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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...
“For Mizuno, it wasn’t enough to incorporate a high-strength beta titanium alloy in a complex variable-thickness face with a carbon-fiber crown to help lower the center of gravity. The company’s engineers also designed “waves” on the sole to improve forgiveness and boost the size of the hottest part of the face as much as 50 percent. The ST190 features a steel weight deep in the sole to improve launch and stability on mis-hits. The lower-spinning ST190G has parallel sliding weight tracks to better control spin and ball flight.”- Mizuno Golf
“The original Epic blew our minds with its “jailbreak” technology in which two titanium bars connect the sole and crown to maximize flexing in the face. The Epic Flash has this technology, plus a face designed using artificial intelligence: Thousands of virtual prototypes—impossible to conceive with traditional methods—created a face whose back (under magnification) is rippled like an Olympics moguls run. The benefit is more ball speed across the meat of the face. The head is also extra stable on off-center hits, and there’s a sliding weight track in the rear to adjust flight. “- Callaway Golf
“The premise is wickedly simple: To make a faster-flexing face, why not make it illegal to start? Then, before the head is finished, tune it back to being legal. The execution isn’t so simple, of course. The heads are injected with a precise amount of resin (through those blood-orange ports) to make them as close to the conforming limit as possible. TaylorMade says it has increased the area of the face at the USGA limit to nearly the size of a quarter. Also, two 10-gram weights in a T-shape track on the sole control ball flight in thousands of possible settings. TaylorMade Golf
“Even though Ping’s new family of drivers has a model with an adjustable center of gravity (G410 Plus), the line retains its extreme stability. This means your mis-hits will be nearly indistinguishable from your center strikes. One key feature is a weight-saving, super-thin crown designed with narrow support veins like those on a dragonfly’s wings. This allows the Plus model to have a 16-gram weight that seamlessly fits into draw, neutral and fade positions in the rear perimeter. On the lighter, slice-fighting SFT model, extra mass moves to the heel to help you square the face at impact.” – Ping Golf
“Driver designers love carbon-fiber crowns. The lightweight material allows a low center of gravity and more stability on off-center hits. But the team at PXG wanted more, so it selectively raised and thickened its carbon-fiber crown. The goal is to stiffen the structure and redirect energy back to the flexing face for distance. There are two options: The adjustable and compact 0811 X has nine sole weights to optimize trajectory. It also emphasizes low spin and high speed for better players. The larger 0811 XF is designed for high launch and forgiveness that nears the USGA limit.”