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Every professional golfer playing on the PGA tour plays with custom fit golf equipment.

Why? A player's golf equipment is an important factor in developing an efficient golf swing. Your ability to get into the proper posture at set-up and maintain the proper positions throughout the swing is dependant upon how well their equipment fits you. It is the totally wrong approach if you start compensating for your equipment rather than creating an efficient swing.
If you want to know more: How can we help you?, When do you need a club fitting?, The key points, The TaylorMade® SelectFit System, Into details.

How can Daniel Grimm Golf Academy help you?

Daniel Grimm is specialized in Club Fitting and throughout a serie of tests, he has helped people from many horizons and different handicaps, improving their game. They trust 100% Daniel to give them the right advises and discover their unique specifications.

At the end of the fitting, Daniel Grimm will give you the recommendations to follow once back home. If you prefer we can assist you with the follow-up and you can fit your clubs in Portugal with our partner Nevada Bob’s Golf, leader in the market.

Daniel Grimm does club fitting for all golf brands and he is certified as a TaylorMade Club Fitting Center. Check below the New TaylorMade® SelectFit System.
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When should you do a Club Fitting?

A player can and must make regular club fitting through out his golf life. Indeed, he has to accompany his game progress, the evolution of the technology, the physical changes, etc. We are not apologist of changing all the time of equipment, indeed one key principle of golf is consistency and regularity. That is why you need to know your clubs and make them become one with your body. On the other side, it is part of human being to constantly change and this is the reason why you need regular club fitting, to make sure your equipment is following your progress. In case of doubts, ask Daniel Grimm or your local golf pro.
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The key points of Daniel Grimm's club fitting:

- a personalized and human approach where dialog is very important to identify your needs
- your history and background (experience, handicap, how often you play golf, etc)
- your physical characteristics (sex, length, age and swing)
- analysis of your current equipment’s angles, lengths, sizes and flexes
- your objectives for your golf game
- your preferences (favourite equipment brand, with which category of clubs do you achieve the best scores, etc).

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The New TaylorMade® SelectFit System

This is the latest technology on the market with more than 186 driver combinations and more than 258 iron combinations. This represents 200 more combinations than the industry standard. This tool offers an infinity of possibilities and therefore a higher degree of personalisation for your clubs.

To know more, download the
tecnical sheet.


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Club Fitting into details:

Club fitting can be thought of as a combination of 4 factors:
Shaft flex, Shaft length, Lie angle and loft. Keep in mind that these factors are often inter-related.

Shaft flex

The shaft flex is the indication of how much swing force is necessary to make the shaft perform properly. If the shaft is too stiff, the player will have difficulty flexing it during the swing. This may result in reduced distance and shots going to the right. If the shaft is too flexible, the player may have difficulty controlling the club head. This may result in either sliced or hooked shots. Correct shaft flex is primarily determined by the club head speed generated by the player.

On the other side, the player's swing tempo and particular requirements should be considered. Players who achieve a given club head speed with a slower tempo should consider a more flexible shaft than indicated above. Players who have faster shorter harder swings should consider stiffer shafts than indicated. Players with accuracy problems should usually move toward stiffer shafts. Players seeking to maximize distance or club head feel should look for a more flexible shaft.

Most golf clubs are available in a choice of of 5 flexes:

• Regular (or medium)
• Stiff (or firm)
• Extra Stiff (or strong)
• Seniors (or light)
• Ladies

Complicating matters, many manufacturers have their own name for these flexes.

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Shaft Length

Shaft length is measured from the top of the grip straight down the shaft to the sole of the club head. The length effects distance, accuracy and swing plane. Thus, shaft length is both a matter of personal fit and individual performance preference.

Changing the length of the club has three major effects:

1. Increasing or decreasing the shaft length changes the length of the swing arc, just as changing the radius of circle changes its circumference. As long as a player swings at the same tempo and is strong enough to handle a longer club, a longer shaft will give more club head speed and distance.

2. Changing shaft length changes the plane of the golfer's swing. The golf swing takes place on a plane formed by the golfer's shoulders and the ball at address. When a longer golf club is used, the golfer must stand further from the ball. Thus the plane is "flatter," or closer to horizontal. When a shorter club is used the golfer must stand closer to the ball and the plane is more "upright" or vertical. Generally an upright swing is more accurate since the club face is aligned with the target for a longer time in the swing. A flatter swing, However is more powerful for many players.

3. The longer shaft changes the position of the club head at impact. Because the golfer is standing further from the ball. The heal of the club head will move downward and the toe will move upward.
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Lie Angle

The lie angle of a club is the angle formed by the sole of the club and the shaft. This angle effects the position of the club head at address and at impact. Proper lie will cause the center of the club head to strike the ground rather than the heel or toe.
A club which is too upright for the golfer will hit the ground with the heel. This will tend to cause a pull or hook because the face tends to close through the hitting area and because the face is actually aiming to the left (for right-handed players.)
A club which is too flat will hit the ground with the toe. This generally causes push or slice since the face will open and is already aiming right (for right-handed players.) Clubs that are too upright or to flat also cause decreased distance since the twisting of the club head at impact absorbs energy.
Correct lie angle is a function of shaft length. The longer the club, the flatter the lie angle should be. The shorter the club, the more upright the lie angle should be. While the best way of determining correct lie is on the driving range, the following chart is a good indication.
Approximately 25% of golfers will benefit by ordering golf equipment which is flatter or more upright than standard.
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The loft of a golf club is the angle formed by the face of the club and the shaft. The loft effects the trajectory the golf ball will travel after impact and the distance the ball will carry. In irons and fairway woods the loft is usually a matter of club design. In the driver, however the loft must fit the golfer's swing.

Three factors determine optimal loft for a driver:

1. Club head speed: The greater the club head speed the more backspin is imparted to the ball and less loft is required for best trajectory.

2. Swing consistency: decreasing loft also increases the side spin associated with impact with the face open or closed. It is there fore harder to control a low-lofted driver.

3. The material and design of the head also effect optimal loft. It is therefore incorrect to assume that if a given loft is right in one model that it will be right in another. For instance, it is common for golfers to require 1 to 2 degrees less loft with the new titanium drivers.

Due to variations in individual swings, the face may have more or less loft at impact than when the club is held in a neutral position at address. Thus finding the best loft necessarily requires some trial and error. Nevertheless the following table is helpful for indicating the proper loft of steel headed drivers.
Since control is always more important than distance, it is advisable to ere in the direction of extra loft.

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The TaylorMade® SelectFit System

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