What is the Secret of Driver Head Performance?
There are a couple of ways to make sure the driver you have or the one you are about to purchase are going to match or exceed your performance expectations. By testing your current driver on a launch monitor and physically measuring a couple of points on the driver head, you can optimize your performance. More…
Wood Head Design
With forged titanium becoming easier to produce, the trend is to larger metal wood heads that offer a much larger sweet spot and more forgiveness. Wood heads are measured by the cubic centimeters of volume they displace going from a more traditional size of 400cc to as large as 460cc. While the larger heads offer more forgiveness, they are sometimes less appealing to look at for a lot of golfers. There are several new designs that offer a “wide body” look like the Ping G30 or the more traditional look like the Callaway X2 Hot, and the TaylorMade SLDR S. Lofts are also a measure of how high you will hit the ball for a given swing speed. Driver lofts usually range from 7.5 degrees to 13 degrees. The lower the angle the lower the trajectory, for a given swing speed. Usually, higher lofts will mean greater distance. Almost all of the new driver heads offer some form of adjustability so getting the loft and directional tendency absolutely correct is a little less critical than it was a few years ago. At D’Lance Golf we offer a full range of wood head sizes and styles. We make recommendations for the type of head that will give you great performance at an affordable price with outstanding aesthetic appeal.
I have picked up 15-20 yards with the new driver. My greens-in-regulation have gone up by 50% because I am hitting shorter irons into the green. – John R., Littleton, CO (August, 2012)
Match the loft of your driver with the right shaft launch and spin.
With todays adjustable drivers, making the right shaft choice is even more important than ever before. Changing loft and/or opening or closing the face on your driver can have a big impact on trajectory and direction of your shots. Add the fact that you can change launch trajectory by over 3 degrees with a particular shaft and you can quickly gain or lose a lot of distance and accuracy. We take all of these factors into account when we fit your driver. More…
What woods should you play?
Most better players will have a standard Driver (1 wood), 3 wood and 5 wood in their bag. If we fit you in a High Loft (12 to 16 degree) driver, I would suggest that the next wood in your bag be a 4 or 5 wood because a 3 wood will be almost identical in loft to your driver. The new slot technology fairway woods (Adams XTD and TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2) make the fairway wood decisions a little harder because they launch a little higher and will go farther. Even the average golfer may want to consider a 17 degree 4 wood instead of both a 3 and 5 wood.
Makeover your driver.
If you are not straight and long off the tee, your confidence takes a big hit. Tour players tweak their drivers more than any club in their bag until they get it right. So should you! Are your drives too high or too low? When we test players on the TrackMan ball flight monitor, what you THINK is the right trajectory may be completely off. Trajectory (launch angle AND descent angle) will give you the optimum distance, both carry and roll-out. This is a combination of driver loft and shaft tip profile. Soft tip, high launch may be good for a lot of people but your roll-out may be limited because the descent angle is too steep. Are you straight off the tee? The right shaft weight, flex and swing weight will cut your shot dispersion by 50% or more and give you more distance. Makeover your driver and get your confidence back!
Fighting the Longer, Lighter Driver Trend
Since the PGA Show in 2011 it was evident that every equipment company had caught the bug. Build longer, lighter drivers and distance will come. While we have had tremendous success in the past year building very long drivers, up to the legal USGA limit of 48 inches, not every golfer can take advantage of this trend. Read More…
Where IS the Sweet Spot?
We have all known that hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the club face results in hitting the ball long and straight. Unfortunately, finding that sweet spot can be an exercise in trial and error. Well, thanks to TrackMan and our own research in addition to that done by TrackMan staff, we can share with you where the sweet spot is on most drivers and what happens when you miss the sweet spot. Read More...
“Mizuno has now evolved this breakthrough technology to also be able to customize spin rate and launch angle in the JPX-850 – helping all swing speeds achieve maximum possible total yardage. A massive playing profile with a low and deep extended weighting system launches the ball into an optimized, low spinning orbit – from whichever QuickSwitch setting you choose.”- Mizuno Golf
“The XR 16 Driver is where forgiveness meets fast. We worked with Boeing on our most aerodynamic head shape and a redesigned Speed Step, put in more MOI and added more speed with our next generation R•MOTO face- Callaway Golf
“M2 is built with a multi-material construction – the same as M1 – that features an ultra-light, ultra-thin and high-strength Carbon Composite Crown; unlocking exceptional distance and forgiveness for More golfers. TaylorMade Golf
“Inspired by an approach called biomimicry, PING engineers analyzed the dragonfly’s intricate wing pattern to design ultra-thin crown sections for extreme CG and maximized MOI. Dragonfly Technology, Vortec Technology, turbulators and a strong T9S face created our longest, most forgiving driver ever. Available in three models to fit your preferred trajectory.” – Ping Golf
“Utilizing Active Recoil Channel™ and Radial Speed Face technology, the 450cc 915D4 features a forward SureFit weight directly behind the channel for lower spin than 915D2 and 915D3. Strategic internal weight distribution produces a higher moment of inertia than competitive low spin drivers..”