Irish golfers’ accuracy affected by clubs too long for their needs

A bad craftsman always blames his tools, but now it appears that Irish golfers may have a grounds for complaint.

The majority of golfers are being sold clubs that are too long for them and as a result they find it harder to hit the ball straight. Most amateur players are sacrificing accuracy for length, according to Irish Clubmaker of the Year, Peter Doyle.

“A growing number are wasting a small fortune changing their clubs far too often because they’re not happy with their game. They should be getting professional advice from a custom fitter who will explain the process and tailor clubs to their precise needs,” said Mr Doyle, who is the first Irish clubmaker certified with the International Clubmakers Guild.

The biggest problem he sees when custom fitting players at his Precision Fit Golf studio in Tramore, Co Waterford, is that although fitted elsewhere, they still end up with clubs that are longer than they need.

His comments come ahead of the Irish Open in the K Club this week and a world-wide focus on the sport.

“Even an extra inch in length severely affects the golfer’s ability to hit the ball out of the centre of the club, which is essential for hitting the ball consistently,” he said. “Most golfers who are being fitted elsewhere aren’t being shown what the numbers on the launch monitor system used to examine their game actually mean. This gives us very basic information. The most important thing for the golfer is club speed.

“All shafts have a speed rating and that typically indicates shaft characteristics that show if the golfer will be able to square the clubface at impact.

“If their speed is less than the shaft they are given, then the shaft won’t bend enough for the clubface to square, so the ball typically goes to the right.


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