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With club fitting and club building, there are a lot of factors that can be measured and taken into account. When it comes down to it, though, there are three critical factors that will create the biggest effect on your ball flight. They are known as the 3 L’s: length, lie and loft.

In this video, I explain why the three L’s are important and why you should always ask for your measured specs.


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Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf located in Toronto. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf and share his passion for club building, wedge grinding, & craft beer.



  1. St. Donald

    Jan 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I did no say Haiti was a sh••hole country… even though it’s TRUE.

  2. x-out

    Jan 12, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    If your swing is inconsistent a fitting will not rescue your incompetence. If you are consistent you may improve your swing with a fitting to enable you to generate more power or control in your swing.
    The old Ping fitting diagrams which measures your ground to wrist joint and your body type is a good start for most golfers without messing around with a costly fitting.
    The danger with a dynamic fitting is that it will destabilize your swing and you have to evolve a new swing dynamic to be consistent again.

  3. John Comninaki

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

    In my opinion club length does not fit neatly into toe strikes=longer, heel strikes=shorter. This may apply in a one hour club fitting, but 35 years of teaching has shown me once the player has become accustomed to the new length, the player often returns to the same swing pattern that created the toe and heel strikes. I think it is important to be fitted by someone who knows the players game or the player can return to for follow up and tweaking. Thanks for your videos, lots of good information!

  4. Darren

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Good video, do you as a fitter still use wrist to floor measurements? And could you do a actual fit on camera to show how you plan and execute that !

    • Ryan Barath

      Jan 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Darren, glad you enjoyed the video.
      I don’t often use wrist to floor and rather use the players current clubs as a baseline and get the specs from there. After that its a matter of going through the fitting process and finding out what combination of specs and components are going to end up offering the best results.

  5. Darren Merrihew

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Length of iron question. Does a club that is too long or too short cause heel strikes?

    • Ryan Barath

      Jan 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Typically a club that is too long will cause heel strikes.

  6. Cons

    Jan 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I question flatter lie angles on wedges just to hit half shots better as players hit wedges typically with the steepest attack angle, which in most cases makes the ball go more right.

    • Ryan Barath

      Jan 11, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      My philosophy on flatter wedges isn’t just me. There are lots of coaches & fitters that also promote this view based on solid Trackman / other system data. Although shorter clubs, the likelihood of hitting full shots with a wedge is quite low compared to other clubs in the set and since the face is opened up so often you need a flatter lie to prevent the launch direction to be to far left of target.

    • Edward Pollack

      Jan 12, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Where along the winding road did you decide to correlate start direction with Angle of Attack? You literally made that up. I honestly don’t think that is anywhere else on the internet. Impressive stuff.

  7. the Y

    Jan 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Why is Mizuno the best iron ??


    Jan 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

    good stuff here!

  9. Carmen Sandiego

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Hamilton, Ontario what! Brantford native here (home of the great one)

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GolfWRX Forum Member dpb5031 talks about the TaylorMade Twist Face Experience



Forum member dpb5031 (aka Dewey) joins TG2 to talk about his Twist Face Experience at The Kingdom. Recently, him and 6 other GolfWRX Members went to TaylorMade HQ to get fit for new M3 and M4 drivers. Does Twist Face work? Dewey provides his answer.

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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Inside the Ropes: 5 things you didn’t know about playing on the PGA Tour



Golf finds a way to take a hold on you… whether you become entranced by the skill of the world’s best professionals, fall in love with the feeling and beauty of a well-executed shot, or simply enjoy getting outside and having fun — the game is addictive.

I started playing at the age of 4 and began watching the pros on TV dreaming what it would be like to play golf on the PGA Tour. When I earned my PGA Tour status for the 2014 season, that dream became a reality. And like anything, it’s not until I actually experienced that life did I have any idea what it entailed.

For those of you who are curious what it’s like to be on the PGA Tour, here are 5 things to describe it.

1) The Culture

Traveling the world to various cities can be fun, and it’s an underrated part of the Tour lifestyle; you get to see new landscapes and taste the cuisines that define different regions across the country and the world. Unlike some other professional sports, where players stay in one place for maybe a night or two, we get to stay in places for a week or more, which allows for plenty of time away from the course to see the sights and get a feel for what the cities and their cultures offer.

2) The Show

The setup and time that goes into planning an event — the grandstands, concession stands, volunteers, and the whole network that makes these tournaments run — is beyond impressive. We see the finished product at the event in the epicenter of it all, but the planning goes on behind the scenes all year. When it’s game time and the golf ball gets teed up, it’s time for us players to block all of that out, but we certainly appreciate all of the hard work that goes into putting on an event. It may feel like being in a circus at times, but performing in the show is a thrill.

3) The People

The game of golf in general brings people together, but especially so on the Tour. Thousands and thousands of fans come to watch the golf action and enjoy the festivities. The Pro-Ams are a great way for the fans to get an up-close look at what goes on at a Tour event, and they’re also a great way for us pros to interact with fans and maybe provide some helpful swing tips, too. In my opinion, one of the best events of the year is the Pebble Beach Pro-Am — a gathering of pro golfers, athletes, musicians, actors and other celebrities. It’s a testament to how the game can bring people together from different walks of life.

4) Inside the Ropes

The Tour is almost like a private school of sorts. It’s a select group of a couple hundred guys traveling around playing these events. The jocks, the nerds, the geeks, the loners; you see a little of everything. As much as there’s a sociable aspect to traveling on Tour and getting to know these people, it’s a dog-eat-dog world where everyone is playing for their livelihood and playing privileges.

5) The “Pressure”

A season-long race can come down to a single shot making the difference — for some it’s between winning and losing a tournament, and others it’s between keeping and losing your card. The cameras, the grandstands, the noise… it can all be quite distracting. The idea is to block all of that out and pretend you’re playing like a kid, focusing with pure imagination for the shot. All the extra attention can help heighten the focus further, adding inspiration to “give the people what they want” and hit even better golf shots.

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Ping Engineer Paul Wood explains how the G400 Max driver is so forgiving



Paul Wood, VP of Engineering at Ping, joins our 19th Hole to discuss the new G400 Max driver, which the company calls the “straightest driver ever.” Also, listen for a special discount code on a new laser rangefinder.

Listen to this episode on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes.

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