The Equipment Insider

What characteristics do you look for most in a golf club?

Have you ever been to a club fitter? If yes, what was your experience?

Email us and we will publish reader responses in the May 10 issue. Please include your first and last name, along with city and state of residence. 

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION: What characteristics do you look for most in a golf club?

I came across the idea of MOI (Moment of Inertia) from Doc Griffin, a clubfitter from South Carolina and Tom Wishon Golf Technology. It is true that if the MOI matches each club, then they all feel the same swinging them.

Second, I switched to single-length clubs and your set-up each time is the same. In retirement, I had time to do research and those are two things I found that might help others.

— Dan Gaertner | Cambridge Wis.

Ball speed is the data point that gets my attention. The club head that produces the highest smash factor is the one that I want to adjust for best shaft flex, balance point and MOI. You can’t make a Ferrari out of a pickup truck, but you can make a Ferrari go super fast.

— Rod Clemmons | Lebanon, Tenn. 

I look for a club that produces a pure feel, long, straight and boring flight, which will stop within 6 feet of the pin every time I pull it from the bag. Still looking.

— Paul Vicary | The Villages, Fla.

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