What's New: Fitting Tips

Importance of Shaft Weight in Fitting

January 6th, 2017

The importance of shaft weight in fitting golf clubs cannot be overstated.  If you look at the picture to the left, these are just a few of the steel iron shafts available and they run the range from 85 grams to 130 grams.  This may not seem like much but weight can dramatically change your performance. In general, golfers with slower swing speed and tempo can and should play a lighter shaft.  Golfers with very fast speeds and tempo should play heavier shafts. Driver shafts typically weigh 55-60 grams for men and 45-50 grams for ladies.  Iron shafts can be as light as 55 grams in graphite, and 130 grams in steel.  The professional tours offer great examples.  LPGA driver shafts are typically 50 to 65 grams while the PGA Tour driver shafts are 60 to 85 grams.  Strength, tempo and preferred club length play a huge roll in determining shaft weight and swing weight. Progressive weighting:  This is a very important concept that simply means longer clubs should have lighter weight shafts than shorter clubs.  It starts with the driver and goes progressively heavier from there.  For example, a golfer with an 75-80 mph swing speed and a smooth... Read More

Your 2017 Golf Resolution Should be to Get Fit!

December 29th, 2016

Your 2017 Golf Resolution is to Get Fit!  Recent surveys by Golf Digest have shown that over 80% of golfers believe their game would improve if they have clubs that were fit to them.  So what are you waiting for?  Even if you THINK you have been through a clubfitting, if you did it over two years ago, you need to do it again!  Why? Your existing clubs more than likely do not match your swing OR themselves.  We have been doing this for 19 years and nothing really has changed.  There is a very specific formula that we use for matching clubs in terms of length, weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile.  Variations of this have been used on the major professional tours for years, but our proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System has formulized this for every golfer.  Your driver should be your longest, lightest and stiffest flex club in your bag.  Your wedges will be the heaviest and softest flex.  From driver to wedges there is a progression of weights, lengths and flexes that will give you consistent performance.  Since most golfers only purchase clubs once every few years, and then not an entire bag, your... Read More

Hybrids versus Irons

December 15th, 2016

Hybrids versus Irons.  It seems like every fitting we conduct we end up with the discussion about when our clients should switch out his/her four iron for a hybrid, or something like that.  It was not all that long ago when not many golfers had hybrid clubs in their bags.  Now, everyone has at least one.  With the majority of golfers we polled looking for new irons, what are the tell-tale signs you should switch out an iron for a hybrid? First, if you are losing elevation and/or distance with your longest iron in your bag, it is time to switch to a hybrid.  We sell very few sets to “mature” golfers that have a 4 iron in the bag, and a lot don’t even have a 5 iron.  In general, you will gain launch angle and distance with an equivalent numbered hybrid versus an iron.  The hybrid also should be easier to hit out of the rough, off of hard fairways, and off the tee. Second, if you are inconsistent in ball striking with your longer irons, you should switch to a hybrid.  This almost follows on the heels of my first comment.  Once you start losing distance with... Read More

D’Lance Golf 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter

December 5th, 2016

We are proud to be chosen to the 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter in America list for the fourth consecutive time!  What an honor!  There are a lot of great clubfitters on the list and we are always happy to share ideas and insights on the art and science of clubfitting.  One of the most interesting things about being on this list is the contact we have with all of the major club head, shaft and grip manufacturers.  We learn so much every time we visit with them.  And it is always great to share our insights with the manufacturers on what we are seeing as trends in the industry.  For example, the lighter head/lighter shaft options will definitely help our golfers with slower swing speeds.  For the faster swing speed players, the ability to add head weights and shorten shaft lengths gives us more options to maintain accuracy and consistency.  And some of the new technology from TrackMan, GEARS Golf and others give us more information about what swing dynamics require different shaft technology.  And finally, our own testing of shafts using our shaft profiling system lets us in on the inside of what the shaft manufacturers are... Read More

Will Lighter Clubs Help You Increase Distance?

November 30th, 2016

Lighter clubs are pushing the limits in an effort to create more distance.  The latest companies to test this are the XXIO Prime  line and Tour Edge with the XJ1.  This is not a new concept as Cleveland did it a few years back with their 270, 290 and 310 gram models using Miyazaki 39 gram shafts.  Now we are really pushing the limits with driver club weights as low as 252 grams.  I am actually welcoming this trend.  There are some of our golfers that the new trend towards heavier drivers and fairway woods is making it difficult to get a light enough club that our golfers can swing comfortably.  We will be carrying the Tour Edge XJ1 line and are excited about the possibilities of helping our golfers with slower swing speeds generate better launch and ball speed.  These clubs have a very light head (197 gr. driver) and are coupled with a 45 gram Fujikura Air shaft.  The heads also have the ability for us to adjust the weight to give a better fit in terms of flex and swing weight. But are these light clubs for everyone?  Certainly not.  Realistically, if your club speed is over... Read More

Clubfitting’s Soft Side Makes a Difference in Performance

November 17th, 2016

What do I mean by clubfitting’s soft side?  It’s the subtle things that each individual golfer brings to a fitting based upon their own sense of looks, sound and feel.  A good clubfitter will obviously dial in the right length, weight, shaft flex, shaft profile, loft, lie and swing weight.  In our fittings we optimize the performance for a shaft and head combination and then move to other heads with the same shaft to see if performance can be improved even more.  We would typically start with a head the customer is either playing now or wants to purchase.  This puts the customer in a comfort zone of a familiar look.  But, it is amazing to me that once I start changing heads using the same shaft and specifications, performance can change, and sometimes it is dramatic. Let’s first talk about the look of the club.  When TaylorMade introduced us to white clubs, the reaction was mostly positive but some golfers said “no way”.  Same thing with iron heads that are black or have bright chrome finishes.  While a clubfitter might think the design of a particular club is best, if the TrackMan numbers do not show improvement or the... Read More

Selecting a Custom Clubfitter

November 9th, 2016

Selecting a custom clubfitter can be a daunting task.  Where do you go and what should you look for?  According to Golf Digest and a study done by an independent research company a couple of years ago, nearly 80% of golfers feel that custom clubs would help their game.  But, I have to tell you, there is a HUGE difference between custom fitters and the products that you get after being custom fit.  Golf Digest has selected the Top 100 Clubfitters in America every other year since 2011.  D’Lance Golf Performance Center has made the list in each of those years.  If you are not located near us or a Top 100 Clubfitter, here are some questions you should ask about the custom club fitter: How long have you been custom fitting clubs?  It is not uncommon to find inexperienced clubfitters in a lot of retail golf or sporting goods stores.  After training over 100 clubfitters, I can tell you it takes several fittings for the clubfitter to know what to look for and how to help the golfer get the optimum out of the fitting process.  A clubfitter that has done over 50 fittings should have seen most everything: ... Read More

Why Lifetime Clubfitting Is Absolutely Priceless.

October 18th, 2016

A lifetime clubfiting is absolutely priceless.  Why?  Because a lot of things change in the course of your golfing career that can change the specifications of clubs that fit your swing.  We have offered a lifetime clubbfitting for over ten years and totally believe it has helped our golfers achieve their goals…faster.  And, our golfers know that we have their best interests in mind.  Here are the main reasons to get fit more than one time in your lifetime: 1.  Age At the risk of being “Captain Obvious”  as we get older, our strength, flexibility, reflexes all change dramatically  It is most evident in the junior golfers we fit as they grow both in stature and strength.  We recommend fitting juniors after any growth spurt of two inches or more, or once a year if they are playing competitively.  Junior golfers in general are much more flexible so that is not usually an issue.  The same applies to older golfers, say 50 years old and up.  As we age, our metabolism slows and we also start naturally losing strength  That is why so many of us in our 60’s are trying to get back the distance we had in our... Read More

Are Single Length Irons in YOUR Future?

October 12th, 2016

Are single length irons in YOUR future?  When we first did our test and build of single length irons earlier this year, (see our blog posts here), the challenge was to make the clubs consistent by adding weight in longer irons (4, 5, 6) and drilling or grinding weight out of the shorter irons and wedges.  That is because variable length clubs change in weight by roughly 7 grams to account for the length differences.  Well, Cobra Golf has embraced this challenge with not one, but two head designs that will be available in single length (7 iron at 37.25″) in January, 2017.   Cobra looks to have done a great job on the design to account for the weight differences in the heads with their Full Hollow, Half Hollow, Cavity Back and Specialty offerings in the F7.  The F7 Tour model is not quite as dramatic in is head design changes but still maintains a similar weight in each head.  These constant weight designs are important to give club builders the ability to maintain swing weight and feel in the set.  A more intriguing look at the two models is covered by MyGolfSpy here. So our big question is who... Read More

Driver Shaft Fitting DOES Make a Difference

October 5th, 2016

Driver shaft fitting does make a difference.  Even if you have been fit before, things change and getting fit with the option of testing multiple head and shaft combinations will make a huge difference. The example in the picture on the left is of a college player that we fit roughly 18 months ago.  His swing speed averaged 101 mph with a medium tempo and mid release.  We dialed him into a Kuro Kage TiNi 70 at a 6.6 flex (low X Flex) in an R15 430 set at 8.5 degrees.  His shot dispersion was very tight while his miss was a little draw.  This summer his misses started being a little more left and his ball flight was a little too high so he came back in for a re-fit.  His swing dynamics had not changed (tempo, release, attack angle) but he had definitely gotten stronger as his club head speed went up to 105 mph.  After testing three different shafts, the winner in the bunch was the Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 built to a 7.2 (high X stiff) in his new TaylorMade M1.  The back weighting of the HZRDUS Yellow helped us keep the swing weight at... Read More