Putter Fitting

Tour players care more about putting and their putter than the normal player, do you know why? They love money.”

Curtis Strange

More than 44% of our shots in a round of golf come with the putter.   Golfers don’t think anything about dropping $400 on a driver, and now most even know how important it is to get fit.

But when it comes to a new putter, couple practice strokes, eye it, possibly half a dozen putts on the practice green and “off the rack” and in the bag it goes.

Let me share some valuable putter information with you.

LENGTH, LIE, LOFT, FACE BALANCE, WEIGHT, GRIP SIZE

LENGTH: 35” is standard, but we find more and more custom fits are short of standard, and this has an affect on LIE (but more on that later). Custom fit length is crucial. Length of the shaft if proper will encourage you to get into a good posture.  Proper posture allows for a lack of tension in your neck, back, shoulders and arms.  The length of the putter can also get your eyes into the optimum position.

LIE: This is the relationship between the center of the shaft and the sole of putter. Lie (as is the case with all clubs) directly influences the line the ball is hit on. Too upright and the ball goes left, too flat and the ball goes right (for right handed golfers, think opposite for leftys). Lies are affected by your set up (for good or bad). We will use lie angle adjustments along with shaft length to get a student into a posture in which they will perform best.

LOFT: “YES” of course putters have loft. 3-4 degrees is industry standard. Loft assures our putts of being on top if the green, yet without getting airborne, so our putts roll smoothly without bouncing. This is crucial to keeping the putt on line, once it starts bouncing the ball has a higher percentage of bouncing off line. Address position, and position both at set up and impact all play an important role in determining loft for a golfer. We have fit as little as 1 degree and as much as 8 degrees.

FACE BALANCE: Toe down, mid-hang, and face balance. These are determined by the players stroke: strong arc players would be more consistent with toe down, slight arc strokes work better with a mid-hang and a straight back and straight through putter will fair better with a face balance. Your stroke can be determined during the Fitting process.

HEAD WEIGHT: Options for putter weight are now available. While personal feel is a major part of this, so too, is the speed of the greens you regularly play, faster greens usually have heavier and slower greens favor lighter weights. Average putter head weights have traditionally been between 320-400 grams and we now have more options than ever.

GRIP SIZE: Dramatic changes just in the last 5 years, mostly due to Super Stroke are dominating putters these days at all levels; PGA, LPGA, Champions Tours, college, amateurs.   The larger grips contribute to less hands involved with the stroke and more arms and shoulders, that’s a good thing. Preference can be identified during the fitting process.

MYTHS ABOUT CUSTOM CLUB FITTING:

  1. Custom Fit Putters cost more: FALSE Custom fit clubs do NOT cost 1 penny more.
  1. I fit off the rack: FALSE Less than 2% of golfers fit off the rack.
  1. Custom Fit clubs take too long to get: FALSE Custom Fit Putters are delivered within 7 days, sometimes sooner.

Custom Fit the most used club in the bag …..or off the rack? What are you going to do?

Golfers buy their putter, the club used more than any other in the bag, based on looks or popularity. We encourage you to get a putter that is fit to you. A properly fit putter will make you a better putter. We all know there are many types of putters available. How can you decide what is right for you? It certainly can get confusing!

At Ball Golf we are experts at Putter Fitting. We have:

  • 15 putters with varying degrees of loft, lie, length, grips
  • 4 different lengths
  • 5 different lofts
  • 5 different lies
  • 7 different grips
  • 15 different models
  • 3 different companies

Remember-Custom Fit doesn’t cost ONE PENNY more.

Why Ball Golf Center

What separates Ball Golf Center from any and every club fitter in the area? First and foremost is the knowledge, training and experience of our fitting staff. We have been custom club fitting for more than 30 years. Ball Golf has grown into one of the best custom club fitters in America.

In addition to our outstanding staff are the facility and tools utilized in our custom club fitting. Ball Golf has a full length driving range to see the full flight of the ball. We have an 8,000 square foot natural bent putting green and 3,000 square foot sand bunker. Ball Golf has recently expanded to having four protected, heated hitting bays to hit from the inside to the outside full range.

We use the latest in technology from TrackMan, Flight Scope, and BodiTrak.

We custom fit all the best brands; Titleist, Ping, Callaway, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Cobra, and Adams.

Why? Would a golfer get fit inside, into a net, off a mat,  with a clerk?images

Instead of outside, seeing entire ball flight, off grass with award winning PGA Golf Professionals?driverfitting-picto-use

Equipment is same price.  Why?

2017 Callaway Clubs arriving at Ball Golf daily:

  • Steele head irons
  • Big Bertha Irons
  • Epic Drivers, fairways

Call today for appointment

Ball Golf Center fitting philosophy:

We believe in hitting balls outside (where we play), off real grass hitting real balls, seeing the ENTIRE ball flight

We believe in letting the product prove itself, in other words, we think you should come in with an open mind, hit shots and let the product prove it.

We believe in education and training and experience.

We believe technology, but we also believe in feel…feel is the one thing we do not fit, that is up to the player.

We believe that less than 2% of golfers fit off the rack

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At Ball Golf Center we have:

  • More than 50 Fitting Wedges
  • One Fitting Cart dedicated to WEDGES
  • Lofts from 48 degrees to 64 degrees
  • Bounces from 4 degrees to 12 degrees
  • 6 different grinds
  • Personalized stamping
  • 5 finishes
  • Fitted Grips
  • Shaft make, length and weight

 

CUSTOM FITTING BENEFITS

CUSTOM FIT WEDGES LEAD TO MORE

CONFIDENCE AND LOWER SCORES

 

PRECISE DISTANCE GAPS

Properly fit wedges provide players with precise distance gaps in their wedges. A well fit wedge set will enable a player to hit more full shots.

SHOT VERSATILITY

Bounce and Grind selection is a critical step in wedge fitting. Choosing the correct grind based on a golfers swing type and course conditions will improve turf interaction and shot making consistency.

LOWER SCORES

Properly fit wedges will maintain or improve a players ‘go to’ shots, while improving the weakest shots in their short game. Leading to lower scores.

 

 

CUSTOM FITTING PROCESS

HOW DOES CUSTOM FITTING WORK?

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We start every fitting with a player and equipment evaluation. For wedge fitting, start with the 9-iron and pitching wedge loft, lie & shaft specs.

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Tour pros call it hitting their number. The first shots during a wedge fitting will be for distance gapping and wedge set loft selection.

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Bounce and Grind fitting begins with full swings during the distance gap fitting, and continues with shots around the green. We evaluate turf interaction, divots and ball flight to determine the right bounce, grind, and lie angles.

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The final step is to hit all of the necessary short game shots, including pitches, chips and bunker shots with multiple grinds. These shots will validate your preferred wedges from the full swing section of the fitting.

 

THERE IS MORE TO WEDGE SELECTION THAN JUST LOFT.

Selecting the right wedges is a multiple step process, including loft and distance gap fitting, bounce & grind fitting, and testing these wedges for shot versatility around the green.

 

 

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Just announced 2-17-16

Ball Golf Center

Top 100 Ping Fitter again

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Thank you to all our customer for helping Ball Golf being awarded another Fitting Award by our peers, you are why we get this recognition.  We will continue to be out front on new technology, education and training.  Fitting you with the equipment BEST for you is our daily goal.

The New Vokey SM6 are here

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The new PING G’s are at Ball Golf

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We Custom Fit The World!

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Can you help us complete the 50 U.S. States?

Or, add to our growing list of foreign countries where a golfer came to us to be custom fit? Contact Ball Golf to let us know at sballfore@yahoo.com

Countries

Spain   Mexico   Canada   Israel   Sweden   Australia   UK   Ireland

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States

Kansas   Nebraska   Arkansas   Texas   Missouri   North Dakota   Iowa

Alabama   Louisiana   California  New Mexico  Georgia   Florida  Tennesee

Pennsylvania   New York  Maine

Driver Fitting Guarantee

Come let us conduct your next fitting when you buy clubs. We do more fittings than anybody in the state and we never try to get you to buy something you do not need or that doesn’t fit you. We guarantee at least a 15 yard increase in your driver distance. This will come from one of three areas:

  1. A correctly fitted driver.
  2. Making a better swing.
  3. Increasing your flexibility and/or strength.

If all these areas are addressed correctly you will increase your driver distance by at least 15 yards. A player must be willing to commit to a lesson plan and or a TPI golf fitness program if the distance increase is not gained from simply the driver fitting. Our history of fittings over the last 5 years has been to get about 20-25 yards more distance for most of our students. And, occasionally we get as much as 50 yards!!How to buy golf clubs that fit your game.

Fitting fees are $150 but are FREE with a purchase.
It’s your shot, what are you going to do?

Fitting Story  April 2015 at Ball Golf…the same club speed, but a additional

27 yards increase due to shaft and club head.

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Our Custom Fitting Process

Step #1 – Oral interview.

This would provide information about your shot tendencies, practice habits and your goals for your golf game. You would also want the instructor to know what your worst shot shapes are.

Step #2 – Fitting for length of irons.

If you are playing with the incorrect length you will have more off center hits resulting in a significant loss of distance. Test results have proven that when hitting a six iron a 1″ off center hit costs you about an 8% loss of distance.

Step #3 – Fitting for the correct lie angle.

Playing with the incorrect lie angle will cause tremendous direction control problems. Test results have shown us that for each 2 degrees of incorrect lie angle the ball will be 20 feet off line! This will force you to compensate some way with your swing.

Step #4 – Fitting for shafts.

This is dependent on three things. The first two can be measured. One is club head speed. The faster you swing a club the heavier and firmer shaft you might need. The other factor to be measured is how much you load the shaft. This is the amount of flex you create in the shaft after you start your downswing. The third factor cannot be measured. That is how the shaft feels to the player. Some of this is dependent on observing the ball flight and some is just based on how the shaft feels in the players hands.

Step #5 – Grip size and material.

Grip size can be measured, but it also dependent on player feedback as to which size feels the best. The material is based strictly on the players preference – rubber, cord, ½ cord… there is only about 100 different choices.

Step # 6 – Set make up.

This has gotten to be a huge part of the fitting process. This would include what irons you need in your set. Most players have trouble hitting long irons. You would have a choice to get your set without a 2, 3 or 4 iron for instance. Get your set of irons with only a 5 through a SW. And, then fill in with some higher lofted fairway metals. Unlimited number of options here, whatever fits your game the best.

Step #7 – Wedge fitting.

This is the most complicated part of the fitting process. Fitting of wedges would include how much bounce you have on the sole of your sand and lob wedge. Generally you would want more bounce on your sand wedge in order to play from sand bunkers. How you hit your wedges from the fairway would also be a factor in the bounce. You would also need to make sure you have the right amount of loft differences in all of your wedges.Now, imagine trying to decide on these factors hitting from a mat! You don’t play golf from a mat so you cannot make fitting decisions from a mat.

Step #8 – Driver fitting.

There has never been a time when fitting your driver was more important. Drivers are vastly different depending on the manufacturer. Fitting for length is important as it is for irons. The incorrect length will cause off center hits which will result in a huge loss of distance. You would also need to know the the correct launch angle.
The correct launch angle can gain you as much as 30-40 yards of distance. Different drivers launch the ball at different angles. What you fit for in one driver may not be the same as it is for another. Outdoor ball flight is mandatory for driver fitting.
GUARANTEE: 15 YARDS MORE DISTANCE — AT LEAST!

Facts

  • Golf clubs that are fitted to you cost no more than standard, off the rack clubs.
  • 100% of all golfers need custom specifications in at least one area.
  • Custom fitting of golf clubs cannot be CORRECTLY done hitting into a net indoors off of a mat. PERIOD!
  • 100% of our fittings are conducted outdoors hitting from real grass.
  • Custom clubs usually take only about two weeks to arrive.
  • We have had one player fit into standard specs in 20 years of fitting

Ball Golf Club Fitting Awards

  • Golf Digest Top 100 Fitter
  • Titleist Advanced Fitter (Only 71 in US)
  • Ping Fitter of the Year
  • Mizuno Top 100 Fitter
  • 3 times PGA Section #1 Fitter