What's New: From the Lab

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

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

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

Reasons You Should Consider Single Length Irons – 2018

September 4th, 2017

Below is the original post we did in January, 2017 on single length irons.  Now that Bryson has won back-to-back FedEx Cup events, there must be something to this…or, is it just his unique approach?  Kinda like Moe Norman and Natural Golf? Check out Bryson’s WITB from the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship. Check out his bag in 2016… 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... 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