What's New: Fitting Tips

New Clubs, Re-Shaft or Both?

February 8th, 2017

So, your clubs don’t work as well as you want.  Should you buy new clubs, re-shaft your existing clubs or do some of both?  First, let’s talk about how most golfers put clubs in their bags.  Certainly not everyone buys an entire set of new clubs at one time.  Probably less than 20%.  And probably less than that if you have never been through a clubfitting. Most golfers will buy a set of irons one year, maybe a new driver the next and some wedges thrown in for good measure.  But, if you are really struggling with your game and seriously want to improve, a case can be made for revamping your entire bag.  Any good clubfitter will and should make that recommendation.  Why?  It’s all about performance.  Getting your bag to have consistent club lengths, shaft weights, flexes, lofts, lies and shaft profiles is more critical now than ever.  We have the tools to measure performance (launch, spin, distance, dispersion) so why not have your set built to totally optimize your performance?  So let’s say you come to us and we put you through our fitting process.  And, let’s say you have Ping G30 driver, TaylorMade RBZ 2 fairway... Read More

Shaft fitting. What’s the Point?

February 2nd, 2017

Shaft fitting means more distance, accuracy and consistency.  Period.  The end.  When somebody tells me it’s “the Indian, not the arrow”, I have to say the best Indians had the best arrows!  (Trying to be PC here…).  The point is even a great athlete will struggle with equipment that does not fit their strength and swing dynamics. First, if you do not believe that the shaft is the MOST important part of the golf club, you need a little education.  While the head of the club is important because it has the ability to create more ball speed and consistency, it is the SHAFT that actually returns the club to the proper position at impact creating the best efficiency (smash factor).   In our testing, the shaft can dramatically affect the impact position of the ball on the clubhead.  Shafts  can droop (drop from center of shaft deflection) and lead or lag (be slightly closed or open at impact) depending upon the actual flex and shaft profile and the strength and swing dynamics of the golfer we are testing.  Bottom line?  When we fit shafts to players, the weight, flex, shaft profile in conjunction with the loft and lie of the... Read More

Shaft Fitting for Junior Golfers

January 19th, 2017

Shaft fitting for junior golfers is an equal blend of science and art.  The science part is easy….length, weight, flex, tip profile, swing weight.  The art part is “when will the growth spurt hit?” and how much strength is this golfer going to pick up in the next year or so.  That, my parents, is just a good guess. In the past year, we have fit golfers as young as eight years old.  And these kids are GOOD!  Most of the ones we have fit have qualified for U.S. Kids Regional, National or International competition.  One of the kids we fit went to the U.S. Kids Drive, Pitch and Putt finals at Augusta National and then went on to anchor his Boys State Championship team here in Colorado.  The young man in the photo at the left one his first tournament after we re-shafted his driver with a firmer, slightly heavier shaft. So, the first thing we make sure of in shaft fitting for juniors is the the shaft weight in all of their clubs is not too heavy.  Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT cut down your old set of clubs (Dad!) for your son or daughter!  Too heavy…too... Read More

Importance of Shaft Weight in Fitting

January 6th, 2017

The importance of shaft weight in fitting golf clubs cannot be overstated.  If you look at the picture to the left, these are just a few of the steel iron shafts available and they run the range from 85 grams to 130 grams.  This may not seem like much but weight can dramatically change your performance. In general, golfers with slower swing speed and tempo can and should play a lighter shaft.  Golfers with very fast speeds and tempo should play heavier shafts. Driver shafts typically weigh 55-60 grams for men and 45-50 grams for ladies.  Iron shafts can be as light as 55 grams in graphite, and 130 grams in steel.  The professional tours offer great examples.  LPGA driver shafts are typically 50 to 65 grams while the PGA Tour driver shafts are 60 to 85 grams.  Strength, tempo and preferred club length play a huge roll in determining shaft weight and swing weight. Progressive weighting:  This is a very important concept that simply means longer clubs should have lighter weight shafts than shorter clubs.  It starts with the driver and goes progressively heavier from there.  For example, a golfer with an 75-80 mph swing speed and a smooth... Read More

Your 2017 Golf Resolution Should be to Get Fit!

December 29th, 2016

Your 2017 Golf Resolution is to Get Fit!  Recent surveys by Golf Digest have shown that over 80% of golfers believe their game would improve if they have clubs that were fit to them.  So what are you waiting for?  Even if you THINK you have been through a clubfitting, if you did it over two years ago, you need to do it again!  Why? Your existing clubs more than likely do not match your swing OR themselves.  We have been doing this for 19 years and nothing really has changed.  There is a very specific formula that we use for matching clubs in terms of length, weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile.  Variations of this have been used on the major professional tours for years, but our proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System has formulized this for every golfer.  Your driver should be your longest, lightest and stiffest flex club in your bag.  Your wedges will be the heaviest and softest flex.  From driver to wedges there is a progression of weights, lengths and flexes that will give you consistent performance.  Since most golfers only purchase clubs once every few years, and then not an entire bag, your... Read More

Hybrids versus Irons

December 15th, 2016

Hybrids versus Irons.  It seems like every fitting we conduct we end up with the discussion about when our clients should switch out his/her four iron for a hybrid, or something like that.  It was not all that long ago when not many golfers had hybrid clubs in their bags.  Now, everyone has at least one.  With the majority of golfers we polled looking for new irons, what are the tell-tale signs you should switch out an iron for a hybrid? First, if you are losing elevation and/or distance with your longest iron in your bag, it is time to switch to a hybrid.  We sell very few sets to “mature” golfers that have a 4 iron in the bag, and a lot don’t even have a 5 iron.  In general, you will gain launch angle and distance with an equivalent numbered hybrid versus an iron.  The hybrid also should be easier to hit out of the rough, off of hard fairways, and off the tee. Second, if you are inconsistent in ball striking with your longer irons, you should switch to a hybrid.  This almost follows on the heels of my first comment.  Once you start losing distance with... Read More

D’Lance Golf 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter

December 5th, 2016

We are proud to be chosen to the 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter in America list for the fourth consecutive time!  What an honor!  There are a lot of great clubfitters on the list and we are always happy to share ideas and insights on the art and science of clubfitting.  One of the most interesting things about being on this list is the contact we have with all of the major club head, shaft and grip manufacturers.  We learn so much every time we visit with them.  And it is always great to share our insights with the manufacturers on what we are seeing as trends in the industry.  For example, the lighter head/lighter shaft options will definitely help our golfers with slower swing speeds.  For the faster swing speed players, the ability to add head weights and shorten shaft lengths gives us more options to maintain accuracy and consistency.  And some of the new technology from TrackMan, GEARS Golf and others give us more information about what swing dynamics require different shaft technology.  And finally, our own testing of shafts using our shaft profiling system lets us in on the inside of what the shaft manufacturers are... Read More

Will Lighter Clubs Help You Increase Distance?

November 30th, 2016

Lighter clubs are pushing the limits in an effort to create more distance.  The latest companies to test this are the XXIO Prime  line and Tour Edge with the XJ1.  This is not a new concept as Cleveland did it a few years back with their 270, 290 and 310 gram models using Miyazaki 39 gram shafts.  Now we are really pushing the limits with driver club weights as low as 252 grams.  I am actually welcoming this trend.  There are some of our golfers that the new trend towards heavier drivers and fairway woods is making it difficult to get a light enough club that our golfers can swing comfortably.  We will be carrying the Tour Edge XJ1 line and are excited about the possibilities of helping our golfers with slower swing speeds generate better launch and ball speed.  These clubs have a very light head (197 gr. driver) and are coupled with a 45 gram Fujikura Air shaft.  The heads also have the ability for us to adjust the weight to give a better fit in terms of flex and swing weight. But are these light clubs for everyone?  Certainly not.  Realistically, if your club speed is over... Read More

Clubfitting’s Soft Side Makes a Difference in Performance

November 17th, 2016

What do I mean by clubfitting’s soft side?  It’s the subtle things that each individual golfer brings to a fitting based upon their own sense of looks, sound and feel.  A good clubfitter will obviously dial in the right length, weight, shaft flex, shaft profile, loft, lie and swing weight.  In our fittings we optimize the performance for a shaft and head combination and then move to other heads with the same shaft to see if performance can be improved even more.  We would typically start with a head the customer is either playing now or wants to purchase.  This puts the customer in a comfort zone of a familiar look.  But, it is amazing to me that once I start changing heads using the same shaft and specifications, performance can change, and sometimes it is dramatic. Let’s first talk about the look of the club.  When TaylorMade introduced us to white clubs, the reaction was mostly positive but some golfers said “no way”.  Same thing with iron heads that are black or have bright chrome finishes.  While a clubfitter might think the design of a particular club is best, if the TrackMan numbers do not show improvement or the... Read More

Selecting a Custom Clubfitter

November 9th, 2016

Selecting a custom clubfitter can be a daunting task.  Where do you go and what should you look for?  According to Golf Digest and a study done by an independent research company a couple of years ago, nearly 80% of golfers feel that custom clubs would help their game.  But, I have to tell you, there is a HUGE difference between custom fitters and the products that you get after being custom fit.  Golf Digest has selected the Top 100 Clubfitters in America every other year since 2011.  D’Lance Golf Performance Center has made the list in each of those years.  If you are not located near us or a Top 100 Clubfitter, here are some questions you should ask about the custom club fitter: How long have you been custom fitting clubs?  It is not uncommon to find inexperienced clubfitters in a lot of retail golf or sporting goods stores.  After training over 100 clubfitters, I can tell you it takes several fittings for the clubfitter to know what to look for and how to help the golfer get the optimum out of the fitting process.  A clubfitter that has done over 50 fittings should have seen most everything: ... Read More