So,I was excited by the Callaway demo day at my local CC. Even more when the guy said he did fittings. I guess my concern is that I thought there would be more to it. Maybe he did all the work with launch angle, spin, and all that jazz and just didn't tell me, but it seemed more like try this....now try this...now this...which one do you like? Ok, that is the one that works for you. I may be way off base and he just did all the math in his head or he is just that good, but it seemed somewhat lackadaisical. I liked the x forged and that is what he said i needed. The concern is that if I am dropping $1500 on a set of irons, I want them to actually be right for me. Am I being paranoid?
I had the same feeling the first time I got fit with a local pro a few years back. No technology. Just him using tape on the heads and changing out shafts. I felt short changed as well. In the end I felt like he was steering me towards the clubs where he got the most kick back from the manufacturer. That was based on nothing other than my lack of faith in humanity! My game really struggled the past few years with the setup I bought from that fitting. A few months back I saw a Tweet about Golftech giving a free swing analysis for the new Rogue woods. I went and immediately felt much better about the fitting experience. Hard data about spin, swing speed, launch, etc. Now all that stuff is way over my head but the tech took the time to explain to me what he was seeing in the numbers, what he thought was good or needed to improve. Now I will admit Golftech most likely could have the same ulterior motive like the hit i was getting from the club pro, ie, pushing towards a manufacturer where he will get a bonus, but at least I left there feeling better about the process. In the end, I am team Callaway all the way now and my last four rounds have been the best scores I have had in years.
@Breesus I know that some fitters intentionally do not tell you anything about your performance during the fitting. They do not want to influence the way you think or the way you feel...and by feel, I mean the way you feel the club, not your feelings.
However, at the end of the fitting, I would expect to get some type of information driven debreif where they tell you what worked best and why.
You may well have a good reason to feel paranoid. I'm pretty old school and have never paid anyone to fit me to new clubs. I have in the past gone to the local Golf Galaxy to have their club tech guy fit me for lie angles with several sets of forged blades and cavity backs. I basically did the length, weight and flex of the iron shafts myself by buying cheap sets of pulled steel shafts of various weights and flexes and putting them into different sets of clubheads. Then I'd head to the local rubber mat range and then to a county rec field with closely mown grass when the baseball/soccer/lacrosse players weren't there. There's no substitute for feeling the way the clubhead goes through the turf, what the divots look like, and how far and straight the ball flies. I've been doing this more than ten years and now I can buy a set of used irons off Ebay or 3Balls and know what to expect. Most of the clubs I buy on-line I know I will have to shorten the shafts they come with. No big deal since they need new grips 90% of the time.
I would recommend doing a search for Golf Digest Top 100 club fitters. Hopefully, there is one close to where you are located. Read up on each. There are different approaches. There is one in my general area that offers whatever you would like, from a single club, to the full bag. The full bag approach is done over 2 different days so that fatique isn't factored in. Just do a little research and I think you will find it well worth the investment. Good luck.
I went to a Golf Digest top 100 fitter in my state and it was a wonderful experience. They wanted me to warm up for about 15 minutes hitting balls and then they used a Flight Scope machine and explained all of the stats that I generated. I tried different heads and shaft combinations and it was an amazing experience. The fitter gave his opinion on what shaft he thought gave me the best performance . At the end of the session which took a couple of hours I had about 17 pages of data. Bottom line I got a dose of reality vs my perception on my golf swing. I ended up with clubs that gave me 10 - 12 yards further than my last fitting that was done in a big box store by a factory rep.
You get what you pay for right? Demo day cost you nothing other than the gas to get there and your time. Also if you're getting fit out of a manufacturer cart they'll just have a small sample of what's available and little to no fine tuning. Compare that to what you can get out of a higher end custom fitting process; you pay for it but you'll get all the data analyzed and "hopefully" a direct test with the specific club setup (shaft+head combo at the right length and lie angle) that they're recomending you buy.
@Arasaka Well, yes and no. While the actual "fitting" cost me nothing but time, going off their recommendation could easily cost thousands. It is more of a misrepresentation of what is going on. Don't call it a "fitting" and make a recommendation if that is not what it truly is.