Jim McLean Golf Center-Texas
A Titleist club fitting at the Jim McLean Golf Center in Fort Worth, Texas, featuring one of the country's most sophisticated fitting and practice facilities, can lead a golfer in several directions.
The destination, however, is always the same.
"I make sure every player I spend time with goes home with the proper equipment, the proper fit and the confidence necessary to play their best," says Kyle Cronkright, Director of Club Fitting at the Jim McLean Golf Center-Texas, one of five Titleist Regional Fitting Centers within the Titleist Fitting Network.
One of the keys to shooting lower scores is being able to trust your equipment on each and every shot. Cronkright, a PGA Professional and Titleist authorized club fitter, specializes in guiding you to that point, relying on years of fitting experience and mentorship from some of the game's best fitters and teachers.
"Every golfer has certain needs when it comes to their clubs and set make-up," says Cronkright, who has worked with elite players from the junior level to the PGA Tour. "There's no such thing as one-size fits all."
And that goes for club fittings, as well.
"Some players want a very technical fitting, some players want it based more on feel and what their eyes see. Others want a mixture of both," says Cronkright. "I like to let the player determine where the fitting goes."
The Jim McLean Golf Center, featuring what the facility calls "30 acres of endless shotmaking possibilities,” allows Cronkright a unique level of flexibility that is a perfect fit for his fitting style.
At first arrival to the property, you are greeted by a member of the Jim McLean staff and given a tour of the facility. Some of the sights include: The 14,000 square-foot performance center featuring five hitting bays with swing analysis equipment and an HD full-swing simulator; 50,000 square-foot short game area; lighted driving range; and Legends Scoring Nine, a challenging 9-hole layout that can be played as both a par-3 course (some hole can be stretched to par-4s) and practice course.
Following the tour, you will be escorted to the driving range and practice area to warm up for the fitting session.
All Titleist fittings at the Jim McLean Golf Center are conducted with Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls and a TrackMan launch monitor, not to mention a running dialogue with Cronkright, who promises to give each golfer "the same experience a Tour player would have when being fit."
From there, it's really up to you.
For example, if you want test Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges on the the Scoring Nine, where you can take aim at pins and determine how your Titleist golf ball reacts on the greens, Cronkright will load up his entire bag of Vokey wedges, throw them in back of a cart and drive you over to the first tee.
Want to get a better feel from tightly-mown areas? Check out the multi-purpose wedge-game area. Need to dial-in your distances? That's why the yardage poles can be moved easily in 5-yard increments.
"A proper fitting is really about being as adaptable as possible and we have everything here to do that," says Cronkright.
"If you want to get better, we're the place where you can come and get better."
At the end of the fitting, Cronkright provides you with a copy of the TrackMan data to compare equipment and performance and confirm proper distance gaps.
From there, feel free to head over to the Legends Scoring Nine or any of the practice areas to continue working on your game.
"I've fit guys who've taken the clubs we've built for them out to the par-3 course and made a hole-in-one later in the day," Cronkright says.
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