After playing rounds with many weekend golfers, Lydia Ko, a two-time major winner, offered some tips to amateurs who are struggling with their gear as she finished up a practice session at the Ascendent LPGA benefitting Volunteers of America.
Prior to Ko's reply, the majority of responses I received focused on getting fit for your gear, which is an essential component of the set-building process. Ko mentioned fitting, but added another problem that has plagued golfers for many years.
Ko said to GOLF.com, "Don't buy a club just because a pro uses it." "I feel like amateur golfers do this a lot and it hurts their games because they're now playing a club that isn't suited to their game or properly fitted."
Ko recalled a moment in 2010 when she couldn't ignore the call of the new gear after Tiger Woods switched from a Graphite Design Tour AD DI driver shaft to the Masters.
Ko stated, "I remember Tiger switching to that shaft. I thought, if Tiger used the shaft, it must have been for me." "Not necessarily. It felt as if the entire world had used that shaft. That shaft was mine. It's not right for you just because Tiger uses it. Although I have learned my lesson, I will admit that I still enjoy watching Justin Thomas or any other big-name player play and I will say, "Oh, that putter seems good." It's easy to be tempted to research the model they use.
It won't help your game to know what pros are doing. This is similar to Lebron James wearing the same shoe every season. As long as you're not using that knowledge to track your favorite players. If you are open to the idea of playing Max Homa’s Titleist driver, you should consult a fitter to make sure it is the right model for you.
Ko said, "Fortunately for us, if a putter model is being used by a major name, we have fitters here who can tell if it's suitable for our game." Many golfers don’t make use of the fitters available to them, but they should.
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