What's New: From the Lab

KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron

January 18th, 2018

KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Following on the heels of the very successful launch of the KBS Tour Prototype Hybrid Graphite shafts, KBS has released the new KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron shafts.  These shafts are designed to play very similar to their KBS Steel counterparts, with the same Elasticity Index. Available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights The good news is that now we have something to fit golfers from juniors needing a lighter weight shaft (50 or 60 gram) to stronger players needing slightly heavier shafts (70 or 80 grams).   TGI Tour Graphite 50    Best for beginner golfers with slow swing speeds and juniors. TGI Tour Graphite 60   Juniors transitioning from  US Kids and slower swing speed adults. TGI Tour Graphite 70   Juniors, medium swing speed adults with smooth transitions. TGI Tour Graphite 80   Medium swing speed adults wanting higher ball flight. Each weight is its own flex The 50 gram shaft is the softest flex, roughly a Ladies flex.  The 60 gram shaft would be designated as A (Senior flex).  The 70 gram shaft would be roughly a Men’s Regular flex and the 80 gram shaft would... Read More

Cobra F8 Milled Face Driver

January 15th, 2018

Cobra F8 Milled Face Driver Cobra Golf has long been an innovator in equipment, especially drivers and their rail technology on their hybrids and fairway metals.  So what’s so hot about the new F8 family? CNC Milled Face With CNC milling, the face of the driver is now far more consistent than ever before.  This means the actual “hotness” of the face as measured by CT (see related article here) is more consistent.  Now, the driver you buy is as good or better than the one you tested in your fitting. Dual Roll Means Straighter Shots This has been a staple of the Cobra driver design since the ZL line.  Cobra researchers knew that most miss-hits were low heel or high toe so they designed a face that provided straighter shots with less loss of distance on those shots. Aerodynamic Design for Higher Clubhead Speed With the 360 degree Aero technology, the F8 drivers can provide up to 2 mph higher clubhead speed versus conventional driver design. Bottom Line We have tested the new Cobra F8 with our test team and the results are in: Clubhead Speed:  Average increase 1.2 mph Smash Factor:  Average 1.495 Distance Increase:  Average +8.5 yards Shot... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts 2017 and New For 2018

December 28th, 2017

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts. We fit a LOT of different golfers every year and the shafts we put into their irons (and wedges) is determined by our BGF Fitting System, TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard and player testing during the fitting.  Our fitting recommendations include length of iron, shaft weight, shaft trajectory and spin profile, shaft flex, and swing weight.  Loft and lie are determined by launch monitor testing.  The recommendations are determined by a golfers physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), strength (distance), launch characteristics (actual and desired trajectory, spin, dispersion), and swing dynamics (tempo, transition and release point). When we test in our dynamic fitting sessions, we choose 4-5 shafts that match the BGF Fitting System recommendations, and then test on TrackMan for performance with a head chosen by our fitters and the golfer.  Once we determine the best performing shaft, we try different heads to narrow down the selection.  When using our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, we rely on our golfers description of their shot shape and desired results. Bottom line is that these shafts have done the best job of increasing our golfers distance, accuracy and consistency.  They are also the best in terms of consistency for our... Read More

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations

November 27th, 2017

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations Well, this is always a tricky topic as literally everyone has a different take on the look, sound and feel of a particular driver and shaft combination, but here is what we have found so far in 2017.  What is not shown here is what exact shaft was put in each head.  In general,  we look for shaft and head combinations that deliver the straightest, longest shots, most consistently. Drivers: Callaway EPIC SubZero performed a little better than the EPIC purely because of slightly lower spin.  Forgiveness (accuracy, shot dispersion) was very similar. Ping G LST and G400 LST have been consistently strong performers for us for over two years.  The new G400 LST, and the other G400 heads have a better sound for most players.  Always high smash factors and consistent launch angles for the given loft specs on the head.  And, Pings pricing is a big advantage. TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 have both performed well but were not our top sellers.  The M2 had a slight advantage over the M1 in terms of distance and consistency. PXG 0811X and LX have been a big improvement over the original 0811.  The... Read More

True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge Shafts

November 13th, 2017

The new lightweight True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge shafts are now available.  We have put these new lightweight shafts through our 24 point profiling system and they are just like their big brothers…OK heavier brothers in terms of trajectory and spin profiles.  Kudos to the True Temper engineers.  Flexes will be a little softer so you may need an S flex in the 105 if you are playing an R in the Dynamic Gold today. True Temper started going lighter weight with the Dynamic Gold 120 AMT and then the Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue and Dynamic Gold 120.  The True Temper XP line has been a great performer in weights from 95 to 115 with high trajectory to mid trajectory and spin. Now, the Dynamic Gold 105 irons and 115 Wedges offer lower trajectory and mid to low spin in a weight suitable to lightly slower swing speeds and golfers desiring a lighter feeling club.  The 105 is available in R, S and X flex while the 115 Wedge is only available in S flex. According to True Temper, “For years there have been trade-offs when producing a lightweight steel shaft featuring tour-level performance. With Dynamic... Read More

TourEdge Exotics CBX Fairway and Hybrid Clubs

November 2nd, 2017

The hot new TourEdge Exotics CBX fairway and hybrid clubs started shipping in October and are now rocking the golf world.  We have always been a fan of the TourEdge Exotics line-up but this new Beta Titanium cup face technology definitely creates less spin and longer shots. Think about this….if you had been using a 3 hybrid to reach the green but ran the risk of having it run through because the landing angle was too shallow, now you can use a 4 hybrid and have it land like a butterfly with sore feet!  Same thing with your fairway woods.  Try a 4 wood, 16.5 degree instead of a traditional 15 degree 3 wood and get much better control and the same distance! When Tour Edge engineers introduced their first Exotics fairway wood, they created new benchmarks for distance and power in a fairway wood. With the CBX, Exotics has once again taken distance gains to another level to bring unprecedented power to your game. Combo-brazing (a weldless process) a Beta Titanium cup face to a hypersteel body, the engine of the CBX fairway wood is this combination of superior multi-materials and construction. As a result of this precise engineering,... Read More

Nippon Modus Shaft Review

October 19th, 2017

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the years.  These shafts have been designed for golfers with medium swing speeds and smooth shaft load.  These shafts have helped most players get the ball in the air. Several years ago, Nippon introduced their Modus3 line of steel shafts.  These shafts were tested at length on the Tours with the thought that these shafts needed to handle the higher speed golfer’s swings while maintaining a desired ball flight and... Read More

Our “Secret Sauce” is Our Custom Golf Club Building Process

October 9th, 2017

Our custom golf club building process at D’Lance Golf is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.  All of our clubs are built to specific flex, length, loft, lie and swing weight, as designated on the order. Have you ever tried clubs at a demo day, bought the exact ones you demoed online or at a big box store, and couldn’t hit them worth a lick?  Well,  there is so much variation in shaft flexes, clubhead weights, lofts and lies that your chances of getting exactly what you demoed are slim to none.  And, if you are buying a shaft or shafts online without understanding the profile of those shafts, you are just guessing.  So you buy it, try it, hate, sell it and start all over again!  Break that cycle!  Head Weight Prior to building each club, we weigh each clubhead.  This ensures that we will be able to build the club to your exact specifications of flex and swingweight.  If a head is lighter than normal, we may need to use tungsten weighting in the hosel or adjust the weights on a driver, for example.  If the head is too heavy, we may need to counter balance the club by adding lead... Read More

Post Impact

What Happens When a Golf Shaft is Too Flexible?

September 28th, 2017

What happens when a golf shaft is too flexible?  The results may vary by swing profile, but in general, shots will be inconsistent in contact and direction, and there may be a wide variation in distance…sometimes really long, and other times quite short.  See more about what happens when shafts are not correct in our previous post. I fit a female high school golfer that was playing with a set of standard Women’s golf clubs.  I knew without even testing the clubs that the shafts were too soft or flexible for the strength of her swing.  The driver in particular was an issue.  Even though her swing direction was very straight, her misses were either a big hook or a push/slice.  In addition, her smash factor was very low, 1.42, meaning she was getting very little out of the head and shaft combination and losing potential distance.  I took a high-speed (360 frames per second) video and captured a couple of these still images to visually show you what happens and how we fixed it: Notice how the shaft is drooping and bending slightly forward prior to impact.  This shot could have been a hook if the face is too... Read More

Project X Even Flow Golf Shafts Launch Today

September 18th, 2017

Project X Even Flow golf shafts launch today, September 18, 2017!  If you loved the Hand Crafted LZ (loading zone) shafts and went crazy over the HZRDUS shafts, you will love the feel and performance of the new Even Flow shafts.  We just received our initial shipment for testing and will report our results next week. The design of the Project X Even Flow creates a smoother feeling mid section of the golf shaft while enhancing performance.  This was done by the Project X engineers by keeping the same materials for performance, but changing the actual design profile to create a better feel (flatter Elasticity Index) than the Project X HZRDUS. The Project X Even Flow golf shafts come in two models:  The Project X Even Flow Black is a low launch, low spin model while the Project X Even Flow Blue is a mid launch, mid spin design. The Project X Even Flow Black comes in 65, 75 and 85 gram in wood shafts and 85 gram in a hybrid shaft.  The stiffer flexes in each model have lower torque which give the 5.5 flex a softer feel at impact than the 6.5 flex, for example.  The flex designations... Read More