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Go to GolfSmith and Edwin Watts. Get fitted by both stores. Exercise sales resistance. Look at three price level clubs. Tell them that your wife or father will make the final selection as to price as it is ksupposed to be a gift.

They should start the process with checking your swing speed by having you swing with either the driver or a 6 iron. They both have devices that are placed on the mat near the tee that gives you that measurment. You set up a ball and swing through it. You do this a dozen times. Your swing speed will determine the flex of your clubs. Tiger hits at about 130-150 mph. A stiff shaft is recommended for speeds above 95. (If you go this route do not try to overswing as that will hurt you if you check out on the bubble with a speed of say 92 or 93 mph.) If you are an older player think about graphite shafts.

Both stores should lead you through the same process and you should come out with very similar recommendations as to flex, length, swing weight, etc, issues that have been discussed on the board and should be reviewed before going much further.

As to the next steps...both stores will probably suggest some of the pricer clubs for you to select, ping, taylor, titlist, callaway, etc., however, then you ask for other manufactiures who produce clubs with the specifications they have recommended that are priced to your liking and I am positive they have some at your level.

Next step is to take two or three of the clubs that meet you price range and specs. and head for the nearest driving range and field test them. Hit twenty or thirty balls with each of the three clubs they allow you to demo. Ask for three more to demo it the first three don't work out. Take the same club, say a 6 iron and note the distance, trajectory and anything else you can think off one each of the brands you are testing. Take that info back to the shop and tell the salesfolks what happened on each club. They should then alter their recommendation by suggesting a longer or shorter club, one with a bigger or smaller grip surface or grip material. Also remember that you might not need to buy a full set of clubs as for a lot of us less skilled players we do not need the 2 or 3 iron in our bags. Eliminating one or two clubs from a full set could save you upwards of $100.

Get them to write down all the tech. info on the club, flex point, lie angle, etc. THEN find a source that will sell you the clubs you need having the specs. both stores gave you. If there are differences in what you are being told that are radical, you might have to go to a third location and run the fitting process again.

You might also go over the specifications with the carded PGA pro where you take lessons. THEY LIKE THAT. THAT IS PART OF THEIR FUNCTION and if you are going to take lessons your pro should be involved in the decission process.

As another source of info go to the web site of PING and some of the other big names and learn about their on-line fitting process.

Take your time regardless of which way you go. It is your hard earned money you will be spending AND fwiw, you will "feel" better swinging "your" club if you "know" you got the right one.

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