A method and system for matching an athlete with a selected striking tool. The method includes, and the system facilitates, receiving test data resulting from the athlete hitting a test target with a test striking tool to launch the test target. The test data is mathematically transformed to calculate a test functional group score. The test functional group score is compared with a database to match the test functional group score with matched previous data having a similar functional group score to the test functional group score. A selection parameter of the selected striking tool is defined to correspond with a value of the selection parameter associated with a strong performance metric in the matched previous data.