My last post about my great experience at Club Champion for my iron fitting got a little wordy (like Encyclopedia Britannica wordy), so I wrote this separate piece about some of the key takeaways I had from the session. There are a number of things that you should keep in mind going into a fitting that will help you get the most out of the experience.
1) Keep an open mind: I think this is the most important thing you can do when you go in to buy new equipment. In getting new gear, your goal should be to get the best equipment you feasibly can that fits your game and will help make you better. If you go in and say, "I only want you to fit me for Mizuno or Titleist clubs," you are restricting your options for improvement. Be open to trying everything you can to see what really works best for you.
2) Be realistic about your own game: Blades are great, look incredible and feel fantastic when you pure them, but they are not for everyone. If you play three times a month and are an 11 handicap, blades probably aren't the way to go. Be honest with yourself and your fitter about the state of your game and how much you will be playing. You might not love the look of "super game improvement" irons, but if they are the best fit for you and will improve your game the most, they still might be the right choice. If you overreach for clubs that look great but that you will only hit well half the time, you could end up detracting from your enjoyment of the game, and that is not what you want.
3) Ask questions: This is very important if it is your first time going for a fitting. There is usually alot of technical jargon thrown around, such as lie angle, spin rates and launch angle. If you don't understand what is going on, ask! It will help increase your knowledge of the process and allow you to be an active participant.
4) Focus: When you are in there trying different clubs and getting different data readings, there is a risk of sensory overload. It will be helpful for you to try and concentrate on each club you hit to see how it feels in your hand. The differences will probably be subtle, so the more in tune with the club you are, the easier it will be for you to notice those differences, and that will help your fitter get you on the right path.
5) Listen: You have to check your ego at the door. These fitters know what they are talking about, and you will be far better off in the long run if you sit back and listen to what they have to say. They are the experts - let them impress you with their knowledge and use it to help your game!