One of the major premises of our shaft test using Trackman and the GEARS Golf motion sensing system was that the proper shaft can improve accuracy. Or, conversely, the wrong shaft can negatively affect accuracy. In TrackMan’s research, 75-80% of your accuracy can be explained by the face angle of the club at impact and only 20-25% by the club path, or swing direction. This was definitely borne out in our testing. With four different test shafts, swing direction or club path variances were insignificant from shaft to shaft. But, face angle varied as much as 4 degrees which could mean the difference of up to 30 yards on a driver shot of 200 yards. In fact, the biggest variance we saw with a shaft that was literally 3 flexes too soft was 30 yards EACH DIRECTION, or 60 yards! Now, not everyone is going to be playing shafts that are way too soft/stiff or heavy/light, but certainly every golfer can gain more accuracy with properly fitted clubs. In fact, when we measured the drivers we had fit our testers for, they were the most accurate! Of course, they had better be or we would not have done our job!
What's New: Fitting Tips
This driver is all about creating speed which will result in more distance! The aerodynamic design of this head along with its lighter weight design will help you create more clubhead speed. In some tests, this driver created up to 2 mph more clubhead speed which is 5-7 more yards distance. Doesn’t seem like much but that could get you a half club closer to the green! Of course, our job is to help you select the proper shaft weight, flex and tip profile to maximize your performance.
For us club builders, the addition of a lighter weight C-Taper shaft in parallel tip is awesome news. Building with parallel tip shafts gives us more flexibility in controlling flex and launch versus using taper shafts and either hard or soft stepping. The problem really comes when building wedges with taper shafts as KBS makes only one shaft, a 9/PW for all clubs from 9i, PW, GW, SW, and LW. Because the SW and LW in most clubs is significantly heavier than the PW and GW, controlling flex and swingweight is an issue with discrete length taper tip shafts. That problem, for the most part, goes away with these new parallel tip shafts. We like the C-Taper Lite for a player that needs a lighter weight shaft (roughly 10 gr. lighter) or the player that needs extra length but wants to keep the total club weight down. Next step is to test them against their taper-tip brothers to see how they stack up in terms of launch and spin. See the technical specs here…
Depending upon whom you believe, you should replace your wedges after 25 or 50 rounds since the grooves will wear out much faster on wedges than your other irons. Also, there are a lot of new wedge designs with different grinds, sole designs and bounces that could make a big difference in your game. For example, Mizuno uses different groove designs depending upon the loft of the wedge to optimize performance. SCOR has a unique V sole that allows you to alter the bounce dynamically. Titleist is offering up to 6 different grinds on their SM5 wedges, depending upon the loft and bounce. Some companies like Miura and Epon have fewer grind options but offer superior forgings from Japanese steel for improved feel. Probably the most important aspect of picking your wedges is getting the proper distance gaps. You should have no more than 5 degrees difference in lofts from your PW to your LW, unless you are a finesse player that likes to open or close the wedge face to control spin and distance. The type of courses you play and sand in your bunkers will also have a lot to do with which bounce and sole design works best... Read More
Angle of attack and where you impact the ball on the face of your driver can have a dramatic affect on distance. Why? The lower your angle of attack, the lower your ball flight and the greater the amount of spin you put on the ball. More spin implies more drag and less distance. The picture at the right is a positive angle of attack of 5 degrees which is what most of the LDA (Long Drivers of America) will strive for in order to reduce spin and get the most distance. Most amateurs we test have a neutral to negative attack angle. Even so, we can help improve distance with the right club loft and shaft profile. Where you impact the ball on the face of the club will also affect distance. Nothing good happens (spin or loft) when you hit the ball on the heel or low on the face. Everything good happens (lower spin, higher loft) when you hit the ball center-up and center-toe on the face. This is due to the bulge and roll of the club face actually reducing spin and creating a slight draw bias. Sometimes this can be fixed simply by ball position... Read More
If your junior is really progessing rapidly in terms of a good golf swing and he or she wants to play competitivley, we suggest getting custom fit equipment as early as 10 years old. We still need to consider the overall weight of the clubs and fit to lengths and shaft flexes that will allow the junior to grow into the clubs without being too long or too stiff. Again, even with custom fit equipment, the junior will probably grow out of the clubs in a couple of years. The good thing about custom fitting a junior into men’s or ladies clubs is that they can be re-shafted or extended as the junior grows. Junior golfers are actually the most fun to fit. Most junior golfers have unbelievable rhythm and timing. The challenge is getting the proper equipment in their hands so that they can continue to improve their golf game as they grow and mature. We have custom built clubs for juniors as young as 4 years old. For beginner juniors the most important fitting issues are length and weight of the clubs. Juniors can progress in their ability and stature very rapidly so it is important to... Read More
Worked with a 70 year young gentleman over the weekend on finding him more distance with his driver. On the surface, his current driver, Nike Sumo with VS Proto 65 shaft gave him some pretty good Trackman numbers. Smash factor was 1.48 and spin was around 3000 rpm. By switching out the driver head to an Adams XTD 10.5 set to 12 degrees, and a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC5.1 shaft (lighter shaft) we were able to pick up on average 17 yards! That means hitting a shorter club into the greens, which is always good! To validate the results, he took the driver out on the course and played 9 holes…actual improvement varied from +15-40 yards. One happy camper, I mean golfer!!
MyGolfShafts Tour, the latest app developed by ITB, Inc. in partnership with D’Lance Golf Performance Center is mentioned in the latest issue of Golf DigestStix, the weekly ezine from Golf Digest. http://www.golfdigeststix.com/golfdigeststix/20140611?sub_id=YVeeaUrVepKy#pg1 MyGolfShafts Tour is designed to give even more shaft detail and comparisons the its predecessors, MyGolfShafts Lite and Pro. Designed for the Apple iPad, Tour also allows the user to enter multiple clients/students and capture multiple sessions using launch monitor data. Future versions will allow direct integration with FlightScope, Trackman and Foresight launch monitors instead of manually entering the data. Subscribers will be able to upgrade to those versions at no charge when they become available. To find out more about the MyGolfShafts Tour app and download your 7 day trial go to http://tour.mygolfshafts.com/
When a customer comes in to our fitting studio for a clubfitting, I always ask if they have been through a clubfitting before. While over 50% say that they have, there is a dramatic difference between a Good clubfitting and The Best clubfitting. I have provided here link to a simple explanation of the different Levels of Clubfitting 2014 (click link to view). In a Good clubfitting, you were probably fit to length, shaft weight, loft, lie, and grip size by someone that had years of experience and observed your ball flight. The cost of the fitting was minimal and probably was included in the purchase of equipment. A Better clubfitting would include the use of a launch monitor to measure such things as ball speed, club speed, launch angle, spin rates and shot dispersion. The number should clearly show you which club(s) you hit the best and what your optimum numbers should be in each of the aforementioned categories. In both the Good and the Better clubfittings you either purchased equipment directly from the fitter or had them order equipment from the manufacturer. Now let’s take a fitting to the next level, the Tour level. During a Best clubfitting, the fitter... Read More
If you have ever wondered how good you could REALLY hit your shots, the wait is over! Through very extensive research from thousands of golfers and tour players, TrackMan Optimizer identifies the optimum range for Dynamic Loft, Ball Speed, Launch Angle, Spin Rate and Maximum Height. How you get to your optimum numbers is where we come in. These optimums can be achieved by looking at everything from club static loft, the shaft you are playing, where you are striking the ball on the face of the club, quality of the head and the ball you are playing. We will start eliminating variables until we get you within your optimum range. What is really valuable, is that there is no extra charge for this…it is part of our Lifetime Club Fitting! Just another reason to make sure you get fit with the TrackMan ball flight monitor and the BGF Fitting System!