What To Expect At Titleist Fitting At Oceanside?

I am excited about my upcoming clubfitting for irons and woods at the Oceanside CA, fitting center.  That being said, what things should I expect or not expect on this fun day as well as what is the biggest surprise for most first timers?

Thanks! I appreciate all your comments...

Chris

Chris, you are going to LOVE IT!. 

I got fitted there a couple years ago and the place is amazing.  The staff is super friendly and gives you the full tour pro experience.  You're going to be blown away by the facility.  The ranges and greens are immaculate and you'll never want to go hit balls at your local driving range again.

My advice. Get there a little early so you will have time to get the short tour of where they film the TPI stuff for golf channel.  They have some pretty amazing technology in that place.  Definitely worth getting a peek at.  

For your session, be sure to take some time on the range to get warmed up so when your fitter gets you on the launch monitor you're loose and ready to go.  From there, just swing like you normally do.  Don't change anything.  You'll get to try out all sorts of shaft & head combinations.  It's really fun.  

If you have time, ask your fitter if you can see check out their workshop where they do all of the club building.  If you're into that kind of stuff, it's pretty darn cool.  

Have fun and enjoy the experience.  Be sure to post back here what clubs & shafts etc., you end up going with. 

Christian, Thanks for the great note.  Do I need to request the tour in advance or show up a little early and ask? 

 

Thanks again!

Hi Chris,  If you come about 20 minutes before your fitting, you will have time to take a short tour of the facility and warm up.  The crew will be maintaining the fairways and greens so you will not be able to warm up until just before your fitting time.  But the fitter will take that time to observe so it is part of the fitting process. 

Chris, I have been to the TPI twice and can say without reservation that you will LOVE the experience.  It is the best golf experience (not on a great golf course) that I've ever had.  The staff is world class!  They treated our group like we were tour pros.  No question was too dumb, no request was blown off, what ever you said you wanted, you got immediately.  Immaculate conditioning of the facility was a given.  The customer service is truly the best I have ever experienced.  A non-tour player who is serious about the game and trying to improve will benefit greatly from access to the best, most comprehensive minds in the game.  Conditioning, nutrition, fitness, fitting and counseling of all of those areas are where the TPI excels.  You have to believe that "normal" guys or girls like us aren't the "glamor" clients of the TPI.  You would never know it from the treatment I received from every single person associated with the facility at Oceanside.  You will be well taken care of and you will be amazed at how they can relate almost every area of your life to something that will affect your golf game.  I will offer one little bit of advice that I haven't seen anyone else mention in this string.  Bring a change of clothes (a second set of golf clothes).  You may need them because you will work hard (not because they make you but because you will be like a kid in a candy store- hitting everything you can get your hands on).  A change of clothes will make you feel fresh after lunch and will make you less stinky when you go back out.  Then also take a change to leave the facility so you're not as sweaty as you would be after you leave the gym after a work out, because that's what you'll have done when you're finished.

Another bit of advice, don't have any preconceived notion about what is "right" for you before you get there (equipment wise).  Heads and shafts are combined for you and listen to them about what is best for you.  If you artificially narrow your focus by what you think you want before you get there, you'll be shortchanging yourself.  Also, bring some athletic tape if you get blisters or if your calluses are not where you need them to be, because you will hit a LOT of balls (again, because you want to).  Don't let the end of the day be ruined by blisters.  Tape them early or hit a LOT of balls before you go so your hands can take the heat.

Lastly, enjoy and soak it in.  It should be a bucket list item for every serious golfer.  The fact that you're posting on the team Titleist web site suggests you are a Titleist fan.  This place is a Titleist geek's (like me) idea of heaven.  Enjoy and please post after your experience and let us all live a little (vicariously) through you!

Clifford, these are all excellent notes!  I very much appreciate it...one aspect I was curious is that since at the facility one will hits LOTS of balls is there anything special you did in advance of your visits to ready your muscles/body for the experience so you could have the stamina?

Also, you hit the nail on the head...while ability is always a focus of any golfer at this point in my life I am serious about my equipment and no shortcuts are allowed which is why I am going to Oceanside...plus I am a Titleist Fan!! LOL

Cant wait!

Chris, as far as prep goes; I would suggest the following:  STRETCH!!  Night before, morning of, and after you hit a few balls there.  Depending on where your body is in the golf cycle (if you are feeling good about core strength, leg strength and flexibility); don't do too much extra.  If you are in the midst of any swing changes, make sure you are comfortable with where you are physically before you get there.  The fitting process they undertake is not a lesson per se, in that they won't try to change your swing too much while you're there, but fit your equipment to what you have (swing wise) while you're there.  I would suggest a little extra leg work before you get there in addition to flexibility.  I found that after hitting a lot of balls (especially driver fitting); my legs were tight and completely gassed by the end of the day (hamstrings and glutes especially).  That's why I suggest stretching and doing leg work before you show up.  They also have water everywhere, at every station (3D motion capture, putting studio, wedge and bunker area and doppler radar- yeah; doppler radar like weather to gap your clubs appropriately- you know, hybrid versus 5 wood or whatever), make use of the water by hydrating while you're there.

I hope this helps you and again, enjoy your time there

Im jealous of your trip and fitting coming up.  Ive considered doing something like this for a couple years instead of just a local fitting.  Can anyone give a round about price for a full fitting at TPI that we are talking about in this thread?  Thanks

Prices vary depending on the experience you purchase (and facility availability) but my two day experience all in (meaning airfare, car service to and from the San Diego airport, club purchase and incidentals) was about 10K.  Worth every penny BTW, few things worth this much in the golf world come cheap; but this one above all is worth it.  I think shorter experiences are available and cost less, and a 3 day experience (which I have not attended) costs more.  myTPI.com has pricing.

Each section of the fitting has a price of about $200 (Woods/Hybirds, Irons, Wedges, etc...) for an hour or so...thus the longer experiences only go up in price.  Generally, outside of your travel costs it will be anywhere around $500+ and then you can purchase new clubs.  The cost of the experience does not include or go towards any club purchase later.

 

Joe L

Im jealous of your trip and fitting coming up.  Ive considered doing something like this for a couple years instead of just a local fitting.  Can anyone give a round about price for a full fitting at TPI that we are talking about in this thread?  Thanks

 
Hi Joe,  The price for a full club fitting at the Oceanside Test Facility includes drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons and wedges and the cost is $500.  It takes about 3 hours and is outside on our fairways and wedge greens.  It can be broken down into three segments - driver/fairway, hybrid/iron and wedges and the cost for each segment is $200 and takes one hour each. 
 
A TPI experience was not quite the same thing.  At TPI (which is inside the Oceanside Test Facility), they did 2D body assessments of your mobility, flexibility and stabilization as well as a 3D scan of your swing to check your kinematic sequence.  They also included ball fitting, shoe fitting (for stabilization), and glove fitting..  Then they recommended a program (usually 16 weeks) to help you work on the aspects of your body that were the weakest.  As they say, you are only as strong as your weakest link.  They offered 2 and 3 day experiences which included all the above as well as a full club fitting.  As Clifford said, it was the ultimate in fitting.  They no longer offer any TPI assessments at Oceanside, but do have many TPI trained instructors in the field.  You can look at www.mytpi.com for someone in your area.  A golf TPI instructor is a golf teacher, usually PGA member that is familiar with and certified to do TPI assessments and use that knowledge to help tailor your lessons.  A fitness TPI is someone certified by ACE or NASM or one of the certified fitness organizations and is primarily a fitness instructor certified to take you through the assessment and recommend a fitness program for you.  Ideally, your fitness instructor plays golf and is partnered with a TPI golf instructor so that everyone is working on the same page as far as your golf swing. 

Voke also has a special oportunity right now I believe where for $1,050 you get a fitting session with Bob himself and three wedges...FYI.  More info on his website.

Thanks for the info everyone....better start saving

My thoughts exactly!

As a small point to note, there is a locker room w/ shower/towels that you can use there to change before/after your fitting -- helpful if you're coming in from out of town as I did, when I did an Oceanside fitting in August.  Great great experience!