Club Fitting
  1. Do custom fitted clubs really make a difference? [+]

    Absolutely. Custom fitted golf clubs are guaranteed to improve your game.

    There is no possible way that you can buy golf clubs "off-the-rack" and expect them to meet the critical variables of your swing. Your height, body type, strength, skill level, length of your arms, the angle that you attack the ball and your stance are just a few of the variables that must be considered in selection of the ideal clubs for you.

    Doesn't it make sense that your clubs fit you, rather than you having to change your stance and your swing to try to accommodate the clubs?

  2. Do launch monitors and swing analyzers really work or are they hype? [+]

    Some work and some don't work.

    There are many different fitting systems on the market that provide different data; some of that data is critical for an accurate fitting, some data is irrelevant. Some systems give accurate readings, other systems merely give estimates. Other systems, yet, give the "wow" factor with simulators giving pictures of the top courses, but in reality are more for entertainment than actual fitting.

    Wiz Golf has made accurate custom fitting a high priority. We studied the top clubfitters in the world on what systems work the best. We have determined that the most critical data required for a professional fitting is launch angle, spin rate, ball speed, swing speed, club path and face angle. These critical factors must be accurate, not just guesstimates.

  3. Is the ideal launch angle 12° with a spin rate of 2,000 to 3,000 rpms? [+]

    These launch characteristics are not ideal for everyone. When launch monitors were initially tested with PGA Tour players this was true. But for slower swing speeds you must launch it higher than 12° to produce optimal distance, and quite likely need more than 3,000 rpms (or close to) spin rate.

    For example, if you're attempting to water a tree from a long distance with a low pressure water hose. The only way for you to try to reach and water the tree is if you increase the trajectory of the water flow. By increasing this trajectory of the water, you're now able to reach the tree from a longer distance with a lower water pressure.

  4. What is the Wiz Golf Clubfitting Performance Cycle? [+]

    Wiz Golf Clubfitting Performance Cycle is a holistic and continual system of performance enhancement iteration. Each cycle includes optimizing your game through the evaluation of equipment and how it affects your bio mechanism, ball impact and ball flight.

    1) Baseline
    The first step is to establish a blueprint of your ball flight, equipment and your bio mechanism. This will allow us to identify areas that can be improved.

    2) Analyze
    Different specifications of the clubs are tested to see how they each affect your ball flight and bio mechanism.

    3) Match
    Based on data collected in step 1 and 2, an assessment is made on the level of miss-match with your current equipment and recommendation will be made.

    4) Optimize
    A test club will be built to the specifications derived from the previous steps. Further tuning will be done on the test club to optimize the ball flight/impact and your bio mechanism feedback.

    5) Build
    With the optimized specifications, our engineers build and match all clubs in the set to our quality and precision standard. Matching a set provides the improvement in consistency in being able to get you to repeat the biomechanics motion of the golf swing and strike the ball on-center a higher percentage of the time, which in turn will translate into greater distance and better accuracy overall.

    6) Re-fit
    We understand that biomechanics changes over time and as you progress through the game, your equipment needs to be re-fitted in sync with your progress. We encourage all our customers to return for checks and our engineer can tune and make the adjustments.

    All fitting and equipment data is instantly available to our customer via our G.O.L.F.E.R Portal. As such, the cycle goes on, as does the continual optimization of your game.

  5. What can I expect from a typical fitting session? [+]

    After a basic swing and equipment analysis, a few scenarios may be presented for the golfer to decide what is the next step.

    The natural progression is Stage 1, Stage 2 and then Stage 3. However, if we determine that a detail analysis is not desire for some reasons, we will attempt to optimize your equipment by going straight to Phase 2.

    Stage 1 - Detail analysis and equipment matching (variation exists between fitting for driver/wood, irons and wedges)
    We start off the session hitting 10-15 balls to collect launch parameters of the ball flight. These are ball speed, launch angle and spin. They are used as inputs to OptimalFlight to determine your maximum potential. We will run a couple of simulations to determine the best parameters with your current capability. With the reports from OptimalFlight and Trackman, we will have a common understanding of what we are trying to achieve. E.g. Improve ball speed with more centre hit, improving the ration of face angle/club path or simply increasing/decreasing spin.

    Although there are general traits and law of physics that determine how things behave but I'm sure we recognize that each individual golfer is unique and the only way is to test. At this stage, we will assemble test clubs to hit more balls to determine the following specifications (some may not apply):

    * Clubhead design
    * Shaft Overall flex
    * Shaft Bend Profile (wood)
    * Shaft Weight
    * Length
    * Face Angle
    * Grip Style
    * Grip Size
    * Lie (Iron)
    * Loft (Driver)

    Sample reports:
    * Trackman Report
    * OptimalFlight Report
    * Recommended Shaft Report (Driver/Woods)
    * Wiz Golf Custom Report
    * Swing Video

    The desired components will be ordered in and a test club will be built for the next stage of the fitting cycle.

    Stage 2 - Optimization
    A test club will be built to the specifications identified in Stage 1. Loft of iron will be checked again here. Golfer will hit balls to determine the overall weight, head weight, butt weight, balance point and if any shaft stabilizer is necessary. Trackman data and feedback in terms of the golfer's feel (e.g. grip size etc) will be collected to make the final recommendation of the following spec:

    Swingweight/MOI
    Total weight

    The final set will now be engineered to match MOI or Swingweight. Our engineering tolerance for MOI matching is 1%.

    Sample reports:
    * Trackman Report
    * Club Build Log

    Stage 3 - Gapping (irons and wedges)
    After a 2-4 months period, golfer will be invited back to our studio to perform a gapping exercise. In this exercise, every club is hit to determine the distance, if there are any distance gaps between the clubs, their loft will be adjusted so that the distance gaps are more uniform across the set. These numbers can also be used to advise for the hybrids and fairway woods make up.

    Sample reports:
    * Trackman Gapping Report

  6. How do I find a good Clubfitter? [+]

    The first step for a proper fitting is finding a reputable and qualified Professional Clubfitter, preferably a Master Clubfitter. This is easier said than done. Many individuals call themselves Professional Clubfitters, yet there are amazingly few in the world that would qualify for the title.

    Also, you can assess the level of custom fitting offered by a clubfitter by comparing what he offers against our checklist here. Off course we think you should go to one that offers your "Excellent" custom fitting service.

    Another great place to find qualified Clubfitters is through the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals. The group sets the bar for what to expect in a true custom fitting. They have a Locator on their website (http://www.agcpgolf.com/locator/) and all members are experts in the clubfitting profession and continue to support the growth of the custom fitting industry.

    There is no one "universal" method for fitting. Today, most clubfitters use analyzers and launch monitors to gather the critical data necessary in selecting the ideal club. Some use a method that combines heads and shafts with a special connector so you can see, feel and test the results of the proposed club during the first fitting session.

    FORGET THE INTERNET! We know of no way you can get properly fit via the Internet. Additionally, if something goes wrong with the clubs you buy on the Internet...good luck in trying to secure a remedy.

  7. What are the benefits of a custom fitting? [+]

    All professional golfers are custom fit using the best clubfitting technology possible. So why shouldn't you be custom fit.

    Better players can marginally improve their score with custom fitted equipment. But mid to high handicappers benefit the most. Custom fitted clubs deliver consistent loft, lies and shafts to maximize your potential. Most manufacturers create clubs to fit the widest range of people. You're right most clubs will fit okay. But is okay good enough for you? Will good enough lower your scores? At Wiz Golf we believe in fitting each golfer with the best equipment that fits their game, body style and preferences.

  8. Could you tell me more about the putter fitting? [+]

    Regardless of brand, we think the two most important aspects of the putter are:

    1) If you can aim with the putter. (Just like you need to zero your rifle, individuals have their own aim biases and don't aim every rifle the same way)
    2) If you have good speed control. I.e. consistently stop the ball at the intended distance (with a reasonable dispersion).

    Option 1) Edel Putter
    We fully customise you for a putter that you can aim and have good speed control. A basic model cost $550 ($618 from Aug 2012) with full customisation (includes stamping and color (of your choice). Includes everything you see here: http://www.wizgolf.com.sg/edel-storyboard.php. E.g. Counter weight, opti vibes etc.

    Option 2) SAM PuttLab
    We put you through a SAM Putt Lab to see your putting dynamics, we may end up recommending a face balanced or toe hang putter for you etc depending on your stroke. But we will adjust the loft based on your putting dynamics and your lie angle. It takes about 60 mins to go through this and there will be a charge for the use of SAM PuttLab. However, it will include loft and lie adjustment and of course all the SAM Putt Lab reports. The SAM Puttlab will also tell you a lot about your putting stroke. Here's some details about the SAM Putt Lab: http://www.scienceandmotion.com/minicms/zeigseite.php?filename=sam_puttlab_uebersicht&navid=101&node=11:101&lang=en

    Option 3) Specific parameters optimisation.
    We can adjust specific spec of your putter based on static position and/or simple test. e.g. Bending of lie, testing of counter weight, Extending/shortening length etc. Cost wise, this will depends on what are the job done. E.g. Bending of Lie is only $5. Testing and installation of counter weight will cost $40 and up.

    Of course, to us, option (1) is the best as going through Option (2) and (3) still does not mean you can aim with your putter.... although they should improve your performance.

  9. What is SAM PuttLab? [+]

    SAM PuttLab is an analysis and training system based on an accurate ultrasound measurements. It analyzes the 28 most important parameters of your putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports.

    Discover your individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training. Within seconds the system gives you an individual feedback on your putting strokes. The analysis reveals even the smallest details of your movements and allows you to develop improvements, matching of putters and training strategies. SAM PuttLab utilizes ultrasound sensory analysis and therefore is far more precise than any other similar system on the market.

  10. What is reported by the SAM PuttLab? [+]

    A sample of the SAM PuttLab report is available here. To have a detailed understanding of what the report tells you, you can go through the explanation here.

    If you would like to schedule a SAM PuttLab analysis with us, please drop us an email at enquiry@wizgolf.com.sg.

  11. What is counterweight? [+]

    Here is a link to a more detailed discussion. Worth the weight.

  12. What is the advantage when I'm fitted for my ideal MOI? [+]

    Here is a link to a more detailed discussion. More consistency with MOI matched clubs.

  13. How does the fitting and building reports looks like? [+]