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New Brand of Golf Clubs from Tennessee

Tennessee has never gotten short of having itself represented in the sport golf. A Chattanooga-based company, Scratch Golf, is now up into club-making business. Sooner or later, we shall see this brand in the list of winning golf clubs.

“We’ve been close,” says the company co-founder, Ari Techner. The company manufactures 45 wedges for LPGA Tour golfer Cristie Kerr in each season. Some of the golf clubs used by PGA Tour professionals David Duval and Ryan Moore are also of this brand.

Techner and his co-founder Jeff McCoy dream of their golf clubs to be appealing and used by both professional golfers and amateurs alike. Techner shared, “We do a full fitting, going from someone who knows nothing to getting the clubs they need.”

Scratch Golf is also into custom fitting of golf clubs. They modify and customize clubs based on the preferences and skills of their customers. A wide range of options for club and grip stamping are also available. Shaft designs and paints can also be modified. One of their clubs was customized and stamped with ‘The Ultimate Human’ as requested by one of their customers.

McCoy, himself, finds it odd. “But I’m not making the clubs for myself. Whatever makes them happy. They peel that bubble wrap off their new clubs, and they get that smile on their faces,” he admits.

Both founders never thought that the company would head this direction during the time that they were conceptualizing the business. “We started in a one-car garage. They were truly garage golf clubs. … Things have definitely evolved… Maybe someday, we’ll have a museum,” says the amused yet aspiring McCoy.

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Counter Weighting Improves Putting

Counter WeightingClubfitting is a term most golfers think as the customization of driver, fairway wood, irons and hybrids. Little do golfers know that clubfitting can also apply to wedges and putters. These components are very important factors affecting the golfer’s score and the reasons why wedges and putters are also customized by professional clubfitters to meet the golfer’s particular needs.

Golfers must have good motor control skills to be able to putt well. Motor control is manifested through the ability to move and control the objects by the use of their hands in slower, repeated, consistent and precise movements. Their neuro-muscular ability gives them the power to do so.

Not everyone has good neuro-muscular ability. For golfers who do not possess such skill, this could be a problem. But, we must not let that difficulty prevent us from playing golf. The problem can be solved by adding a significant amount of weight at the grip end of the shaft, the process of which is called counter weighting.

Counter weighting is basically a fitting technique applied for putters where a heavy weight is applied into the grip of the putter shaft. Through the use of this weight, the golfer would feel the heavier weight enabling him to move in a consistent and repeated manner. The most common values used for counter weights are 60, 80 and 100 grams. Golfers who have used counter weighting were seen to have improved in their games by more than 80%.

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Are Club Lengths Relative to the Golfers’ Heights?

When golfers purchase golf equipment, they always make assumptions that the club they are buying will work right for them. The height of the club length is estimated to work with the golfer’s physique. Many people believe that golfers need clubs proportionate to their height. That is, longer clubs are ideal for tall golfers while shorter clubs for shorter people.

This however does not always hold true. It doesn’t apply at all times. We know that there are people whose physique isn’t in proportion like tall people having long arms than average and there are also short people whose arms are just of normal lengths.

Club lengths are determined through the combination of the golfer’s height and arm length. One’s posture is another consideration when choosing the club length. Some stands in erect posture while others are more bent. The golfer’s swing characteristics also need evaluation. The player must stand comfortable when hitting the golf ball to avoid injuries or any physical damages.

The best club length therefore is the longest length of the golf club that golfers can consistently control and hit at the center. It must be long enough to prevent the golfer from excessive crouching but must not be too long to affect the consistency of his strikes. Only experienced custom clubfitters can help you find the perfect club with the right balance for every golfer’s specifications. Clubfitting works best for these purposes.

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A Very Fitting Story at Mid Season

Kevin Tarsa, an editorial intern at Golf Digest, picked a golf club in 2009 by comparing the different ball flights produced by the clubs. He tried out a number of branded clubs at an outdoor range and chose the one he felt was the best.

Kevin was satisfied with his clubs, but he recently became interested in club fitting and the benefits it would offer his game. The spark of inspiration came from the many positive reviews he had seen about the process. He finally decided to try it out for himself. He put his familiar and well-used clubs to the test, wanting to find out if they were really the best clubs for him. He soon found out some surprising facts.

Through the use of a launch monitor, he learned that the ball was spinning too much. Woody Lashen, his club fitter, also noticed that the club shaft was not stiff enough.

After an hour, the perfect club fit for him was identified: a Titleist 910D3 head with an Oban Kiyoshi shaft. With the new club, ball spin was controlled but ball speed was faster.

Much to Kevin’s surprise, when he tested his new club on his favorite golf course, his game was totally transformed. The ball traveled smoothly and easily, even around hazards he used to fail in reaching. His usual problem of a left miss was also gone.

Kevin’s decision to visit Pete’s Golf for a club fitting led to an eye-opening experience. He promised himself that he would never buy golf clubs off the shelf again. He wished he had taken advantage of the technology and had the complete metal woods club fitting done years ago. A more confident Kevin Tarsa is now on the course, carrying his custom-fit clubs.

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Just What Swingweight is All About

Swingweight is not a measure of your golf club’s weight in grams or pounds. Technically, it is the ratio of the weight of the club’s lower 2/3 part to its upper 1/3 part. Some golfers describe it as the amount of presence of the clubhead’s weight as they swing. Swingweight is one reason why clubfitting is beneficial for every golfer. Golf clubs must be built with a weight that matches the golfer’s swing rhythm, timing and strength.

A golfer who swings with stronger force but uses a low swingweight will tend to struggle maintaining a comfortable swing and will eventually lead to off center hits. Likewise, a weaker golfer using greater swingweight will be uncomfortable using clubs that feels too heavy for him and will not yield to desired shots.

Swingweight, which is described with a combination of a letter and a number such as C3 and D4, serves as the golfer’s reference point as to how heavy or light the golf club personally feels. However, once the golfer has found the club which feels right for him, it does not necessarily follow that its swingweight is applicable for all clubs.

The swingweight of the driver used in one shaft will not feel the same when the driver is used in another shaft with different length. Therefore, changing the shaft weight of your club will require the golfer to undergo testing procedures to find the swingweight that matches. Experienced custom clubfitters may be consulted to find the best specifications that match each golfer’s need.

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Different Flex, Different Shafts?


There are no particular rules as to when golf shafts need to be changed or if the same flex can be used with different shafts. It may sometimes be applicable, there may be times it may not.

The reason is, the golf industry do not have standard specifications which companies must follow in manufacturing flexes. The level of stiffness and code of one shaft is usually different from another shaft. One company’s specification does not necessarily reflect that of another company. This, however, gives every company the freedom to express and work on what they think how the best shaft should be designed.

What a golfer usually does is conduct a trial and error process to find out which type of flex best fits him. But, buying one shaft after another if he hasn’t found the right piece can eventually be costly. An alternative solution to such dilemma is to entrust the shaft fitting needs to a professional custom club maker using Tom Wishon Golf Technology’s proprietary shaft bending profile software.

Tom Wishon Golf Technology created software with measurement methodology that quantifies stiffness and allows comparing one shaft’s stiffness design with thousands of other different shafts available and listed in the database.
Therefore, to get a shaft fitted to your club as accurately as possible, go visit a good and professional custom club fitter using this software. You can be confident that they will do a better job of giving you a club that best suits your swing.

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The Real Loft of Golf

Each of your golf clubs has its unique technical specifications. One of the things you need to look at when choosing a club is the so-called loft angle.

Loft angle, in simple words, is how much your golf club head’s face is tilted back. Each golf club head has its own face loft angle. The same applies to your putter. The loft angle is the major reason why each of your golf clubs hits the ball a different distance. Each shot is the result of the relationship between your swing speed and your club head’s loft angle.

In case you were wondering, you can’t actually measure your club’s loft with a protractor or ruler. It takes a special gauge to measure the loft. You have to rely on the specifications of the club that are provided by the manufacturer. The specifications, however, are not exact, due to the permitted plus or minus tolerances.

Some golfers are a little misguided about how loft affects their shots. They think that a driver will hit a longer distance if it has a lower loft. Little do they know that the club head’s speed and the ball’s attack angle are also factors in the shot. The driver loft has to be optimized to an individual’s swing and stance, in order to achieve the maximum distance. For example, a slower swing and more downward angle of attack towards the ball must be paired with a higher driver loft to get the full distance.

All these technicalities can really be confusing for beginning golfers. Aspiring professional golfers must have a loft that matches their swing. You will perform the best with personalized clubs produced by reputable club makers. Club designers, makers and factories use special measuring gauges and tools to meet your specific needs.

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Club Fitting Goes 3-D

Jon Warren, manager of the M.A.T.T. laboratory, is busy analyzing golf swings. M.A.T.T is an abbreviation for Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade. Warren’s goal is to find the proper club that best fits a golfer, based on the data gathered in the M.A.T.T lab.

As Warren explains, “It is 3-D motion capturing. It’s the same system that a lot of video game manufacturers use to create human avatars, and a lot of 3-D movies that have been filmed in the last couple of years use the same system.”

The M.A.T.T. lab offers a next-generation version of club fitting. Golf swings are tracked using reflective markers, which produces a video-game-like output.

“It’s really an experience as opposed to a club fitting. You can go out and get a club fitting anywhere. If someone comes in here, and says they want to break 90, you gotta break it down a little bit both with their equipment, and see their golf swing,” said Warren.

John Grother, a golf teacher from the Oregon Golf Association, says that the information collected from the M.A.T.T. lab is a very effective tool to see what the player is doing and to find ways to improve the game. “When we have an absolute M.R.I. of the golf swing, when we can see in complete 3-D, what someone is doing in the golf swing,” he said.

“Where the technology is nowadays, it is to where you’re not taking full advantage of it unless you get properly fit for it,” Warren concluded.

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