Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

First time getting fit for clubs? I saw the ugly truth by the numbers with my swing

I have been playing golf for so many years I have lost count. And most of those years the golf hasn’t been too good. With the missed two-foot putts, the slice-a-rama tee shots, the missed greens, I have seen my handicap go up and down like the stock market.

I decided one day that it might be the golf clubs in my hands. Maybe those are the culprits for the up and down golf scores and shots. I figured it couldn’t always be operator error.

Or could it.

When the new PXG golf studio invited me up for a club fitting I figured I might get the answers I was looking for. Besides, I had never been fitted for golf clubs before and this might be a win-win.

Well, turns out a win-win was not in the cards for me and my over-the-top golf swing.

Walking into the PXG center in Bellevue, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. This is a place with pictures of the professionals who play the PXG clubs, including a picture of Northwest PGA Tour star Ryan Moore on the outside window. There was merchandise and behind the wall in the middle of the studio were two hitting stations that looked more like an indoor driving range.

And right behind the stations were a variety of shafts, clubheads and everything else that our master fitter Justin Shepherd needed to put some golf clubs in your hands.

As you may or may not know, Bob Parsons created PXG Golf Clubs a few years ago because he couldn’t find anything to fit his game. These clubs have become so popular so fast that players on the professional tours are playing them – some without even getting paid. That’s how good they are.

I knew I might need new clubs. Or at least a new swing. When I took some warmup swings Justin got the trackman computer monitor running to see my numbers like carry, clubhead speed and ball speed. I knew I was losing length, but what I saw on the monitor almost made me want to give up golf. I told Justin I thought the numbers were wrong.

“Remember, golfers are like fishermen, there are a lot of lies going around,” he said. “The computer doesn’t lie. It tells you everything about the way you are hitting the ball. No lies.”

When Justin put PXG clubs in my hand, they felt good. The numbers went up some, but with a bad over-the-top swing there wasn’t much more I could do. Lying wasn’t going to help. I figured after some swings and some more painful looks at the Trackman monitors I knew what I needed – new clubs and golf lessons. Otherwise it might be time to take up tennis and forget this golf stuff.

As you might know, PXG clubs are a little more expensive than most of the others, but there is a reason that many the pro tours are hitting them as well as top amateurs and other players – the clubs work. I knew the clubs worked. But they work for players with better swings than mine.

I was hoping that some PXG magic might work in my hands. There was some magic but I needed more. I think I need a better swing and then maybe those new clubs. Justin, I will give you a call when that happens.

Steve Turcotte is editor of Inside Golf Newspaper. He can be reached at sdturcotte@comcast.net.