I had the pleasure of visiting the Titleist National Fitting Centre at Eagles Nest today for my scheduled iron fitting.
First of all, my wife and I were warmly greeted by Ryan and given a brief tour of the newly completed facility. I have to say, the new facility is awesome. A far cry from the small building they had the last time I was there. The new facility has a large indoor putting green as well as a more than impressive indoor simulator area enabling Chris and the gang to offer fitting experiences year round !
After the grand tour by Ryan, Chris got me out to warm up with my current set of clubs with my choice of either ProV1 or ProV1x balls.
When it was time to start, we had a brief discussion regarding what I was looking for as a result of changing my irons. Was I looking for a higher ball flight, more distance, better control, more forgiveness, or something in line with how my current clubs project the ball but with an upgrade in technology ?
For me, it was time for an upgrade and based on my performance, perhaps a higher ball flight to give me more accurate distance control relative to where my ball lands.
Chris had me hit a few of my own irons to give him a base line on the track man with which to register any improvement. Since I currently play with 712 AP1's, we started with the new 718 AP1's to see if that was the best option. I then tried out a couple of swings with the AP2, but when we switched to the AP3's it was obvious that this was the club/shaft combination that was going to give me the absolute best improvement.
It was quite impressive to see the change in ball flight, carry distance, total distance, and spin rate by switching to the AP3's. It turns out that I also need to have my lie angle adjusted a bit as well. I had originally had my irons set 2 degrees up and over time, that lie angle has changed a bit. My new irons will be adjusted to 3 degrees up to get that toe up a little higher (primarily due to my height) I also need a 1/2 inch added to the shaft lengths.
I also asked Chris to verify the specs from an earlier fitting ( not with him ) for a new 917 D2 to make sure I was getting the right shaft. Turns out I am very glad we did, as we changed not only the shaft, but also moved to a 10.5 loft driver rather than a 9.5 driver adjusted to 10.5. I am really looking forward to putting this in play as I was gaining about 15 yards with a baby draw with this new set-up. I don't know of anyone that wouldn't be happy with an extra 15 yards :). I am far from tour distance, so any extra yardage is greatly appreciated !!!
So - the end result ?
I have sent the information provided to me by Chris directly to my local club pro and asked him to place the orders as soon as possible.
A new 718 AP1 4 iron - Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage TiNi 85 (Stiff)
A new set of 5 through PW 718 AP3's - Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage TiNi 85 (Stiff)
A new 917 D2 driver. - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Ltd M+ Red 50 (Stiff)
Many thanks to Chris and Ryan for your kind hospitality and professionalism.
To those who have often wondered about going for a fitting, I can personally say that I highly recommend it. This was my 4th fitting for Titleist products and I am still amazed at how skilled Chris is as selecting just the right shaft and club combination to get the absolute most out of my swing.