What's New: From the Lab

Is it Time for a New Driver?

February 15th, 2018

Is it Time for a New Driver? According to Golf Digest, if your driver is more than four years old, you are losing 6 to 11 yards!  (See their article here). Now that may not seem like much, but it can be as much as one club shorter into that favorite par 4!  That my friend means lower scores…and more fun! And, even better, accuracy has improved on off center hits, especially low and toe shots.  Whether is is “twist face”, “jail break” or “dual roll” technology, every driver manufacturer has made distance AND forgiveness a mantra this year.  Our first fittings with these new drivers are very encouraging! Every year, we also put the new drivers to the test with our players.  So far the tests on all the new drivers from Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Mizuno and Ping are improving both accuracy AND distance.  We will be publishing our own reports in the next few weeks.  We have testers from every genre so no holds barred!  Stay tuned.  

Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List

February 1st, 2018

Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List    The “official” Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List has been published!  This signals the beginning of the golf season, in my opinion.  Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the title links in each category.  I have taken some time to review the list and here are my overall impressions: Overall: Cobra Golf snatched 18 Gold medals, the highest count for them in like forever.  For Cobra, this could be a banner year. PXG made Gold lists in fairways, hybrids, and irons.  I wasn’t sure if Bob Parson would go mainstream but he did. Tour Edge notably missing from hybrids…hmmm? Cleveland Golf irons making it back on the list in a couple of categories. New entrants from EPON, Honma trying to break into the US Market. Drivers: The usual suspects hit the Gold List but I have been impressed with the Cobra drivers Callaway EPIC, EPIC Sub Zero and EPIC Star Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero Cobra F8 and F8+ Ping G400, SF and LST TaylorMade M3 and M4 Titleist 917 D2/D3 Fairways: The focus as usual is on distance and in our testing every one of the Gold list and several... Read More

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters

January 29th, 2018

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters If you have not heard of ACCRA golf shafts, it is about time you did!  These shafts have been in the industry for years and are offered exclusively through a network of the most talented clubfitters and club builders in the world.  At D’Lance Golf Performance Center, we offer every shaft available from ACCRA.  We have tested all of them in our shaft profiling system and know EXACTLY which shaft(s) will work for your swing.  Here are the cool things to know about ACCRA shafts: Shafts for Beginners and Pros A lot of shaft companies focus only on the PGA Tour players and develop shafts strictly for that audience.  They hope that this will have a “trickle down” effect so the average golfer will buy those shafts.  The problem is, most golfers could never swing the shaft that the tour pros use!   So, ACCRA has made several different lines of shafts with different shaft profiles and different price points.  This means that the average golfer can get “fitted” with shafts that match THEIR swing but do not cost an arm and a leg.  From the iSeries to the RPG and Tour Z Xtreme, ACCRA has a shaft... Read More

KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron

January 18th, 2018

KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Following on the heels of the very successful launch of the KBS Tour Prototype Hybrid Graphite shafts, KBS has released the new KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron shafts.  These shafts are designed to play very similar to their KBS Steel counterparts, with the same Elasticity Index. Available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights The good news is that now we have something to fit golfers from juniors needing a lighter weight shaft (50 or 60 gram) to stronger players needing slightly heavier shafts (70 or 80 grams).   TGI Tour Graphite 50    Best for beginner golfers with slow swing speeds and juniors. TGI Tour Graphite 60   Juniors transitioning from  US Kids and slower swing speed adults. TGI Tour Graphite 70   Juniors, medium swing speed adults with smooth transitions. TGI Tour Graphite 80   Medium swing speed adults wanting higher ball flight. Each weight is its own flex The 50 gram shaft is the softest flex, roughly a Ladies flex.  The 60 gram shaft would be designated as A (Senior flex).  The 70 gram shaft would be roughly a Men’s Regular flex and the 80 gram shaft would... Read More

Cobra F8 Milled Face Driver

January 15th, 2018

Cobra F8 Milled Face Driver Cobra Golf has long been an innovator in equipment, especially drivers and their rail technology on their hybrids and fairway metals.  So what’s so hot about the new F8 family? CNC Milled Face With CNC milling, the face of the driver is now far more consistent than ever before.  This means the actual “hotness” of the face as measured by CT (see related article here) is more consistent.  Now, the driver you buy is as good or better than the one you tested in your fitting. Dual Roll Means Straighter Shots This has been a staple of the Cobra driver design since the ZL line.  Cobra researchers knew that most miss-hits were low heel or high toe so they designed a face that provided straighter shots with less loss of distance on those shots. Aerodynamic Design for Higher Clubhead Speed With the 360 degree Aero technology, the F8 drivers can provide up to 2 mph higher clubhead speed versus conventional driver design. Bottom Line We have tested the new Cobra F8 with our test team and the results are in: Clubhead Speed:  Average increase 1.2 mph Smash Factor:  Average 1.495 Distance Increase:  Average +8.5 yards Shot... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts 2017 and New For 2018

December 28th, 2017

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts. 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). 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 our golfers distance, accuracy and consistency.  They are also the best in terms of consistency for our... Read More

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations

November 27th, 2017

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations Well, this is always a tricky topic as literally everyone has a different take on the look, sound and feel of a particular driver and shaft combination, but here is what we have found so far in 2017.  What is not shown here is what exact shaft was put in each head.  In general,  we look for shaft and head combinations that deliver the straightest, longest shots, most consistently. Drivers: Callaway EPIC SubZero performed a little better than the EPIC purely because of slightly lower spin.  Forgiveness (accuracy, shot dispersion) was very similar. Ping G LST and G400 LST have been consistently strong performers for us for over two years.  The new G400 LST, and the other G400 heads have a better sound for most players.  Always high smash factors and consistent launch angles for the given loft specs on the head.  And, Pings pricing is a big advantage. TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 have both performed well but were not our top sellers.  The M2 had a slight advantage over the M1 in terms of distance and consistency. PXG 0811X and LX have been a big improvement over the original 0811.  The... Read More

True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge Shafts

November 13th, 2017

The new lightweight True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge shafts are now available.  We have put these new lightweight shafts through our 24 point profiling system and they are just like their big brothers…OK heavier brothers in terms of trajectory and spin profiles.  Kudos to the True Temper engineers.  Flexes will be a little softer so you may need an S flex in the 105 if you are playing an R in the Dynamic Gold today. True Temper started going lighter weight with the Dynamic Gold 120 AMT and then the Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue and Dynamic Gold 120.  The True Temper XP line has been a great performer in weights from 95 to 115 with high trajectory to mid trajectory and spin. Now, the Dynamic Gold 105 irons and 115 Wedges offer lower trajectory and mid to low spin in a weight suitable to lightly slower swing speeds and golfers desiring a lighter feeling club.  The 105 is available in R, S and X flex while the 115 Wedge is only available in S flex. According to True Temper, “For years there have been trade-offs when producing a lightweight steel shaft featuring tour-level performance. With Dynamic... Read More

TourEdge Exotics CBX Fairway and Hybrid Clubs

November 2nd, 2017

The hot new TourEdge Exotics CBX fairway and hybrid clubs started shipping in October 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. 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 Beta Titanium cup face to a hypersteel body, the engine of the CBX fairway wood is this combination of superior multi-materials and construction. As a result of this precise engineering,... Read More

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