What's New: Fitting Tips

Do NOT Adjust Your Swing During a Fitting!

August 3rd, 2015

One of the most important things we teach our fitters is to concentrate on fitting the golfer to their current swing rather than trying to make swing changes during the fitting.  The reason for this is simple.  Swing changes take a long time to be reflected in your golf game so trying to make a quick fix usually does not work.  The second reason is that we are fitting to your existing swing tendencies, good OR bad and we know that equipment can make big improvements in consistency of contact, shot dispersion and ball flight.  So when you come in for a fitting, here are our rules: 1.  Take your NORMAL swing.  If one of your golfing buddies keeps telling you to slow down, don’t listen!  It will never happen…consistently.  By altering the weight and balance of a golf club we can make aggressive, fast swing golfers feel more comfortable and be much more consistent.  2.  Don’t worry if you are not hitting a club particularly well.  That is one of the things we are trying to find out during a fitting is what weight, flex, length, and balance of club you hit the best.  You will never hit all... Read More

Get Your Junior Golfer Started Right with a Clubfitting!

July 11th, 2015

We take growing the game of golf seriously by getting kids started learning the game as quickly as they are able to hold a club.  At some point, the junior golfer will start needing equipment to match their size, strength and ability.  We start seeing fitting as an important factor as early as 8 years old.  In fact, we have dedicated an entire page to Fitting Junior Golfers. Because we think it is so important to get young golfers fit with the right equipment and make it affordable, we offer a Lifetime Junior Clubfitting for juniors 16 and under for $100 (Reg. $450).  This is the same fitting we do for adults, but we realize that a junior golfer may outgrow his or her clubs in two or three years so they will need to come back and be re-evaluated.  I started my son when he was 5 and he went on to play college golf.  We still play golf together as often as we can.  Get your junior started in a lifetime sport with a lifetime clubfitting! Dan Sueltz

Why Custom Building Your Clubs is So Important

July 6th, 2015

Most of you know that we not only custom fit clubs but make sure they are custom built to your exact specifications that we measured in your fitting.  A lot of club fitters will fit you and the make a “custom” order that is sent to the manufacturer for fulfillment.  We know from hard experience that what comes back from the manufacturer in most cases in not very close and in some cases so far off that your performance will be less than what you experienced in your fitting.  Why?  First, the manufacturers are mostly concerned with getting the proper swing weight and length of the clubs.  In a lot of instances, especially if you are having lie angles adjusted significantly (2-3 degrees up or down), there will be major inconsistencies throughout the set.  Another major factor is the variation in the shafts.  We have measured stock driver, fairway and hybrid shafts and found that a S (stiff) shaft can measure anywhere from R (regular) to X (extra stiff).  If the variance is more than a half of a flex from what you were tested for, your performance (shot dispersion, distance, consistency) will be a lot less than what you... Read More

Have You Had Your Irons Custom Fit for Accuracy, Consistency and Distance Control?

June 24th, 2015

Ok, we have talked about getting more distance off the tee and a LOT of you have gone through our driver fittings this year.  Now it is time to dial in those irons.  Are your shots consistent in terms of contact and ball flight?  Do you have more than a 15 yard gap between some of your irons and wedges?  Do you miss your irons left or right, or could the misses be either way?  Inconsistent contact can be a length or weight (swing weight or club weight) issue.  Large gaps (or small gaps) can be a loft issue.  There is roughly 4 degrees of loft difference between each iron which should give you consistent distance gaps.  If your misses are left or right of target, it could be a lie angle issue, club weight, or shaft issue.  If you are seeing any of these symptoms in your iron play, you need to get to a good clubfitter and see what is going on.  Why get frustrated with inconsistent shots, poor accuracy or big distance gaps.  You deserve better from your clubs!

Give the Mother in your family a Golf Club Fitting for Mother’s Day

May 4th, 2015

Over the years we have fit well over a thousand lady golfers of all abilities.  The two things we know for sure are 1) Today’s female golfers are much more athletic and stronger than ever, and 2) Lady’s or women’s golf clubs have not changed specifications in over 30 years!  So the modern lady golfer that buys off-the-shelf women’s golf clubs, even if she is just a beginner, will be getting equipment that is too light and has too soft of flex.  The result will be woefully inconsistent contact, a lot of fat shots, and erratic height and direction.  As soon as we fit these lady golfers to the proper weight, flex, length and launch conditions, the results are very dramatic.  More consistency, better contact and increased distance!  Read more about our fitting for lady golfers here. So if you want to give a golfing mother you know a very special Mother’s Day gift, get her a complete clubfitting.  She will be on her way to better golf…faster!

D’Lance Golf Honored on Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters List – 2015

April 16th, 2015

We are honored once again to be selected to the Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America for 2015!  This is the third time in a row we have been selected to this prestigious list.  We continue to advance the stat-of-the-art fitting concepts with our research in shaft performance and fitting techniques that allow us to get better performance…faster for all of our golfers.  The fact that we offer a lifetime clubfitting and guarantee results sets us apart from everyone else on the list.  Thanks to all of our loyal customers, suppliers, and partners for helping us maintain our status on this list of Top 100 Clubfitters in America!  Here is the link to the Golf Digest list for 2015.  You can check the May, 2015 issue of Golf Digest for the article and complete list.

Are Worn, Slick Golf Grips Adding Strokes to YOUR game?

April 4th, 2015

Ever feel like the club is starting to slip out of your hand when you take a swing?  It is time to re-grip your clubs! Grips that are slick (hardly any tack or cord), worn (shiny appearance, wear spots where you place your thumbs on the grip), or hard and cracked from dry weather can cost you up to six strokes a round according to a study done by a grip manufacturer. How often should you change grips? We always recommend that you change grips as follows:  1.  After 30 rounds if you practice at least once a week, 2. After 40-50 rounds if you don’t practice much, or 3.  Every year, especially if you live in a dry climate. Choosing a grip size is something you should do with a good clubfitter but you can do a simple sizing based upon your glove size.  Grips come in Junior, Undersize (Ladies), Standard Men’s, Midsize and Jumbo (Oversize).  I always recommend that you choose comfort over “proper” sizing as the feel of the grip is what can help create confidence with your swing.  We do a lot of customization of grips sizes to take into account player preferences as well as... Read More

New Iron Shafts Offer More Fitting Options

March 25th, 2015

    Golf shafts for irons have going through several changes in the last couple of years.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, graphite was developed to create a lighter shaft with more shock absorption.  The target market was primarily golfers with slower swing speeds and the had joint or hand pain.  These shafts were primarily in the 60 to 85 gram range.  A few companies (MATRIX, UST) actually made graphite shafts in the 110-120 gram range but they were not wildly popular.  Well all of that is changing rapidly.  I can now get graphite shafts up to 125 grams, a steel shafts down to 75 grams.  But there are inherent issues that you should be careful about when choosing from these new shafts.  In general, the slower your swing speed, transition and earlier your release, you can benefit from a lighter shaft in your irons.  Of course, the profile (launch and spin) is important as well as the feel (mid section, torque).   So let me address the new shaft offerings by weight class: 40 – 70 gram iron shafts: These shafts are almost 100% graphite and are offered as stock shafts for a lot of manufacturers like Callaway, Cobra... Read More

How is your GIR (Greens in Regulation) Statistic?

March 20th, 2015

Statistics are everywhere now, and golf is no exception.  From the “Strokes Gained” concept from Make Every Shot Count, we know that there are certain weaknesses in our golf games.  The latest statistic is from Mark Harman, winner of 14 Tour events and Top 100 Teacher for World Golf Teacher’s Federation.  The essence of the article is that if you truly want to shoot bogey golf you have to hit at least 4 greens in regulation.  Want to be a single digit?…then you better hit twice that number or 8 greens in regulation.  The last blog post we did was about getting twenty more yards off the tee so you were hitting shorter irons into the green.  Why?  because the average golfer will hit twice as many greens in regulation from 140 yards as they will from 160 yards!  But if you are in your GIR distance wheelhouse and still missing greens, it is time to check your irons and hybrids.  Improper lofts and lies can be a huge factor in distance and direction.  The wrong shaft weight, flex and swing weight can also create inconsistencies in ball contact which in turn affects distance and accuracy.  A good iron fitting can help you identify gaps and... Read More

Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #6 Timing Your Swing For Power

March 9th, 2015

No matter where you go there is someone giving you advice on how to increase distance with your driver by changing your swing.  Well, I thought I would ask an expert that helped one of our customers reach the ReMax World Long Drive Championships.  Sherry Andonian-Smith is an LPGA and PGA member and instructor at Valley Country Club in Centennial, CO.  She has helped hundreds of her students improve their swing to make better contact (which improves efficiency), create a repeatable swing, and increase distance.  She is a constant student of the game and is herself trying to increase her driver distance by at least 20 yards so she can compete with the big hitters in the Colorado Men’s Open Championship again in 2015.  She keeps it simple and effective so read her article on Timing Your Swing for Power here…  TIMING YOUR DRIVER SWING FOR POWER Dan Sueltz See the rest of our articles on getting more distance. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – Overview. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #1 Find the Sweet Spot. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #2 Optimize YOUR Loft. Lower Your Scores.  Hit Your Driver Farther! – #3 Get a... Read More