PXG GEN2 Irons Are on Their Way April 19th! Book Your Fitting Here! THE BEST IRONS PXG HAS EVER MADE. Three years in the making, NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons are almost here. Presented in four collections –Tour (T), Players (P), Xtreme Forgiveness (XF), and the new Super Game Improvement (SGI) – PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons deliver unmatched performance for golfers at every level of the game. Not only are NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons better, they are better in every way. Each iron features new innovations in materials and technology, with a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body, groundbreaking COR2 technology, larger functional internal face area, the industry’s thinnest club face, and PXG’s signature perimeter weighting technology. Every element combines to deliver more distance, a larger sweet spot, significantly improved accuracy, and a buttery-soft feel.
What's New: From the Lab
Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018 In our recent poll, over half of our readers are looking for a new driver in 2018. So where should you start? If you look at the advertising dollars being thrown around the industry, you would start with Callaway Rogue or TaylorMade “twist face”. Yes, they are really good but don’t count out some of the others that made the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List. Our battery of testers has narrowed the broad field down to these: Sign up for a fitting here! Drivers Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero Higher forgiveness than EPIC and lower spin than almost everyone in the industry. Sound not as muted as some others. Cobra F8 and F8+ This driver with the milled face is the real deal. Better sound than last year’s F7 series. Great low spin and forgiveness. We liked the two-tone Nardo gray! Mizuno ST-180 A pleasant surprise from Mizuno, this driver is in the same league as the others. All depends upon if you like a blue colored head. Ping G400 This driver continues to deliver more consistency across the face than almost all of the other... Read More
Light Weight Steel Iron Shafts for 2018 Light weight steel shafts are offering a lot of clubfitting options. Just like the rush of graphite shaft makers to get 85 to 115 gram graphite shafts to market, steel shaft manufacturers are dropping from the 115 to 125 gram range to the 95 to 110 gram range. Why? Older golfers that have played Dynamic Gold, Project X or KBS Tour shafts (125+ grams) are not enamored with the feel of graphite and are looking for a lighter weight steel shaft to maintain the same feel and potentially give them more distance. On the other side, as junior golfers start getting stronger, it is a tough transition to go from a light weight 70 to 85 gram graphite shaft to a heavy 125+ gram steel shaft. As a clubfitter, we know that weight, flex and profile (launch characteristics) of these new shafts are important to getting optimum performance. True Temper There are several manufacturers that offer steel shafts in the 95 to 110 gram range. True Temper has just replaced its Dynamic Gold Super Light(SL) shaft with the new Dynamic Gold 105. This shaft and its heavier brother Dynamic Gold 120 is a... Read More
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 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 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 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 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. 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 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