Goldsboro, NC 27534 508-C N. Spence Ave
Phone: (919)778-7963

John Berry

Master Fitter

John Berry has been the owner of The First Tee Golf Shop since 1995 he has been passionately fitting, building and repairing golf clubs since 1992.  John prides in being one of the leading authorities on club fitting in the South East United States.  He specializes in giving his award winning, tour quality “FIRST TEE MASTER FIT” to each and every one of his clients. His fittings have brought significant improvement to professional golfers, mini tour players, college “All American” athletes, golf course record holders, club champions, low handicap amateurs, high achieving high school athletes, persons with physical limitations, tournament winning female golfers, and myriads of golf lovers of every age and talent level.  John and his staff were awarded the prestigious accolade of PING Fitter of the year 2007 and again in 2014.  The First Tee has also been nationally recognized as a PING top 100 fitter in 2014 and a TOP 100 MIZUNO fitter in 2012.  John takes a tremendous amount of pride in delivering the highest level of service possible in when fitting his clients.

Our Skills



John’s Industry Specific Educational Accomplishments: 

  • John pioneered the award winning “FIRST TEE MASTER FIT” fitting process.

This process was developed by incorporating the very best of 9 different world class golf manufacturers professional fitting systems coupled with state of the art computer diagnostics equipment.  Armed with that knowledge they begin the thorough process of examining a client’s needs, aspirations, talent level, history, physical limitations and current golf clubs.  Equipped with this information the fitter starts the extensive process of checking and cross checking a myriad golf club brands, styles, shafts, lengths, lofts, and line angle options.  Finally the fitter distills this data along with client’s feedback helping the fitter arrive at a one of a kind “MASTER FITTING” that is absolutely fine-tuned to maximize each golfers distance, accuracy and scoring opportunities.

  • This truly one of a kind “MASTER FITTING” is only found at The First Tee Golf Shop.
  • Professional Club builders Society “Class A Clubmaker” certification 1995
  • True Temper Performance Fitting Center fitting certification 2012
  • Ping fitting school 1999, 2005, Ping N-Flight certified
  • Mizuno fitting school 2006, 2010
  • Callaway “Opti-Fit” certification
  • Titleist “Advanced Fitting System” certification
  • TaylorMade “Fit Cart” certification
  • Cobra fitting system certified
  • ACCRA Golf Shaft certified 2015

He is Highly Skilled in the Following Repairs:

  • Reshafting including all steel and graphite shafts and broke shafts and bore throughs
  • Regripping including customs sizing
  • Loft and Lie adjustments to the ½ degree
  • Club extensions
  • Fixing club blemishes
  • Custom grinding wedges
  • Swing weighting
  • Hot melting woods

John's Fitting Expertise Covers the Following Skills

  • Proper shaft material
  • Correct shaft length
  • Proper shaft weight
  • Correct shaft flex
  • Proper grip sizing
  • Proper set make up
  • Proper loft for driver, fairway and hybrids
  • Driver launch angle
  • Driver spin rate
  • Exotic shaft selection
  • Gap fitting
  • Ball fitting
  • Wedge bounce fitting
  • Proper wedge grind
  • Putter length and lie angle


What people say about us

First Tee Golf Shop offers a great fitting room for a bunch of guys who really know how to do it right!  I send all my students looking to be fit to them.

This place is the best for getting fitted for clubs. What a professional place and first class employees. Made my experience being fitted for the first time awesome. They really take the time to get you the best. Their team makes it easy to understand.

Awesome people, fantastic customer service. Beyond knowledgeable. The only place I shop for golf equipment.