Every January the golf equipment companies break out the new gear for the upcoming season. Recently I went to one of the local big name golf stores and tried out several new drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. In the old days they would just let you hit balls into a net. Some stores let you check out a demo and take it to the local driving range. Now they all seem to have the computerized golf simulators and swing analyzers. I was skeptical at first when I saw the simple little infrared device and the computer screen, but once I hit a few balls and looked at the feedback provided I was very impressed. I had used a simulator years and years ago, but the technology then was not up to par. Now the swing analyzers provide club head speed, ball speed, club face angles, estimated carry distance, spin rates, and more. WOW…I was even impressed with the accuracy. I play to around a 5-6 handicap so I am pretty confident in my distances with most of my clubs. The simulator was right on target.
So whats my point? Well with all the new equipment out on the market I would highly recommend that you find the store or golf course that has a high tech simulator swing analyzer capability so that you can compare your favorite clubs of choice against each other. Have the pro or expert assist you in reading the data. Hit as many as you need to be comfortable with your potential purchase. Make sure you get fitted with the proper lengths, lie angles, lofts, shafts, grips, etc. Then hit the new clubs on the machine again. Trust me you will see a marked improvement if you haven't done this ever before. Let me know some of your experiences with club fitting and the simulators!