What's New: Fitting Tips

Our Best New Irons in 2018 and What’s New in 2019 – Updated

February 24th, 2019

A lot of thought went into our discussion about the best new irons in 2018.  Some of the irons were nearing the end of their life cycle (Callaway APEX CF 16) while others were just recently introduced (Ping i210/i500).  And, we are going to go out on a limb and talk about new irons for 2019 that we have seen and are excited about.  When choosing the best performing irons, we looked at the results we were able to achieve for our customers:  Improved Accuracy, Better Consistency and More Distance. The 2019 models are all here so book your fitting now! See Our Comments on the “Soft Side” of Fitting in Golf Digest… So here you have our choices, categorized by the Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Categories: Game Improvement Irons Golf Digest 2019 Hot List Game Improvement Irons Our Best Performers: Callaway APEX CF 16 (yes, we sold a ton until they were discontinued in late 2018).  Hot face material gave more distance and forgiveness.  Only downside was it could have some “hot” spots resulting in flyers. Mizuno JPX-919 HotMetal – Introduced in the fall of 2018, this has been an steady performer for us.  The look “screams” Mizuno!... Read More

Lifetime Clubfitting Good for 18 Years!

February 21st, 2019

Book YOUR Lifetime Clubfitting Here! Well, this D’Lance Golf Performance Center lifetime clubfitting is still good after 18 years!  When Ric came to us in 2001, our fitting process was great but only with the tools we had available at the time.  No TrackMan.  No interchangeable heads and shafts.  We did our very best on the fitting and certainly the build was top notch. Well, 18 years later, Ric is still hitting his D’Lance Classic irons with Rifle shafts great!  Woods..not so much.  His driver looks like my 3 wood!  Well we are excited to work with Ric again to see what is next in his golf bag!  Stay tuned and we will give you an update! Book YOUR Lifetime Clubfitting Here! Dan Sueltz

The Problem With Testing Stock Driver Shafts

February 18th, 2019

Ok, I admit it, I am biased.  But so should you be!  Getting a driver fitting at a box store is an adventure in what manufacturers drivers are available and if there are any custom shaft options.  And, I love Tony and the crew at MyGolfSpy to death but I think consumers are learning that testing stock driver shafts will give you a very mixed bag of results.  Here are some of the issues with testing off-the-rack stock driver shafts and what to do about it: See my comments on driver fitting in Golf Digest here… Stock Driver Lengths First off, there are no standard lengths, except maybe for women!  We see them as short as 44.5″ and as long as 45.75″.  Hard to do a comparison in distance and consistency of contact with that much length difference.  We totally advocate shorter driver shafts (44.5″ or less) in order to give you more consistent contact and higher smash factor.  This ultimately will create tighter shot dispersion and more distance. Stock Shaft Weights This is little better but not much.  For the “average” golfer (whatever that is) the typical driver shaft weight will be 45 grams for women and 55 grams... Read More

Get More Distance Off the Tee and Drop Strokes Off Your Game!

February 14th, 2019

It’s no secret that if you get more distance off the tee you will drop strokes off your game.  Pretty simple.  If you are closer to the green on your approach shots, you can hit more greens and shave 1-3 strokes off your game!  That’s not me talking.  That is Callaway and TrackMan research. So how do you do it?  I did a series of blogs a couple of years ago talking about the key factors in getting more distance off the tee.  (See that blog intro here).  As an update to that series, here are my thoughts on what will help you get that extra 10-20 yards off the tee: Book Your Driver Fitting Here! Change Your Attack Angle It is a fact that if you can launch the ball higher off the tee with less spin, you will get more carry distance and more roll-out.  Less than 25% of our golfers have positive attack angles off the tee.  A couple of quick changes in set-up and you are on your way!  I know.  I used to be -3 degrees and now I am +2. It can be done.  And if you cannot change your attack angle, we have... Read More

What 2019 Driver Head Appeals to You?

February 7th, 2019

So, what 2019 driver head appeals to YOU? When selecting a club head, the driver head has to look good to your eye, sound good to your ear and feel good in your hands.  This is what we call the “soft side” of the fitting process but it is very important.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard golfers tell me something like, “that just sounds terrible,” or “Nope, not playing a blue driver head.”. Book  Your Driver Fitting NOW! Size While most drivers these days are 460cc in volume, they can have a distinctly different look based upon their design.  The Srixon Z585, for example, will have a longer look from front to back than the Srixon Z785.  By design, that takes the center of gravity back which results in a higher launching head.  Same thing with the TaylorMade M6 (longer front to back for higher launch) versus the TaylorMade M5. There are a few companies that still offer a slightly smaller 435cc or 440cc head like TaylorMade M5 Tour 435cc. Finish and Color I remember when the now-famous “white” driver heads hit the market.  You either loved ’em or hated ’em.  Same with all of... Read More

What Should You Expect in an Iron Fitting?

January 26th, 2019

What should you expect in an iron fitting?  Gone are the days of going in to your pro shop or golf store and testing a few different models available.  Here are the days of getting custom fit for literally any combination of heads and shafts. I am talking about a true custom fitting, not just getting fit to the best irons the pro shop has in stock or in their demo system.  In a professional fitting, the results should be a 50% reduction in shot dispersion and a 5-10% improvement in distance over your current set. Book Your Fitting Here Here is what you should expect: Player Interview…What are you looking to accomplish? What is the Performance of your Existing set? Get launch monitor data from your existing 6 or 7 iron. Have the fitting system recommend shafts. Pick 3-4 heads to try. Use launch monitor to determine the best combination. Have the option to re-shaft existing equipment. Choose the option that gives you optimized performance! Player Interview – What are you looking for? A good custom fitting for irons starts with an interview of what you want to accomplish with your new set, i.e. distance accuracy or consistency.  Then,... Read More

PXG 0811X Gen 2 Drivers, Woods and Hybrids!

January 17th, 2019

PXG 0811X Gen 2 Drivers, Woods and Hybrids are in and the early results are pretty darn good.  When we went through the overview with PXG a couple of weeks ago, we were impressed with the fact that not only has the ball speed improved, but the MOI (forgiveness) has improved as well.  And, even better, the pricing is now VERY competitive with the new drivers coming out from other major OEM’s like Callaway and TaylorMade. The PXG 0811 X is available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts.  The hosel adjustments allow the lofts to be modified by +/- 1.5 degrees.  In addition, the PXG adapter is the only one on the market that can adjust the lie angle 3 degrees flat which is a HUGE advantage in fitting shorter golfers. The PXG 0811 XF is the absolute highest MOI driver on the market.  This means the forgiveness factor on off-center hits is dramatically improved!  In our preliminary testing, the spin rates are down 200-300 rpm from the original X models and smash factors are consistently in the 1.48-1.50 range….excellent! As for the fairway woods and hybrids, we will be putting them to the test this week.  Stay tuned!!... Read More

New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts

January 15th, 2019

New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts Aerotech SteelFiber FC shafts are the latest in composite shaft innovation by Aerotech.   FC stands for “Flight Control” meaning players will experience higher ball flight in their longer irons and mid to low-mid flight in the shorter irons versus the original SteelFiber irons.  The original models in the 95 and 110 gram weights have been solid performers on the PGA and Champions Tour.  More recently, the lighter weight i70 and i80 models have been making big strides on the LPGA tour.  These new shafts will give players the feel of a graphite shaft but the heavier weight and higher launch they desire in their games. Sign up for a fitting now to see which  Aerotech shaft best fits your swing. Models Available The first two models available are the SteelFiber fc 90 and the SteelFiber fc 115.  Both models are available in the parallel tip version (.370″) and the CW (constant weight) taper tip (.355″) model.    The new fc 70 and fc 80 are now available in parallel tip (.370″). Comparison to original SteelFiber Models In our static testing, the new FC 90 and FC 115 test out with slightly softer tips and slightly stiffer... Read More

Junior Golfer Club Fitting Starts Now!

January 10th, 2019

It is never too early to start thinking about junior golfer club fitting!  Junior golf, especially competitive junior golf seems to go year ’round. In the past year, we have fit golfers as young as eight years old.  And these kids are GOOD!  Most of the ones we have fit have qualified for U.S. Kids Regional, National or International competition.  One of the kids we fit went to the U.S. Kids Drive, Pitch and Putt finals at Augusta National and then went on to anchor his Boys State Championship team here in Colorado.  The young lady in the photo at the left one her first collegiate tournament after we made sure all of her clubs were ready for tournament play. Book your Junior Fitting Here! What to Consider in a Junior Golf Clubfitting So, the first thing we make sure of in fitting for juniors is the the shaft weight and head weight in all of their clubs is not too heavy.  Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT cut down your old set of clubs (Dad!) for your son or daughter!  Too heavy…too stiff…all leading to bad swing habits and discouragement.  If you are just getting your son or daughter... Read More

2019 Golf Equipment Changes in Your Bag

January 7th, 2019

As we look forward this year, it is time to take a look at your 2019 golf equipment changes in your bag.  We always need to look at our golf game and make adjustments to our equipment to get the absolute most out of what we bring to the course.  So here are a few of our suggestions: Get Fit for the Right Equipment If you have not been through a professional fitting, make 2019 your year to do so!  Understanding the dynamics of your swing (tempo, transition, release point) and how it affects shaft and head selection is key to improved performance! Take advantage of our “Lifetime Fitting” and get fit! Select the “pain points” in your bag and get those fixed first! See our thoughts below. Hit more Fairways From an equipment standpoint, every company is focusing on distance and forgiveness.  But for that average golfer, hitting more fairways is key to lower scores and more fun.  Here are our suggestions: Play a shorter driver (trust us, you will NOT lose distance) Get fitted with the right shaft (proper weight, flex and swing weight).  Learn More Use your fairway wood or hybrid for those tight fairways. Get the... Read More