Amateurs change clubs too often, says master clubmaker

A Waterford master golf clubmaker, one of just nine award winners worldwide to be recognised by the International Clubmaker Guild (ICG) in December, believes amateur golfers change their clubs too often.
Amateurs change clubs too often, says master clubmaker

Peter Doyle, who owns Precision Fit Golf at the Newtown Golf Range in Tramore, believes amatuer players fall into the trap of aping the professionals, who change clubs purely for commercial reasons.

“If you look at the top professional golfers, they are changing their clubs every 12 months or so, but if you look down the ranks at the journeymen pros on the European Tour they play with the same clubs and play consistently well for three and four years,” says Doyle.

“The reason for that is the top players are tied into contracts with the big brands and it’s part of their contract they have to play with new clubs every so often, whereas the lower ranked players don’t have those benefits so they have to stick with the same clubs.

“But also they do it because they suit their game and don’t need replacing. This is where a lot of amateur golfers are falling down, in that they feel they have to change their clubs every year or two.”

Doyle was selected as Irish Clubmaker of the Year by the ICG, just a year after joining the guild.

“To win this award in my first year as a member is amazing. I’m over the moon. It’s a very prestigious organisation and to get such a recognition is brilliant for me and for the business. There were just nine award winners worldwide so to be in that group is fantastic.”

Doyle worked as an engineer for 13 years before undertaking three years of training with Golfsmith Europe to obtain the Master Craftsman qualification. He is also a qualified teaching professional with the European Golf Teachers Federation.

His business combines both lines of expertise, fitting golfers with the clubs that fit and suit their games.

“We supply clubs of the correct weight and length of shafts, the best size heads on the clubs etc. As well as hopefully making you play better, these clubs will last longer than the brand names you pick up off the shelves.

“We’re disappointed if we see a client again inside three years whereas the big brands update their range of clubs every 12 months.” n Check Precision Fit Golf out at precisefitting.com

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