What To Expect At Titleist Fitting At Oceanside?

Chris, Vog here. I was at Oceanside in March of 2010 for a fiiting. It was well worth the experience of just being there and seeing the facility that fits the tour players. Got a quick tour of the club building room-they have all of the goods there.

The only downside was during the fitting process, I felt perhaps we didn't get the best possible results because I wasn't making great swings, because all of the fitting clubs are set up with standard grips. I use a bid-size grips. Thus, I think I was pretty handsy with my swing.

The positives well outweighed the one negative. I really expected to go there and be told I needed to get into a regular flex shaft because I have lost some clubhead speed. Yet my fitter pointed out I was still stressing the shaft enough that I was overpowering a regular flex shaft. On the driver, he recommended a stiff flex but a lighter shaft than I had been playing-55 grams.

On the irons, noting I launch the ball a little lower, he recommended AP2s over AP1s because of the stronger lofts on the AP1 irons. We spent a lot of time trying to work, as he called it, "the gaps" the gap between my driver and my longest iron, so it was a lot of work with the hybrids. We also spent a lot of time with the wedges, seeing how the different grinds worked thru the turf for me and how they worked out of the sand. Also how far they flew from the fairway.

Bill V

Chris, Vog here. I was at Oceanside in March of 2010 for a fiiting. It was well worth the experience of just being there and seeing the facility that fits the tour players. Got a quick tour of the club building room-they have all of the goods there.

The only downside was during the fitting process, I felt perhaps we didn't get the best possible results because I wasn't making great swings, because all of the fitting clubs are set up with standard grips. I use a bid-size grips. Thus, I think I was pretty handsy with my swing.

The positives well outweighed the one negative. I really expected to go there and be told I needed to get into a regular flex shaft because I have lost some clubhead speed. Yet my fitter pointed out I was still stressing the shaft enough that I was overpowering a regular flex shaft. On the driver, he recommended a stiff flex but a lighter shaft than I had been playing-55 grams.

On the irons, noting I launch the ball a little lower, he recommended AP2s over AP1s because of the stronger lofts on the AP1 irons. We spent a lot of time trying to work, as he called it, "the gaps" the gap between my driver and my longest iron, so it was a lot of work with the hybrids. We also spent a lot of time with the wedges, seeing how the different grinds worked thru the turf for me and how they worked out of the sand. Also how far they flew from the fairway.

Vog, Thanks for your thoughts and experience!  I had the same concern with my grips in my mind so it is good to hear what your fitting went like...I sort of figured that to get a build up grip size on all the clubs I was going to try might be asking a lot.... However, it is great to hear all about all the other positives!  When I see you next year the ICC I hope to be able to show you some fun new sticks...and compare experiences! Keep up all your great work on the Cameron front, Cheers!

Potomac Golfer

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!

This is something I had not thought of...nice to know they have a locker room in addtiion to all the other cool features at the facility! Thanks for sharing.

I was fitted last year and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  The facility is every bit amazing as described, and the staff are all super friendly and helpful. Don't be surprised if you see one of their pros on site.

The best advice I have read so far is to take a change or two of clothes and be prepared to hit an absurd amount of golf balls.  I went with a friend and he hit about 1/3 the balls I did so the experience will vary based on your skill level and ability to find just the right set-up.  I never felt rushed or pressured.  While they allow for 3 hours, I got the impression it would end when they felt it was right for you.  One other piece of advice would be to bring 3 or 4 gloves with you.  Change them frequently so you always have a dry pair ready.  Also, it wouldn't hurt to bring an extra pair of shoes for the same reason.  Nothing worse than slipping around in your shoes. 

They do not have mid or oversize grips however.  I thought that might be an issue for me but it didn't turn out that way.  I generally use mid for my irons and and extra wrap on my wedges so I thought I might notice a difference.  Perhaps the giddiness of being at "THE" Oceanside facility made me forget about everything else. 

Now that I've done it, I can't wait till I need new irons or wedges so I can go back again.  I'm sure I'll be much more relaxed now that I've had the experience.  It was worth every penny!!!!

Chris, Cliff here.  I was wondering if you've had your experience at the TPI in Oceanside yet?  If you have, would you mind letting us know what you wound up getting?  The reason I ask is I just got fitted for my new AP2's today.  It was amazing.  The combination of the new 714 head and the shaft that worked well for me was the Aerotech steelfiber.  I was not expecting that, but it was magic.  Please let us know in this thread how your fitting went and what you wound up getting.