Golf News for Friday, February 7, 2014 | Awards

KZG announces names of "World's Top 100 Clubfitters" for 2014

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine, is pleased to announce the "World's Top 100 ClubFitters" for 2014. Each year KZG honors 100 professionals possessing superior skill, integrity and passion for clubfitting. This is the ninth year in a row that KZG has honored the elite of the industry's clubfitters.

"The industry is talking about how to grow the game of golf. Well it's about time they start by helping the 92% of all golfers who are still playing with ill-fitting clubs!" states Dr. Jennifer King, President of KZG. "92% of all golfer's can't improve their games, lessons are futile, and the game extremely frustrating for them. There are very few qualified fitters in the world with the skill, integrity and passion to help them."

"While the norm is to give golfers what they want, it is only those fitters with integrity who insist on giving golfers what they actually need to improve their game" continues King. "KZG takes great pride in honoring the best of the best. Fitters who have taken the time to learn their craft, to insist on performance rather than caving to the easy sell of the most buzzed product. These fitters are truly the "soul of golf.""

The 2014 Honorees take the time to learn about the golfer's game, goals and expectations. They are experienced in analyzing launch monitor statistics, can ascertain what design features will give maximum performance for any given golfer, and are able to select the perfect clubhead and shaft combination for optimum performance. They also make sure that the custom club is built perfectly with the right specifications, spine aligned and frequency matched. The primary goal of the Top 100 is that they maximize performance for the golfer.

An independent panel of industry experts determined the criteria necessary to be considered a top clubfitting professional. From the criteria submitted, a point system was put into place to grade each application. The panel included Clay Long, renowned club designer and personal fitter for Jack Nicklaus; Gene Parente, president of Golf Laboratories, Inc. a testing facility used by the major equipment manufacturers; Dr. Jennifer King, KZG's President; and Dr. Christian Reichardt, author and doctor of sports medicine and fitness.

This year's honorees hail from 21 countries around the world, including 34 from the UK/Europe, 40 from the United States, 10 from Canada, 8 from Asia and 8 from Australia. Winners range from small shops serving rural areas to large performance centers with multiple fitters and instructors. All share a passion in helping golfers.

World's Top 100 Clubfitters
Australia

ACT
Craig Smith - Point N Putt
NSW
Jeff Mansfield - Jeff Mansfield Golf
Graeme Trew - Murwillumbah Golf Academy
David Reckless - Reckless Golf
Gary Tozer - Aussie Custom Golf
Perth
Stephen Herbert - Royal Fremantle Pro Shop
Greg Ashton - Ashton Enterprises
VIC
Bryan Ferguson - Golf Tutor

Europe and UK
Austria
Davis Lauss - Golfclub Ottenstein
Manfred Capelli - Capelli Golf
Belgium
Vincent Willems - Golf Centrum Puurs NV
Eddy Pelgrims - Golf Fitting Studio
England
Matt Pearson - Performance Fitting Centre
Jason MacNiven - Golf Principles
France
Arnaud Smaghe - Gard & Golf
Marc Brossard - MB Clubs
Jean-Michel Queva - Queva Clubfitting
Olivier Chalon - C.O. Golf
Herve Francillon - HF Golf Fitting
Germany
Gerald Friz - Golf+IT
Karlheinz Palm - Nostratec Golf Service Center
Alistair Grandison - Bob and Son GmbH
Joerg von der Gathen - Club Align Golf
Benny Pfister - Hole in One Fitting
Marco Burger - Hole in One Fitting
Richard Phillips-Club Tec
Italy
Gabriele Sorbara - Clubfitting di Gabriele Sorbara
Netherlands
Theo Erben - FATco Golfclubs
Brian Griffiths - Golf Academy Brian Griffiths
Marcel de Jager - Golfhunter
Spain
Agustin Sanchez - Golfinteligente
Juan Carlos Diaz - Golf Planet
Miki Rapado - Handmade Custom Clubs
Abraham Ruiz - A. R. Clubmaker
Ian Bradshaw - Learn & Play Golf Academy
Sweden
John Ahlblom - Golfakademin I Uppsala AB
Johanna Pyk-JargÄrd - Johanna's Golfshop
Breit Olsson - Brejans AB
Switzerland
Norbert Studer - R & L Custom Golf Clubfitting
-Willi Vogt - R & L Custom Golf Clubfitting
-Giuseppe Naula - Pepe's Golf Clinic
-John Furch - The Golfer's Club
Slovenia
Viljem Kern - Kern Golf

Canada
Alberta
Lyle Helland - Simply Golf
Rick McKenzie - Alberta Golf Works
Jordy McKenzie - Alberta Golf Works
BC
Terry Stav - Golf West
Chris Knight - Vista Ridge Golf
Winston Wong - Fit Golf Center
Nova Scotia
Robert Spicer - RJS Custom Clubs
Ontario
Rene Grandmaison - Grand Lynx Golf Centre
Don Irving - Artisan Golf Co.
Quebec
Bert Emond - Golf Price Canada

Asia
Indonesia
Gavin Webb - Brawijaya International Golf Academy
Japan
Kenju Fujiwara - Golf World Net
Malaysia
Alistair Guthrie - The Old Clubhouse
Aswan Baki - Aswan the Club Maker
Philippines
Jake Ong - Custom Clubmakers Int'l
Francis Go - Custom Clubmakers Int'l
So. Korea
Brian Choi - Tayoon Golf
Taiwan
Jason Lin - JS Golf Fitting Studio

United States
Alaska
John Gose - Full Swing Golf of Alaska
Arizona
Tim Eberlein - Golf Academy of America
California
Kyle Cullum - No Bogeys Golf
Jerry Molinar - Marc's Golf Service
Dennis Close - Marc's Golf Service
Sam Goulden - Sam Goulden Golf
Matt Mora - Noho Custom Golf
Mackenzie "Mac" Todd - Urban Golf Performance
Ben Smock - Urban Golf Performance
Colorado
Bryan "Buddy" Beem - Colorado Custom Golf
Coe Kunz - Colorado Custom Golf
Florida
Jeff Parrot - Golf Provisions
Josh Musselman - Josh Musselman's
Mike Girard - Michael Girard Golf Studios
Hawaii
Allan Ano - Power Golf Hawaii
Idaho
Bill Moseley - Golf 365
Illinois
Brian Camp - Revolution Golf
Iowa
Chris Larson - Clubhouse Custom Clubs
Kansas
Mike Dickerson - Golf MD
Louisiana
Ben La Vergne - Academy Club Service
Kyle Chauvin - Chauvin Golf
Michigan
Clark Peterson - Golf Performance Academy
North Carolina
Kelly York - Kelly's Custom Golf
New York
Paul Sanders - Shadows Golf Academy
Ohio
Dave Freed-DV Golf/Akron Golf Clubs
Larry Baldridge - Mitchell Golf Equipment
Oregon
Jari Hakonen-Birdie Finish Golf
Bob Duncan - RiverRidge Golf Complex
Pennsylvania
Jerry Hintze - The Clubmakers Shop
Dave Gedris - Oakmont Golf Center
South Carolina
Doc Griffin - Golf Stop @ Riverside
Tennessee
Steve Kirkpatrick - Golf Rx
Texas
Tim Brantley - The Golf Station
Mike Nugent - Impact Golf & Racket
Virginia
Jim Smiley - Golfdom
Tim Boogan - Golfdom
Pablo Gonzales - Golfdom
Washington
Kelly Crumpler - H2C Golf Custom Club
Puerto Rico
Hector Blanco - Play Better Golf

About KZG
Founded in 1994, KZG offers its equipment only through the finest retail facilities with qualified professional teachers and clubfitters on staff. KZG's program of partnering with only the top professionals to fit its award-winning equipment has catapulted KZG to a position of prominence in customized golf equipment. KZG's comprehensive selection of premium golf equipment allows the fitter to select the design features required to perfectly fit every golfer.

For more information, visit www.kzg.com or call toll free (800) 200-8800 ext. 123 or (818) 762-3495 ext. 123.