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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”. 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 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...
“The ST200 line is a follow-up to last year’s hot-face ST190 family, which included the first Mizuno driver to win a PGA Tour event in two decades. This line uses a beta-titanium alloy from racing-bike gears that’s stronger than last year’s face material. The result is a thinner and more flexible variable-thickness face that provides extra ball speed and distance. The family includes the standard ST200 (wide body and forgiving), the ST200G (two sliding weights in the sole) and the ST200X (ultralight, anti-slice weighting). All benefit from a lightweight carbon-composite crown”- Mizuno Golf
“Callaway’s new three-driver family builds on the artificial-intelligence platform of last year’s Epic Flash. Those previously unimaginable variable- thickness face contours have been improved to bolster distance for three head styles and player types. The standard Mavrik—Callaway’s most ambitious aerodynamic design—has a raised rear skirt to enhance swing speed, and the face and deep center of gravity work together to produce consistency in distance. The beefier, low-spin Sub Zero and the draw-biased Max come with two movable weights. “- Callaway Golf
“The problem with aerodynamic features is that although they make a driver move through the air faster, they generally make impact less effective. The main reason is how an aerodynamic design typically pushes up the center of gravity (CG), raising spin and reducing forgiveness. These wind-tunnel-developed drivers—including one with a sliding weight (SIM) and one that’s designed to combat a slice (Max D)—solve the CG problem with a back-weighted keel in the sole. It’s angled to improve air flow as the club rotates on the downswing, just when it’s moving the fastest.” TaylorMade Golf
“The King Speedzone is the standard version and features movable weights. The Xtreme has extra forgiveness. Both drivers focus on small details for big performance. For example, by computer milling the face and extending it to the perimeter, each curve and thickness is more tightly controlled for optimal flexing, higher launch and straighter off-center hits. The carbon-fiber crown wraps around the top of the driver into two lobes, so now half of the clubhead area is weight-saving composite when it used to be barely a third.” – Cobra Golf
“Last year Titleist reinvigorated its driver line with the fast, thin-face designs behind the forgiving TS2 and adjustable-weight TS3. This year Titleist added two new models to reach a wider audience: the TS1, Titleist’s lightest driver ever, and the ultra-low-spin TS4. Boasting 40-gram shaft options and a slight draw bias, the TS1 serves the moderate swing-speed crowd who haven’t always considered Titleist an option. All four drivers in the family feature the company’s lightest and thinnest crown, plus ultra-thin faces that are 100-percent inspected for maximum flex”
“The titanium face gets a lot of the attention, but it’s the nonmetal pieces inside and outside these drivers that merit highlighting. First, the carbon- composite crown saves weight to increase adjustability options on the 0811 X and forgiveness on the 0811 XF. But the crown is also thicker and raised slightly to provide a stiffer area around the face to concentrate more rebound into the ball. Second, there’s a layer of soft elastomer in a honeycomb pattern lining the sole to control vibration and improve sound. The sole weights switch around so you can adjust spin, trajectory and direction.” -PXG