One reader receives a complete club makeover from Hot Stix Golf.
Frank Salerno knows a good investment when he sees one. Seeking dividends for years to come, this intrepid reader embarked on Hot Stix Golf's five step "Game Fitting" process. We tagged along as Frank went through custom fitting sessions for a driver, fairway wood/hybrid, irons, wedges and a putter (turns out his old trusty mallet is an ideal match). Here's what we learned from Steve Grosz, custom fitter at Hot Stix Golf.
Old Driver: Titanium 425cc, 10.5°,extra-stiff flex (6.5 freq.), graphite shaft, 44.75" length, standard grip
Hot Stix says: Frank drives it well but feels outmatched by the newer technology in his foursome. He struggles to get the ball high enough due to the shaft stiffness.
New Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner, 10.5°, stiff flex (5.8 freq.), Fujikura ZCom TW64 graphite shaft, 45" length, midsize Winn DSI grip
Hot Stix says: Frank can expect appreciably more distance, plus the Tour Burner is more likely to keep him in play on mis-hits. We put him in a less stiff shaft. He launches the ball 3° higher, imparts significantly less backspin and carries it longer.
"Shaft frequency is a measurement of stiffness,"
says Dr. Tom Mase, EVP of R&D and Innovation for Hot Stix Golf. "We use 'frequency' rather than 'flex' because it allows for more accurate fitting."