How We Identify The Best Golf Clubs For Your Game

Walking into a warehouse-style retail store and buying golf clubs off the rack is a traditional, almost pre-historic way to buy golf clubs. It can work if you know what you need. For most golfers, knowing what golf clubs will best complement their tendencies is very challenging. When you make your next purchase, you’ll plan on playing your new clubs for years. It’s very important that you buy clubs that complement your unique tendencies.

Our expert club fitting team has developed a process that will help you find the right equipment for your unique tendencies. First, we analyze data from your swing – trajectory, spin rate, shot pattern, carry distance, total distance and many more attributes. This data helps our golf equipment experts recommend equipment that complements your unique tendencies and improves your on-course performance.

The next step includes demoing and comparing results. We analyze the data from your equipment and compare it to the equipment we recommended. Working with your club fitting expert, you identify the club that best performs for you.

With thousands of golf clubs to choose from—each with numerous variances in terms of shaft, lie angle, swing weight, etc—making the right decision is almost impossible without consulting an equipment expert. At Tour Van, we work with the leading brands in the industry, including PXG, Ping, Taylormade, Mizuno, Callaway, Bettinardi, Titleist, Cobra, Muira, Fourteen, Scratch and many more. Our process is very user-friendly and allows you to compare results until you and your expert club-fitter identify the best equipment for you.

nFlight Fitting Process

Step 1: The Interview

The initial interview is a very important part of the fitting process. The fitter should identify the golfer’s current and desired ball flight, as well as his or her needs and preferences from a new set of irons.

Step 2: Static Measurement

The golfer’s height, wrist-to-floor measurement, average 7-iron carry distance and hand dimensions are used to establish starting points for the fitting.

We can also use manufacturer’s specifications. For example, if you play Ping clubs, we start with the PING Color Code Chart, Ping Shaft Selection Chart and the PING Grip Chart.

Step 3: Dynamic Swing Test

During this stage, the golfer hits balls from an impact board with impact tape on the sole of the club. By evaluating the marks left on the impact tape, the fitter will better understand how the golfer’s setup and swing affect the position of the club head at impact.

Step 4: Analyzing Ball Flight

Analyzing ball flight is the most important stage in the fitting process. This stage will determine the combination of Color Code (lie angle), club length, shaft type and flex, model and grip size that will give the golfer the best opportunity to achieve his or her desired results.

Tour Van Fitting Process

Step 1: The Interview

  • Set Goals and expectations. How can we help you play your best?
  • Take static measurements
    • Height, Wrist-To-Floor, Hand-Measurements (Grip), current and desired ball flight (Video)
  • Meausure specifications of current clubs
    • Length
    • Loft
    • Lie
    • Swingweight
    • Overall Weight
  • Discuss current ball flight and desired ball flight
  • Trajectory, shot shape, GIR/FIR, desired set-makeup (Video)

Step 2: The Fitting w/ GEARS Analysis

  • Capture data (3-5 swings) with current club to establish baseline.
  • Identify what tendencies in your ball flight we want to improve.
    • Trajectory
    • Consistency
    • Ball Speed
    • Dispersion
    • Peak Height
    • Landing Angle
    • Shot Bend (Draw or Fade)
    • Launch Angle
    • Backspin
    • Carry and Total Distance
  • Take 4-5 Swings with Gears 3D motion capture system.
  • Use the Gears cameras and data to explain impact tendencies
    • Face Mapping (impact location)
    • Swing Path
    • Face Angle at Impact
    • Angle of Attack
    • Effective Loft
    • Spin Loft
    • Club Headspeed
    • Shaft Deflection
    • Shaft Droop
    • Grip Speed
  • Relate tendencies from GEARS to new clubhead and shaft technology.
  • Capture swings with new equipment, evaluating data through Nflight software
  • Experiment with clubhead based on performance, ball flight, look and feel.
  • Experiment with shaft profile, weight, flex, and length.
  • Identify proper lie angle(s) and loft(s) for accurate distance gapping and shot shaping.
  • Recommend additional head adjustments (when applicable)

Step 3: The Evaluation

  • Which options gave the best feel, look, confidence
  • Use data from Foresight GC2, NFlight software, and player feedback to determine:
    • Top performing club head
    • Optimal shaft (Weight, Length, Flex, Profile)
    • Lie Angle
    • Loft
    • Swingweight
    • Grip
    • Bounce and Grind (Wedges)
    • Adjustable head settings (when applicable)
  • Explain key benefits of club head and shaft technologies in association with player tendencies.
  • Identify best performing options and fitter recommendations.
  • Discuss distance gapping and set make-up.

Step 4: The Investment

  • Determine the best way to get the product in your hands. New or Used.
  • Discuss procedure for custom orders
  • Provide trade-in values
  • Schedule follow up appointments for accurate distance gapping and final head adjustments.
  • Provide custom spec sheet with all specification of new equipment.