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Junior Golf: 3 PreSummer Checks For Irons That Fit

In today’s Monday Mulligan we’ll look at 3 aspects of your junior golfer’s irons so you can be sure he/she has the correct equipment for maximum summer golf benefits.

Your youngster is growing, needing bigger shoes, new pants, shirts, tops and bottoms. Remember Mom and Dad, that getting taller, faster and stronger likely means different golf clubs.

Irons and all golf clubs that are mismatched to any golfer are a handicap. Your kiddo’s chance of success is poor if he/she is using improper equipment.

Start by asking for the name of the best club-fitter in your area. It’s best to ask the really good adult golfers, the ones who seriously compete and win in amateur events in your area. They know! Not being judgemental, but if you ask your swing coach, he/she will say they can do it. Now, this may be true or not. Perhaps they are the best swing coach around and are capable of doing a club fitting, but are they the best club-fitter, I don’t know. If you ask a junior or their parents, they may say they use their swing coach.

The swing coach will recommend that your child needs this, that and the other in the next set of irons, which should be soon. The club-fitter makes that happen with their own unique set of skills. And the best club fitter is a very talented and well-respected person!

Here’s what should be evaluated and acted upon now, with the current set of irons, to make the best use of your summer golf investment:

1. Iron shafts: are they the correct length, weight and flex? For example: “x” inches long, 100 grams and regular flex.

2. Iron heads: are they matched to the skill level. For example: lighter or heavier weight, cast or forged construction and best for beginner, intermediate or advanced skill level junior golfers.

3. Iron grips: are they correct for your young golfer’s hand size and “feel” preference? For example: too small/skinny, too big/fat, just right/perfect and do they “feel” hard/slick, rough/coarse or pleasant, meaning slightly tacky/grabby.

There will be more than one club fitter in your town. The reality is that most are ok, but one or two are genuinely talented. Those are the folks you want to find.

A simple equation is that as your child’s skill level advances, they require more highly-skilled professionals, including swing coaches and club-fitters. Find out who the best are so you can go to them when you need them. You will need them!

See you on #1 tee with a proper set of irons… Sam

Junior Golf: Specific Custom Irons

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we will finish going through S3’s newly customized golf clubs. All we really have left are his driving iron and Cleveland wedges. (golfdigest.com)

As we review this whole process, let’s remember that it started with Adam asking S3 and me: “Why is that club in your bag?” The 1st time you’re asked that you may find yourself stumbling a bit during your reply. “I like it. I need it. I hit it great!” And those replays are all kind of in the ball park. Really clubs should be in your bag that will give you the best opportunity to hit good shots. What does that mean? You need to have clubs that cover the gaps between clubs. You don’t want to go from a driver to a 4-iron. There is a gap between the max distance of the 4-iron to the minimum distance of the driver. You see the point.image

Adam is a big fan of driving irons so S3’s clubs now go driver, 3-wood, driving iron, 3-iron, etc. so he has his distances properly covered. The new driving iron/utility club is a Srixon Z U45, 20-degree head with a Mitsubishi Diamana shaft and a Golf Pride Multicompound grip with a second wrap of tape under the low hand. In S3’s words, “Driving iron flies real well and feels sweet coming off of the face.” He’s still figuring out the distances with these new clubs, but let’s just say this driving iron goes a long way, distance updates in future posts.

imageNow let’s go to some scoring clubs, his Cleveland wedges. His 56-degree and 60-degree went to the spa and got complete makeovers! Since we are going from 4 wedges to 3 wedges, they were bent to 54 and 59-degrees and they were also stripped and regrooved. The stock Cleveland shafts were replaced with True Temper DG Spinner shafts. Grips were replaced with Golf Pride Multicompound grips with an extra wrap of grip tape under the low hand. And Adam did some beautiful cosmetic engraving on the back of each wedge. Sammie loves them! “Dad, I get a ton of spin!” Yes, indeed!

Let’s summarize: every club except for his putter was changed: driver-new head, new shaft. 3-wood: new shaft. Driving iron: added to bag-new head, new shaft. 3-P irons: new heads, new shafts. Cleveland wedges: heads regrooved and stripped, new shafts, bent to stronger loft. There was additional loft and lie adjustments previously mentioned. Is your head spinning? Is there any way for you to keep this straight? Oh, and all these clubs have Golf Pride Multicompound grips with a 2nd layer of tape under the low hand. Things to consider.

See you on #1 tee, tell me what you have changed with your clubs lately… Sam

Junior Golf: Custom Irons

imageIn today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at S3’s custom irons. He’s only had them since January 17, so he is still getting used to them. And everything about them is very different from his previous set. (photo jenlefforge.com)

Adam, our club designer, has a very clear and organized thought process as to exactly what clubs should be in a given player’s bag and once he has a grasp of a golfer’s swing and type of game he has, Adam can come up with a specific plan to customize what’s in the golf bag and again, today we are talking about S3’s irons. Sammie (S3) is about 5’ 11” and 160 lbs. As a college golfer he is strong, in great shape and has way above average flexibility. His swing speed is in the 105-110 mph range. His GHIN is basically 2, a 2 handicap. These factors and his style of play determined the selection and customization of his irons.

imageLet’s start with his main iron set. S3 bought some Mizuno MP14 blades, 3-P, from a good friend of ours. The shafts were replaced with TrueTemper Dynamic Gold S400’s built to current standard length. These Mizunos were adjusted to 1-1.5* upright on standard and are also adjusted to 1* weaker lofts than modern standard. Being more upright allows a better fit to S3’s body and swing and having a weaker loft means less distance which in this case is not a bad thing. 1 of Adam’s goals is to have specific distances between each club. There is a great method to all this.

Please keep in mind that Linda and I are not PGA professionals and we are passing along our experiences to hopefully help you and your junior golfer in this wonderful journey. Now here’s something really cool that I had never heard of: frequency matching. As I understand it, when you buy a new set of clubs the shafts are not frequency matched from the factory. And to do it to those clubs would mean removing the head and grip, perform the frequency matching on each shaft and then replace the head and the grip. Well this would be crazy expensive. The time to most cost effectively do frequency matching is when the shafts are bare. Shafts within a set of clubs can vary greatly as to their flex. Frequency matching allows a skilled clubmaker to get every shaft within a set to flex the same, meaning it feels the same and gives the player confidence and consistency. So S3’s Mizunos with the Dynamic Gold S400 shafts are frequency matched, very cool!image

As of this morning, Sammie is still getting used to these Mizunos. The change from his previous irons is massive. He went from semi-beginner clubs, RocketBladez, to traditional blades which are for very highly skilled golfers. And the new clubs are shorter, more upright and don’t go as far. But they are consistent from one club to the next because they are frequency matched! Oh well, he’s young and can handle it! (photo eBay.com)

See you on #1 tee with a consistent set of irons… Sam

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