The crew at TaylorMade recently invited Bunkers Paradise to head over to the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in South Orange County, Ca to check out their newTuned Performance Studio. I had the luxury of being selected for this assignment and had the chance to be fitted like a tour pro.
Upon arrival my fitter and master club fitter Brett Massingham did a club evaluation on my current set he then had me warm up with an iron of my choice (wedge for me). Once settled in Brett, went through the design on each TaylorMade head and the benefits of each. Brett set me up with various flex, lie angles, heads and shafts.
After several hits with each he would verify the lie angle and face impact. What stands out is the little tips Brett would give in terms of my set-up, swing, ball position and posture. It was minor adjustments that he went through with me that had me swinging the club on a much better plane.
The process takes about an hour and he gave me a thorough walk-thru of his shop and multiple options available to the everyday sandbagger. As you can see from the photos below, the Tuned Performance Studio is not your ordinary fitting studio. Think Tour Van on the golf course. The set-up is absolutely amazing, every iron, driver, wedge, shaft option available.
After going through the fitting process, we decided that the SLDR or Tour Preferred CB would be the best fit; 1/2 inch longer and 2 degrees upright, Project X flighted 5.5.
I stuck around to watch Brett work with his next client a St. Margaret’s High School golfer, Tim Daniels and his father Mark. Tim is a tall left handed golfer and went through the same steps and using FlightScope Technology I was able to watch the ball flight and adjustments Brett and Tim made to get that perfect trajectory.
This is quite the experience and such a short drive from the Los Angeles area that every golfer should take advantage of this make an appointment.
Post fitting I had the pleasure of taking in 18 holes at the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco golf course set amidst the Arroyo Trabuco Creek and The Reserve at Rancho Mission. This course takes you through the beautiful canyons of South Orange County and test every aspect of your game.
It is fair to say the course is tough, but fair, keep it in the fairway and do not try to overpower this course. Pick your tees wisely. The tee boxes, fairways and greens are in absolutely amazing shape. The staff at the course from the time you arrive and the time you leave are nothing but amazing. Everyone goes out of their way to be helpful and the marshall comes around to give you advice as you make your way around the course.
More on Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club:
TheArroyo Trabuco Golf Club is a public-access daily fee facility featuring an 18-hole championship-length golf course designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Lehman and well-respected local golf course architect, Casey O’Callaghan. Set amidst Trabuco Creek and The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, the 240-acre Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club provides an unforgettable golf experience on par with South Orange County’s finest high-end clubs. Conveniently located off Avery Parkway, Arroyo Trabuco offers unparalleled value in a pristine, park-like setting.
Arroyo Trabuco has five sets of tee boxes, playing from 5,045 to 7,000 yards for the challenge and enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels. Trabuco Creek plays as a lateral hazard on seven holes and on-course lakes come into play on three holes. For more information head over to their website at www.arroyotrabuco.com.