Phil Moore's Custom Golf, California

Frequently Asked Questions on Coaching, Fitting, Golf Clubs & Repairs

Questions on Coaching:

Do you have a teaching philosophy?

My goal as a coach is to teach each of my students how to SIGNIFICANTLY and PERMANENTLY lower their average score. Golf is a game and the player’s ability is defined solely by their average score – not by what their swing looks like.

So you don’t teach a particular swing method?

No I don’t. The ball doesn’t care how you swing, it only responds to the clubface at impact. I help my students discover their own way to make square and centered contact and launch the ball on a playable trajectory. Trying to swing exactly like someone else is pointless. I teach students how to better understand, balance, and manage the swing they already have.

Why do golfers stop improving?

It’s because they have a limited understanding of how the game is best played and, as a result, they misunderstand the process of improvement.

How do you teach your students to lower their average score?

I teach them how to improve their accuracy off the tee and lower their short game scoring average. It’s an old school formula that has worked for hundreds of years and still works today.

How much do you charge for lessons?

$45 for 45 minutes or $60 for 60 minutes – that price includes range balls.

I've found that 45 minute sessions focused on a few essential areas, coupled with 15 minutes of purposeful practice is both affordable and more effective.
For students who prefer 60 minutes sessions, I recommend that we divide our focus into 2 separate areas; for example 30 minutes on the Driver, and 30 minutes of either putting, chipping, pitching, or sand play.

Do you give playing lessons?

Yes, I give 2 hour playing lessons for $100 – that price includes warm-up balls, plus cart and green fees. During the lesson, I teach the Five Essential Playing Skills outlined in my book Understanding Golf. It’s a great way to improve your focus, learn effective course management, and further develop your ability to create golf shots.

Questions on Club Fitting:

How much does a fitting session cost?

Irons, Wedges, and Hybrids 90.00
Driver and Fairway Woods 90.00
Putter 60.00
Full Bag Fit 200.00

With the purchase of KGZ golf clubs the fitting session is FREE!

Do you fit indoors or outdoors?

From an indoor hitting bay, you’ll hit balls out and onto the Goose Creek driving range. You’ll be able to see the full flight of every shot you hit. During the fitting process, we often move outside and hit balls off the grass as well.

Do you use a launch monitor?

Yes, I use three launch monitors, two for the full swing and one for putting.

Do you use video when fitting?

Yes, each hitting bay is equipped with two cameras.

What are the biggest fitting mistakes most golfers make?

In order, they would be:

Not being fit for their putter.
Being more concerned with distance than accuracy.
Being overly concerned with brand name
Not being fit for their wedges.
Playing 2 or more clubs that carry the same distance.

Does everyone fit golf clubs the same way?

Club fitters are similar to swing instructors in the sense that each has their own ideas.

How do you fit?

I stay focused on the quality of contact. I determine the club specifications that will provide a particular client the ability to make square and centered contact and send the ball on a playable trajectory the highest percentage of time. I do this for every club in the bag - putter thru driver.

Does the average golfer really need to be fit?

Absolutely! Poor to average golfers actually benefit the most from club fitting. Fit golf clubs are simply easier to use.

Can you make fitting adjustment to my current clubs?

Certainly. I can’t always make ALL the adjustment you might need, but sometimes I can. Making adjustments to your current set can save you a lot of money!

Questions on Golf Clubs:

Is there a best brand of golf club?

No. If there was, every professional golfer would be using it. I sell KSG Golf Clubs exclusively because of their excellent quality and percise building process.

Are golf clubs continually getting better?

No. Manufacturers have to stay within the design guidelines established by the United States Golf Association. From a playing standpoint, golf clubs are as good as they’re going to get….sorry.

Then why are brand name golf clubs so expensive?

Marketing and distribution costs. It’s certainly not research and development!

Do PGA and LPGA touring professionals always play with the newest designs?

No. While many professionals are required to play the newest designs (due to the terms of their endorsement contract), there are professionals on every major tour who continue to play and win with older designs.

Would I play better if I purchased the newest brand name golf clubs?

No. When selecting golf clubs, you need to forget about brand names and focus on club specifications. You'll play better with golf clubs built to the specifications that best compliment your size, strength, and basic swing motion.

Are KZG golf clubs as good as brand-name clubs?

I believe KZG golf clubs are actually better!
Brand-name golf clubs are most often assembled out of the country, by low wage workers, in a manner similar to an assembly line. KZG operates by a different playbook. At KZG, sets of golf clubs are built one at a time, by a professional club maker, right here in Palm Desert, California. Their precise assembly process includes:

· Weight sorting and custom sizing grips.
· Weight sorting, spine aligning, and frequency matching shafts to +/- 1 cycle per minute.
· Weight sorting and bending heads to exact specifications

The result is a remarkably well balanced, tour van quality set of golf clubs. You don't get that with mass-produced, brand-name clubs.

What kind of warranty do your clubs have?

Every golf club I sell has a lifetime warranty against breakage under normal use. The grips, of course, should be periodically replaced.

Why don’t they play KZG golf clubs on the PGA or LPGA Tours?

Tour players get well paid to play a particular brand of golf club; and only a few very large manufacturers can afford to pay the huge endorsement contracts that tour players demand. As a result, there’ll always be a very limited number of golf club brands being played on tour. It’s not about quality, it’s about money.

Regardless of the brand they’re currently playing, all tour players have their clubs built, and often modified to fit their eye and personal specifications. The brand name golf clubs you see being played on the PGA and LPGA Tours are certainly not the same over-priced, mass-produced, brand-name golf clubs being sold through the internet or at your local mega store.

How long does it take to receive custom built KZG golf clubs?

You can generally receive your custom built KZG golf clubs within 3 or 4 days.

Questions on Golf Club Repairs:

Do you do Re-Gripping?

Yes, at my shop I stock a wide range of popular grips.

How often should I have my clubs re-gripped?

As a general rule, clubs should be re-gripped about once a year or every 40 rounds.

How important is the size and taper of the grip?

The size and taper of the grip will directly influence your grip pressure, how you align your hands on the grip, and how you deliver the club face to the ball. I’ll measure your hands and guide you through the selection process.

How long does it take to have my clubs re-gripped?

Quite often I can re-grip your clubs while you wait, just make an appointment. You can also leave your clubs at Goose Creek and pick them up on your next visit.

How much does it cost to have my grips custom sized?

I charge $3.00 to remove your old grip and install your new grip. There is no charge to build your grips to a custom taper or size. I believe all golfers should play with properly fit grips and there is no reason not to.

Can you adjust the specifications of my current putter?

I can alter the shaft length and re-grip any putter. On most putters I can also adjust the loft and lie-angle. All golfers should play with a properly fit putter, it’s the most used club in the bag!

Can you adjust the lie-angles and lofts of my irons?

I have 2 Loft and Lie machines and can make adjustments to almost any set of irons.

What adjustments can you make to my current driver?

If you have an adjustable driver, I can help you determine the most effective setting. I can also cut or extend the shaft length, install a new shaft, or install a new grip. Very often my customers discover they don’t need a new driver or shaft, they just need to make a few adjustments to the driver they already have.

How long does it take to re-shaft a golf club?

If I have the shaft in stock, it generally takes one day. If it’s an emergency, I can do it in an hour. If I have to order the shaft, it might take 2 or 3 days.







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