On a snowy Sunday in January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses across the United States to lock their doors, Nathan DeBerry, 35, opened one at Club Champion’s store in Willowbrook, Illinois. Stomping the slush off his feet and standing about 6 feet 3 inches tall, he had the lanky frame of someone who could be good at almost any sport. Having played golf for about eight years, he hit balls at a local range twice a week, when the Chicago-area weather allowed, and scored in the high-90s when he played.
After warming up and hitting several shots with a driver he bought at a large chain store, his fitter, Brad Syslo, could hardly contain himself. The TrackMan launch monitor was confirming what Syslo’s eyes told him. DeBerry had loads of clubhead speed (109 miles per hour), but he only averaged 228 yards of carry distance. Getting this guy into the right gear could produce some massive improvements.
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