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

Ray Smeltzer

Master Fitter

Ray brought his 30 plus years of low handicap golf to The First Tee in 2006 and is a superlative club fitter.  He excels in super high quality tour caliber fittings.  He has specialized in helping perfect The First Tee’s award winning, tour quality “FIRST TEE MASTER FIT”.  His fittings are recognized throughout the South East United States as being one of the best.  He has 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. Ray was an iatrical part of The First Tee being 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.

Our Skills


Ray’s Industry Specific Educational Accomplishments:

Ray helped 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.
  • True Temper Performance Fitting Center fitting certification 2012
  • Ping N-Flight certified
  • Mizuno fitting school 2007
  • Callaway “Opti-Fit” certification
  • Titleist “Advanced Fitting System” certification
  • TaylorMade “Fit Cart” certification
  • Cobra fitting system certified
  • ACCRA Golf Shaft certified 2015
  • KBS Golf Shaft certified 2015

He is Highly Skilled in the Following Repairs:

  • Over 9 years of Advanced Club Repair Experience
  • 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
  • Swing weighting
  • Hot melting woods


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.