Exercising Controlled Motion

Club Fitting

Golf Pros--this should be very interesting!

The inter-relationship between controlled body movements and custom club-fitting

Clubfitting with the Dynamic Balance System - DBS

By: Charlie Cowan, PGA Professional
Symbiotic Golf at Deerfield Beach C.C. , April 2002

Charlie Cowen, PGA ProfessionalWhen I fit clubs, the fit is usually for students who are seeking a better swing. For me therefore fitting is about motion improvement and teaching is more about theory then fact. The golf club and its impact are the facts of the golf motion. Fitting golf clubs must be defined by dynamic measures rather than matching ideal formulas for success. Since my goal is to improve motion we rely on a cooperative experience between fitter and the golfer. The golfer should know the motion he or she desires and the professional should be the advisor. We ask the golfer to define his balance so that it can be recognized at any time without the advice of the golf professional. We are fitting to give the golfer a club which enables him to receive his highest levels of physical enjoyment which we call, balance.

The question now becomes in what real way do golf clubs effect the motion a golfer makes. We use the Dynamic Balance System to measure, quantify, and verify a change in motion-balance to the center of gravity. The Dynamic Balance System was designed to display the golfer's center of gravity as it moves through space. To fit clubs the first step that I do is to get the golfer to measure and define his or her balance preference. This balance is an individual's opinion to a point. It is determined by the golfer's sense of it but we all know the limitations of feelings. Now we can measure it with the DBS and reduce the reliance of the golfer's senses.

It is at this point that I find the Dynamic Balance System to be an effective tool. I could discuss endlessly with a student what he "feels" is his best balance. The DBS takes this subjective discussion out of the student's experience. We are able to define in a quantitative manner his balance. We are able to stretch our curiosity by testing and examining all the possibilities of golf club design and its influence on the golfer's balance. For example handing a golfer a shorter club may influence balance to move to the toes. Or giving the golfer too flexible or too stiff a shaft may influence the golfer exhibit erratic readings on the machine. We can improve motion or degrade motion by switching club components. We can do all this without the natural resistance golfers bring to the lesson tee.

The DBS is in my opinion an important breakthrough in defining what the golfer calls balance and to proving that a golf club can force a change in motion. Sometimes a golf club design or angle can accomplish far more than practice or lessons. The DBS can prove the point. It has promoted our sales and will do the same for any serious teacher/fitter.