The Case for Customized Golf Clubs -

By: Verlyn Ross

Customized golf clubs have a lot of advantages over mass-marketed models. Some of these advantages are purely practical, while others are a bit more whimsical and decorative in nature.

Customized golf clubs can especially be beneficial to golfers who are shorter or taller than the average person. If you use golf clubs that were designed for people that are not close to your height you will have to make an adjustment to your swing and this will not be beneficial to your golf game.

Custom golf clubs may be the answer for the golfer looking to improve his game - at a reasonable price. Custom golf clubs are not just for the professional or highly skilled player. All golfers can benefit greatly from clubs that are fit precisely to the correct specifications of the individual golfer. But, Custom golf clubs are a huge investment, both financially and in your game. You will want to make sure the fitting is correct.

When customizing a set of golf clubs, be sure to check around your local golf accessory stores and perform price comparisons. It is also important that the staff take correct measurements so that your clubs are designed exactly the way you need them to be, and according to your body type.

When having a set of clubs fitted for customization, there are three major areas which goes into a fitting. They are the height, your arm length, and the swing speed. Let's briefly touch on each below:

The Height

Taller men and women generally have more of an upright swing. If you are tall then the manufacturer will adjust the lie of your clubs.

The lie is determined from the angle that the clubhead extends from its shaft, which is connected like a hinge. This hinge will be closed slightly for taller people, and shortened a bit for golfers that may be on the short side.

The Arm Length

The arm length is an important factor that will determine the length of your shafts. When you are playing golf, you never want to have to crouch down unnaturally when gripping the club, nor is it desirable to choke up on the club either.

The fitting of your grip must feel perfectly natural. The customization process will include measuring the length of your arms, similar to that of a suit tailor. The measurement will be made by your arms against your sides, and the shaft length will be determined by the distance from the tip of your middle finger to the ground.

The Swing Speed

The kind of shafts your clubs will have will depend on your swing speed. Of course everyone has a different swing speed, which can depend on size, age, strength, etc.

Most professional golfers have steel shafts that are specifically designed stiff. They are extremely rigid and have very little flexibility when swung. On the other hand, average golfers are typically best suited to have steel shafts or granite shafts. Flexibility can then be measured by regular, women's, or senior.

Titanium and other materials, along with innovations in the contact point, have greatly improved distance and accuracy of shots. Once you've mastered the basics of the game, custom golf clubs are a great tool to help you improve your performance.

Titanium is a lightweight yet very strong material that is perfect for golf clubs. Sometimes you will find titanium mixed with other materials.

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