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Aimee
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Club Champion

Went someplace different for lunch today just about a mile from my office and realized there was a Club Champion location in the strip mall. Stopped in, the fitter came out from the back and we chatted for a few minutes. He lives near me and plays a lot of the same courses. It is pretty overwhelming, walls lined with all kinds of club heads and shafts.You can do a whole fitting for your bag, or just single clubs if you want to just focus on putter, for example. Fitting session goes from 1 hour (single club) up to 3 1/2 hours for the whole bag (that has to be exhausting). It is $100 for the single club, I may think about that since my pool of resources is limited for demo'ing clubs.

Scott Rushing
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Aimee, I did this going to a

Aimee, I did this going to a place abotu an hour from me.  He charged a flat fee I think if I remember correct to do the whole bag.  We did everything..driver, hybrids, irons.  He measured shafts flex and such, we got on the simulator, etc.  It was tiring but I learned a lot.    If you go, and I would recommend doing it as much golf as you play, go to the range first and lossen up with a small bucket.  Make sure you're ready to show your normal swing with you do it.

 

But what is a "Club Champion"?   I take it that's a local store?  or is it a chain?  never heard of it.

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Aimee
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Club Champion

Club Champion is a chain/franchise. They have locations all over the U.S. - from what I've read, it is a mixed bag (no pun intended) since you don't know how good the fitter is in any location. They have all kinds of hi-tech equipment for indoor fitting. If I do it...and I'm leaning 51% no to 49% yes...I would only do a fitting for hybrids since those are my oldest clubs. I'm leaning more to the "U-Try" program where you pay the $20-25 for a week with a demo club.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
When I had to get fit for the

When I had to get fit for the TPT shaft, I went to a Club Champion store here in Denver. We spent about an hour or so hitting different shafts in the TPT line with a Ping G400 Max. IN the end the shaft the fitter picked for me was NOT the shaft I would have chosen. The shaft I chose gave me a MUCH tighter shot pattern than the one he picked. 4 of 5 in the fairway compared to 3 of 6 with the shaft he perfered.  There IS a Club Champion store in Charrlotte according to their website location guide. I told you about it last year as I recall Scott. 

My guess is that they have 500 or more shafts and at least 100 heads for driver alone. So you really need to have a good idea of what you might want to buy, or you could be there for a few years testing all of the combinations available. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Interesting Don.  Any reason

Interesting Don.  Any reason the fitter pushed you to that one?  Was there better stats in some way/

I've never seen one but Charlotte's about 1.5 hrs from me so not a place I usually spend a lot of time. 

Aimee, I did the Utry program with Globalgolf and I liked it.  That's how they wind up with so many "mint" clubs for sale used...they get $25 to rent a new one, then sell it for about $20 off the MSRP .. not a bad deal.

 

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DON
I think the fitter had a few

I think the fitter had a few reasons for his pick of shafts. One would be that the shaft he picked was a Stiff flex, and the shaft I picked was an Extra Stiff flex. The stiff flex was a closer fit to what my swing speed was during the fitting. One other reason was I had a slightly higher smash factor with the S flex, 1.51 compared to 1.49 with the Extra Stiff. I got 2 more yards of total distance with the Stiff, but 2 more yards of carry with the E Stiff. While we ALL like more total distance with a driver, the extra yards do NOT mean much when you miss the fairway half of the time and you don't get the roll out in the rough you might get in the fairway. So I liked the extra 2 yards of carry and 4 of 5 balls in the fairway with the E Stiff compared to 3 of 6 with the Stiff flex shaft. 

The way I see it, with a driver 2 yards more or less will NOT have much if any effect on my next shot into the green. but hitting 80 % of the fariways compared to 50 % will make a big difference in my game. With my current driver which is 14 years old model. I hit 9 of 12 fairways which I something I can live with. especially when you consider that my olf Launcher 460 Comp is NOT as foregiving as the new Ping G400 Max we used during the shaft iftting. IF I wanted to spend about $300 or more for a Ping G400 Max driver head, I bet I could install my current driver shaft in the Ping head and get more from that combo than I would with the Ping head and any of the $500 TPT shafts that we tested. Now that Ping has the new G410 driver out, the older G400 Max will be available for a little better price than it was this time a year ago when I last check. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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based on your data Don, I

based on your data Don, I would agree.  Not enough difference to warrent the other shaft.

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