What's New: From the Lab

Project X Catalyst Shaft Review

October 11th, 2018

Project X Catalyst shafts are the latest release of graphite iron shafts from True Temper.  As the leader in steel shaft technology, True Temper designed the Catalyst iron shafts with the idea of creating the best performing, stable shaft with properties similar to their steel shafts.  The result is a series of graphite shafts from 57 to 85 grams that should fit a wide variety of golfers. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Catalyst Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing.   Catalyst 40 This shaft is a little heavier than the marking indicates, coming in at 57 grams.  As designed, the tip section is a little firmer than other shafts in this category (OBAN i53, KBS TGI 50, Fujikura Vista Pro 50) resulting in a mid-high ball flight.  Even though this shaft only comes in one stiffness, 4.0, it will build nicely for juniors and golfers with 6 iron swing speeds in the 55-65 mph range.  Catalyst 50 Moving up the weight scale, the Catalyst 50 is more in the 60 gram range.  Offered only in the 5.0 flex, this shaft has a nice mid-high profile and can easily be built to ladies and low end senior flexes.  Tip... Read More

Mizuno JPX919 Irons – Big Improvements!

October 3rd, 2018

Mizuno’s latest release of the JPX919 line of irons is awesome.  Subtle changes in each of the models are actually big improvements. The Mizuno JPX919 irons offers a solution to every golfer with three options: Tour, Hot Metal, and Forged models.  I have no doubt that all three of these irons will be Golf Digest 2019 Hot List winners! Schedule your fitting here to check out these new irons! JPX919 Tour The Tour model takes after its well accomplished predecessor, the JPX-900 Tour irons, which Brooks Koepka played in his victories at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open as well as the 2018 PGA Championship. The Tour model is grain-flow forged with pure select mild carbon steel for the soft feel that had golfers raving about the JPX-900 Tour. Mizuno designed the new JPX919 Tour model to be more compact, narrowing the top line by 10%, but added a “stability frame” that reinforces the top line and toe for improved performance on off-center strikes as well a dampening sound and vibration. Aiming to further improve the playability of the irons, Mizuno added camber to the sole and a zero-glare Pearl Brush finish.  Same great performance in a better looking iron, in... Read More

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review

September 18th, 2018

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review These drivers are available to the public September 28, 2018. Book Your Fitting at D’Lance Golf Performance Center Today! Pre-Order Yours Today!! Use our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard to help find the shaft that perfectly works for these DRIVERS! Specs on the TS2 and TS3 TS2                      TS3 Volume                                  460cc                 460cc Spin                                         Low-Mid             Low Available Lofts                   8.5 to 11.5        8.5 to 10.5 SureFit CG                                   No                       Yes Our Testers Results All of our testers have seen increases in ball speed of 2-3 mph versus their custom-fit drivers (M3, Roque SZ, Cobra F8+).  Smash factors were about the same and spin was slightly (150... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts – 2018

September 13th, 2018

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts.  Updated for 2018. We fit a LOT of different golfers every year and the shafts we put into their irons (and wedges) is determined by our BGF Fitting System, TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard and player testing during the fitting.  Our fitting recommendations include length of iron, shaft weight, shaft trajectory and spin profile, shaft flex, and swing weight.  Loft and lie are determined by launch monitor testing.  The recommendations are determined by a golfers physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), strength (distance), launch characteristics (actual and desired trajectory, spin, dispersion), and swing dynamics (tempo, transition and release point). Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Hot Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. When we test in our dynamic fitting sessions, we choose 4-5 shafts that match the BGF Fitting System recommendations, and then test on TrackMan for performance with a head chosen by our fitters and the golfer.  Once we determine the best performing shaft, we try different heads to narrow down the selection.  When using our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, we rely on our golfers description of their shot shape and desired results. Bottom line is that these shafts have done the best job of increasing... Read More

New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts

August 2nd, 2018

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.    Over the next few months, both an 80 gram and 70 gram version will hit the market. Comparison to original SteelFiber Models In our static testing, the new FC 90 and FC 115 test out with slightly softer tips... Read More

TourEdge Exotics CBX Fairway and Hybrid Clubs

July 23rd, 2018

The hot new TourEdge Exotics CBX fairway and hybrid clubs started shipping in October, 2017 and are now rocking the golf world.  We have always been a fan of the TourEdge Exotics line-up but this new Beta Titanium cup face technology definitely creates less spin and longer shots. MyGolfSpy 2018 Most Wanted Fairway Wood See their test results here.  Imagine the results with a CBX built to your exact specs. Higher Launch, Less Spin Means More Distance! Think about this….if you had been using a 3 hybrid to reach the green but ran the risk of having it run through because the landing angle was too shallow, now you can use a 4 hybrid and have it land like a butterfly with sore feet!  Same thing with your fairway woods.  Try a 4 wood, 16.5 degree instead of a traditional 15 degree 3 wood and get much better control and the same distance! When Tour Edge engineers introduced their first Exotics fairway wood, they created new benchmarks for distance and power in a fairway wood. With the CBX, Exotics has once again taken distance gains to another level to bring unprecedented power to your game. Combo-brazing (a weldless process) a... Read More

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts

July 21st, 2018

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts Or, Don’t buy your new driver off the rack!  We have been saying this for years.  Why?  Even if you demo the driver in the store, get great results on THEIR launch monitor, and have a coupon code to save you some coin,  you have not optimized your performance. MyGolfSpy Shaft Research The first thing you need to do is read this article in MyGolfSpy on what is really in driver shafts.    This article was published in November, 2017, and could not be more relevant today.  Chris actually interviewed me for this article  and really did a thorough job uncovering every aspect of what goes on in the golf industry in terms of shaft quality, integrity and legitimacy. Not All Clubs That Are Identical, Play Identical This article and experience of Brandt Snedeker speaks volumes about having a professional fitter not only fit, but install the clubs to exact specifications. Bottom line is that the shafts that come in the majority of OEM (Callway, TaylorMade, etc.) clubs, especially drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, are not the exact same shafts that we get as an authorized dealer for Fujikura and Mitsubishi Chemical-Golf Division,... Read More

Nippon MODUS3 Shafts Review Updated July, 2018

July 18th, 2018

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags. See which Nippon Shaft is right for you.   Book your Fitting here… UPDATE July, 2018:   Modus Posts it 15th Tour win in 2018. Nippon Shafts win TWO Senior Major Championships! VJ Singh used the Modus3 Tour 105 shafts in his victory at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.  VJ is ever the tinkerer with his equipment but since going to lighter shafts in his irons, his game has improved significantly. And, in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Laura Davies ran away from the field for her first win in seven years.  Playing Nippon N.S. Pro 950 GH steel shafts in her irons, she was consistently close to the pin in every round! UPDATE April, 2018:  Every Model of the Modus3 made a Top 5 finish February 4, 2018!  2nd Place (Tour 120X), T3 (Tour 120 TX), and T5 (Tour 130 X) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and 3 T5 finishers in Malaysia (Tour 105 X, Tour 125 X, and Proto X).  And, Andrew Landry played the Modus3 Tour 105X in his Ping iBlade 3-PW to claim victory at the  2018Texas Valero Open. The Nippon... Read More

NEW Ping i210 and i500 Irons

July 16th, 2018

NEW Ping i210 and i500 Irons   Ping, ever the innovator, is launching their new line of i-series irons today,  Today’s players are seeking not only performance improvement but power as well.  These new irons offer the best of both of these! Whether you are a new customer or a returning Lifetime Fitting customer, Book Your Fitting Here! i500 The new i500 iron takes a lead from the popular G700 iron.  Using a maraging steel face insert, this club offers more distance while giving a lot more forgiveness in a smaller club head than the G700.  This thin-face, hollow bodied design was first seen in the Ping Crossover hybrid irons.  With the same face technology as the G400 fairway woods, these irons are geared for distance!         i210 Iron The original i200 iron was released 18 months ago and the new i210 is another step in the evolution in this players iron.  With a new softer face material and improved grove design, the i210 will give players a better feeling and performing club.  While not as long in distance as the i500, the i210 has similar trajectory and peak height.  This allows for better “drop and stop” for... Read More

Stability Putter Shafts Can Drop More Putts

July 7th, 2018

Stability Putter Shafts Can Drop More Putts With 46% of your strokes in a round coming from your putter, maybe you should consider changing the “stock steel” shaft in your putter to the new STABILITY putter shaft from BreakThrough Golf Technology.  Introduced in May, 2018, this shaft is now the fastest growing putter shaft on the Web.Com Tour. Book Your Putter Fitting Here. It’s All About Stability At Impact According to multiple sources (SAM Putt Lab, Quintec, TrackMan Putter Analysis), if you miss hit your putt as little as a quarter of an inch off the “sweet” spot, the torque of a traditional steel shaft can cause you to miss a 10 foot putt as much as two inches.  In tests done by the folks at BreakThrough Golf Technology, golfers saw a 56% improvement in their putts. Behind the Technology By making the tip of the putter shaft more stable, without adversely affecting feel, the STABILITY shaft Is a combination of carbon fiber, aluminum insert and connector, and a smoke PVD covered stainless steel tip.  This comination creates, drum roll please, more STABILITY at impact, less dispersion and more distance consistency.  Check it out here… Personal Experience Being a true... Read More