Club Fitting 101

Golf Fitting

The most common issue with golfers today is that they don’t get fit for their clubs. Not getting fit for your clubs is like buying a pair of shoes without knowing if they’re the right size. The average golfer will play with whatever clubs they are given or with the clubs they like the most on the shelf. The easiest way to ensure that you are getting the most distance and hitting your clubs as accurately as possible is to get properly fit.

Things like lie angle, length, grip, shaft, flex, kick point and weight all make an enormous difference in your golf swing. A small difference in just one of these things can be the reason why you aren’t hitting it 20 yards farther, why you are hitting a slice or why you chunk everything. Every person who plays golf at least once or twice per week should get fit for their clubs.

So, what is club fitting and why should you care? Club fitting is the process of adjusting your golf clubs, so that they are tailored to your body and golf swing to ensure maximum distance, forgiveness and accuracy. Without going through this process, golfers are missing out big time! You may even be creating a bad habit in your swing to compensate for a club that isn’t fit for you.

How does it work? A certified golf professional takes you through the process of fitting every club in your bag. Driver, woods, irons, wedges and your putter will all be fit to your swing, otherwise, like I said before, you’re missing out. The whole process takes about an hour or two and is painless. As a golfer, I carried the common misconception that I could play with whatever clubs I wanted and it would make no difference. But when I got to college and got fit for my clubs for the first time, I discovered that my high fade that I struggled with was a result of having the incorrect shafts and lie angle, rather than a problem with my swing. So, I got fit and replaced my shafts and BOOM the fade was replaced by a natural draw, and I picked up 20 yards with driver and increased accuracy with my irons.

Every golfer should be fit for their clubs. Playing clubs that you just picked up off the shelf is cheating yourself from distance and accuracy. You will most likely end up like I was, scratching your head in frustration and unable to fix a bad ball flight. Make your clubs your own and get fit! It’s not complicated and you will reap the rewards once you get onto the course. Who could say no to gaining more distance and accuracy without much effort?

Visit Ironworks Golf Lab for more info.

Ironworks Golf Lab

Ironworks Golf Lab? What the heck is this new place the Beloit Club keeps talking about?

Well, if you love golf and are sick of not being able to play in the bitter Wisconsin winters, you need to check out the Ironworks Golf Lab. It’s a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility run by Beloit Club’s very own golf professionals. Nowhere else can you play golf anywhere in the world, grab a beer to watch the big game or dodge zombies with your friends.

Ironworks Golf Lab

The typical Wisconsin golfer’s winter consists of watching the Golf Channel and daydreaming about playing golf on a sunny, comfortable 75-degree day. What if you can make this a reality without having to travel to Florida? Ironworks Golf Lab is 100 percent open to the public and meets all your golfing needs with its three golf simulators, massive indoor putting green and golf instruction capabilities. You can even use the simulators to give you accurate numbers behind your golf swing. Ball speed, swing speed and club path are just a few of the many calculations that the simulators provide.

Ironworks Golf Lab

The Golf Lab also boosts hundreds of options for practice and instruction using the newest technology and the best indoor practice area around. The simulators allow you to golf on over 100 real courses from around the world, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, but you don’t always have to play golf. You can also play assorted sports and arcade games with your friends, like baseball, football and even zombie dodgeball, and while you’re playing, grab a beer from the bar.

Ironworks Golf Lab

The bread and butter of the whole facility is golf instruction. Ironworks Golf Lab provides top-of-the-line golf instruction with the best technology available today. From private and group lessons to golf fitness, our instructors at the Golf Lab can help you take your golf game to the next level by using their years of experience and the newest technology available.

Tired of sitting around this winter waiting for those warm sunny days on the golf course? Get to Ironworks Golf Lab, where you can play golf, get private lessons and have a beer at the bar with your friends 365 days a year. No more winter golfing blues. The best technology, instructors, games and golf are at your fingertips today.

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Scratch Bar

Who doesn’t love the way fresh herbs and juices taste compared to canned goods and dried herbs? Now imagine how amazing that would taste in your favorite cocktail. Let’s break this cabin fever streak with fresh tastes from the garden… not my garden… or any garden in Wisconsin for that matter being that it’s winter and all… But hey! It’s fresh, so that’s my point.

Now, if you haven’t figured it out already, the keyword in this new menu is fresh; fresh fruit juiced and muddled with fresh herbs. The Scratch Bar features my spin on vintage cocktails and my own creations. Taking classic cocktails and making them my own is how I can pay homage to some of my favorite drinks.

Craft Cocktails

Take the Ginger Rodgers, for instance. The Ginger Martini was created in the late 80s in Brooklyn, New York, at The Odeon restaurant. Upon tweaking the Ginger Martini, the Ginger Rodgers was created this year in Beloit, Wisconsin, at the Beloit Club. It features Absolut Citron, freshly juiced lemon, fresh ginger puree and simple syrup, and it’s named after one of Hollywood’s finest actresses. This drink will have your palate dancing like Ginger and Fred Astaire.

When life gives you lemons, grab good vodka and make a Lemon Drop Martini. Created in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco in the 1970s, the vodka-based drink can also be seen as a shot or made with a fruity variation, such as muddled blueberries or crushed raspberries. The Lemon Perfection is part of the new Scratch Bar and my own interpretation of the Lemon Drop, and I can guarantee it is the best Lemon Drop you will ever have. You may not be able to have just one…

Craft Cocktails

Ever heard of the Pisco Sour? It gets its name from the Peruvian brandy, Pisco, and sour citrus juice, but what makes this cocktail so unique is shaking the ingredients with egg whites to give it a froth that is ideal for sipping on. Its Peruvian origin and use of Pisco inspired the name of my spin-off drink, the Peruvian Sour.

Every cocktail on this special menu contains freshly squeezed juice and/or freshly muddled fruits and herbs. From drinks served straight up to cocktails on the rocks and ingredients of fresh lavender to fresh cherry puree, these libations will leave you wanting more.

Craft Cocktails

Did I mention it’s also fun to watch the mixologists mix and muddle? Stop in and let us squeeze and shake it for you… have I led you astray yet? Don’t answer that…

See you at the club!


Thanksgiving Recipes from George

Thanksgiving: when your family cooks enough for an army, but there’s less than 20 of you eating. You know what that means… Leftovers. I’m not normally a huge fan of leftovers because I get sick of eating the same thing over and over again, but since Thanksgiving food graces my table once a year, I make an exception.

Below you’ll find a recipe for my favorite thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. As a mixologist, I recommend that this holiday cocktail should be on your must-make list for every party. It’ll be sure to impress your guests.

Black Friday Sandwich
Brioche bun
Dress bun with cranberry sauce
Pile on leftover turkey
Add stuffing
Top with gravy

Cranberry Holiday Julip
½ oz fresh lime juice
3 sprigs fresh mint
Muddle above ingredients

½ oz triple sec
½ oz simple syrup
1oz makers mark bourbon

Shake with ice
Pour into rocks glass and top with cranberry juice
Garnish with fresh mint, sliced lime and fresh raspberry

George Larsen
Director of Food & Beverage
Beloit Club