Hi all, new member here.
I'm in the market for a new set of clubs and after doing some reading, I'm confused as to how to go about it. The main message from my reading is to get a club fitting first over just walking in and buying a new set based on a review off the internet. So that's what I planned to do.
About me. I'm 32 now and have been playing golf for probably 20 years but I'm just a casual golfer. Maybe once or twice a month, sometimes three times, sometimes no golf in 2-3 months. Just depends. Have always been handy. Have a solid swing and can strike the ball well enough. Never had lessons before and I usually shoot between 81-85 or round abouts.
I want to get lessons now and improve so have been looking at game improvement clubs as well as muscleback-blades. Something to carry me through the next 5 years for when I hopefully get to single digits with practice and lessons. The club I'm most interested in is the Nike Vapor line up (pro and combo) and have also had a good look at the RSi 2 and TP from Taylormade and the Titleist AP2 714s. Only read reviews, have held them in my hands but never had a demo with any.
Now the confusing part, what's the process? Do I buy a set and then get them fit to my swing? Go see a club fitter and get irons after that? It's kind of confusing.
I looked at Drummond and mimatch initially because a friend told me to but all I see is a sales gimmick setup. So I investigated more and found Bryan Ferguson at Albert Park who apparently is good with club fitting. After some more digging, I also found that I'm only 20 minutes from a Taylormade Performance Lab which gives 3D swing analysis.
I ruled Drummond out because I think it's a gimmick and thought I'd go there just to demo some clubs but they don't stock the Nike Vapor line. I've no idea if Bryan Ferguson at Albert Park does that and the Taylormade Lab obviously will be pushing Taylormade. Not sure what the best way to go is.
1. Do I just go to anyone and get a swing analysis done? Even at the Taylormade Lab, they analyse my swing and give me print outs of the stats and a disc of the session.
2. If I'm really into the Nike irons and I know they're a decent iron, there is no way to be fit to these I assume without finding a Nike fitter (not available apparently) so do I have to rule them out or just take the punt and apply other swing info to these clubs?
The Nike's are my focus since I love the look of them. Obviously the combo are probably more my talent at the moment but admittedly I prefer the look of the Pro's compared to the Combo's and that thinner look from above. My iron strikes are the best part of my game (driver and putting worst) so I'd hope I could hit a Nike Pro when I lower my handicap so another question is whether I go for a set that suits right now or try and future proof my game a little by going that bit tougher to hit club but better for when I improve.
Hope that all makes sense and appreciate any feedback. Seriously confused as to how to organise getting a new set of irons.