Testimonials for Dan’s Custom Golf Shop
Well it has only taken two rounds as opposed to the 6-8 rounds to fine tune my game. I played Redcrest last night and shot 89! My yardage seems to be the same but again more consistent shooting. Your club fitting definitely has made a positive impact in my game. I hope this trend continues and greatly appreciate your insight and knowledge in explaining TLT to me. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone regardless of skill level. Well worth the drive to Hampton.
Ralph Maltby, Founder of The GolfWorks
The GolfWorks is the golf industry’s most complete source for golf club components, club making tools and supplies, and technical information. Located in Newark, Ohio, The GolfWorks provides Club makers and other golf equipment professionals with a range of proprietary club head designs from its Ralph Maltby Designs Studio, plus all of the game’s most popular brand-name shafts and grips.
The GolfWorks Clubmaking Academy is recognized as the premier golf equipment training facility in the world.
TWGT Note: One of the most difficult things for all of us to do is to consider deviating from various accepted and ‘traditional’ norms that have been a part of club making for a very long time. For example, when TWGT introduced Clubmakers to the concept of MOI Matching golf clubs as a replacement for swing-weight matching, the new concept was bucking over 80 years of the golf industry relying only on swing-weight as the method of trying to make all clubs in a set offer the same swing feel. While many Clubmakers learned and now embrace MOI Matching as the best way to truly create the same swing feel for each club in the set, tons more are hesitant to even afraid to try MOI matching for fear of deviating from 80+ years of club making tradition.
I first became aware of Club maker Dan Connelly and his TLT system for length fitting through TWGT’s Rob Sines. At the 2007 PCS Show, I had the opportunity to sit down and listen to Dan’s concept which flies in the face of literally decades of the golf industry’s traditional practice of changing the length of clubs by full inch or half-inch increments. After hearing Dan’s explanations for his True Length Technology® length fitting methodology, I had to admit his work definitely has merit and should be considered by all Clubmakers. As a result, I asked Dan to write an article about his TLT system so we could expose Clubmakers to a brand new length fitting methodology that is most definitely worth all Clubmakers’ consideration.
I’m 6′ 8″ and dealing with a back problem for ten years have never been able to find a golf club, let alone a wedge, that ever fit me. When I had a set built to a ‘long standard,’ my 3 iron almost fit, but my wedges were still too short. When Dan introduced True length Technology® to me it seemed to make a lot of sense so I went ahead and had a custom set built. My spec sheet says I’m playing 3-iron at 40.9 inches and my lob wedge is at 38.85 inches – with all the lofts and lies correct to my setup. Finally, I have short irons that fit me and less back strain! I now have 1 constant setup position and it feels right. No more awkward stances, and my shots have never been better.
Great Feeling to Put It All Together at Last – Here is her comments.
Hi, I had a great game at Hacienda. 73 from the greens, but I still had a career round. I was 2 over on the front, and thought well maybe I could shoot 40 on the back. Well, I started paring and paring, and about the 5th hole, I thought, oh, how long can I keep this up? On the 7th hole, I told Chris that I was even par with a par 3 coming up. So I got on the green and 2 putted. Next was the 9th hole par 5, I thought keep calm and just play my game. So I hit a good drive and then my 2nd shot was on no grass so I took my 7 wood and had a good shot 75 yards in front. So then I took my 9 iron to a front pin and landed 2 feet off the green so I thought great I can 2 putt from there so I lined it up and sank the putt for a birdie and put me 1 under. Great feeling to put it all together at last!
Can’t Wait to Use My Clubs on the Golf Course
I am the 7 foot gentleman referred to in Dan’s earlier post. While I am an avid reader of this forum as well as some others, I have never posted before. I feel compelled to respond this time because I am such a believer in Dan’s True Length Technology®.
TLT is nothing short of a miracle for me. I have been playing with a full TLT set since September of this year. I will never play another set of clubs that is not TLT fitted.
Before TLT, I had been professionally ‘fitted’ several times. I could hit a drive in a tight fairway 280+ yards out and could hit a green with a 3 wood off the deck from 250 yards out, but I could not hit any full length iron shot with any consistency. Losing a ball form 100 yards out with a wedge was not uncommon. Par threes shorter less than 180 yards were a disaster. I have always felt something was wrong with my irons. It didn’t make any sense.
Not anymore. In September, I met Bill Pepe of Tour Van Golf out of Greenwich, CT and was introduced to TLT. Bill, set me up with a couple of demo clubs at different lengths. In a short time, we settled on the correct length and my clubs were altered to TLT lengths and lies. Bill was/is absolutely fantastic to work with. Not only is he a true professional craftsman but he also genuinely cares. We spent a lot of time on the phone and through emails getting the clubs just right. Bill accomplished just that.
From the first swing the clubs just felt ‘right.’ Not just the typical 7 iron, but every club in the bag. Every club felt the same as I was in the same position. My ball striking has improved 1000 percent. Where I would struggle with a 6 iron at 150 yards and not make the green, I am now hitting greens from 150 with an 8 iron. I picked up distance on every club in the bag; however, more importantly I picked up significant accuracy. The confidence in knowing I can pick up any club and hit it the same is tremendous.
Since playing with a TLT set my scoring has significantly dropped. Usually shooting in the low 90s occasionally in the high 80s when everything goes right, my last four rounds at the same courses are: 81, 81, 79, and just yesterday 77 with a 36 on the first nine!
The beauty of TLT is that every club puts you in the exact same position regardless of what the number says on the bottom of the club, whether it is my 47 inch driver or my 41 inch lob wedge (that’s right 41 inches). As a result I now have one swing, as it feels like I am swinging the same club even though they are all different lengths.
I cannot thank Dan enough for his technology – it works! For anyone considering TLT, just do it. The results speak for themselves.
I’ve played golf for over 30 years, with varying brands of equipment, none of which ever fit me properly. Dan’s fitting methodology made a lot of sense to me, especially when it came to the short irons. I always felt hunched over my wedges (I’m 6’1″) and the lie angles on all of my clubs (long irons especially) felt much too upright. Having had a full bag fitting, Dan put together a set of clubs that fits me like none other.
Unlike most people who try their first set of TLT fitted clubs, I had absolutely no adjustment period at all. Every club in the bag felt like an extension of my arm. I am in a consistent posture with every club in the bag, and all of my lie angles are spot on, which allows me to swing on a more natural plane (unlike off-the-rack clubs that are consistently too upright). It’s not just lie and length that will be tailored to your body and swing type, but proper shaft type and flex (which is rigorously checked before and after assembly), grip diameter and style, and appropriate club head dimensions and weight.
Dan was patient and helpful in finding a set of shafts and heads that fit my budget and his attention to detail is second to none. If you choose to go and see Dan to get properly fitted, you won’t be disappointed.
Custom to Fit My Profile Exactly
For years I’ve wondered about the benefit of getting my clubs properly fitted. I’m 5’-6” in height and I know that off-the-rack clubs are not made for someone my size. So when I found Dan’s website it started the ball rolling for me. We quickly made arrangements to get together so Dan could see my clubs and tell me what he thought he could do for me.
Well! The process was simply impressive. He measured wrist to ground distance. Then he asked me what my favorite club was and he then picked out three 7 irons for me to swing. They all felt great but one of them felt better than the others. He said this one exactly fit the profile for me. We talked about what he could do with my clubs – shortened them, made some lie adjustments, tweaked the weights/balance and new grips. What a difference!
I then played four straight days with them and even my playing partners were impressed with the change in my game. The clubs felt great. I was hitting the ball right down the middle, getting under the iron shots nicely. But the biggest change was what it all did for my confidence level. I figure the changes in the clubs and what it did for my confidence level was worth 8 strokes a round. Well worth the investment.
The whole process was very impressive. I think that I have one more set of clubs coming before I call it a day on the courses. And I won’t be going to the golf supermarket for them. I’ll do it right this time and Dan to build them from scratch.’