The Sea Island Golf Learning Center
From the sun's rays and crashing waves to the singing birds and beautiful seascapes, it looks and sounds and feels like an island vacation.
Better yet, it's an island fitting. And those happen to be Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls soaring alongside the seagulls.
"It's pretty nice when you walk out to your office and the ocean is right there," says Craig Allan, an authorized Titleist fitter and Manager of The Sea Island Golf Learning Center on St. Simons Island, Ga., one of five Titleist Regional Fitting Centers within the Titleist Fitting Network.
Most days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Allan is on the Sea Island range fitting golfers for their optimal equipment setups, his brain working just as diligently as the Trackman launch monitor sitting on the turf below him.
Just about 15 feet away, you'll find Curtis Leggett, an authorized Titleist fitter who has been at Sea Island for 25 years, doing the same thing.
"We're highly-skilled fitters, that's what we do full-time. We stand out there and we fit all day," says Allan, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Alabama in 1995 to play college golf. He has lived in America ever since, working as a fitter at Sea Island for the last eight years.
For Allan and Leggett, the main goal is always the same: Determine the equipment setup that will help the golfer achieve total confidence on every shot.
"When you take an advanced fitter, the technology of the Trackman, and the extensive Titleist shaft matrix like we have, you can't have anything but a great experience and a thorough fitting," Allan says.
It's a meticulous process that requires both a technological and human touch.
For example: While Allan possesses a keen understanding of the characteristics of each shaft in the Titleist matrix, he says "certain shafts do certain things for certain golfers. Every single fitting is another lesson about what a shaft can or can't do."
And so the education is nonstop, with Allan and Leggett each conducting up to seven fittings per day in the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and St. Simons Sound.
(At 5 p.m., Allan packs up the fitting equipment, then heads to his office to call in the orders from the day.)
"It is great to know all the specs of all the clubs and shafts, but real-life experiences will give me the best possible chance to help every player," he says.
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