Golf company takes swing at market
Whether you're a casual golfer or a seasoned practitioner of the game, one of Tigard's newest businesses, Club Champion, will help improve your performance on the links.
"We fit people for golf clubs," Master Fitter and Builder Jordan Cooper said. "One of the things that separate us from a lot of the other fitters out there, or some of the big box stores, are the number of options that we have, as far as the equipment on the walls."
Cooper added: "We have the opportunity to be able to put any shaft on any head, which means we can find the best fit possible for you, regardless of what the manufacturers offer. Being able to do that ensures that we're able to find the best performing equipment for any golfer who comes in our doors."
The Club Champion fitting studio, at 7215 S.W. Hazel Fern Road, just steps from Bridgeport Village, offers a variety of products and a couple of bays that simulate an actual golfing experience.
"We carry, essentially, all of the major equipment manufacturers, as far as products on the wall, for club heads," Cooper said. "we have product that is built to perform — anything that gets built by us does come with our perfect fit guarantee, as we call it, which simply means if you get fit with clubs from us, and if we build those clubs for you, we guarantee that that they will perform exactly as they did when we tested them."
Club Champion offers customers a coupling system.
"We have a system where we put an adaptor on all of our shafts as well as an adaptor on all of the club heads, that allow us to interchange head and shaft," Cooper said. "It's a universal system and that's what allows us to put any shaft on any head, to help find that perfect fit."
Customers will discover a couple of hitting bays at the Tigard store. These help determine the perfect golf fit with a simulated golf experience.
"We have two hitting bays," Cooper said. "We're hitting into a screen that has a projection on it, showing where the ball is going — we use a TrackMan launch monitor."
Cooper said the TrackMan monitor is, essentially, the industry standard.
"If you're fitting and you don't have a launch monitor, you are guessing," Cooper said. "TrackMan allows us to make all of our fittings completely fact based — we're not here to put you into any one manufacturer over the other, any one product over the other. We're going to test a lot of different options and whatever is getting us the best results, that's what we want to put you in."
There's a build shop at the Tigard location, although, according to Club Champion, "most of the equipment builds are streamlined through our master builders at our headquarters in Chicago."
Repairs and adjustments can be handled at the Tigard fitting studio.
Connor Griess, another Master Fitter and Builder at Club Champion, is happy with the Tigard location.
"It's a nice, growing area, especially the Bridgeport area," Griess said. "We're pretty easy to access."
Club Champion offers products from nearly every manufacturer. "If we don't have it in here, if its golf related, we can probably get it anyway," Cooper said.