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Club Fitting Questionnaire

How do you play golf?

Right-Handed Left-Handed

How often do you play golf? Less than once a week 2-3 times a week, more than 4 times a week

Are you currently taking golf lessons?

Yes No

Do you plan on taking lessons in the near future?

Yes No

What has been your handicap range over the past 12 months?

______________________________

At this time, your handicap is moving: upward downward staying same

Please note your Low and High golf score within the past 12 months:

Low _____________ High _____________

Do you have any physical limitations that affect your golf swing?

Yes No

If yes, explain

CURRENT EQUIPMENT:

Set Make-Up:

___________________________________ Driver: (Brand/Model) ______________________ /______________________

Driver Shaft:

Graphite Steel Driver Shaft Flex: L A R S X

Driver Length: Standard ____________ Over length ____________ Under length ____________

Fairway Woods:

(Brand/Model) ____________________________ /____________________________

Fairway Woods Shaft:

Graphite Steel Fairway Woods Shaft Flex: L A R S X

Fairway Woods Length:

Standard __________ Over length __________ Under length __________

Irons: (Brand/Model) __________________ / __________________ Iron Lie Angle: Standard ______ Upright ______ Flat ______

Iron Shaft:

Graphite Steel Iron Shaft Flex: L A R S X

Iron Length:

Standard ________ Over length ________ Under length ________

Wedges: (Brand/Model) __________________ / __________________ Putter: (Brand/Model) _________________ /_________________

Putter:

(Length/Lie/Loft) _________________ / _________________ /_________________

Ball:

(Brand/Model) __________________ /__________________ Bag: (Brand/Model) __________________ /__________________

Please describe what you LIKE or DISLIKE about your current equipment:________________________________________________

Which best describes your current shot pattern with your driver? (Please check one)

Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice

Which best describes your shot pattern with your fairway woods?

(Please check one)

Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice

Which best describes your current shot pattern with your long irons (#1-#4 irons)?

(Please check one)

Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice

Which best describes your current shot pattern with your mid-irons (#5-#7 irons)?

(Please check one)

Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice

Which best describes your current shot pattern with your short irons (#8-Lob Wedge)?

(Please check one)

Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice

Which best describes the trajectory with your current driver? (Please check one)

High ball flight, little roll Mid ball flight, average roll Low ball flight, a lot of roll

Which best describes the trajectory with your current fairway woods?

(Please check one)

Too high High Mid Low Too Low

Which best describes the trajectory with your current long irons?

(Please check one)

High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin

Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin

Which best describes the trajectory with your current mid-irons?

(Please check one)

High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin

Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin

Which best describes the trajectory with your current short irons?

(Please check one)

High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin

Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin

Which of the ball flights listed below is easiest for you to hit?

(Please check one)

Slice Fade Straight Hook Draw

Which of the ball flights listed below would you prefer to hit? (Please check one)

Slice Fade Straight Hook Draw

Typical contact point on clubface of iron shots: (express as a percentage)

Solid _____% Thin _____% Fat _____% Toe _____% Heel _____%

Typical contact point on clubface of wood shots:

(express as a percentage)

Solid _____% Thin _____% Fat _____% Toe _____% Heel _____%

When you miss a putt, the majority of the time it is:

No consistent tendency or, if there is a consistent tendency, check all that apply below:

Short Long Right Left High Side Low Side

When you miss a putt, do you feel that you most commonly:

(please check one)

miss-read the putt or miss-hit the putt

Are you better on

Left to right putts or Right to left putts

Are you better on

Uphill putts or Downhill putts

Please rank the strength of your game by segment:

(10 being the strongest segment of your game & 1 being the weakest segment of your game)

Driving __________ Fairway Woods _______ Long Irons __________ Mid Irons _________ Short Irons ________

Pitch Shots ______ Chip Shots __________ Bunker Shots _______ Long Putts _________ Short Putts ________

Key performance categories:

Average number of Fairways hit per round ________ Average number of Greens in Regulation per round ________

Average number of Putts per round ________

Percentage of iron shots in relation to the desired target:

Left _____% Right _____% Somewhat Straight _____ %

Please describe your method for tracking on-course performance. How do you measure your performance for each round of golf

you play? (If you do not Track or Measure your performance, please skip to the next question.)

Which holes do you play the best?

(Please rank 1, 2 & 3 with 1 being best & 3 being worst)

Par 5’s _____ Par 4’s _____ Par 3’s _____

Do you plan your approach shots so you are left with your strength? Yes No

Identify your flag location preference: Left Center Right

Identify your flag location preference: Front Middle Back

Please check your personal preferences for a DRIVER:

Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel

Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory

Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip

Please check your personal preferences for FAIRWAY WOODS:

Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel

Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory

Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip

Please check your personal preferences for IRONS:

Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel

Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory

Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip

Please check the response below that you feel is MOST important:

Shaft or Clubhead Performance or Feel

Performance or Appearance Feel or Appearance

Which is more important to you? (please check one)

Distance or Direction

If you indicated DISTANCE, how many additional yards do you think you would need to lower your

average score by several strokes?

_____ yards

If you indicated DIRECTION, how many feet or yards closer to the target do you think you would need in order to lower your

average score by several strokes?

_____ feet _____ yards

What percentage of your golfing time is devoted to the following:

(Please express as a percentage)

Play _____% Practice _____% Lessons _____%

What percentage of your total PRACTICE time is devoted to the following: (Please express as a percentage)

Putting _____% Chipping _____% Pitching _____% Short Irons _____%

Mid Irons _____% Long Irons _____% Driver _____% Fairway Woods _____%

What is the approximate yardage range for each club listed below? (Carry distance)

Don’t Know Don’t Know Don’t Know

Driver ________ – ________ #2 Iron ________ – ________ #8 Iron ________ – ________

#3 Wood ________ – ________ #3 Iron ________ – ________ #9 Iron ________ – ________

#5 Wood ________ – ________ #4 Iron ________ – ________ PW ________ – ________

#7 Wood ________ – ________ #5 Iron ________ – ________ SW ________ – ________

#9 Wood ________ – ________ #6 Iron ________ – ________ LW ________ – ________

L-Wood ________ – ________ #7 Iron ________ – ________

Do these yardage’s meet your expectations?

Yes No If no, why? ______________________________________________

COURSE LAYOUT & CONDITIONS:

Throughout a round on your home course, do you hit most of the clubs in your bag?

Yes No

If no, it is because of: course layout you don’t feel comfortable with certain clubs

other

Is your course

hilly or flat?

Do you struggle more with the ball

above your feet or the ball below your feet?

What type of grass are the fairways you most commonly play?

Zoysia Bermuda Bent Bluegrass

What type of grass are the greens you most commonly play? Bermuda Bent Poa Anna Other__________

What is the average speed of the greens you play? Slow Medium Fast Stimp Meter # (if known) _____________

What course conditions do you normally play? Hard & Fast Soft & Wet

What type of sand do you normally play? Soft & Fluffy Pebbled Hard, Packed, Wet

At what ELEVATION do you normally play? __________ feet

In what area(s) of your game would you like to see improvement?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What benefits do you hope to realize from being fitted & then purchasing new equipment?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

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Grip Size + Shaft Size = Final Grip Size

Grip:                       On Shaft:                   
Size    .560     .580     .600     .620    .690-.710  
56       Std.    +1/64    +1/32    NR          NR       
58     -1/64     Std.     +1/64   +1/32       NR       
60       NR     -1/64      Std.    +1/64       NR       
62       NR       NR      -1/64     Std.        NR    

 

  
Regripping or Gripping Clubs

1. Secure the club in a vise near the grip using a protective rubber vise clamp. Position the clubface prependicular to the floor in the playing position. Remove the old grip with a grip knife, hacksaw or stripper (metal shafts only) and scrape off all the old grip tape and residue, taking care to always cut away from yourself. For graphites, remove the old grip with a hooked blade in a utility knife, peel off the old tape by hand and clean up the residue with a cloth and some grip solvent. Do not scrape the shaft, as scraping can cut into the graphite fibers and weaken the shaft.

2. Remove the old grip with a grip knife, hacksaw or stripper (metal shafts only) and scrape off all the old grip tape and residue, taking care to always cut away from yourself. For graphites, remove the old grip with a hooked blade in a utility knife, peel off the old tape by hand and clean up the residue with a cloth and some grip solvent. Do not scrape the shaft, as scraping can cut into the graphite fibers and weaken the shaft.

 
3. Hold the new grip next to the cleaned shaft butt to determine how much area will be covered by tape.

4. Apply build-up tape (masking tape) if the grip needs to be made larger. Use either 2" or .75" tape and apply as shown. Be sure to account for shaft butt diameter and grip core diameter.
Vertical Wrap: Apply 2" tape vertically, centered along the top of the shaft butt so that the slight overlap occurs along the back of the shaft.

5. Apply one layer of two-sided "miracle" grip tape, either 2" or .75", as shown. Leave an extra one to two inches of tape over the shaft butt.
Spiral Wrap: Spiral-wrap .75" tape up the shaft butt (bottom), leaving a slight gap between the edges.

6. Peel the backing off the tape and cover the shaft butt with the overlapped portion of tape.

7. Squirt a generous amount of nonflammable grip solvent inside the grip, sealing the vent hole in the butt of the grip with your finger or a golf tee. Close the small (mouth) end of the grip, and shake to wet the entire inside of the grip walls. Never use a flammable fluid in grip application.

8. Pour the excess solvent over the entire length of the two-sided tape. Use extra solvent from the can as needed, using a metal tray to catch excess fluid. Solvent may be re-used.

Installing The New Grip

 
9. Hold the grip with the alignment pattern up and squeeze the mouth of the grip between the thumb and forefinger to obtain a flared shape. With the applied tape still wet with solvent, push the flared mouth up and over the shaft butt.

10. Slip the grip on quickly and methodically while the solvent is wet, but do not rush. Rushing causes mistakes.

11. Push the grip firmly onto the shaft to make sure the grip butt cap is all the way up against the shaft butt.

12. Make sure the grip is on straight and the alignment pattern is squared to the clubface. The grip can be adjusted for a few minutes after installation while the tape is still activated. If the grip is to be made smaller, it may be stretched down the shaft and held in place for a minute or so. Allow ample drying time (varies by brand – consult instructions on solvent bottle).

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“Why did it go that way?” AWG

Ball Flight Dynamics

Or

“Why did it go that way?”

Basic Ball Flight Rules                         

 The initial part of a ball flight is based only on swing path (direction the club hits the ball).

After the inertia (from direction of the swing path)  decreases (ball slows) the angle of the clubface takes over and determines on which axis to rotate.  Open face- the ball rotates to and spins clockwise.  Closed and it goes counterclockwise. 

  • Straight Swing Path +
  • open face = Ball starts straight then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts straight then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts straight and stays straight

 

  

Inside to Outside Path
  • open face = Ball starts right then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts right then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts right and stays straight (right)

     

     

     

     

    Outside to Inside Path
  • open face = Ball starts left then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts left then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts left and stays straight (left)
  •  

    Ball goes straight left.

  • Couple of choices: (in order of probability)

    1. You didn’t finish the turn away (did you left should get at least to the ball), but did turn on the downswing.

    2. Your first move from the top of the swing was by pulling the club with the right hand.

    3. Try it… you will reroute the clubhead so it comes from the outside.

    Learn to identify what causes the ball to fly like it does, and how to remedy it.

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    Pick a Putter

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    Spring is for love, and many are searching for the putter that will have made all these years and pretenders worth it.  You are about to embark on the most personal of pairings…a new relationship with a putter…and this time love will last!  I often said,  "you must really like your spouse, but you had better love your putter"!
    I hope to provide some information about putter design, grip size, putter length, lie, and loft that will help you find a good match.

    Here are a few tips to help find a putter that is a good match for you.
    There are countless varieties of putters in all shapes and sizes.  From a weighting standpoint putters are either "face balanced, or toe weighted". What is the benefit of a face balanced putter?  A player with a "straight back-straight through" or pendulum stroke may be more effective with the face-balanced putter. Putters with this design tend to maintain a stable face angle throughout the putting stroke. Golfers with an inside-to-square-to-inside stroke may benefit from a heel-shafted putter whose face tends to swing open and close with the stroke.

    Grip size is another variable that runs the full range of possibilities.  The size of the grip tends to impact hand/wrist release.  Smaller grip more release, larger grip less release.  Pendulum style putters tend to prefer larger grip that "quiets" the hands, while the open to close putter prefers a smaller type.

    The length of the putter is primarily determined by a player’s height, but posture and hand position can affect that as well.  Ideal length allows you to practice!  Generally the ball directly below the eyes at address is considered ideal.

    The lie angle on the putter is important for the same reason it is on irons..to reduce twisting as the sole makes contact with the ground. The more centered to sole is in striking the easier it is to stay square.

    The proper loft depends on your preferred hand position and the speed of the greens most frequently played. For most golfers on average putting surfaces the standard loft of 3.0 – 3.5 degrees is fine.  Players with a pronounced forward press (that they maintain through impact) may benefit from additional loft while those that play on faster putting surfaces may benefit from less loft.

    These are guidelines that hope help you find the right putter…. Though I do believe the right one will beckon.  The putter you choose has to help you visually line, stroke the ball, and make the putt. 
    If it goes in it was a perfect putt…period.

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    Best Golf Book EVER

    Jimmy Ballard’s

    “Seven Common Denominators” of all good swings and the book that expounds on them is the single best compilation of the swing.  Just look at what they sell for!!  It’s not collectability it is functionality.
    1.    The golfer must create a connection at the outset through a braced connected address position.
    2.    The golfer must start the swing by taking the triangle and center away together.
    3.    The golfer must coil the triangle and center behind the ball in the brace of the right leg.
    4.    The golfer must reverse the club with the right foot and right knee to create the proper position at the top of the swing.
    5.    The golfer must, after initiating the change of direction with the right foot and right knee, immediately release the right side and center, insuring that the triangle returns to the original position squaring the club at impact.
    6.    The golfer must, at waist high past the ball, have maintained the triangle with the belt buckle and the center facing toward the target.
    7.    The golfer must complete the swing with the knees, hips and shoulders level, and the weight entirely on the left side.  The straight balanced finish is proof that connection has been preserved during the swing.   

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    Talking about simplify the golf swing

     

    Quote

    simplify the golf swing

     I would like to   simplify the golf swing for you. We can talk about all of the areas, all of the things that happen and so forth, but the club is going almost 100 miles an hour. I want to tell you the simple way to do this.  I have found to get my students to swing without any problems is to make them swing without a lot of thought, just basically one thought. That one thought is that when we set-up we do it with sound fundamentals…good posture…ball position, and grip..

     Here is my thoughts on the first tee…good posture..start to address the ball with my feet together with the golf ball centered between my feet…now move the right foot to the right and the ball is aligned with my left heel.  On my backswing I want my left shoulder to point at the ball (that means I have finished my backswing)…on the downswing I want my right shoulder to point at the ball/tee.  That means I haven’t stood up or changed my posture.  Now hold the finish and watch it go.

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    Why it goes where

    Ball Flight Dynamics

    Or

    “Why did it go that way?”

    Basic Ball Flight Rules                         

     The initial part of a ball flight is based only on swift path (direction the club hits the ball)

    After the inertia from swing path decreases (ball slows) the angle of the clubface takes over.

    · open face – ball goes right

    · closed face – ball goes left

     

     

    Primary causes by ball flight

     Ball goes straight right

    1. If your arms/club move back before your left shoulder the club will get behind you. At waist high is it in front of your chest?… or to the right? Should be in front.

     

    Inside to Outside Path

     Ball goes straight left.

    Couple of choices:

    1. You didn’t finish the turn away (did you left should get at least to the ball), but did turn on the downswing.

    2. Your first move from the top of the swing was by pulling the club with the right hand.

    3. Try it… you will reroute the clubhead so it comes from the outside.

    Learn to identify what causes the ball to fly like it does, and how to remedy it. 

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