Overwhelmed with fitting - thoughts/suggestions please?
If this gets long: the short of it is, I bought clubs w/ 105g (S) shafts and wonder if the shafts are too light for me. But how can I properly choose with limited cage time when it takes time to adjust, and I'm still regaining consistency?
I haven't been serious or consistent about golf in a very long time. Played in HS in the 1990's and regularly shot 80s. I played 3x last year, and last week decided to get serious with golf group, evaluation, clinic, practicing, new clubs, etc. Currently playing 'Bogey Golf' on average difficulty courses. Biggest problem is consistency - hitting thin/fat.
My Gamer: TA 845 SilverScot (1990s) with Tour Step (R) 130g shaft. I've never felt the shaft load, the feeling is harsh at times and it's tough to feel where I'm hitting on the face. Shots are straight, high, short. Common miss is slight pull (straight) left, less common is slight draw. My goal is a softer feel, modern look, and whatever distance comes with a new club. But most importantly just something that fits.
I made mistake of getting swing evaluation/lesson before getting a fitting, so on top of being rusty, I now have a different swing and my consistency is very bad. Twice I tried 105g (S) shafts in 2 different golf shops. Both times I was told immediately shaft was too light because of bad hits. 120g + gets me back under ball. My thought is that it takes time to adjust, and I'm rusty.
I go to fitting: Mizuno DNA (7i): 85, 5, 5, 5, 4. Measurements put club length in middle of range. Lie is slight toe down impact. Don't have TM specifics but my TAs are short (less than 150 carry) and miss 'the zone' in almost every category. Tech recommends #2 shaft which is PM 105 X. After a few bad hits he says shaft is too light (familiar?!) By end of evaluation, he likes 130g X but I don't, so we settle on KBS Tour S with Mizuno JPX HM or Forged (tech says stay away from Tour!). With basically every shaft and every game improvement club, my numbers are all in 'the zone', smash is 1.39, carry is 160-165, and spin at low end but in the blue and landing angle at upper end (high 40s) but in the blue.
I go look at used clubs and find 919 Tour w/ PM 105 S shaft, and compare to 919F with PX LZ 5.5 (Mizuno recommendation for 79mph COLD swing). I CRUSH 3 shots with Tour, feels great and I somehow feel like every shot is in SS but just off to toe side. I put tape on face, hit 7 more balls and find 6 all in the same spot - exactly where I felt! 1 mis-hit, again felt just where it was (low and toe). Then I hit Forge and am all over the place! Maybe more heel than toe. Looking at only good shots, I'm straighter and farther with Tour and the feel is good, so I buy it.
I play Saturday and 'my' feel is bad - where I am relative to ground and ball. Afterthought is it feels like club length is off. Can't hit 5i, missing thin/fat on short irons but they're straight and far when good contact. Clubs are stock length but long irons are longer than TA 845s, and the grips are ENORMOUS (thick). Now I wonder if I should have got GI club for sole thickness? Granted it rained before I played so course was soft. They forgot to give me grass seed so I think I was even more conscious about taking divots.
Back at store I have tech make 919F with KBS Tour S (the fitting recommendation) and it feels like a slow, heavy weight at the end of a noodle! I compare to my 919T and I can't hit either! But now I hate the 'game improvement' or low CG feel of the Forged! And maybe it seems like the 'softness' of the GI Forged masks a bit of feel?
So how do I pick a shaft/club? The hind sight says I should have waited until I was warmed up, but I already bought something and have a limited exchange period. Was 105g shaft a mistake? Was the Tour a mistake?
Thanks for reading! It was so much easier when it was just "regular of stiff"!