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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by r0wly86 View Post
    But why should they give you a free session with very expesnive equipment and trained professionals if they don't get anything out of it at the end. At the end of the day it's a business not a service, so either you pay for the fitting then choose whether you want to buy from them at a discounted price or somewhere else. Or you buy off the rack and hope they fit you.

    When I'm buying fitted clubs I expect to pay for the fitting session. Just like if buying a tailored suit i wouldn't get annoyed that I'm paying for the tailoring service on top of the materials
    Errrr maybe by paying a £2,500 annual fee you expect something back that doesn't cost even more money?

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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by gmhubble View Post
    Errrr maybe by paying a £2,500 annual fee you expect something back that doesn't cost even more money?
    Does your annual subs entitle you to free fittings and the professionals advice ? I rather doubt it, your paying for a professional service, £100.00 for 2 hours + seems very good value to me.
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    Re: PING fitting South of England

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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by ArnoldArmChewer View Post
    Does your annual subs entitle you to free fittings and the professionals advice ? I rather doubt it, your paying for a professional service, £100.00 for 2 hours + seems very good value to me.
    Also, isn't the membership at Kingswood and the fitting at Silvermere? The commonality is the owner, it isn't the same club.

    £100 for loads of advice, £20 if you buy the clubs (6 irons and 1 wood). If their prices are way off, have that conversation with them, they might budge.
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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by Canary_Yellow View Post
    Also, isn't the membership at Kingswood and the fitting at Silvermere? The commonality is the owner, it isn't the same club.

    £100 for loads of advice, £20 if you buy the clubs (6 irons and 1 wood). If their prices are way off, have that conversation with them, they might budge.
    From my visits to Silvermere I would say their prices are pretty much the going rate and so won't be too much difference, and as you say you can try out numerous brands to find the right shaft/head combo for you.

    Plus a fitting like that, the stats and measurements will be correct for around 5 years so should you get new club(s) within the 5 year period then you wouldn't need another fitting
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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by gmhubble View Post
    Errrr maybe by paying a £2,500 annual fee you expect something back that doesn't cost even more money?
    Makes you wonder why your lessons, bar tab, balls aren't free as well.

    Or it could be because your membership fees don't include free fitting sessions. As I said they want to sell equipment, it's a business after all they need to make money in order to pay their staff.

    They provide a very good fitting session, which costs money in over heads (they have the brand new tacking maching) plus someone to spend 2 hours giving you advise and helping you out. To give this to you for free would in fact cost Silvermere money. That's fine if you buy the equipment there as it covers the costs, hence why they discount.

    If they did it for free though, I'd bet my bottom dollar that people would get the free fitting then sod off to AG or GolfOnline buy the exact same thing for a bit less, which in the end costs Silvermere money and business
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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Quote Originally Posted by r0wly86 View Post
    Makes you wonder why your lessons, bar tab, balls aren't free as well.

    Or it could be because your membership fees don't include free fitting sessions. As I said they want to sell equipment, it's a business after all they need to make money in order to pay their staff.

    They provide a very good fitting session, which costs money in over heads (they have the brand new tacking maching) plus someone to spend 2 hours giving you advise and helping you out. To give this to you for free would in fact cost Silvermere money. That's fine if you buy the equipment there as it covers the costs, hence why they discount.

    If they did it for free though, I'd bet my bottom dollar that people would get the free fitting then sod off to AG or GolfOnline buy the exact same thing for a bit less, which in the end costs Silvermere money and business
    Which presumably is what the OP wants to do, hence the outrage.
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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    You are quibbling about the cost of a fitting in the south and you said you would rather drive to Lincolnshire and only pay £40. Sounds a great deal but oh yes, I am sure you will have to pay for fuel there and back. If you don't do it in a day there's a b&b to pay for. Then factor in your time. All of a sudden that £100 at Silvermere doesn't sound too bad

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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Maybe it's just me then

    Callaway Chessington fitting was completely free of charge - no cost at all

    Ping Gainsborough only wanted £30 and have a full range of shafts available

    To find somewhere down south with a range of Ping shafts in a different length to standard is not easy and I thought £80, £100 whatever was pretty steep for a fitting charge - most fitters down here only have three shafts

    But as I said maybe it's me

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    Re: PING fitting South of England

    Pachesham at Leatherhead is a Ping fitter. Or Silvermere. Both have really good facilities

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