by a Titleist Rep. and while it may not be exactly the same as going to a Titleist Tour Facility it is the closest thing!
  8. Chris92009

    Ryan M

    I'd love to go back to Manchester Lane for a full fitting, but I remember them saying the waiting list is like a year out to schedule. We do not have any fitters here with a LM or even a full fitting cart by any OEM, so it's just a guessing game for us unfortunately.

    That sounds surprising...I have never in years had to wait more than a few months to get a fitting at Titleist's tour facilities....especially at Oceanside CA. or Manchester Lane. IMHO
  9. Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

    Hi Ryan, While Manchester Lane does book quite quickly (they are only open about 6 months of the year), there are currently openings in June as well as July and beyond. Please contact Andy at 888-262-7202 for information and to reserve your fitting.

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