Willowbrook, IL – Golf Digest, one of the most respected publications in the golf industry, has released its 2019 list of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters and for the ninth year in a row Club Champion is ranked among the best.
“The 2019 list is the result of consultation of industry sources and a survey of nearly 1,500-members nationwide, as well as America’s 100 Greatest Course-ratings panel on the best places in their respective locations,” according to Golf Digest’s equipment editor Mike Stachura. “We also considered nomination submissions, a detailed application form and reader recommendations of more than 800 facilities including shops, fitting studios, golf courses, practice ranges and teaching academies.”
Club Champion placed all thirty-four of its locations on the list that were open during the submission period. Club Champion has been a staple on this list and company founder Nick Sherburne was among those selected to answer fitting questions in the article tied to the Top Fitters list.
Ranked by Golf Datatech in a 2018 study as the No. 1 specialty fitter in volume and the No. 2 fitter overall behind Golf Galaxy, Club Champion is positioned at the forefront of the fitting and premium club sales business.
“Club Champion stands out on the Golf Digest list because unlike other fitters, all we do is fit,” said Jay Hubbard, vice president of marketing. “We don’t sell shirts, accessories, or give lessons. We fit clubs six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. That gives us an expertise and skill set that is unrivaled by our competition.”
Club Champion has been growing at more than 70% each of the last three years and will have nearly 100 locations open by the end of 2019. The company’s success shows how the industry’s education on the benefits of club fitting is working and how this approach just might be the best way to “buy” a better game.
“It is a fantastic consumer experience,” said Callaway CEO Chip Brewer. “Club Champion is one of the great, new-age golf retailers who understands that fitting is the future in how you can benefit a golfer.”
Club Champion has risen to become the No. 1 premium club fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf including Callaway, TaylorMade, PING, Titleist, PXG, Fujikura, Golf Pride and many more. The company delivers a Tour-quality fitting experience with over 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations.
“The results speak for themselves,” Hubbard added. “Our golf club fittings produce longer, more accurate shots with a nearly 100% satisfaction rating from golfers of all levels. Other people sell golf clubs, we sell improvement. We not only solve golfers’ equipment problems, but we show and explain why each particular piece of equipment works for their unique swing.”
Club Champion was chosen by GOLF Magazine to conduct a study on custom fitting, the results of which were published in August 2017. The question answered: Does custom fitting really matter?
Based on data from the TrackMan, SAM PuttLab and SkyCaddies along with tester interviews, the unanimous response was “yes” that correctly matched clubs can help golfers of all skills concluding that you actually can buy a better game with properly fit clubs.
Other golf equipment executives weighing in include Taylormade and Cobra Puma.
“Club Champion truly is one of the most innovative club fitters in the business,” stated TaylorMade CEO David Abeles. “They provide a consumer experience that is undeniably helpful for all golfers to play better. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Club Champion.”
“At Cobra Puma golf, we love working with Club Champion,” states Tom Olsavsky, VP in charge of R & D at Cobra Golf. “They’re really the future of the business at getting the right equipment into people’s hands. We know when golfers get fit, they get better. The average core golfer is going there, and we love working with them because they give Cobra great representation in our golf clubs.”