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CLUBMAKER’SCLASSROOM
by Gary Dunn - Dunner Custom Golf - PCS Class A Clubmaker
How Important Are The Three L’s Of Clubmaking?
Loft helps to determine how high and how far you will hit the ball. TheA golfer buying a pair of golf shoes will always try them on for size
least lofted club in your bag outside the putter is your driver on aand comfort to make sure they fit before purchasing. It is every bit
general basis as well as being the longest and that is why it travels theas important to make sure their golf clubs fit their stature and swing
farthest. In today’s world there are many different ways to test for optimumbefore being purchased.
loft on a driver. As in all fitting, dynamic testing with equipment such as a
The length of a golf club depends on numerous variables such as
launch monitor and or swing analyzer can be very beneficial to
height, arm length & posture at address. It is almost impossible for a
determine the correct loft. Also ball flight on a range can help the player
golfer 5’4” & golfer 6’4” to be in a good athletic position and use the
decide if they would be better served with more or less loft. A golfer
same length club and consistently strike the ball on the centre of the
should keep in mind a higher lofted driver has less side spin on off
face. Test clubs of varying lengths with impact labels should be used to
centre hits than lower lofts thus more loft can be more forgiving and be
determine the correct length for each individual. A player should be
your friend. Most irons have approximately 4 degrees difference from
fitted for the longest club they can hit most consistently on the centre of
club to club throughout the set on a general basis which allows you to
the face. A golfer that is properly fitted for the correct length should have
be consistent with yardage if they are correct. All clubs should be
good posture at address and be more consistent with their ball striking.
measured on a lie and loft machine and bent to the proper specs.
The lie angle is important to ensure precise control with direction.
When a player is properly fit for length, lie & loft they should expect to be more
Depending on the yardage of the shot and the number of degrees, the
consistent and precise with their shot making and enjoy the game of golf more.
lie angle might be incorrect; you may be missing greens because of the
Visit a professional clubmaker to get the maximum out of yourclubhead not being flat at impact and not your misalignment or your golf
equipment and your game.swing. Again it is most important as in all testing, to do dynamic impact
testing hitting balls off a lie board to determine the correct lie angle for
each club. During the golf swing the shaft bends backwards, forward & The lie angle can have a big impact on the direction you hit the ball. (Left)
toe down. That is why it is necessary to do the impact testing to make
Too upright and you will pull the ball. (Middle) Correct lie starts the ball on
sure the golf club is flat when you are hitting the ball. It is especially
line (Right) Too flat and the ball will push offline right from the start.
important with mid to short irons because these are on a general basis
the clubs hit to the green and with which you need to be most accurate.
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