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#46 Bernie_Larkham

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:09 PM

What did you do for 5hrs? That's a very long time for a fitting.

Thankfully I didnt hit balls for 5hrs straight! But it was a full bag fitting.
 
There was an intial discussion with the fitter about why I was there and what I was looking for. Then went into the trackman studio and warmed up in prep for the iron fitting. Started with existing iron to get my benchmarks for the data. Once we had a set of good swings recorded we then began the trial and error process - used numerous head and shaft combos to get the right numbers. I couldnt tell you what they all were but I the final club produced better dispersion, more than a full club in length, improved ball flight and spin.
 
Once the irons were sorted I think we moved onto the wedges and did the same thing. Will, who was a very knowledgeable fitter began to get a feel for what would suit my game based on what he had seen. I had to take some breathers at different stages so that we continued to get get swings and not get too fatigued.
 
Then we went and tried some putters. First we looked at my alignment with existing putter. I was aiming, left by quite a bit. So he suggested a centre shaft putter which corrected this flaw almost instantly. Quite clever. He also added some decent weight to the centre shaft putter til I felt it was comfortable and I was holing them with ease from 6 feet, one after the other. 
 
Whenever necessary or when I wanted a break we chatted about all things golf and equipment. Will answered everything very honestly IMO without any real bias. Any questions I had were always happily answered. 
 
Once putting was done it was time for the long game and we worked back from Driver through to 3hybrid. Similar process to the irons, hitting mine and then his combos and working to get certain characteristics.
 
I gained 18 metres on my driver, 17 on my 3w (which I was surprised at as I hit my 3w very well) and 14 on the hybrid. These 3 were all Titliest and only a couple of years old. Never bought them brand new thankfully!
 
It was a brilliant session and I learned a lot from it. I was quoted on the spot for a full new bag and now have decide what to do in that aspect. They are not cheap, everything is full retail and I have no doubt you could get it done cheaper if you wanted to. But they also check the heads and shafts to ensure the equipment is spot on to the gram by sorting through as many bits of kit as is required. 
 
Thankfully and quite smartly they have an option to pay 25% upfront. Clubs are delivered in about 4 weeks with the remainder paid off each fortnight through a 3rd party provider. If it were not the case I wouldnt be buying, not right now anyway.
 
My take away from the session and is often the case in other pursuits, is you get what you pay for. Will consider just about any stock shaft effectively worthless. And judging by my number I would agree the aftermarket kit is far superior, you just need to decide what is value. That's a personal decision IMO.
 
I would also say that getting fit without a very good simulator like trackman is selling yourself short, way short. I dont think you can do it properly at all without it. Others may disagree but once you have been exposed to it its just so obvious. I have been on it 3 times now, its amazing. 
 
So yes 5hrs was a long session but for $199 it was about the best money I have spent in golf. The next spend will be considerably more from the "new bag" suggested...

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:10 PM

To clarify the fortnightly payments are over 18 months or something (or what ever you choose)



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:11 PM

And interest free.



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:37 PM

Thankfully I didnt hit balls for 5hrs straight! But it was a full bag fitting.

There was an intial discussion with the fitter about why I was there and what I was looking for. Then went into the trackman studio and warmed up in prep for the iron fitting. Started with existing iron to get my benchmarks for the data. Once we had a set of good swings recorded we then began the trial and error process - used numerous head and shaft combos to get the right numbers. I couldnt tell you what they all were but I the final club produced better dispersion, more than a full club in length, improved ball flight and spin.

Once the irons were sorted I think we moved onto the wedges and did the same thing. Will, who was a very knowledgeable fitter began to get a feel for what would suit my game based on what he had seen. I had to take some breathers at different stages so that we continued to get get swings and not get too fatigued.

Then we went and tried some putters. First we looked at my alignment with existing putter. I was aiming, left by quite a bit. So he suggested a centre shaft putter which corrected this flaw almost instantly. Quite clever. He also added some decent weight to the centre shaft putter til I felt it was comfortable and I was holing them with ease from 6 feet, one after the other.

Whenever necessary or when I wanted a break we chatted about all things golf and equipment. Will answered everything very honestly IMO without any real bias. Any questions I had were always happily answered.

Once putting was done it was time for the long game and we worked back from Driver through to 3hybrid. Similar process to the irons, hitting mine and then his combos and working to get certain characteristics.

I gained 18 metres on my driver, 17 on my 3w (which I was surprised at as I hit my 3w very well) and 14 on the hybrid. These 3 were all Titliest and only a couple of years old. Never bought them brand new thankfully!

It was a brilliant session and I learned a lot from it. I was quoted on the spot for a full new bag and now have decide what to do in that aspect. They are not cheap, everything is full retail and I have no doubt you could get it done cheaper if you wanted to. But they also check the heads and shafts to ensure the equipment is spot on to the gram by sorting through as many bits of kit as is required.

Thankfully and quite smartly they have an option to pay 25% upfront. Clubs are delivered in about 4 weeks with the remainder paid off each fortnight through a 3rd party provider. If it were not the case I wouldnt be buying, not right now anyway.

My take away from the session and is often the case in other pursuits, is you get what you pay for. Will consider just about any stock shaft effectively worthless. And judging by my number I would agree the aftermarket kit is far superior, you just need to decide what is value. That's a personal decision IMO.

I would also say that getting fit without a very good simulator like trackman is selling yourself short, way short. I dont think you can do it properly at all without it. Others may disagree but once you have been exposed to it its just so obvious. I have been on it 3 times now, its amazing.

So yes 5hrs was a long session but for $199 it was about the best money I have spent in golf. The next spend will be considerably more from the "new bag" suggested...

What did you end up getting?

100% agree with the fitting session and use of trackman. I recently paid $75 for a 90min session at the Titleist fitting centre, best $75 I've ever spent on golf.

Edited by Drive4Show, 09 June 2015 - 08:38 PM.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:42 PM

Nothing ordered yet but looking like Cally in the woods, nike irons, mozzie wedges and bettinardi flat stick. On phone so can't give all the detail.

And yeah the ability to pay 25% and get your sticks is brilliant. The repayments after that are not much for the kit you then have.
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 09:18 AM

Nothing ordered yet but looking like Cally in the woods, nike irons, mozzie wedges and bettinardi flat stick. On phone so can't give all the detail.

And yeah the ability to pay 25% and get your sticks is brilliant. The repayments after that are not much for the kit you then have.

Hey JB,

Any hybrids in the mix?



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Posted 10 June 2015 - 10:55 AM

Hey JB,

Any hybrids in the mix?

Back on the lap top so the full bag looks like this - 

 

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver
Head with Accra Tour Z LS 55 M3  
 
Callaway Big Bertha Fairway (3W)  with Fujikura EXS 7.1 S  
 
Callaway XR Hybrid Head (19 degree)  Fujikura EXS 75HB S  
 
Nike Vapor Pro Combo Iron Head (4-PW)  with NSPro 850S  
 
Mizuno MP­T5 Wedge Heads  (50, 55 & 60 degree) NSPro 950S  
 
Bettinardi BB Series (Model 43) 75gOV  60gTLP  
 
 
I am likely to order the lot but am going to ask for another hour or so to confirm a few things about the above (in my own head).

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:01 AM

 

Back on the lap top so the full bag looks like this - 

 

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver
Head with Accra Tour Z LS 55 M3  
 
Callaway Big Bertha Fairway (3W)  with Fujikura EXS 7.1 S  
 
Callaway XR Hybrid Head (19 degree)  Fujikura EXS 75HB S  
 
Nike Vapor Pro Combo Iron Head (4-PW)  with NSPro 850S  
 
Mizuno MP­T5 Wedge Heads  (50, 55 & 60 degree) NSPro 950S  
 
Bettinardi BB Series (Model 43) 75gOV  60gTLP  
 
 
I am likely to order the lot but am going to ask for another hour or so to confirm a few things about the above (in my own head).

 

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

 

Back on the lap top so the full bag looks like this - 

 

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver
Head with Accra Tour Z LS 55 M3  
 
Callaway Big Bertha Fairway (3W)  with Fujikura EXS 7.1 S  
 
Callaway XR Hybrid Head (19 degree)  Fujikura EXS 75HB S  
 
Nike Vapor Pro Combo Iron Head (4-PW)  with NSPro 850S  
 
Mizuno MP­T5 Wedge Heads  (50, 55 & 60 degree) NSPro 950S  
 
Bettinardi BB Series (Model 43) 75gOV  60gTLP  
 
 
I am likely to order the lot but am going to ask for another hour or so to confirm a few things about the above (in my own head).

 

 

Phwooaar, don't post pics mate. They'd probably be blocked as porn....


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 01:40 PM

Phwooaar, don't post pics mate. They'd probably be blocked as porn....


How much are they charging you for all that? How does it compare to off the rack?

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 03:19 PM

The after market shafts make the cost about $1k more than off the rack.



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Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:56 AM

Donkey33,

 

I went to Drummond Golf MiMatch. Found it very good and noticed the difference in the clubs etc.... Be careful when it comes to the eventual price that where it hurts. For instance: Taylormade brand clubs - you wont get Aeroburners, R11, M1, M2, M3... but they fit you for M4 the newest (yes) but the most pricey. 

Make sure you screw them down on the price, and take advantage of deals like by 8 irons get a few thrown in etc... Good luck



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Posted 28 September 2018 - 11:04 AM

Not sure Donkey33 will see your post Noddy'?   I don't think he's been around much and the post is from 2015.


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 07:33 PM

I think you'd find you can get M3's as they are the current model.

 

Oh, and the M4's aren't the most pricey model TM have by the way ……  ;)


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