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Fitting Outside the Traditional Box
- the Concept of True Length Technology® from
Clubmaker Dan Connelly
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 clubmaking for a very long time. For example, when TWGT introduced Clubmakers to the concept of MOI Matching golf clubs as a replacement for swingweight matching, the new concept was bucking over 80 years of the golf industry relying only on swingweight 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 clubmaking tradition.
I first became aware of clubmaker 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.
We welcome your comments after you read Dan’s article, whether directly to Dan, TWGT or on our Clubmaker Forum, accessible through our wishongolf.com web site.
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 sence 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.
As a golfer for over 20 years and a Professional
for nearly 10, I have had the opportunity to use the latest
in technology and equipment all my life. After numerous
fitting sessions with various companies, it never seemed
to feel just right. I have never felt as comfortable or
confident with a change in equipment as I did the first
time I hit Dan's clubs. Dan's True Length Technology™
allows me to perfect my own swing- flaws included and feel
comfortable over every shot, from a 3 iron to a wedge. True
Length Technology™ allows each golfer to maintain
a consistent set up position from the shortest to longest
club in their bag, and work on one technique, rather than
complicate the swing by altering hand positions for each
shot. I would recommend everyone to give Dan Connelly's
True Length Technology a try!
Class "A" Professional - T.C.C.P. Certified Instructor (Teaching
and Coaching Certification Program,
Level 1-4) - Durham
College Professor, Professional Golf Management - Honors
B.A., University of Waterloo
My mom shot 73 yesterday!!!!!!!! She’s had a long learning curve on getting her yardages down with the irons, but put it all together yesterday!!!!!!!!
Hi, I had a a great game to 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 5 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 second 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 thougth 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 altogether at last.
I've been to the
driving range twice to test drive the new clubs. The first
night was hit and miss as I tried to figure out stance,
etc to hit a good ball and I topped a lot which was
disappointing but today was a different story!. I
got a jumbo bucket and spent two hours working with every
club until I had the kinks worked out and WOW am I
impressed! I have never hit so many long and straight
balls in my life from both the mat and on grass! I
have never been able to use a driver and today I was slamming
them out there with little effort. It's great to hear the
"clang" of the club face hitting the ball. I need
to work on it more because I am still hitting farther
with the three wood and a teed up ball. The three
and five woods off grass are awesome. The five wood hits
200 yards and the three wood hits 220. They're so
easy to swing! I love the hybrids. The five hybrid hits
as far as the five wood. It is so effortless! The
irons are hitting very straight and the woods are drawing
to the right (not a slice) when I use them. I have always
loved my six iron and no exception here. Consistently
190 yards and all shots couldn't be more than 20 yards
apart on landing. I played around with the 10 iron
and it's going to be great from 90 yeards out. I was able
to drop a dozen balls onto a practice green with ease.
I have found that the six, seven, eight and nine irons are
hitting almost the same yardage as my previous set
but they are more accurate. All-in-all there is much
better ball control with your clubs and I can't wait
to get them out on a golf course! I'll let you know how
I do when i do get out.
This is an posting that I found on the FGI Forum. Steve Everson is a 7 foot gentleman with a 45 inch wrist to floor measurement. One of my Registered TLT user's Mr. Bill Pepe did the fitting and built the set for Mr. Everson. Here is what he had to say.
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 any more.
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 thru emails getting the clubs just right. Bill accomplished
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 80's 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. (thats 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.
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