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by Gary Balliet--Quarter Century member of the PGA of America

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1) Why should I have custom built golf clubs?

2) What are custom made golf clubs really all about?

3) Will a custom set of clubs make me hit the ball straighter and longer?

4) Can I take lessons to make my game improve or do I need golf lessons and proper fit golf equipment?

5) What does it mean to have a golf shaft pured? Will it make the golf ball go straighter?

6) What is more important, the club head-- as Callaway, Ping, Taylor Made and Titleist suggest—or is it the golf shaft?

7) What does it mean to have your golf clubs balanced?

8) Are graphite shafts better for my golf swing/game or are steel shafts?

9) How many wedges should I have in my bag so I do not exceed the 14 club limit?

10) Why should I take golf lessons?

11) How long should a golf lesson take?

12) I took a golf lesson from a pro and he gave me too much information—I was confused!

13) Golf lessons are scary and the instructor may ask me to change my golf swing after 20 years. What should I do?

14) How long does it normally take to make a swing change?

15) How important are drills that are sometimes offered by a PGA Golf Instructor?

16) What if I don't practice what was taught to me the week before? Is it ok to take a week off?

17) Is my posture an important ingredient to having a good golf swing?

18) How important is my short game—putting, chipping, pitching and sand in the scream of learning golf?

Why should I have custom built golf clubs?

Did you know that only 1 out of 1,000 golfers every has a set of custom clubs built to swing specification; according to statistics gathered by the National Golf Foundation and the PGA of America? Every LPGA, PGA and renowned amateur is evaluated by a club fitting expert and fit for custom golf equipment in order to be able to reach their individual potential. Custom built golf clubs are not that costly, especially in the secondary market—why spend thousands of dollars for a single set of 9 irons, when you can be custom fit for a fraction of that amount and have similar quality and results. top of page

What are custom made golf clubs really all about?

Every golfer's body and swing are unique to that individuals-height, arm length, hand size and swing speed- all determine by how golf clubs should be designed and fitted. Golf is a hard enough game-don't make it harder on yourself by using the wrong heads, shafts and grips. Our online FITTING System will ensure that each and every golfer, along with their own unique characteristics, is properly fit with custom golf clubs. A written club fitting analysis for your file will be given FREE to any customer that purchases any custom built item from Arizonacustomgolfclubs.com top of page There are two ways to custom build your golf clubs with our online FITTING system. First, If you have never had a custom golf club fitting before, we recommend that you use our unique FITTING System - it will walk you through the online club fitting process in a helpful manner-you will be asked for specific measurements, so have a tape measure or yardstick handy. top of page Second, If you have previously been fit with custom golf clubs, and know your measurements and the type of club(s) that you want, you can proceed to the end of the fitting request and supply us with this information. Our easy form will BE SUBMITTED to ArizonaCustomGolfClubs.com to assist you with your order. top of page

Will a custom set of clubs make me hit the ball straighter and longer?

The golf ball has to go up to 15 to 20% straighter and longer (or more) because properly components like, gram weighting of each component part, grip sizing, shaft pureing, shaft flex, proper length and improved lie and lofts of each golf club, will automatically improve the number or percentage of center-hits versus off-center hits when the golf ball contacts the club face. The improper fit of golf clubs make off-center hits-which makes the ball slice, hook, top and sky-- the norm; rather than hitting the ball straighter and longer with fitted golf clubs. Improper fitted equipment equals bad golf shots no matter how good your golf swing may be! top of page

Can I take lessons to make my game improve or do I need golf lessons and proper fit golf equipment?

A marriage between properly fit golf equipment and golf instruction that requires teaching basic fundamentals like alignment, posture, grip and swing path are "both" very important; if the plan is to become a better than average player. I don't care how good your golf swing is—without having your golf clubs custom fit; you will never reach your potential as a golfer. Your handicap will tend to remain the same. Do you ever wonder why a 25 handicap player stays a 25 most of his/her life? To be honest, many golfers are afraid to change their swing and get custom fitted! Those that endure, and do both, will eventually become low handicap players—maybe even a scratch golfer! top of page

What does it mean to have a golf shaft pured? Will it make the golf ball go straighter?

Golf Smith, Hot Sticks and others will "PURE" a golf shaft for between $15 and $50, depending on whether or not the shaft has to be pulled or a driver is about to be re-shafted with a new one. The process is done by computer balancing a golf shaft through an oscillation process until a shaft's CPM (cycle per minute of oscillation) vibrates to its highest CPM- in a vertical plane. Simple put, the vertical flat spot on the shaft is identified and aligned prior to the epoxy and installation process, so the flat part (less torque-less twisting at impact) of the shaft (opposite the shaft's seem) points towards the target. 300+ PGA, LPGA tour players have had their shafts pured. It is guaranteed to make a golf ball got "Up-To" 50% straighter. We make sure that every shaft, prior to installation is pured at "no charge" for every customer. top of page

What is more important, the club head-- as Callaway, Ping, Taylor Made and Titleist suggest—or is it the golf shaft?

It is shameful that most of our major OEM golf club suppliers have been lying to us for many years. 95% of all advertising tells us that the new R-7 gives us a draw or fade, just by changing the weights on the toe or heel of the club head. Ping, Callaway, Taylor made, Titleist and Cobra spend millions of dollars per year telling us about how the new technology of their club head hits it high, low etc, etc, etc. Here is the real truth, coming from a PGA Member of 27 years and a club builder during the same time frame. Club head design accounts for only about 18-20 % of the successful building of a golf club—the golf shaft is about 68 to 72% responsible and the golf grip around 10%. The golf shaft is the engine that makes the golf shaft work. The shaft length, torque, flex point, stiffness, overall weight, (in grams) material, and shaft alignment, (puring) makes or breaks the successful construction of a golf club. Loft, lie and design of the club head are important but play a minor role compared to the golf shaft. (Lie –is the amount the hosel or neck of an iron head is bent, in degrees-1/8 "per 1-degree-- upright or flat. This is critical for directional control) top of page

What does it mean to have your golf clubs balanced?

When our company builds any golf club, our success is based on the evaluation of information delivered to the builder by the FITTING information system, available to every customer inside our organization. When the set is complete it must have the predicted swing weight like D-O, D-1 or D2 etc throughout the set—the set is now said, "to be in balance.". This tells the builder and you that each club was cut to flex in ½ inch increments and that each completed golf club is in balance to the other clubs in your new set. The swing weights should be the same and each club ½ longer than the other. A great set of golf clubs will have a variance of a + or – one (1) swing weight throughout the set. Tour players, like Tiger Woods will add adhesive lead tape to the club face if his desire is to make the club feel heavier. If a Certified Custom Club Builder knows his craft, each golf club should be in balance and have a similar feel--one club compared to the other. top of page

Are graphite shafts better for my golf swing/game or are steel shafts?

Graphite shafts are not a bad way to go for golfers that have slow swings and are looking for a little more distance. You see, most of the time graphite shafts are made approximately 1" longer than steel shafts because they are lighter. Steel shafts remains stronger, more predictable, with distance control being most important, and rates very high on the PGA tours list of ways to improve their game. Tiger woods uses steel shafted irons and has graphite shafts "only" in his driver and fairway wood. Our company still uses steel shaft for irons and woods—the exception is with the driver, because golfers are not concerned about conserving distance. A steel shaft is more affordable that graphite, but we will deliver what ever our customers' request—hopefully with our guidance. The most popular steel shafts we offer are A& L and R & S parallel Dynamic True Temper iron and wood shafts. The A & L can be tipped to action or ladies flex and the R & S to stiff or extra-stiff flex for men. top of page

How many wedges should I have in my bag so I do not exceed the 14 club limit?

Don't be at a disadvantage to the field! If you are a competitive player, looking for a competitive advantage, you should make room for a 52 degree gap wedge—a 56 degree sand wedge and a 60 degree lob wedge. Consider taking out the 4-iron to make room for the 60 degree. The 52 is used for that distance between the 48 degree pitching wedge and the 56 degree SW. The 60 degree is for 40 yards or less and used for high short shots over bunkers or short sand shots. The 56 degree is a normal SW and is the basic tool for getting out of the sand. top of page

Why should I take golf lessons?

If anyone is sincere about improving their golf game, you must seek out qualified PGA Golf Professional. You may wire your new fan into the ceiling or replace the fixtures inside your bathroom stool, but I do not know anyone that can fix there own golf swing. Leaning to play golf is not a do-it-yourself proposition. Call around and ask friends and locals if they can refer an instructor that is well known in your area. Every one that is serious about taking their game to the next level should take golf lessons on a regular basis. Find a Qualified PGA pro with a good track record and stick with him/her. top of page

How long should a golf lesson take?

Lessons should not take more than and hour or less than 45 minutes. Two important points need to be made. First, One lesson will do very little good to anyone wishing to learn how to swing, chip, pitch and get out of a bunker. One lesson is normally the quick fix, given to a long time golfer, because the golfer is bleeding and needs something to stop the bleeding. One lesson is like the wound that will never heal; a bandage covers the wound but the golfer will not pay to see the doctor for the final cure. 6-10 lessons over a one year period should be considered as a minimum with occasional check-ups beyond one year. Have you ever taken a math course in one lesson—I doubt it! Second, a plan should be set down, drills should be administered and a golfing routine a must! The experience of taking golf lessons must be a pleasant experience--the lessons MUST be positive—always looking on the bright side, even if the lesson happen to fall short of expectation by the pro or student. top of page

I took a golf lesson from a pro and he gave me too much information—I was confused!

The Mind can not think of more that one thought at a time. Many of my students say they can handle two thoughts during the golf swing. I have given over 40,000 lessons and during that time frame made every mistake that could possible be made early in my career. I will never claim to have all the answer, even today, but I will tell you this, "I am always in pursuit of new ideas, new teaching aids, associations and anything that makes the learning of golf easier." I have had a lot of success in my 27 year career as a golf instructor because I believe in building routines. A golfer has to have a starting point and an ending point during each and every golf swing. A golfer needs to start with the understanding of the word Aim and Alignment—at the end of the swing or the routine there has to be a finish. Every thing in between the start of the swing (aim) and the finish needs to be part of a routine. This is why one (1) lesson is not for beginners! I don't care if there are 6 to 7 steps to the routine, it has to be learned and it has to be in order. A golfer without a routine is like a fisherman in a boat fighting a swift current, without a paddle. In my early years, my wife asked me if I would take country dance lessons with her and I agreed. The first dance had 15 steps and I said to her, "lets get out of here, there is too many steps to remember." As luck would have it, I not only learned the first dance with 15 different steps but we also learned one more having 12 steps. I would never have mastered the technique of country dancing if were not for the sequential routine and the step-by-step method of learning. Golfers will never learn basic golf fundamental without the sequential way of learning. top of page

Golf lessons are scary and the instructor may ask me to change my golf swing after 20 years. What should I do?

If you are only planning to play 2 or 3 times per year at company functions, perhaps you should take a band aid lesson from time to time. What is more embarrassing, 1) Shooting 120 for 18 holes when your friends and workmates shoot between 75 and 90 or taking a golf lesson that may take you out of your comfort zone-temporarily? Any change may be difficult in the beginning, but if it means implementing basis fundamentals in your routine that make you a better ball striker—isn't it worth a few uncomfortable moments with a qualified PGA Golf instructor? Remember, I pro will always be pulling for the utmost in student success. top of page

How long does it normally take to make a swing change?

Ben Hogan took 7 years, working with no one except his own hard work and a bunch of note taking, to reach the pinnacle of his career. There is no person that is the same as far as learning, and finding the proper amount of time to practice. I feel that 6-10 lessons over a 3-5 month period should allow the student and instructor to build the golf swing and develop a reasonable short game. Remember, it is up to the student to enter competition/ tournaments and practice after and in between the lessons. Golfers wishing to reach their potential would take a few years depending on what you would like to do with golf. top of page

How important are drills that are sometimes offered by a PGA Golf Instructor?

Drills are critical in the learning process of golf. I personally give my students up to 8-10 different drills during the course of a 6-lesson series of instruction. The proper drills should be able to replace the learning of muscle skills during a series of golf lessons. A PGA Golf Professional is unable to be an effective teacher without the use of drills. top of page

What if I don't practice what was taught to me the week before? Is it ok to take a week off?

Absolutely, make sure you communicate with the Golf Professional and let him know you were unable to practice and would like to skip a week. Never be in a race to complete your golf lessons on time. Your golf pro will understand and should work with you. top of page

Is my posture an important ingredient to having a good golf swing?

Look at Tiger Woods. He has the epitome of what good posture should look like. The establishment of great posture is part of the third step in a typical routine that I teach many of my students. A student's posture, once established, must stay in a similar position, in the set-up position, to the top and the back swing, and through the hitting area. Many golfers stand-up through the ball and the ball goes dead right or they top it. With good posture comes terrific extension of the arms through the ball. Without great posture and the understanding of proper posture, there would be no way to improve your golf swing. top of page

How important is my short game—putting, chipping, pitching and sand in the scream of learning golf?

Think of your short game as a game all in its self. Each shot has its own particular characteristics and requires a lot if feel, finesse and touch. An improved short game allows a golfer to SCORE. You may hit the ball poorly, but if you get it up and down with sound chipping, pitching, and sand play you will score. Lets not forget putting. It is very simple; the player who putts the best will probably be the winner of the tournament that particular week. Even if your desire is to learn the basics of how to hold a golf club, align your body and swing the golf club in balance, you must take lessons. It is not a do-it-yourself project! I have always said it is easier to shot par 72 that it is to shot 110 for 18 holes. Why? To shoot 110 requires "every bone in your body to hurt, your mind is uncertain, a routine has not been established, you are angry without any form of balance and the game that day was no fun. On the other hand, the 72 was full of tempo and rhythm and the fundamental were in tact. Your mind was confident and your swing repeatable. The par 72 makes you want to play again and again. top of page END OF FAQS top of page