Most equipment changes are an incredible waste of money and are equally ridiculous.
If you want to buy new clubs because it’s fun…I am all for that as I like new clubs just as much as the next guy. However, if you continually make equipment changes thinking the new driver from company “X” is going to increase your driving distance 30 yards and cure your long standing slice…I have some Amway products for you as well.
Here is the most egregious equipment change I ever heard. Several years ago there was this real scratch geek at my club. He would spout everything straight out of Golf Digest as if he invented the game. He was about a 10 handicap, which is solid, but he lived by the old adage…talk 60’s, dress 70’s, shoot 80’s.
One day he shows up at the driving range ranting and raving about how “pure I am now.” He had his Rifle 6.3’s changes to 6.2’s and now his draw was working perfectly as he was having trouble blocking it before.
In other words, he spent $300 to pay for a new set of stickers on his shafts (I would be willing to bet large sums of money that’s all they changed when he left the clubs). You can change the shaft frequency .1 by changing to a different grip, adding half a piece of lead tape to the head, or taking a huge divot and not cleaning your club. As a matter of fact, if you tightened the vice that held the club into the frequency meter in those days, you could change the flex .2 or .3 sometimes. The way you let go of the club head would sometimes oscillate the club a slightly different frequency.
They also did a study that PGA Tour players usually needed as much as .3 or .4 difference to notice and most amateurs needed almost a full point before they could.
The point being, this guy was an idiot. The other point is don’t be so anal with your club specs, it isn’t good for you. Feel is more important than the perfect numbers a computer reels off. Different days you fell different and the temperature also affects how the club performs.
I understand that having a club that fits you is important, but there are too many variables in golf, your body from day to day and the weather to make “a perfectly matched set of clubs” relevant at all.
All of the Trackmanists are ready to throw empty beer cans at me now. 😀