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Welcome to “Ask A Club Builder.” In this video series,  I answer questions submitted from social media, as well as my YouTube channel, and from questions posed on GolfWRX. In this episode, I’m talking swing weight, grip size and getting the most out of your current set of irons to help reduce spin and launch.

If you have a question, please reach out on YouTube, Twitter or Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer.

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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. ogo

    Apr 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Soooo …. every set of golf clubs sold off the rack in the big box stores are deficient because they are not ‘fitted’ to the swing and stature of the hopeful golfer?
    I remember many years ago I asked the golf store salesman about the fitting of clubs to customers and he said “these standard clubs fit 90% of all golfers”!! Can you trust the big box store salespeople to properly fit clubs to golfers? My clubs are +1″ and 2º upright… green dot.
    The golf industry is now faced with an intractable problem … standard golf clubs that likely don’t fit the golfer’s swing style nor body type.
    Ping originally sold their clubs through club pros who fitted and ordered the near-correct adjusted clubs. What now?

    • george

      May 2, 2018 at 11:57 am

      More than 90% of all golfers never break 100 and play less than 3 times a year.
      Cheap big box store clubs, with variable SW and lie angles throughout the set, fit them fine.

      IMO, wanna be golfers would be better off buying premium sets, cheap on ebay.

  2. Wiger Toods

    Apr 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm

  3. ogo

    Apr 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    That ugly banana slice in my driver definitely needs optimizing… 🙁

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