Ask Titleist Fitting Expert, Chris Welton your Club Fitting questions...

Hi Murray,

A 56 degree wedge can be enough loft for some players.   It depends if you are comfortable inside 85 yards and can pitch it high around the greens.   If you feel like more loft can help in that area, then give a 60 degree wedge a try.

Our fitting research shows that it is extremely difficult for a player to dial back his/her wedge.  Most golfers would benefit from an extra wedge so they can hit full shots.   

If you have room in the bag for another club, try a 58/60.  And remember, Bounce is your friend!

Thanks,

Chris

Hi Ryan,

It’s always a good idea to go at least a ½ flex softer in you wedges.  This increases the feel for touch shots around the greens.  The C-Taper in any flex is a stable/firm shaft.  I wouldn’t worry about it being too soft for full shots.

I would recommend the following:

-SM4 46 and 50 C-Taper R+

-TVD 56 and 60 C-Taper R

It sounds like a great set-up for lots of birdie chances!

Thanks,

Chris

Hello Chris,

I recently bought myself a set of 714 AP2s with XP95 shafts based on the results from my fitting in Detroit. It was a close call between those and the Project X shafts so I went with the cheaper option. I read somewhere that you should allow the lie of the club to dictate your posture (make it relatedly flat to the ground at address). According to my measurements, I should play standard length/lie clubs. 

Therefore, I let the lie of the club  and length dictate my posture. I hit some bad, some good, so anyways, that is how I ordered them. Now I tend to want to bend over a little more since after taking videos of my swing i looked to stand fairly upright. My question is, should i go in and get my specs changed? Maybe a shorter club and flatter lie angles? When I set up how I would like to, the toe sticks up a fair amount.

Maybe this would confirm my doubts... I just received a TVD-K wedge 56*, that I had shortened .5" and the lie angle was made 1* flatter. I must say it is so much more natural and comfortable to set up with these specs. Can this mean that my irons may need some adjustments?

Thanks Chris and Happy New Year,

Ovi

Hi Ovi,

For length, it is essential to fit for a length that will allow for ideal posture and on-center impact. 

After determining length, lie angle should be testing to achieve your preferred ball flight/shot shape.   Your lie angle should be pleasing to the eye at the address position. However, ball flight is the most important.  A lie angle that is too flat can cause right shots, too upright can cause left shots.

Before making any changes to your irons, I would see an Authorized Titleist Club Fitter.  You could try an 714 AP2  at -0.5” before cutting your current irons.

I hope this helps!

Chris

Chris,

Thanks a lot. I will give them a couple rounds when the weather turns around and then i will go in to the shop I got them from and see if I should make any adjustments.

Thanks,

Ovi

Chris... 

The graphics that depict the ball strike position are priceless. I am going to have to find some tape and check out my clubs again. I was fitted two years ago for my irons, and it will be interesting to try out the impact tape to see if I am still striking it properly. I am not thinking that the clubs are the wrong length, but I may have changed my stance from when I was fitted. I know the clubs are right, and using the tape, I may find I need to stand a little more upright and stand a little closer to the ball.

Question...

Is the impact tape available for purchase at most golf shops? I don't recall seeing it before, but to be honest I have not asked anyone before.

Darius

Hi Chris, I currently have the 710 AP1 with NS Pro 105T shaft R flex which was fitted through Titleist Regional Fitting Center. I am looking to update to the 714 AP2. I haven't had much success with the TT Dynamic Gold shafts and really liked the feel of the Nippon Shaft on the AP1. I am also thinking about experimenting with lighter weight shafts such as the Nippon NS Pro 950 or the KBS Tour 90 or KBS C Taper lite. I am wondering if any of the lighter shafts would have similar feel of the Titleist NS Pro 105T and whether these lighter shaft may launch the ball too high. I currently have a swing speed of approx. 88mph. Thanks

Hi Darius,

I’m sure impact tape is available retail or online.

Another option is using a dry erase marker.  Basically, draw all over the face of any club and it will leave an imprint of impact location.

Thanks,

Chris

Hi Frank,

I would test the following that are slightly lighter with similar feel to NS Pro 105T:

-XP 95  Player feedback has been very positive for this new option.  Most say that It doesn’t feel as light as stated, due to a lower balance point

-NS Pro 950/850 Similar feel in a lighter package

-SteelFiber 95/110  Light profiles that usually don’t launch too high

At the moment we don’t offer KBS tour 90 or C Taper Lite.  New updates to our shaft matrix will be coming soon. 

Thanks,

Chris

Dry erase markers are easy to get and will clean off nicely.

Thanks for the tip. I will give that a try soon.

Thou art a fount of knowledge !

Darius

Hi Chris,

I see the Tour Green shaft is now a stock option in the D and F clubs.  Can you also order the H or Hd with the Tour Green Hybrid shaft?  I have 105 mph driver club head speed with a quick tempo, so which flex would be better (stiff or tour stiff)?

Ryan

Hi Ryan,

The Tour Green 85 Hyb is now available as a stock option in Stiff and X-Stiff as a custom option.  This is a guideline of what flex to use based on speed:

                       

Keep in mind, there is no industry standard on flex.  Not all stiff flex shafts are created equal.  The Tour Green plays a little stiffer to flex than most, so I would recommend trying one first if possible!

Thanks,

Chris   

Hi Chris,

Is the Tour Blue be a stock option, or is there an up charge?

Ryan

Hey Chris, Right now I currently have an RBZ driver 10.5 and an average to slow swing speed, In the spring im looking to finally get my whole set to Titleist. what would you recomed me getting shaft wise ? I would probably go with a D2 head.

 

Thanks

Leon

Fitting for a shaft can be very player dependent.   The end goal is to find a shaft that produces high ball speed, consistent shot pattern, and feels good.  

I would try the following based on the information provided:

-Bassara 50/55   

-Phenom 50/60 

-Blue +62 

This sould be a good starting point for your new driver search.

Thanks for trusting Titleist!

Chris