Friday, October 13, 2017

The importance of shaft fitting

                                            The importance of shaft fitting

     Shaft fitting is an important component of any fitting, and something players should give considerable attention to when buying new clubs. Modern day shaft characteristics vary significantly in weight, flex, bend profiles and torque. The different elements of a particular shaft have a big influence on the delivery of the club head affecting both performance and consistency. Because each player’s swing characteristics are different it is safe to say no two players will respond the same to a particular shaft type.
    So how does one determine what type shaft might be the best fit for them? Typically a starting point for a driver shaft is based on the player's swing speed and tempo. During the process the player will hit numerous shafts until we find the optimal one. The determining factors will be more consistent performance, increased distance and a tighter dispersion.  The player's feedback about the shaft's feel and weight is also an important consideration. 
 Here are three reasons why a player should have his shafts fitted rather than buying clubs off the rack

Not all shaft flex codes are equal - Because there is no industry standard for flex codes one shaft company's "regular" may be another company's "stiff." Hence, two shafts with different flex codes may have a very similar flex. The only way to accurately compare the overall stiffness or "static flex" of two shafts is to use a shaft deflection board or shaft frequency meter.

I want the same shaft in my new irons - Keep in mind just because a shaft worked well with one set of irons doesn't guarantee it will perform equally in a different model set. The properties of the head (such as weight mass and center of gravity) can differ considerably from model to model. The way a shaft responds to a club head will depend on the design aspects of the head itself.

I already know what shaft I need - Players often presume they need a particular shaft because that is what they have always used. Keep in mind tour players spend a lot of time at equipment companies testing shafts in order to optimize their performance. Players are sacrificing performance and consistency by not taking advantage of the same opportunity. Comparing shafts in a fitting environment and measuring their performance is the best way to find a player's optimal shaft.

    We now know that shafts influence the delivery of the club head, and that each player responds differently based on a shaft's characteristics. Being fit for a shaft will lead to better performance on the course and something all players should consider if the want to improve their game

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My visit to PIng

   Last week my wife and I were on vacation in Arizona. We flew to Phoenix then drove to Flagstaff 150 miles north of Phoenix. We visited the Grand Canyon, Sedona and other beautiful sites in the high desert country.
    On Friday( thanks to my sales rep ) my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Tour Fitting Department at Ping's Headquarters in Phoenix. Our appointment was at 1:00 PM and we didn't leave until 4:30 PM. Simply said, the visit far exceeded my expectations.
    We were greeted by Pat Abshire, a Ping Master Fitter who had just returned from three months in Australia where he was training staff members. Pat was very personable and you could quickly tell he enjoyed what he did. 
    Our first stop was the Ping Putter Lab to be fit for a putter. I was amazed at the equipment and tools they utilized in analyzing my putting stroke. Because my srtoke is straight with very little arc rotation we chose a mallet style faced balanced model with two degrees of loft. We spent about 45 minutes in the putter lab.
    We then went to the Tour Fitting Facility located on the hitting range. They have two motorized shade structures to protect players from the sun and occasional rain. Each hitting station is equipped with a large selection of shafts and heads for irons, woods and wedges. After warming up I explained to Pat my issue of not getting enough height with my mid to long irons and fairway woods. It didn't take Pat long to find the right combination shaft and head to solve the problem. He did the same thing with my woods. He also changed my driver shaft and length that resulted in more distance and consistency. We then worked on wedges to find the correct lofts for distance gaping. Not only did the new specs produce a higher trajectory, but also an increase in distance. My new Ping clubs will be here next week and I can't wait to play with them.
    Pat then said he had one more thing he wanted us to see. We entered a room with a large safe door much like you would see in a bank. Pat put in the combination then opened the safe door. Inside the room was the famous Ping Putter Vault. It contains over 2,900 gold plated Ping putters. Each was an exact replica of the putter used to win a PGA, LPGA or major tournament. Ping also gives the winner a gold plated replica. The was started by Ping's founder Karsten Solheim to reward players who win using a Ping putter. Each putter is engraved with the player's name and the tournament.
    Our afternoon at Ping was a memorable and educational experience and one that I will not soon forget. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Closed for vacation

To our customers,

Please note we will be closed for vacation September 25th through the 29th. We will reopen on Monday, October 2nd.  I will be checking phone messages during that week and will return them as soon as possible.
Thank you,

Steve Kirkpatrick PGA / Owner

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New product from Ping and Mizuno

    We recently received new fitting clubs from both Ping and Mizuno.  The new Ping G 400 woods and irons have received excellent reviews from and other independent testing facilities.
     I have been playing the new G 400 driver for a few weeks and love the feel and performance. The
G 400 irons replace the G model and feature a great look and feel. The G 400 is a game improvement iron with a clean traditional look.
     We also just got the new MP model forged irons from Mizuno. The MP-18, MP-SC and MP-MMC forged irons are designed for the low handicap player wanting the look and feel of a classic forged head. Mizuno's game improvement iron, the JPX 900 Hot Metal is now Mizuno's all time best selling iron.
Come see these new clubs as well as models from Callaway and Taylor Made at Golf Rx.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Business Hours

Effective August 25, 2017 Golf Rx will no longer be open on Fridays. Our regular business hours will be Monday thru Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. As always we appreciate your business and look forward to serving your golfing needs.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Why I chose not to expand Golf Rx

    I opened Golf Rx in February of 2010. The goal was to provide a professional level of service to golfers in three areas: Instruction, Custom Fitting and Club Repair.

     Often customers will ask if I've considered expanding my business by opening other Golf Rx locations. My answer to them is no and my decision is based on a few reasons.

First, I  have been working for nearly forty years. The idea of more locations and working more hours is not what I desire at this point in my career. I recently went to a four day work week and am very comfortable with it.

Second, I am very much a hands-on person when it comes to teaching, custom fitting and club repair. Since I can't be in two or more places at once I would constantly be concerned about the level of service my customers would be receiving.

Third, People want a relationship with someone they can trust and is knowledgeable when it comes to their golf game and their equipment. When a customer calls Golf Rx I answer the phone so they are talking directly to me, the owner and expert. If they stop by the shop, again they meet with me face to face to discuss their needs. This is what people want and this is the way I believe business should be done. I'm not sold on the idea that bigger is always better.

 I am fortunate that our business has grown each year. I believe this is because we have stayed true to our original business model based on professional knowledge, honesty and excellent customer service. I like it this way and have no plans of changing it.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clearance Items at Golf Rx

We have  some great savings right now on clubs including drivers, fairways, hybrids, wedges, putters and iron sets.

Here is a list:

1. Clearance putters for $99.00 from Ping, Odyssey and Nike

2. Taylor Made M2 drivers for $329.00

3. Callaway Epic drivers for $419.00

4. Callaway XR fairways for $149.00

5. Ping G drivers $299.00, G fairways $199.00 and G hybrids $179.00

6. Ping G 30 drivers $249.00 and G 30 fairways $169.00

7. Ping G 25 fairways $119.00 and hybrids $89.00.

8. Wedges from Callaway, Ping and Mizuno $89.00

9. Demo iron sets from Ping and Mizuno also for sale at great savings.

Limited supplies in stock only.