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Monday, August 20, 2012
TrueAim Golf Review
Tom Wishon wrote a post on the GolfWRX Web site that stated when it comes to
fitting the accuracy portion of a driver, the #1 attribute to consider was the
face angle of the clubhead. What some people do not realize is that most drivers
are designed with a closed clubface. And if you see a driver labeled as a ‘Tour’
design (i.e. Callaway Razr Tour), those drivers typically have a slightly open
The idea is that most golfers hit the ball with some sort
of slice spin axis. Thus, if the OEM’s design the club to have a closed clubface
at address, this will either help reduce the slice spin axis or at least get the
ball starting left so it can slice back towards the target. In reality, they are
more looking to get the golfer to hit a slightly pull-fade just by making the
clubface closed at address. With the ‘Tour’ models, since most Tour players do
not hit a slice and instead hit a draw, they typically like an open clubface
angle at address so they can hit that ‘push-draw’ shot at the target.
problem is that it’s often very difficult to get the face angle the way you want
it. Fortunately for Wishon Golf users, they have a couple of options like the
739CCG driver model
The 739CCG model
came out this year and is Wishon’s most customizable driver model. It has a
hosel that is made from soft 304 stainless steel, so the golfer can have the
face angle bent about 2°. Furthermore, Wishon has stated that they could
*probably* bend the face angle up to 4°, but it would be a little
Then there’s Wishon’s ‘handpicked option’ which is available in
all of his woods like the 919THI model.
to Tom, the tolerances for every company for every driver head model that comes
from the foundry is 1°. Meaning, you could have a driver stamped at 9.5° loft,
but it could be as low lofted as 8.5° or as high lofted as 10.5°. Same with the
face angle and lie angle.
What Wishon Golf offers is a ‘hand picked’
option. Their drivers are typically stamped at 9°, 11° and 13° (there are some
10.5°) lofts. So with the handpicked option, Wishon Golf will find the loft,
face angle and lie angle that fits within these parameters. For instance, the
919THI driver I have typically comes in at 9° stamped, with a 58° lie angle and
a 0.5° closed face angle. Instead, I wanted a 10° loft, 58° lie angle and a 0.0°
square face angle. Thus, I selected the hand picked option and they found a head
in the series of heads they received from the foundry that actually fit those
The problem lies when you don’t have a Wishon driver and
generally want to keep your current driver, but fear that the face angle is
holding you back. That’s where TrueAim comes in.
TrueAim was designed by
Tim Tucker and Jason Goldsmith, both of whom are also certified Edel Golf putter
fitters. It is a possible way to effectively alter the golfer’s face angle by
changing how they aim using decals on the driver head.
decals are plastic with a strong adhesive. When the person is originally being
fitted for the decal, they start off with the temporary decals which come on and
off quite easily. USGA rules state that a golfer cannot use a temporary decal
for play. However, the permanent decals are perfectly legal. But don’t worry, I
have been told that one can still remove the permanent decal safely without
scratching the driver head, it just takes some time to do it.
process can be done by just about anybody, even those without any clubfitting or
clubmaking experience. First, the TrueAim decals come with a kit.
kit comes with a ‘scorecard’ where the golfer tries each of the decals oriented
in each position and then locates a target and sees how well each shot
‘performed’ with relation to the target. Personally, I think it would be best to
get on a Trackman or FlightScope launch monitor and realize that there will be
some judgment calls as to what decal works best for you.
agree with TrueAim’s notion that how you aim the clubface, even with a driver,
can greatly affect your mechanics and club dimensions at impact. As I mentioned
in my recent post about visiting the Faldo Institute and seeing them fit golfers
for Edel putters, there were various cases of golfers who could not aim
correctly and that great impacted their entire stroke mechanics. I could not
help but feel that if I were an instructor, the first thing I would ever do with
a golfer is to check their putter and how well they aim it because if they want
to improve their stroke, they stand no chance of doing so until they can aim the
putter somewhat accurately.
I believe that the driver is fairly similar
in that regard. My dad is somewhat of a good example. He plays with a very
closed clubface with his driver at address. He then hits fades. Which sounds
fine, but his miss is usually a bad pull or a low pull-hook. I think he
unconsciously over time learned that if he closes the driver face at address, he
won’t hit that big slice. However, I think he could probably be better off with
a driver that is about 1° more open than his current driver (currently 0.5°
closed) and that way he *may* still close the face, but not as much as he
currently closes the face and could eliminate some of those bad pulls and low
When golfers get fit for Edel putters, the fitter will always
try and see what alignment lines and sight dots work best for the golfers aim,
if at all.
would be surprised how adding one alignment line or sight dot can drastically
affect a golfer’s aim. And often times, Edel fits putters where the golfer aims
far better with no alignment lines or sight dots.
Thus, I can see the
same applying to a face angle or using the TrueAim decals. It provides a
different perspective at address and that can change some mechanics. Or even
simpler, sometimes you’re just aimed a little off at address and your face angle
and path numbers at impact are not bad, they just need to be steered a little
towards a certain direction. I have found that to be very true in the times I
have worked with Trackman and FlightScope.
In the end, I did not wind up
with a True Aim decal because I use the Wishon 919THI driver and have the face
angle I wanted. But again, if you are not fitted for face angle or you want to
keep your driver, but just want help with being able to naturally adjust how you
aim it, then I would certainly give the TrueAim decals a try.
complaint I have is that the decals are a bit brittle, so when trying the
temporary ones, be careful when you pull them off. But for $20-$25, I think it’s
well worth giving it a try as I can see it greatly improving somebody’s driving
of the golf ball.