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How to test your clubs?

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Testing your own equipment is a great idea. Here are some quick tips on how to do it right.

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Welcome to another edition of the Fully Geared Mailbag, sponsored by Cleveland/Srixon Golf, an interactive GOLF.com series where we answer your hard-hitting gear questions.

What is the best way to test clubs for myself? – Hunter S., Iowa

We’re going to assume you mean testing the distances, forgiveness and playability of your current clubs? It’s the kind of stuff we do all the time here at GOLF.com, as we put countless clubs through rigorous testing sessions.

We often use launch monitors, rangefinders, impact bands/powders and other fitting tools to test dozens of pieces of equipment. We even use swing robots which have been invaluable in taking the guesswork out. But, just because we do things the way we do, there are still plenty of alternative methods to test the equipment for yourself without investing a lot of money to do so.

Let’s look at some tricks of the trade so you can test your gear for yourself:

You don’t need to spend a fortune on a launch monitor, but it helps to have one

Launch monitors have come down in price and there are some on the market that are comparatively quite affordable. There are approximately three levels – $10,000 and above; $2,000 or more; and $500 or more. Keep in mind that the cheaper ones tend to have fewer features, but for most golfers that’s enough.

You want to see distances, spin rates, and ball speed. And if you don’t want to buy a launch monitor, find a facility near you that has one. The only caveat is that when using your own launch monitor, it likely means you’ll be hitting balls from distance while testing. So keep that in mind. The ideal scenario is where you can use a launch monitor and use any ball you normally play, but we understand that’s not always feasible.

Use an app to track everything

Test clubs are not just for training facilities. Track all of your distances and shot tendencies as you play to see how far your ball is flying with each club using your favorite golf app. We’ve tried several and are currently using The Grint – the shot tracer feature which makes it a breeze to track distances from anywhere on the golf course. We also like to see the results of each club’s performance. Don’t neglect short game testing either. Equally important are wedges and putters.

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Use foot powder

Unless you can see where you are making contact on the clubface, you won’t get an accurate indication of what your clubs are doing for you. The foot powder sprays on easily and cleans up easily, making it easy to see where you’re coming into contact with each club. Impact tape is still viable as well, but you have to admit that using tape is a lot more complicated than spraying on a light coat of powder.

Step onto the golf course

We like to sneak in early and play golf with new equipment. Some testers may try to play two or more balls at once, but we’re here to tell you not to. Just play a ball and take your turn as you normally would (but feel free to stick to number 2 on this list as you do.) The point is to see and feel how the clubs work when playing, not how they work. while testing and comparing clubs at the same time.

Doing multi-ball tests is likely to knock you out of rhythm and could create bad habits the next time you play a trick that matters. We say this because we are guilty of this very thing. Stick to playing one ball, but make an effort to play a variety of courses where you use different clubs to hit different shots than you do on your home course.

Rate your clubs as if they weren’t your own

It’s easy to be biased when reviewing and testing your own gear. But if you really want to know if your equipment is best for you, you have to let go of any attachments you have with the clubs you love. Maybe you like your driver, hybrid or have a favorite corner.

What happens if your favorite club(s) skew your set? You may have a hybrid that you like, but during your tests you find that it flies almost as far as your 3 wood. So even if you like it, this hybrid may be too similar to your 3 wood and you may need to try a different model that bridges your distance gaps a little better. Keep an open mind.

Don’t go through a bucket of balls with every club

When we test clubs, we don’t feel the need to hit 75 balls with each club. Sometimes it’s much less than that. What we’re looking for isn’t just the types of shots we’re capable of hitting with a given club, but also how it sounds and feels. Some of us can get a feel for a club in as little as 4-5 swings, others a bit more. We never feel pressured to overdo it and hit more than 20-30 balls per test.

Demo days are a great starting point

We love demo days. And no, we’re not talking about the Chip Gaines version of tearing down a house, but rather the many gear demo days spread across the country every week of the year. Take Cleveland for example. You can find Cleveland’s Edit Days schedule on its website here. The best part is that they are free to experience and are great places to compare and contrast the performance of different clubs. Also, some retailers actually have a try-before-you-buy program where you pay a deposit (aka trial fee) to try and demonstrate golf clubs. If you decide to keep them, you simply pay the remaining balance. If you don’t, you send them back immediately.

Testing your gear and accumulating stroke data on every club isn’t just fun to do, it’s downright essential if you want to play your best. You may think you have a baseline of how far each club goes, but unless you really know your shooting tendencies with each club, you won’t know for sure whether or not you need a bet. shaft level, new handle sizes or another. pipe adjustment and so on.

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