You’re a year older. Your clubs are probably a year older. Gee, do you think anything has changed over the winter? The best way to find out is with a club-fitting checkup. And the sooner, the better, if you want to start the year with confidence.
DD Custom Golf
I made a stop at DD Custom Golf at Yorktown Golf and Baseball Center in Mohegan Lake just to make sure my tools were going to do their job this year. My irons are only two years old but they hadn’t behaved well at the end of last season. I suspected, based on my propensity to hit hooks at some very inconvenient times during a few rounds in Florida this year, that my swing plane had changed and that my irons were perhaps now too upright. DD’s expert owner, Steve Kernit, started by measuring the lie angle on my clubs, then had me hit balls with tape on the bottom of my club to see where it made contact with the ground. There was good news and bad news.
The good news was that the clubs are set up perfectly for me—the tale of the tape showed center ground contact on the front edge of the sole. The bad news? Apparently, the hooks are coming from my swing, not my clubs. Just to make sure, Kernit had me hit a few in front of his TrackMan launch monitor. Yep, my swing path was good (inside out), but I was closing the club face and catching the ball thin, a perfect recipe for missing the green to the left.
In the end, Kernit didn’t have to touch my clubs. I feel better about my prospects, though, because now I know exactly what I have to fix in my golf swing. Eliminating doubt is never a bad thing when it comes to golf.