Last year Adam Scott won the 2013 Master’s Tournament using a great amount of talent and of course a great line up of shafts in his sticks. What Scott had in his bag were Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X in his Driver, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 in his fairways, KBS Tour X in his hybrids and irons and the KBS hi-rev in his wedges. Based on the top 23 players that are competing in the Masters this year, as predicted by Golf Digest, it looks as though there will be a completely diverse and array of shafts in the Masters Tournament for 2014. Within that list is of course our Reigning Champ – Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. So what are they playing? Luke Donald is playing Accra SC 65 X in his Driver, Accra Tour Z 75 in his fairway woods, Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 in his hybrids, TT Dynamic Golds in his irons and spinners in his wedges. Sergio Garcia is playing Mistubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 103 X in his driver and fairway woods, Nippon NS Pro Tour 130 X in his irons and Nippon NS Pro... Read More
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When I started the company in 1997, steel shafts played on the PGA Tour were pretty well dominated by True Temper. Their flagship line, The Dynamic Gold (S300, S400, X100) at one time was played by 96% of all players on Tour. Since then, companies like Nippon and KBS Shafts have started taking some wins. Nippon has long had the majority of golfers on the LPGA Tour playing their light weight 850 and 950 series shafts. A couple of weeks ago, the winner of the Valspar Championship played the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 in his irons. And KBS Shafts have over 100 PGA Tour wins since the company started in 2008 (see a little history here). The cool thing for us is that all of these companies make shafts that have different weights, launch and spin characteristics, and feel. So, schedule and iron fitting and we can pick the right shaft for you from over 100 shafts that will help give you the tightest shot dispersion, the most distance and the best feel.
So Tiger Woods still Ranks #1 in the Golf World with Adam Scott just in reach, trailing behind him. To all of our surprise, even though Tiger has been playing just “average” golf as of late, and out of Tiger’s Total 2013-2014 PGA Season Tournaments, so far, he isn’t even ranked in the Top 10 Finishes. So, the regular, non-golfer would look at that and say “how is this possible?” How can someone not even finish in the Top Ten in Most of his tournaments and still be ranked #1? The answer is simple, Tiger plays less tournaments than most people on tour! He has played a total of 40 tournament, where Adam Scott, the next man on the Totem pole has played over 50! In those 40, comparatively, Tiger Wins more Championships as well. Tiger may not be the “beast” of the past, but he still is the Number One Golfer in World and even at his worst will be a tough guy to beat!
Ten years ago if I were to say that “social media” would be the fastest way to spread “the word” on every day items, or would allow us to stay connected with our hero’s as though we were in their inner circle, people would think I was crazy! Let’s face it, it is the world of Social Media and not only can it be extremely beneficial since you can now follow anyone minute by minute all over the world, but it can also be damaging! Those of us into golf or any sport for that matter are guilty of carrying our tech gadgets wherever we go constantly checking to see if Tiger won that last round, or if our favorite underdog is in the top ten. We all also love to see what our favorite players have to say about how they did, what they are playing with. It really gives us a true sense that our heros are real people. So with that said, how do you think the latest comments made by Elkington on twitter will effect his image? Do you think since his comments weren’t made about the PGA Tour the PGA should still consider disciplinary actions? ... Read More
Bubba Watson has Won his first tournament in almost two years since the 2012 Masters Victory. After 41 tournaments played since his Masters win, Bubba birdies the 18th hole at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. So do you want to know what is in Bubba’s bag – he’s a Ping Man! He has a Ping G25 Driver with a Grafalloy BiMatrix Rocket shaft, Ping G25 Fwy with Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2 X, Ping S55 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100, Ping Tour wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 and a Ping Anser Milled 1 putter.
Just as all of the new equipment is rolled out at the PGA Show, Golf Digest reveals the 2014 Hot List! From Drivers to wedges, this list gives players from every level in golf the opportunity to compare manufacturers, price and playability. From Callaway to Titleist, you can see why new innovative designs have made the list. At D’Lance we take pride in testing every piece of equipment that comes through our doors. This gives us the advantage of being able to give our customers the most information about their equipment and others to compare. We have already tested dozens of clubs from this years list as well as new shaft options for 2014. Call us today to come in a test out the new 2014 line ups!
The LPGA Tour has watched the PGA race to the Fed Ex Cup and the European Tour Race to Dubai in the past and have decided this year to add a Race of their own. The LPGA Race to the CME Globe is a season long points competition, as with the Fed Ex Cup and Race to Dubai that will award the winner with a One Million Dollar Prize. Tournament winners will earn 500 points in the standings, with that number increased to 625 for the five LPGA Tour majors. For tournaments with a cut, all players who reach the weekend will earn points. In tournaments without a cut, the top 40 and ties will earn points. “The addition of this concept fundamentally connects every event on our tour and promises big things in 2014 and beyond,” commissioner Michael Whan said. “The stakes have risen dramatically and the excitement level goes up for our players and each of our tournaments. … “An additional million dollars, even if you’re the No. 1 money winner on the LPGA, is more than meaningful. It can really make a difference.”
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is being played this weekend, January 3-6, 2014, at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui. Dustin Johnson took the title last year but never really put it all together on the PGA Tour. Take our poll at the right side of this page and let us know if any of the guys we listed will have a break-out year in 2014.
Nike announced it’s NEW 2014 Line-Up right about the same time Rory had his first Win of the year! Is that a coincidence or maybe some renewed confidence in Mr. McIlroy? The new line up plays on last years VRS Covert Line. Nike has the VRS Covert 2.0 Driver, Fairway and Hybrid with a NEW VRS Covert FORGED iron set and a VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedge line. We have not had a chance to test the new line yet, since they haven’t been released to the general public yet, but the reviews we have seen from those playing them on tour are pretty positive. For those of you who are die-hard Nike enthusiasts, these clubs will be available mid to late January and hopefully by that time Rory has another win with the NEW line!
Who says you have to be a high handi-capper to play the Mizuno JPX Ez line? Luke Donald is proof that some of the best players in the world use them and Win! Donald secured his first win of the year by defending his title in Japan using his MP-64 irons, MP-T$ wedges and his NEW JPX Ez hybrid. At 5 under 66 his score included 7 birdies and two bogeys. At D’Lance we have the JPX Ez line in, call us today to make an appointment to test this amazing new Mizuno line.