What's New: From the Lab

Nippon Modus Shaft Review

October 19th, 2017

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the years.  These shafts have been designed for golfers with medium swing speeds and smooth shaft load.  These shafts have helped most players get the ball in the air. Several years ago, Nippon introduced their Modus3 line of steel shafts.  These shafts were tested at length on the Tours with the thought that these shafts needed to handle the higher speed golfer’s swings while maintaining a desired ball flight and... Read More

Our “Secret Sauce” is Our Custom Golf Club Building Process

October 9th, 2017

Our custom golf club building process at D’Lance Golf is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.  All of our clubs are built to specific flex, length, loft, lie and swing weight, as designated on the order. Have you ever tried clubs at a demo day, bought the exact ones you demoed online or at a big box store, and couldn’t hit them worth a lick?  Well,  there is so much variation in shaft flexes, clubhead weights, lofts and lies that your chances of getting exactly what you demoed are slim to none.  And, if you are buying a shaft or shafts online without understanding the profile of those shafts, you are just guessing.  So you buy it, try it, hate, sell it and start all over again!  Break that cycle!  Head Weight Prior to building each club, we weigh each clubhead.  This ensures that we will be able to build the club to your exact specifications of flex and swingweight.  If a head is lighter than normal, we may need to use tungsten weighting in the hosel or adjust the weights on a driver, for example.  If the head is too heavy, we may need to counter balance the club by adding lead... Read More

Post Impact

What Happens When a Golf Shaft is Too Flexible?

September 28th, 2017

What happens when a golf shaft is too flexible?  The results may vary by swing profile, but in general, shots will be inconsistent in contact and direction, and there may be a wide variation in distance…sometimes really long, and other times quite short.  See more about what happens when shafts are not correct in our previous post. I fit a female high school golfer that was playing with a set of standard Women’s golf clubs.  I knew without even testing the clubs that the shafts were too soft or flexible for the strength of her swing.  The driver in particular was an issue.  Even though her swing direction was very straight, her misses were either a big hook or a push/slice.  In addition, her smash factor was very low, 1.42, meaning she was getting very little out of the head and shaft combination and losing potential distance.  I took a high-speed (360 frames per second) video and captured a couple of these still images to visually show you what happens and how we fixed it: Notice how the shaft is drooping and bending slightly forward prior to impact.  This shot could have been a hook if the face is too... Read More

Project X Even Flow Golf Shafts Launch Today

September 18th, 2017

Project X Even Flow golf shafts launch today, September 18, 2017!  If you loved the Hand Crafted LZ (loading zone) shafts and went crazy over the HZRDUS shafts, you will love the feel and performance of the new Even Flow shafts.  We just received our initial shipment for testing and will report our results next week. The design of the Project X Even Flow creates a smoother feeling mid section of the golf shaft while enhancing performance.  This was done by the Project X engineers by keeping the same materials for performance, but changing the actual design profile to create a better feel (flatter Elasticity Index) than the Project X HZRDUS. The Project X Even Flow golf shafts come in two models:  The Project X Even Flow Black is a low launch, low spin model while the Project X Even Flow Blue is a mid launch, mid spin design. The Project X Even Flow Black comes in 65, 75 and 85 gram in wood shafts and 85 gram in a hybrid shaft.  The stiffer flexes in each model have lower torque which give the 5.5 flex a softer feel at impact than the 6.5 flex, for example.  The flex designations... Read More

Miura Golf Classic Forged Clubs Being Retired

September 14th, 2017

Miura Golf has been the absolute staple in the Japanese forged iron and wedge market.  We have worked with several other Japanese companies but the classic lines and models of the blades and CB-501 and CB-57 are just awesome.  With the sale of Miura Golf earlier in 2017, it became evident that the new owners were putting a more modern (forgiving design) stamp on most of their product line.  The reason is pretty simple.  The market for these classic lines is shrinking as golfers, both good players and players trying to improve their games seek clubs that are easier to hit and get the ball airborne.  The PP9003 shown at the left was a great move to a more forgiving iron. Unfortunately, the blades, CB-501, CB-57 and PP9003 irons are being retired.  There are several models still available, especially in left handed, at literally 50% off while supplies last.  There are also several models of wedges that are being discontinued as well.  So call us or email [email protected] or [email protected] to see what is still available.   We are confident that the ability to have great forged irons in modern designs made to exacting Miura standards will be a winner... Read More

Mizuno MP-18 Irons Product Overview

September 4th, 2017

Mizuno MP-18 Irons will be hitting the golf courses this fall with a new look and traditional feel.  There are four new models:  MP-18 blade-style, MP-18 SC split cavity, MP-18 MMC multi-material with tungsten, and MP-18 Fli-Hi driving iron.  The beauty of Mizuno has always been the ability to build a combo set of irons from long irons through wedges and this family of products makes that very easy!  These irons are available for demo NOW with shipping expected 9/15/2017.  Sign up for your fitting TODAY! Traditional Feel:  Each iron is constructed from 1025E Pure Select Carbon Steel and put through a 4-step Grain Flow Forging HD Process to create the ultimate solid and consistent feel Mizuno Tour athletes demand in their equipment.  This forging process allows for the traditional soft feel but improved performance (smash-factor) for distance and control. MP-18:  This blade will make you think back to the MP-32 with its elegant design.  Traditional look in a slightly shorter, more compact iron, the MP-18 is a player’s choice, especially in the scoring irons, 7-PW. MP-18 SC:  This split cavity (SC) design offers more forgiveness and a slightly cambered sole for better turf interaction.  Still the same forged material... Read More

Ping G400 Driver Review

August 9th, 2017

The new Ping G400 driver is just another extension of the great performance of the G30 and G lineup.  Taking a page from the G LS TEC, the head size of the new G400 is 440 cc, slightly smaller but offering more forgiveness due to the design and setting the CG more towards the back of the club.  This will also add a little higher launch so make sure you take that into account in your fitting.  Spin rates are theoretically 3-400 rpms less with the G400 than the G and we have seen that in our testing as well.  Ball speeds are slightly higher due to a thinner, more responsive titanium face.  We will report more on our testing with different swing speeds and attack angles.  There are three models of the G400, the G400, G400 SFT  and the G400 LST (low spin technology). For some perspective, GolfWRX did a test on the G400 and their main tester was pretty enthusiastic about the results he achieved.  Now Zach generates some pretty high club speed and great swing dynamics, so we will see how it works with our golfers.  See the GolfWRX article here. Again, the G400 is following the... Read More

Our Shaft Profiling System Saves You Strokes

August 3rd, 2017

Our shaft profiling system saves you strokes. How?  By making sure that we have fit you to shafts that optimize your performance.  We spend a lot of time analyzing shafts and their impact on the distance, accuracy and consistency of our golfers shots.  After all, the shaft is the only moving part of the golf club and is the transmission that delivers energy of your swing to the golf ball. When we profile a shaft, we take 24 measurements of the shaft that we have determined are important:  Length, actual flex (cycle per minute), bend profile at eight locations along the shaft length, weight, balance point and torque.  From these numbers we then calculate a spine index (how different the shaft is from high to low bend point), a quality index (how well all of the shafts in the same flex match each other), and a feel index (will this shaft feel firm like and extension of your arm or hinged and feel like a two piece shaft).  While some of these calculations are subjective, the bottom line is that the give us a great deal of valuable data to build quality clubs for our customers.  Let’s look at what... Read More

Reasons You Should Consider Single Length Irons

July 17th, 2017

Below is the original post we did in January, 2017 on single length irons.  With Bryson winning his first PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic, maybe you should re-consider?!  Check out his bag… Are single length irons making strides?  Well, yes and no.  What’s the old saying?  Unless you have been living in a cave, you have probably heard of Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour player that has made single length irons famous.  He is now sponsored by Cobra Puma and helped in the design of the ONE clubs being introduced by Cobra this month.  First let’s review the concept.  Basically a “traditional” set of irons varies in length by 1/2″ from longest (3 or 4 iron) to shortest (PW).  This means several things for the golfer.  First, with the long iron, you are standing a little farther away from the ball.  This also makes the angle of your swing plane flatter than with your wedges.  So, consequently you will stand up straighter with the longer irons, and bend over more with the shorter irons and wedges.  In theory, the longer the club, AND the lower the loft, the more swing speed and distance you will create.  That... Read More

Hit Your Fairway Woods More Consistently

June 12th, 2017

Here are a few pointers on how to hit your fairway woods more consistently.  We are going to be talking about getting the right shaft, loft and model, not your swing technique.  OK, maybe a little on swing technique. From a fitting perspective, most fairway woods that we test that are purchased off-the-rack have very inconsistent lengths, shaft weights and shaft flexes from one manufacturer to the next. Length:  Fairway woods for male golfers range in length from 42.75″ to 43.5″ for a 3 wood.  Each club gets progressively shorter by .5″ to 1″ as you go up in loft.  If you are playing a 43″ 3 wood, a 5 wood should be no longer than 42.5″.   Getting the right length can help you hit the ball more consistently in the middle of the face, not on the heel (too long) or toe (too short).   Shaft Weight:  We see most stock shafts from manufacturers use the same weight of shaft in fairway woods as their driver models.  Your fairway wood shafts should be slightly (5 to 15 grams) heavier than your driver shaft.   So if you are playing a 65 gram driver shaft (noted by a numeral... Read More