The Club Blueprint
Club fitting is much like chess: a First game, a Second Game and then an End Game. During this time moves are made specific to a particular strategy. With club fitting, First game is the club blue print. This process involves analysis of your existing clubs where weight, length, flex, lie and loft are recorded. From this data we gain knowledge.
“The Blueprinting process allows us to break down your current set and see where the issues lie”, according to master fitter Andy Victoriano at TSG Miami. Andy goes on to say that inconsistencies can occur so being able to look at “the DNA is one of the most important steps of the fitting process.” The club blueprint will then shed light on certain details during the fitting such as Trackman data. The correlation of equipment data to performance data helps the fitter make choices on the best solution for you.
Once the data is acquired, it allows the fitter to make some judgment calls. After the fitter has seen your swing metrics with your clubs the Trackman data is compared to the blueprint information. This process is more like forensics than simple math. For example, if a player has been using a driver where the shaft is the wrong stiffness (too soft) it may explain the lack of consistency the player has on the course (high right miss). The fitter can work through different combinations of shaft frequency (flex) and heads to establish a new baseline to compare the data and improve the feel.