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The Hottest Launch Monitors of 2017



“Golf is what the ball does, which is entirely dependent upon what the club is doing at impact.” Those words are from legendary golf instructor John Jacobs, and they offer the simplest explanation of why launch monitors have become an almost essential piece of equipment for PGA Tour players, custom-club fitters, instructors and maybe even a few golfers at your local driving range.

To quote an old business adage, “If you can’t measure something, you can’t manage it,” and golf’s newest launch monitors allow golfers to measure their games more accurately than ever before. Even better news is that launch monitors have become more affordable. This list is proof, with five of its eight launch monitors selling for less than $6000.

To create this list, we scoured the GolfWRX Forums in search of our community’s most talked about launch monitors, which are listed from low to high in price. Because launch monitor technology is complex stuff, we sought to describe them in the simplest terms possible. We also broke down the data each launch monitor provides into different categories (ball data, club data and body data).

As always, please let us know about your experiences with these monitors in the comments section.

Ernest Sports ES12 ($199.99) 


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance.

All it takes is $200 to be a launch monitor owner with Ernest Sports’ ES12, a 1.1-pound unit that uses Doppler radar to measure ball speed and calculate the carry distance of every shot. The ES12 is just 5.3 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 1.8 inches thick, making it easy to slip it in your golf bag. Just keep a spare 9-volt battery and you’ll always be ready for distance-gapping practice and long-drive contests.

Setup with the ES12 is as easy as it gets. Position the unit 12-14 inches in front of and to the side of your golf ball. Golfers will also need to remember to enter the club they’re using (driver, 6 iron, lob wedge, etc.) on the LCD panel for the most accurate readings and remember to change the club setting when they change clubs. For even more accurate data, golfers can set the unit to their specific altitude (0-3000 feet above sea level).

The ES12 pairs with a free ES12 app that connects to smart devices via bluetooth. It provides visible and audible feedback of each shot and can store entire practice sessions that can be converted to Excel formats and emailed, allowing golfers to track their progress over time. The app also includes a “course caddy,” club gapping, side-by-side video analysis, a skills challenge, a scorecard, weather and notes.

Voice Caddie SC200 ($349.99)


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Smash Factor.
Club Data: Club Speed.

Voice Caddie’s SC200 is a pocket-sized launch monitor that uses Doppler radar to track carry distance and ball speed, as well as swing speed and smash factor (ball speed divided by swing speed). Most importantly, it sells for the pocket-sized price of $349.99 while offering a few cool bells and whistles.

Operation of the AAA battery-powered unit is simple. Golfers set the SC200 to the club they’re using (they can manually program the exact lofts of their clubs to make the data more accurate), position the unit approximately 40-60 inches behind the ball and swing away. It works for shots from 30-320 yards, and automatically calibrates barometric pressure to offer accurate readings in different conditions.

The SC200 also offers three different game play modes: Practice Mode, Target Mode and Approach Mode. In Approach Mode, the SC200 sets a random target and scores golfers from 1-10 on their accuracy. Target Mode offers the same experience, but allows users to input a specific yardage. The unit also keeps statistics of a golfer’s last 100 shots.

In our review of the Voice Caddie SC200, our Andrew Tursky was impressed with its key feature, an adjustable voice distance output. The SC200 “speaks” the distance each shot carries so golfers do not have to look to an app or the SC200’s 4-inch LCD screen for data. He also enjoyed the function of its wireless controller.

“I was skeptical about using the controller at all, but bending over every time you need to change modes gets old fast,” Tursky said. “Luckily the remote couldn’t be any easier to use.”

The SC200 isn’t claiming to be as accurate as units that cost thousands more. Its stated margin of error is +/- 3 percent in ball speed and +/- 5 percent in carry distance. Still, there’s a lot to like about the unit and it will be enjoyed by golfers looking for a budget-friendly way to better understand their ball speeds and carry distances with each club.

FlightScope Mevo ($499.99)


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Launch Angle, Smash Factor, Spin Rate.
Club Data: Club Speed.

FlightScope’s Mevo is golf’s most anticipated new launch monitor. It will sell for $499.99 when it’s released on March 1 and offer ball speed, club speed, smash factor, vertical launch angle, carry distance and spin rate (when a metallic dot is placed on a golf ball) through Doppler radar. It connects to smart devices through Bluetooth to offer real-time data, video with data overlay, automatic video clipping/storage and the ability to upload/ share practice sessions.

The buzz surrounding the Mevo is fueled by its low price point, but also FlightScope’s reputation. The company is an OG in the launch monitors space, and its premium models (X3, X2 Elite) compete against the best from Foresight and Trackman.

Can FlightScope give golfers the launch monitor of their dreams… one that sells for a few hundred dollars and measures shots with the accuracy of a unit that sells for thousands? We’ll find out very soon.

SkyTrak ($1,995)


Ball Data: Angle of Descent, Backspin, Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Flight Path, Flight Time, Launch Angle, Max Height, Offline, Roll, Side Spin, Side Angle, Smash Factor, Total Distance.
Club Data: Club Speed.

SkyTrak is a camera-based (photometric) launch monitor that takes high-speed photos of a golf ball just after impact to predict its flight. Its cameras measure ball speed, launch angle, backspin, sidespin and side angle, which allows the system to calculate its other data points.

We used a SkyTrak in our review of Callaway’s new Chrome Soft X golf balls and found its data impressively accurate. It’s particularly strong for golf simulation, integrating with WGT, TruGolf E6, The Golf Club Game and Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf. It is also highly portable, weighing just 1.7 pounds and measuring just 5.75 inches in length, 6.75 inches in height and 2.5 inches in width.

SkyTrak Accuracy Claims

-- Ball Speed: 0-200 mph (+/- 1 mph)
-- Launch Angle: 0-55 degrees (+/- 1 degree)
-- Back Spin: 0-12,000 rpm (+/- 250 rpm)
-- Side Spin: 0-4,000 rpm (+/- 250 rpm)
-- Side Angle: 0-20 degrees (+/- 2 degrees)

SkyTrak users need to make sure they’re hitting shots from a defined area that’s indicated by a laser dot. That’s not a big compromise for a unit that only requires 10 feet of space and sells for less than $2,000 (and can be financed for as little as $59 per month).

SkyTrak connects either directly to Apple devices and PCs (the company is working on Android compatibility) or through Wi-Fi. Its lithium-ion battery charges through a USB cable and offers up to five hours of continuous use. The unit does not need to be calibrated and has an accelerometer internal leveling system.

Ernest Sports ES16 Tour ($5900)


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Flight Path, Hang Time, Landing Angle, Lateral Carry Distance, Lateral Total Distance, Launch Angle, Launch Direction, Maximum Height, Roll Distance, Shot Dispersion, Smash Factor, Spin Axis, Spin Rate, Total Distance.
Club Data: Angle of Attack, Club Path, Club Speed, Dynamic Loft, Face Angle, Spin Loft.

The ES16 Tour from Ernest Sports is designed to give golfers the best of both worlds, using both Doppler radar and a photometric (camera-based) system to offer golfers the company’s most accurate ball and club data.

The ES16 depends on four Doppler radars to measure club head and ball speed and two high-speed camera to measure spin and direction. Like other camera-based launch monitors, users will need to make sure their golf ball is placed in a defined hitting area with the ES16, which is indicated by the presence of a green light on the unit. Golf balls also need to have their logos positioned toward the unit to assist the camera in measuring spin rate.

The ES16 is in a different league than the company’s ES14 launch monitor, a $700 unit that we praised in our March 2015 review. While the ES16 sells for just shy of $6,000, its features compare to launch monitors that cost more than twice that amount. It pairs with Ernest Sports’ app, which shows live ball flight and allows users to store player-specific data to chart their improvement over time. The unit is also compatible with full golf simulation from The Golf Club, E6 and Perfect Parallel.

Ernest can package the ES16 with everything golfers will need to create a premium simulator (impact/theatre screen, simulation bay enclosure, FiberBuilt indoor turf mat, simulation-specific laptop, HD projector with ceiling mount, 30-day full simulation demo, all necessary cords) for $17,000.

Foresight GCQuad ($14,000 and up)

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Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Descent Angle, Flight Path, Launch Angle, Offline, Peak Height, Smash Factor, Side Angle, Sidespin, Spin Rate, Spin Axis, Total Distance.
Club Data: Attack Angle, Closure Rate, Club Speed, Dynamic Lie at Impact, Face-to-Path, Face-to-Target, Loft at Impact, Impact Point on Club Face, Face Angle, Swing Path.

Foresight’s new GCQuad was introduced at the 2017 PGA Show in late January, a follow-up to the company’s widely acclaimed GC2 and HMT launch monitors. The GC2 and HMT units are sold as separate units (the GC2 tracks the ball, while the HMT tracks the club). With the GCQuad, however, the units have been combined into one ultra-portable device.

The GCQuad uses “quadrascopic” cameras to measure the golf club and golf ball from four different angles, enhancing the precision of one of golf’s most trusted launch monitors (Foresight says the GCQuad’s data ranges are twice as tight). The unit’s biggest advantage over its competition is its ability to measure the movement of the club face before and into impact with uncanny accuracy. For those measurements, users will need to add special dot-like stickers to their club faces, which aid the system in measuring all-important variables such as attack angle, dynamic lie at impact, dynamic loft, face angle, face-to-path, swing path and impact point. It’s the GCQuad’s ability to measure impact point (exactly where a golfer contacts the ball on the club face) that could be its most important distinction, however, both in instruction and fitting capacities.

The GCQuad starts at $14,000 (ball-data only), which includes the company’s FSX Software and five courses to play. An $18,000 version of the GCQuad adds club head data. Both units come with a swappable battery and weigh 7.5 pounds. They’re 7 inches in width, 12.5 inches tall and 4 inches deep.

Compared to the GC2-HMT combo, the GCQuad offers a six times larger hitting area as well as proprietary alignment stick, which calibrates the system’s target line so that golfers can vary their alignment without needing to realign the unit. The system’s LCD screen was also made larger for easier viewing, and results can also be paired to devices via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB.

Trackman 4 ($18,995 and up)


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Flight Path, Landing Angle, Launch Angle, Launch Direction, Hang Time, Height, Side, Side Total, Smash Factor, Spin Axis, Spin Rate, Total Distance.

Club Data: Attack Angle, Club Path, Club Speed, Dynamic Loft, Face Angle, Face-To-Path, Low Point, Swing Direction, Swing Plane.

When most golfers think of a launch monitor, they think of a Trackman. The company has developed a devoted following for its Doppler radar launch monitors — according to Trackman, it has sold more than 400 units to touring pros — because of their ability to track ball flight from takeoff to landing, something camera-based units don’t do.

The company’s newest launch monitor is called Trackman 4, and it beefs up accuracy and speed by using two radars: one radar dedicated to measuring long-distance ball flight and one dedicated to measuring short-distance shots, as well as what the club does before, during and after impact.

Trackman also offers a wealth of software that’s valuable for improvement. Take the company’s “Optimizer,” for example, which allows golfers to see how they need to tweak their spin loft, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and shot height to achieve ideal launch conditions for the way they deliver the club.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Trackman’s “Combine” has become the default test center for golfers around the globe who want to identify their ball striking strengths and weaknesses and compare their performance to other golfers. For a more customized experience, there’s Trackman’s “Test Center,” which allows a golfer to create unique challenges and practice plans. Then there’s Trackman’s “Normalization” feature, which predicts what a shot hit with a range ball would have done if it was hit with a premium golf ball. Normalization also removes the effects of wind and weather on ball flight.

Each Trackman unit has an internal HD video camera and can connect with as many as six other cameras to seamlessly merge video and data. There’s even a new Trackman “Putting” software (currently in beta), which measures everything you’d expect and a lot more. Data such as skid distance, roll percentage, effective stimp and total break has the potential to change the way golfers and golf instructors think about high-level putting practice. All this from a unit that is just 12 inches in height, 12 inches in width, 2 inches in depth and weighs just 6.2 pounds.

Trackman, which is available for indoor use ($18,995) and outdoor use ($24,995), offers solutions for both wired and wireless HD video, as well as golf simulators. Users need a minimum 16 feet of space between radar and net to use a Trackman 4 indoors.

GEARS ($24,500 and up)


Ball Data: Ball Speed, Carry Distance, Flight Path, Height, Impact Location, Launch Direction, Smash Factor, Spin Axis, Spin Rate, Total Distance.

Club Data: Attack Angle, Club Path, Club Speed, Dynamic Loft, Face Angle, Face Heading, Face-to-Path, Launch Angle, Lie, Shaft Deflection, Shaft Droop, Static Loft, Swing Direction, Swing Plane.

Body Data: Body Lines, Club Angular Velocity, Grip Speed, Hip Angular Velocity, Joint Angles, Kinematic Sequence, Knee Angle, Leading Arm Angular Velocity, Shoulder Angle, Spine Angle, Toe Angle, Torso Angular Velocity, Wrist Cock.

At $24,5000 and up, Gears is more expensive than the portable launch monitors on this list, but it measures things the others can’t. It uses a room-sized, camera-based motion capture system to not only capture ball flight, but the entire movement of a golfer’s body and club… a utopia of data for golf instructors.

When using Gears, golfers are outfitted with 26 sensors on their bodies and six sensors on their club. The system captures more than 600 images per swing, which are analyzed by Gears’ software in less than one second. The wealth of recorded data allows users to analyze and compare movements of the body and club from start to finish in a golf swing.

Gears is also an incredible club fitting solution. Like Foresight’s GCQuad, it measures exactly where impact occurs on the club face. And because Gears measures the movement of the entire golf club, it can also measure shaft deflection and droop. If you’re in search of the perfect golf shafts for your game, there may be no tool better than Gears to help you find them.

There are currently 43 Gears systems located throughout the U.S. Click here to Find a location near you.

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  1. STeve

    Feb 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I have a tech question regarding the GC2+HMT and GCQuad. Are spin and carry distance outputs affected by what ball is used (dimple pattern, category type, etc.)? Obviously, it matters to the high-end radar-based LMs because they actually measure the entire flight and therefore, ball differences come into play. However, does it matter to the Foresight machines?

    • Uhit

      Feb 10, 2017 at 7:10 am


      the Foresight machines measure the spin at launch…
      …thus, it matters what ball is used.

      However, they don´t measure the entire flight…
      …thus, they don´t know, what the aerodynamics really contributes to the flight…
      …therefore they are not the best way, to evaluate ball performance.

      If I had to buy a LM, then I would probably buy the Ernest Sports ES16 Tour, because it combines radar and photometric measurements…
      …which gives you more real data, than a specialized system.
      I could well imagine, that the combination of both methods enables this system to be more accurate as a whole, even if the photometric and the radar based parts of the system are not the leading edge.
      For I final conclusion, you would have to test the ES16 against the GCQuad, Gears and Trackman at the same time, or over a big sample size with clearly seperated variables.

      • Bill Baroo

        Feb 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

        Being an owner of the ES16 and a user of the Foresight GC2, I can say that the Foresight is a much better machine. As currently stands with the ES16, it does a very poor job measuring ball speed and spin. It requires you to tell it what club you are hitting. While I can see this to be important information for something like ‘spin loft’, it should have no bearing on ball speed or spin rate, but if I forget to tell the machine I’m using an 8 iron and its left on Driver, spin rates are around 2500 and distances are 190 yards with a 75mph swing, in my opinion, the ES16 is a very expensive machine that guesses what’s going on. The outdoor mode on the ES16 is a complete joke as it picks up your club head speed and guesses at all the rest. I’ve hit 8 irons launched sky high and skulled line drives yet the machine measures around 20 degrees each time…nowhere near real world results. If I HAD to say one nice thing about it, it picks up club head speed within 5% of reality. It might guess right on 1 out of 8 shots, but even a broken clock is right two times a day.

  2. Trent Bird

    Feb 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    cant wait for some reviews to be done on the Mevo.

  3. Alfred

    Feb 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    If you want combination of ball speed, carry distance, club head speed and swing path and face to path info. Just get the swing caddie sc200 and pair it with garmin truswing golf club sensor and you’ll have all the info you need for about $700 in Canadian at least. US is probably cheaper

    • Uhit

      Feb 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      instead of the garmin, you can also use GSA PRO – for less money, and you get additional informations, like consistency, tempo, rhythm…

      I think, that the devices, which include photometric measurements, are the only really useful indoor devices…
      …as long as you don´t use these additional type of tools, which we both mentioned.

    • Rod

      Apr 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Or buy spend $500 or less on an old Accusport. You get ball speed, carry, club head speed and spin. Uses dual camera tech that is almost 10 years old but the accuracy was reported to be with 0.5%. Requires tech skills and lots of patients, but solid once setup.

  4. EricT

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Without club path info, all you learn about is getting distance. Nothing below 5900 does this. Waste of money.

  5. Daniel

    Feb 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Something I didn’t originally consider for indoor use is that radar systems require minimum 8-10 feet in front of and behind the ball. Camera systems are the way to go indoors if space is an issue. I just got SkyTrak projected onto a HomeCourse retractable screen set up in my office, really accurate. The new Foresight is (and looks) awesome if you can afford it.

    • Dan

      Feb 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Very true – something I considered too when purchasing my monitor. This ultimately why I purchased the Ernest ES16. You don’t need any additional room behind the unit and you only need 8-10 feet in front of the ball (which you would need in any environment to keep away from the ball bouncing back at you off the screen).

      It was an investment for me and a toss up between the flightscope Xi tour and the ES16. The ES16 won for me because I really wanted club data (face/path) which really tells you what you’re doing right/wrong. Add in not needing space between the ball and the unit and being a few thousand cheaper, I pulled the trigger. Best winter ever.

  6. Kris

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    There is a Gears in Ottawa too.

  7. Tom Stickney

    Feb 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    If you are serious about improving as a teacher or player then there is a launch monitor for your budget

    • Jam

      Feb 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

      What would you recommend for a low handicap player who only wants to dial in wedge distances outdoors? What’s the least expensive option out there that will give you accurate distances?

      • S Hitter

        Feb 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm

        Why not just use a lazer and pick targets and hit them? You don’t need a launch monitor for that

        • Daniel

          Feb 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

          They’re great for dialing in distance control since they give you carry distance and other info your eyes won’t give you.

          • Chris Hutch

            Feb 8, 2017 at 10:37 am

            Another tip is:

            On our range we have a bunker so i simply laser and move until the ball carries in it. Yes a laucnh monitor would make this easier, but it worked for Faldo.

            • Steve

              Feb 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

              It did work for Faldo (and many others). But I can guarantee you that if high quality launch monitors were as readily available as they are today, every single one of those older players would’ve been using them, just like today’s players.

          • edreM

            Feb 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

            You can’t see 100 yards for wedges where the ball lands? Do you need glasses? The dude said Wedges, not to dial in mid-iron distances

            • Jam

              Feb 10, 2017 at 11:12 am

              It’s easier for me to correlate a swing feeling and immediately see a number, rather than get my range finder and try to pinpoint exactly where it landed on on the back of some practice green. Furthermore, for better players, there is a big difference between hitting a shot 105 yards and hitting one 109 yards, and eyeballing it like you isn’t precise enough.

              • S Hitter

                Feb 11, 2017 at 3:20 am

                You know, back in the day when the Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Trevino, et al used to play they did it all by sight and feel and practicing day and night without any of this tech, by walking off the paces and then checking the yardages on the courses by using books and sprinkler head markers. What a concept, eh

                • Jam

                  Feb 13, 2017 at 10:52 am

                  Sigh…everyone knows that, and yes, it’s a perfectly effective way to practice and get better. Everyone also knows they would have used launch monitors if they were available like today.

                • larrybud

                  Feb 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

                  Awesome! I’ll let the other 50 people on the range know I’m walking out into their landing area and they’ll have to wait a couple of minutes until I get out of the way!

        • larrybud

          Feb 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

          The advantage of an accurate LM over laser would be saving historical data.

          I also think that if you think you can get THAT accurate with a laser and determining carry distance, I think you’re wrong. Even if you’re hitting area is perched above the landing area, you need a vertical reference point to get an accurate number.

  8. Unko

    Feb 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    What about the other Flightscopes?

    • Andrew

      Mar 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

      I have a flightscope XI Tour. Great Monitor for indoor and outdoor use!

  9. The dude

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Good article

  10. Tom

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    more sensors …. more $

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/01/21): Cobra F9 Tour 5-wood



At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing, including equipment or, in this case, a top-ranked 3-wood.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Cobra F9 Tour 5-wood, which happens to be a fairway wood with a cult following.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Spring Cleanout – Cobra F9 Tour 17.5 and more

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Whats in the Bag

Abraham Ancer WITB 2021 (April)



  • Abraham Ancer’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open. 

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (8.5 @7.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Shaft: Project X Evenflow Riptide 70 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix VLCT St 105

Utility: Srixon ZX (4-iron, 23 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical MMT

Irons: Miura TC-201 (5-PW)
Shafts: Mitsubishi MMT 105 TX

Wedges: Miura HB-10 (52), Artisan Prototype (56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot No. 5 Stroke Lab

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Club fitting 101: How to prepare for a fitting



For many golfers, regardless of skill, a club fitting is a foreign experience. So, with that in mind, we have teamed up with Club Champion to break down the dos and don’ts of making sure you can be prepared for your next fitting.

Whether it’s for a single part of your bag or your whole set, being prepared will allow you to get the most from your fitting and allow you to enjoy the experience.

GolfWRX: When it comes to preparation, what should a golfer expect heading into their fitting?

Club Champion:

  • It’s very important to remember that any fitting is going to require you to hit a lot of balls, so plan accordingly. You will be making a lot more full swings than you do during a round of golf so beyond your normal routine, we don’t suggest you hit two jumbo buckets at the range the day before.
  • Be prepared to hit some clubs you might not have thought about trying before, either from a brand or set makeup perspective. You will have a lot of options available, so expect to branch out from clubs you already have in the bag if you’re looking for a true fitting. The best marketing does not always equal the best club for you.
  • Have a budget in mind. No one likes to talk about money, but it is imperative that your fitter understands your budget, so he/she can work within it.
  • Understand that custom/premium clubs take longer than a stock set. Hand-building your clubs to the tightest tolerances is a more meticulous process than purchasing clubs built by an assembly line, so understand that awesome things come to those who are willing to wait a bit longer.

GolfWRX: What should a golfer bring to their fitting from an equipment perspective?
Club Champion:
  • Even if you aren’t getting fit for a full set of clubs, you should bring the full bag, it’s nice to have access to everything for any testing and potential gapping.
  • We always welcome a golfer to bring their preferred golf ball, but it is not required.

GolfWRX: What should a golfer bring as far as items beyond just their equipment?

Club Champion:

  • A glove if you use one—It’s the one thing many golfers forget to bring.
  • Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. We recommend golf shoes, but comfort and function are up to each golfer, and if that means sneakers, by all means, wear them.
  • Water and snacks. We do provide refreshments to customers, but everyone has their own preferences, and if you have a preferred “in-round” snack that is ideal.

GolfWRX: Leading up to their fitting is there anything you recommend a golfer doesn’t do?

Club Champion:

  • We never suggest anyone plan a fitting for a busy day or a day when they have a tight schedule. We want each golfer to feel relaxed and focused on their fitting.
  • Don’t get bogged down or overwhelmed by research and online reviews. The numbers during your fitting are ultimately going to be the deciding factor, and the most important decision about any club going into your bag should be yours.

GolfWRX: Is there any other specific advice for golfers that are preparing for a club fitting?

Club Champion:

  • Know your goals. “Game improvement” is great, but that means different things to different people. If you want more distance, make sure your fitter knows that. Tighter dispersion, fewer three-putts, whatever it is, make sure to communicate it to your fitter so they can help you achieve your specific goals.
  • Be ready to have your preconceived notions about fittings blown away. Modern fittings are about technology and data, and there is a lot of information to help you see results.
  • Last but not least, understand that you don’t have to buy new clubs. Generally, newer equipment is going to have a higher success rate, but at the end of the day, you get to make the call on budgets and what you’re looking to do. You can keep your clubheads and swap in new shafts. You can keep your entire set and just adjust small things like loft/lie. Performance is our number one priority, but we can pivot if you know you aren’t looking for a complete overhaul at the moment.
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