Can I benefit from a fitting if I don’t intend on buying new clubs? (

Would getting a club fitting help even if you couldn’t buy new clubs right now? Looking at maybe adjusting what I have currently and buying later. — Scott Collins (3 handicap)

This is a valid question for many golfers out there. Assuming you can actually secure a new set of clubs — an uptick in new golfers and Covid have wreaked havoc on production cycles — there’s a good chance they’re coming with a price tag that will get your attention. That might not be an issue for some, but it could very well give you pause before plunking down a credit card.

Most assume you’re on the hunt for something new and want to see how it stacks up against your current setup if you’re going through a fitting — but that doesn’t always have to be the case.

I’m going to assume you have a good handle on your current setup as a single-digit handicap and don’t need a rundown on the things to look for due to normal wear and tear. What I will say is it pays to take your clubs to a club builder or fitter at least once a year — usually before the start of the season — to ensure your specs, particularly loft and lie angle, are in good shape. (Use Max Homa as a cautionary tale for what can go wrong if you neglect your specs.)

A club-fitter will be able to give you a thorough “blueprinting” and determine if there’s a club or two in your current setup that needs a closer look, which is what it sounds like you’re trying to accomplish.

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