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NEXT BEST THING: A NEW CLUBFITTING CALCULUS
According to Tim Briand, director of fitting at True Spec, the biggest potential breakthrough in clubfitting will come, believe it or not, from mathematics. “There’s not yet been a predictive clubfitting algorithm that is brand-agnostic and all encompassing,” says Briand. “But a number of companies are trying to crack the code, and we’re very close. When that happens it will truly be game-changing.”
What he’s referring to is a formula that will allow just about anyone to plug in their key performance attributes — clubhead speed, launch angle, shot shape, etc. — and get a very accurate recommendation of which model or models of club are right for them. Plug that algorithm directly into a launch monitor and the world of clubfitting will change for good.