Rule number one, and the most important by far, is seeing live ball flight. This is a critical element in the fitting process. Seeing this helps the customer and the fitter understand exactly what is going on. Hitting into a net or screen with a launch monitor is nice to get a feeling, but can’t replace actual live ball flight. Screens and most launch monitors aren’t sophisticated enough to handle the perplexities of the ball in motion, hence if you are a person who normally draws the ball this shot will most likely appear as a straight push shot on a screen. Therefore, any plans of doing an accurate fitting are lost because what you are seeing into a screen might not be an accurate representation of what is actually happening. Furthermore, when seeing live ball flight the consumer can’t be tricked into thinking the ball is going farther than it actually is which is a common problem on most indoor simulators and monitors.
Rule number two is to go to a place where you trust that the staff is knowledgeable about conducting fittings. I have seen many fittings in my lifetime that were either rushed or the fitter didn’t know the product well enough to make a good recommendation. Some launch monitors are better than others and I am little biased towards the Trackman, because it is the number one monitor used not only on the PGA tour, but for all major manufactures as well. Why, because it is the most accurate launch monitor on the planet. Here is an excerpt from their website “ Trackman Pro is the choice of the PGA Tour, USGA and R&A for swing and ball flight analysis. Trackman is a staple on Professional tours, with leading educators, club fitters, manufacturers and players. Trackman Pro is the industry standard for accuracy, reliability and ease of use. Trackman Pro measures and displays the full trajectory of any shot, for 6-foot pitches to 400 yard drivers, pinpointing the landing position with a accuracy of 1 foot at 100 yards. Delivering state-of-the-art data without using any modeling, Trackman Pro displays the shot’s actual 3D trajectory in real time together with all impact and ball flight information.”
Head Golf Professional