We have all fallen victim to the winter blues. Wet, cold, foggy conditions in Tulare County stop most of us from coming out and playing, nevermind taking time to practice on the range. As the days get shorter it may be more difficult to come hit a bucket after work, or spend just a little bit of time on the putting green figuring out why you keep missing those three footers.

The internet is filled with all manner of gadgets to help you keep up with you swing at home. Nets, simulators, foam balls, things with strings and VR coarses all to help you keep things dialed in. All the gadgets in the world will never duplicate the beauty of mother nature and hitting a ball of grass; then watching it climb through the air, turning ever so slightly as it begins to descend.

We have added lights to our range in an effort to help extend our range season, and hopefully keep the rust off through this winter. We can’t stop the rain, and the Tule fog will always roll in, but maybe we can stop your handicaps’ annual climb back up. The lights will be on starting at dusk and stay on at least until 9 during the fall. We haven’t experienced a cold winter with the lights yet, so we will have to work that out as time goes by.

Have you ever hit at night on a lit driving range, or do you plan on visiting us and trying it out?

Why should you consider custom clubs?

Media is pushing today’s golfer to buy the biggest and best and usually most expensive equipment available. If you’re like me, you watch Youtube reviews and read golf-related articles. Most of the media is fair and reasonable; however, as with all advertising, it’s sell, sell, sell! If you haven’t noticed the average price for a driver has passed $500 now for the top 4 manufacturers, and a premium putter is $400+. The only question a golfer should think, “Is this product going to help my game?”

The short answer is “No,” “No, it will not save you strokes.” Unless they are suitably fit clubs, that suits your swing.

I have fit hundreds of golfers and can tell you; I would never doubt the improvement golfers, of all levels, can experience. As with all things, buyer beware! Finding a talented fitter you can trust is a little bit like finding a car salesperson or tax guy you trust. Personal recommendations and past experiences are the best way to find the right fitter for you.

Education is the basis for any learned skill, whether that skill is learned by doing or by learning specific knowledge that applies to your trade. A great fitter not only needs to physically fit as many as people as possible to hone the craft, but they should also immerse themselves into the data. An excellent resource for anyone interested in getting fit is TXG: Tour Experience Golf; they have a fantastic YouTube channel.

Now that you’re informed. The basic idea of the fitting is to find a club that works with your swing so that you don’t have to adapt. Much like you adjust a car seat when you borrow someone else’s car, it’s not because you are an F1 driver, it just makes things easier.

So please comment about good or bad fitting experiences. If you have any questions for our fitters, we would love to answer any questions you may have.