I think it is important (and cool) to show the `inside the ropes´ or `behind the scenes´ of our daily accomplishments or struggles, work ethic and objectives , not only with the intention of becoming more transparent with our fans in our daily posts, but also to help you guys grow the game of golf learning from our mistakes and the way we try to improve them.

I guess I enjoy being a spokesperson and role model besides being a female professional athlete because engaging with fans and providing them tools, ideas or insights of how my day to day goes is what I also look forward the most out of my role models. I like to see what they do and how the do it when they achieve success. Not merely to copy their process, but to learn from their experiences. I like to see what works for them and why. And then propel from that inspiration to find my own path. It´s a passive-active nurturing technique I have to grow not only as a person but as an athlete. And I only hope my experiences help you find your own guidance. 


So, why do I believe club fittings are so good? Golf is already hard as it is to make ourselves play with clubs that don't help our game. A golf club can significantly heighten your misses, hinder your performance and mess up your confidence. It also has the power to, consequently, increase your confidence, enable your swing changes to be easier and forgive your misses. Because contradictory to the saying ´Blame the Indian not his arrows´, in golf, the `arrows´ play a very important role in your development as player.

I normally do my club fitting the first days of pre season training, but last year I changed up my strategy. My coach, Jorge Parada, convinced me to do it right before leaving for my off week vacations, that way I could have my clubs ready when I came back to start training. It is also important to mention that, during our season, we also routinely check up lies and lofts of our clubs depending on swing changes or wedges distances gaps.

I always choose to do my club fitting in Miami, at Trump Doral. There are a couple in the US (Miami, Scottsdale, Carlsbad, Chicago, NYC, etc) and worldwide (Turnberry, UK; Sotogrande, Cadiz- Spain; Tokyo), but I like to go to the one located in Miami because of the club fitter, Andy Victoriano.


 Andy Victoriano @ and I at True Spec  @truescpecgolf  in Trump Doral, Miami. 

Andy Victoriano @ and I at True Spec @truescpecgolf in Trump Doral, Miami. 

When doing a club fitting, it is very important you talk to your club fitter and let him know what your tendencies are, what your misses and fears are, and what would you want to gain out of that session. In my case, I told Andy I feared the left side of the target, and that I was seeing my club face aiming left every time I set up the club. I also struggled to hit the ball in the center of the club face.  

I worked really hard to correct those misses, however, I wasn’t aware the sticks I was using, weren’t the correct ones for me at that precise moment. So I was fighting a fight I was never going to be able to win. I could win some rounds, but at the end I will end up losing the fight. Because fighting against technology is not a good idea.

Before doing the club fitting I was using Callaway Apex CF16 irons. I love Callaway, I have been with them for so long for a reason. I think they make overall the best clubs in the market. However, I wanted to take advantage of the freedom of not being under contract with any club company to try every brand out there and choose the best one for me at the moment.  The model of irons I was playing for more than 2 years have a little bit of offset. In case you dont know, offset is a design feature that is implemented into golf clubs with the aim to help golfers hit draws. It works as a band aid to help fix slices. When the leading edge of the club face is set back from the hosel (neck of the club), the club is said to have offset. To make it easier on you guys, the shaft appears to be in front or ahead of the club face. Offset irons, have the tendency to aim left, just because of the disposition of the leading edge of the club compared to the hosel. Therefore, that image of the club face aiming left, wasn’t just a mental hiccup. It was happening over and over again. So I have been playing offset irons which is contradictory to what suits my eye. I learned how to play with them, but basically, made my existence a little bit harder. However, it is importante to note that irons without offset are not going to cure your slices. But it will help you with the transition. But it is also important to understand that irons without offset could be harder to hit for non experienced players.

 After discussing the benefits and inconveniences of the offset, Andy came back with some forged irons (no offset), which right away fit my eye. The clubs we tried were: Callaway X Forged, Titleist 718 TMB, Titleist AP3, Mizuno MP-18 MMC, PXG 0311, TayloreMade P 790 and Srixon z 565.

I am a steep player, so playing forged irons with a very thin base, will increase the digging of the club in the ground. So we needed forged irons with a wider base. That is why I had to exclude Mizuno (for example) out of the equation. My final picks were, Srixon z 565, and TayloreMade P 790. I really liked the feel of the Srixon irons, but performance-wise, the TM irons had the best numbers by far. TaylorMade irons launched the ball higher and 3-5 meters longer with each club specially the long irons (6 and 5) which before I was able to hit the proper launch to get the carry I needed. I was surprised how accurate and distance controlled these new TaylorMade irons were. Another curious anecdote is that with the Taylor Made irons, I wasn’t having problems of hitting it off the toe of the club.


In terms of shaft selection, we didn’t try any other shaft, because the one I have is probably one of the best shafts I have ever used. It is a very common shaft in pro women, because it is a combination of graphite and steel. I use SteelFiber 85 gr for my irons and 95 gr for my wedges. Its funny how this works, because I was always used to play with stiffer and heavier shafts growing up, and that changed fast when I joined the Tour. Playing golf sporadically to playing competitive golf almost every week of the year are two very different things. To be able to maintain a healthy swing and energy levels during your rounds through out the year, you need a shaft that you would be capable of repeating the same swing many times in a row, many weeks in a row, with the same results. The shaft I used to play before was the NYPPON 95 gr which is also very common on tour.

 These Steelfiber Stiff i95 shafts are from my wedges, which normally they have to be heavier than your irons for more control. My irons shafts -starting from my PW to 5 iron- are the Steelfiber Stiff i85. 

These Steelfiber Stiff i95 shafts are from my wedges, which normally they have to be heavier than your irons for more control. My irons shafts -starting from my PW to 5 iron- are the Steelfiber Stiff i85. 

Fairway woods came next. Pro golfers are a bit stubborn when it comes to recognizing the necessity for some of us to introduce a 7 wood in our bag. But I came to this club fitting session with no prejudices and a very open mind. 

If I wanted to get a 7 wood in my bag I needed to compare numbers with a 4 iron. Because those two clubs are forever substitutes of each other. Normally you carry both in the bag and use the 4 iron in windy conditions and the 7 wood in normal condition with firm greens. However, I wasn’t laughing the ball high enough with my 4 iron and consequently, wasn’t carrying the distance I needed and also wasn’t spinning the balls enough to bite on greens. 

Luckily, I never had a problem in hitting the ball low, so I can manage to hit low spinners with my 7 wood if needed. So, no 4 iron for me on the bag. 

Among some of the fairway woods brands I tried were TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Ping, PXG; but Ping G400 gave me the best numbers, best consistency and it was also the easiest to hit. The shaft I had on my hybrids was Fujikura PRO 63 S, so we decided to go with the newer Fujikura model of those shafts, the ATMOS 6S. 


Before I continue onto my Driver, it is important to mention that when doing a club fiiting, the idea is not to modify your swing for the club in hands. The purpose of a good club fitting is for you to hit your normal swing all the time, that way is how you will know which club works best for you. 

For Drivers, we tried the TaylorMade M2s, PXG, Cobra and Ping, but nothing really beat my Epic Driver. We did change the shaft, to create more torque and gain a couple more yards. The shaft I changed into is MCA FUBUKI J 50 S. 

For wedges, I changed from the Callaway MD3 Milled to the TaylorMade milled grind 58, 54 and 50 degrees on D2 swingweight. I am definitely going to miss Callaway´s star Anthony Taranto and his designs on my wedges a lot!

We finished up with a putter fitting. The way they do this, is by making you hit on a tracking device for putting only called Quintic Ball Roll Sytem It tracks your swing path, where you hit in your club face, the speed on your take away and follow through, how is your face at impact, etc. I got fitted into the Bettinardi Studio #28. I had never tried Bettinardi before!! The Quintic Ball Roll named a couple of things I needed to get better at. It alarmed us on one thing: I wasn't hitting the ball on the center of the putter. That I was aware of because I felt it when I hit. I was using a blade putter before, and we tried many different shapes of putter, more face-balanced putters than any others, to try and get advantage of the head weight distribution that the mallet putters have the more forgiveness they usually provide. The Quintic Ball Roll also pointed out about my left aiming tendencies, which was corrected the second the put a center-shaft putter in my hands. With all this, I am not trying to say that Voilá! I am going to start making all of the putts now. Nope! I still need to put the work in, more than anyone probably, but it will surely help me focus on more important things like speed and competition drills than technique drills to start my ball on line.


Overall, I want to address the importance on doing a club fitting to help you find the correct clubs for you. This will help your golf significantly. It might not fix your slice or draw, but it will help you fix your misses on your own allowing your instincts and talent. Its the most natural way of letting you hit the good or bad shots on your own, not having your club hit it for you. 

And again, I am not sponsored by TrueSpec, I don´t gain anything from posting this. It is just me sharing insights on how to get better at this game of golf!

Have you guys ever had a golf fitting? Or you guys usually buy the club depending on the brand or the marketing behind it? Are you guys aware that the same driver head or fairway wood varies drastically with all the different shafts out there in the market? That is one of the main reasons club fittings are the best way to get your perfect club!


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Full bag fitting + putting fitting: $450                       Putter fitting: $150

Full bag fitting: $350 (most recommended)             Driver fitting: $125

Wood fitting (2hr): $200                                            Wedge fitting: $125

Iron/wedge fitting: $200                                            Gap analysis (1hr): $125

Iron fitting: $125                                                          Shaft only: $125

Es importante transmitir no solo las cosas buenas que nos pasan, si no también los aprendizajes que experimentamos al arriesgarnos con cualquier decisión tomada. Sobretodo en el mundo del golf durante nuestro proceso de mejora. Me parece apreciado compartir con vosotros todos aquellos momentos de aprendizaje y rutinas de entrenamiento que me ayudan a mejorar. Porque al fin y al cabo juego a este deporte porque lo amo, y no hay nada que me gustaría mas que ver que ustedes hacen crecer el deporte volviendo mejores golfistas. 

Por que me parece tan importante los fittings? Para empezar, el golf es un deporte bastante difícil que ofrece una gran variedad de palos, varillas y ajustes en los mismo palos para poder ayudarte, pero que muchas veces, lo usamos a nuestra contra. Hay un dicho muy usado por todos nosotros el cual dice, ` No es la flecha, si no el indio ´, que a mi me gustaría indagar un poco más profundamente. En golf, yo creo que muchas de las veces, no solo los amateurs, pero los profesionales también, caemos en la tentación de elegir el palo que jugar (marca y modelo) en vez de dejar que el palo nos elija a nosotros. Yo creo firmamente que un palo de golf puede aumentar tu sentimiento de negatividad y duda, mientras que en su dualidad, también es capaz de lograr sentirnos llenos de convicción y positivismo. He visto y experimentado muchas veces, fallos que se han podido volver crónicos en un golfista (incluso para mi) y que se han ido tan fácilmente, como cambiar de modelo de palo o ajustar el palo de manera diferente a la que la tenias (ajustar el lie, por ejemplo). Esta es la sencilla razón por la cual yo pienso que en el golf, muchas más veces a favor que en contra, el dicho se diría ´Es la flecha, no el indio´.

Todo los años empieza mi temporada con un nuevo fitting, para poder probar palos nuevos y ajustes de lie y lofts. Tambien durante la temporada tenemos un chequeo rutinario de lofts y lies. Pero este año cambie la estrategia de mi fitting. Normalmente solía hacer los fittings los primeros días empezando los entrenamientos de pretemporada. Pero el año pasado, mi entrenador nuevo, Jorge Parada, me convenció a hacerlo justo antes de irme de vacaciones. Fue una brillante idea, ya que las marcas de palos suelen tardan en armarte los palos, y de esta manera, siempre vas a tener los palos listos antes de empezar tus entrenamientos preparativos para la temporada.

Es importante comunicarse con el fitter y compartir con el tus fallos, tendencias y miedos. Es crucial que el entienda que vienes buscando y cual es el propósito final de tu sesión. Despues de analizar tu swing, vendrá con una variedad de marcas de palos para que puedas empezar a probarlos con tu swing natural. Es muy importante que no cambies tu swing dependiendo del modelo o marca de palo que tienes en las manos. Ya que la idea aquí es deshacerse de prejuicios y quedarse con los palos que mejor nos vayan. Yo a Andy le comenté que los fallos que mas me molestaban eran los de la izquierda, y que sentía que la cara del palo siempre me apuntaba hacia allá. También le comenté que solía con los hierros bastante en la punta de la cara del palo. 

Lo primero que hizo fue mirarme los hierros, me dijo que lo mas seguro es que mis fallo a la izquierda y la sensación de que la cara de mis hierros siempre apurara a la izquierda se debiera a que mis hierros tenían offset. Para aquellos que no saben muy bien que es el offset, es una avance en el diseño del palo que ayuda a los jugadores a pegar draw mas fácilmente. Básicamente el offset hace que la cabeza del palo esté un pelín retrasada del cuello el palo (donde empezaría la varilla). Consecuentemente, el offset hace que sientas que la cara del palo apunte a la izquierda.

Basicamente, todo el trabajo que he estado haciendo con mi entrenador, podría haber sido solventado mucho mas rápido si hubiera cambiado de hierros hace un par de meses. Ojo, que no digo que me hubiera ido mejor a nivel de resultados, eso nunca lo sabremos. Pero em proceso de entrenamiento hubiera sido mas ligero y quizás mas efectivo. 

Antes del fitting usaba los Callaway Apex CF 16. Me encanta Callaway, los he jugado por muchos años, y la marca y el equipo de trabajo son de mis favoritos. Pero al no estar en contrato con ellos quería aprovechar la libertad de poder probar todos los hierros y elegir el que mejor me fuera. Al final me quedé con los TaylorMade P790. Hacía mucho tiempo que no jugaba TaylorMade, y me quede muy anonadada con los resultados obtenidos con estos hierros. Todavía a día de hoy, gozo cuando los pego. Todavía me sorprendo de ver la bola volar tan alta y con buen spin, y la facilidad con la que mantengo la cara del palo cuadrada en el impacto.

En términos de varillas, no tuve que cambiar la que ya usaba ya que creo que es una de las mejores varillas del mercado. Se llama Steelfiber, en los hierro uso la de 85 gramos y en los wedges la de 95 gramos.

Las maderas de calle fue lo siguiente que probamos. Casi todos los jugadores profesionales pelamos hasta el final por no meter una madera 7 en la bolsa de golf. Y es todo culpa del ego, por que no hay nada mejor que una buena maderita 7 que te saque de apuros. La verdad que yo nunca he tenido problemas en mantener la bola baja, pero si que he tenido problemas en sacarle vuelo a los hierros 4. Así que no les costo mucho tiempo convencerme de que la madera 7 era un buen cambio para mi. Al final nos decidimos por las maderas de calle Ping. Fue la que mejor resultado nos dió. La verdad, era lo que me esperaba. Veía a muchas niñas en el tour jugando esas maderas.

De Drivers, probamos varias marcas: PXG, TaylorMade, Ping y Cobra. Pero al final ninguna sobresalió al driver Epic que ya tenia en juego. Lo único que hicimos fue cambiar la varilla. Antes usaba la Fujikura PRO 60 grams pero Fujikara sacó una nueva varilla que es la que probamos y me fue bastante bien. Esta nueva varilla se llama MCA FUBUKI J 50 S.

Los wedges también los cambié. Me gustaban mucho mis Callaway MD3, y voy a echar de menos a Anthony Taranto, que era el artista que diseñaba los wedges con colores y dibujos. Pero los nuevos wedges que estoy usando ahora son la bomba! El toque es más suave y blando, y el diseño de la cabeza es más redondo. Con los wedges Callaway, me solía enterrar bastante, y el toque no era muy sólido. Con los nuevos wedges le pego mas en el centro del palo. El peso está mejor distribuido en la cara del palo, y soy capaz de pegarle mas neta. 

En resumen, espero convenceros de la necesidad y eficacia de los fittings de palos de golf. No es algo que los profesionales debamos de hacer solo, si no al revés. A los amateurs les ayudaría mas aún ya que tienen menos tiempo para perfeccionar su swing y necesitan que de verdad el palo de golf esté en sincronía con sus habilidades de swing. 

Os habéis hecho algún footing the palos de golf? Qué os ha parecido? Tendéis a compraros palos de golf por la marca, o probáis varios modelos y marcas y elegís luego? Os dais cuenta de la cantidad de varillas distintas que hay en el mercado y que cada una puede variar exageradamente para bien o para mal de las otras?


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