If you’re a regular consumer of our equipment review and instruction content here at Golfer’s Authority, you know how much we stress the importance of playing with the right equipment. Ask any reputable instructor or club fitter and they’ll agree. Perhaps in golf, more than in any other sport, playing with the right equipment is imperative to performing at your best.
But one of the complaints I hear most often from our readers is how costly golf equipment has become. And I can’t blame them, I’m in the same boat. New golf clubs are flat out expensive, and the extra cost of going through a proper fitting seems like salt in the wound.
So, just how important is a proper club fitting and how much does it cost?
How Important is a Proper Club Fitting?
I’ve said it plenty of times before, and I’ll say it again, if you’re going to buy new golf clubs, you MUST go through a proper club fitting. Just because you walk into your local golf shop, grab a 7-iron off the rack and stripe it, doesn’t mean those clubs are the right ones for you. Maybe you had an especially good day, and your swing was grooved. Maybe the shafts or lie angles aren’t going to be beneficial long-term.
In short, there are simply too many factors to leave unchecked when buying new golf equipment to not go through a club fitting.
Can I Get a Club Fitting for Free?
Yes, you can.
If you’re a member of a private country club, there’s a good chance that one of the PGA Professionals on staff will do a club fitting at no cost. More often than not, club fittings are a service you pay for in your monthly dues.
If you’re not a member of a country club but want to avoid paying for a club fitting at all costs, your best bet is a demo day. Throughout the height of the season around the country, all the major equipment manufacturers show up at driving ranges with their latest equipment. Here, sales reps are fully equipped with all kinds of different shafts and clubheads that you can try for free.
As an example, I happened upon a Callaway demo day at my local course here in Arizona. I’d been wanting to try the new Paradigm driver, so I thought I’d check it out. After having a brief conversation with the Callaway sales rep and hitting a few balls with my current driver, he put together a driver with 10 degrees of loft and one of the company’s many stiff flex shafts. A few swings and a couple minor adjustments later, and I was dialed in with the perfect driver for my game.
How Much Do Custom Club Fittings Cost?
If you’re looking for an in-depth club fitting, where you have access to more than a single brand at a time, chances are it’s going to cost you some money.
Many brick and mortar golf retail shops have all the necessary equipment and technology to do a proper fitting. If you choose to do your fitting at one of these shops, you should expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $100-$150. While this might seem excessive, a lot of these retail shops will waive the fitting fee if you order equipment through them.
If you’re looking for the most involved fittings possible, you can schedule an appointment through a company like True Spec or Club Champion. More than demo days and brick and mortar golf retail outlets, these companies have facilities throughout the country that employ the latest technology and have endless club heads and shafts available for you to try.
Here, you can expect to pay a minimum of $200, and that fee won’t be factored into the price of your equipment. With that said, the finest fitting companies will throw in extra perks like lifetime equipment warranties, and free club regripping whenever it’s needed.
Whether you’re a casual golfer or are looking to compete for your club championship, you can’t underestimate the importance of getting properly fitted for your golf equipment. Playing with the wrong stuff not only limits your potential, but it can also lead to bad habits, inconsistency, and frustration.
So, if you’re considering buying new golf clubs, do yourself a favor and schedule a fitting. It might cost a little extra money, but will be more than worth it in the end.