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When it comes to fine tuning a golf shaft and matching clubs within a set, frequency and CPM play a critical role in build quality and making sure what you were fit for is what gets built for you.

This video explains the purpose of a frequency machine, as well as how the information it gives us relates to both building and fitting your clubs.

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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, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Benny

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    great article Ryan. I was under the impression that “flowing” shafts was only good for steel and the overlap of metal, or crease. Where graphite shaft now a days are made so well there is no crease. Either way great article and once again jamokes on here get so critical. As if its the Ten Commandments being written in stone. Seriously its just a golf article..

  2. Jim Mapother

    Feb 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Ryan- if you start with the 6 iron cpm when you build a set do the rest of the irons have the same frequency as the 6 or do they change and if they change by how much?

  3. FifteenClubs

    Feb 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Ryan – I get why consistent swingweight and frequency matching are important but what are your thoughts on finding the spine and more specifically FLOing irons and driver? Just magic fairy dust or worth the time and effort? Opinions seems to be all over the board on this.

    • Ryan Barath

      Feb 19, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      This is and will continue to be a tough question to address.

      From a physics standpoint it makes sense when you consider that the club is checked on a horizontal plane. BUT and here’e the counter point – the club travels on multiple plains and is also subject to centrifugal forces and rotation. I’m not really on either side to be honest, but will say I play all clubs with shafts logo down.

      • skip

        Feb 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        agreed. there’s just too many variables in the game to have a definitive end-all answer. Probably more magic fairy dust, but if it provides you a psychological advantage of piece of mind, then I guess it’s worth it to you.

      • Bananana

        Feb 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

        “centrifugal forces”? Could you please enumerate these centrifugal forces? Oh, and what “rotation” are you referring to… flex? torque? Science demands answers if you use scientific jargon.

  4. NolanMBA

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I dont know if this is relevant to my little problem but I have a PW that came in my Callaway Apex Pro set and I cant hit that club for the life of me. But I can hit the 8 & 9 iron and call the carry yardage +/- 2 yds on a launch monitor. It just doesnt made sense to me.

    • Ryan Barath

      Feb 19, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thats a tough one, have you been to a fitter to possibly address the potential issue?

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