What's New: From the Lab

Fujikura Shafts: Tour Leaders Based Upon Innovative Research

November 8th, 2018

Fujikura golf shafts have been leaders on the PGA Tour for several years.  And, 2018 is no exception.  As a 2018 Certified Charter Dealer for Fujikura Golf, we attended a technology-based training and certification session at Fujikura headquarters in Vista, California this week.  We were able to see how graphite shafts are actually built, the research that goes into the design of each shaft, and actually test the performance of all of the Fujikura shafts ourselves. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Fujikura Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. Here are my key takeaways: ENSO Shaft Research This is a phenomenal research tool that tracks every swing movement and shaft reaction in multiple dimensions based upon 8 super high speed cameras.  The testing of not only PGA Tour players but average golfers helped Fujikura develop innovative shaft designs like HIT (High Inertia Tip) for faster clubhead speed at impact! New Shaft Materials Having been in this business for over 20 years, I know there was a time when you could literally not get light weight graphite shafts to play very stiff.  The shafts felt like noodles.  Not anymore!  The new materials are made with lighter weight composites that have... Read More

True Temper Elevate Tour Shaft Review

November 1st, 2018

True Temper is complementing its lighter weight steel shaft offerings with a 115 gram steel shaft that offers a mid to mid-high ball flight and mid spin for better stopping action on the green.  This shaft also incorporates True Temper’s VSS Pro (Vibration Suppression System) for a 56% reduction in vibration versus standard steel shafts.  Here is our True Temper Elevate Tour shaft review: Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Elevate Tour Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. Static Tests: The Elevate Tour VSS shafts are taper tip (.355″) that come in discrete lengths from 37-41″.  The shafts are offered in typical True Temper flex designations of R300, S300 and X100, with weight ranges from 112 to 122 grams.  Shaft consistency and quality (flex, torque, weight, and balance point) ranked over 91% which is very high for a lightweight steel shaft.  Tip consistency is very similar between each flex meaning the ball flight should be very similar regardless of if you are playing R300, S300 or X100.  From a flex perspective, these shafts will play slightly soft to flex, so you will need to hard-step the R300 and S300 to get to the flex you are used to in... Read More

Graphite Design Tour AD VR Shaft Review

October 19th, 2018

The Graphite Design Tour AD VR shaft is the latest in a great line of Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) shafts from Graphite Design.  The shaft comes in five different weights from 45 to 85 grams. Book your fitting here to see what Tour AD Shaft may fit YOUR swing! Tour AD VR 4 This is going to be a great shaft for the stronger juniors, ladies and senior golfers looking for a little more height and control in a lighter shaft.  The tip section in the VR 4 is softer than its predecessors, the GP, TP and IZ.  The only other comparable shaft is the Mitsubishi Bassara GG 43 but it does not have the butt stiffness to handle stronger players.  Very consistent at 47 grams across all flex offerings with superior quality rating. Tour AD VR 5 This little beast will create some serious distance for smooth swinging golfers seeking a slightly higher launch but with a firm feel in the butt section.  The fact that the X flex plays as stiff as the heavier VR 6 and VR 7 is a testament to the design of this shaft using the heavier 50T pre-preg material.  Again, excellent consistency... Read More

Project X Catalyst Shaft Review

October 11th, 2018

Project X Catalyst shafts are the latest release of graphite iron shafts from True Temper.  As the leader in steel shaft technology, True Temper designed the Catalyst iron shafts with the idea of creating the best performing, stable shaft with properties similar to their steel shafts.  The result is a series of graphite shafts from 57 to 85 grams that should fit a wide variety of golfers. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Catalyst Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing.   Catalyst 40 This shaft is a little heavier than the marking indicates, coming in at 57 grams.  As designed, the tip section is a little firmer than other shafts in this category (OBAN i53, KBS TGI 50, Fujikura Vista Pro 50) resulting in a mid-high ball flight.  Even though this shaft only comes in one stiffness, 4.0, it will build nicely for juniors and golfers with 6 iron swing speeds in the 55-65 mph range.  Catalyst 50 Moving up the weight scale, the Catalyst 50 is more in the 60 gram range.  Offered only in the 5.0 flex, this shaft has a nice mid-high profile and can easily be built to ladies and low end senior flexes.  Tip... Read More

Mizuno JPX919 Irons – Big Improvements!

October 3rd, 2018

Mizuno’s latest release of the JPX919 line of irons is awesome.  Subtle changes in each of the models are actually big improvements. The Mizuno JPX919 irons offers a solution to every golfer with three options: Tour, Hot Metal, and Forged models.  I have no doubt that all three of these irons will be Golf Digest 2019 Hot List winners! Schedule your fitting here to check out these new irons! JPX919 Tour The Tour model takes after its well accomplished predecessor, the JPX-900 Tour irons, which Brooks Koepka played in his victories at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open as well as the 2018 PGA Championship. The Tour model is grain-flow forged with pure select mild carbon steel for the soft feel that had golfers raving about the JPX-900 Tour. Mizuno designed the new JPX919 Tour model to be more compact, narrowing the top line by 10%, but added a “stability frame” that reinforces the top line and toe for improved performance on off-center strikes as well a dampening sound and vibration. Aiming to further improve the playability of the irons, Mizuno added camber to the sole and a zero-glare Pearl Brush finish.  Same great performance in a better looking iron, in... Read More

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review

September 18th, 2018

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review These drivers are available to the public September 28, 2018. Book Your Fitting at D’Lance Golf Performance Center Today! Pre-Order Yours Today!! Use our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard to help find the shaft that perfectly works for these DRIVERS! Specs on the TS2 and TS3 TS2                      TS3 Volume                                  460cc                 460cc Spin                                         Low-Mid             Low Available Lofts                   8.5 to 11.5        8.5 to 10.5 SureFit CG                                   No                       Yes Our Testers Results All of our testers have seen increases in ball speed of 2-3 mph versus their custom-fit drivers (M3, Roque SZ, Cobra F8+).  Smash factors were about the same and spin was slightly (150... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts – 2018

September 13th, 2018

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts.  Updated for 2018. 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). Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Hot Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. 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... Read More

New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts

August 2nd, 2018

New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts Aerotech SteelFiber FC shafts are the latest in composite shaft innovation by Aerotech.   FC stands for “Flight Control” meaning players will experience higher ball flight in their longer irons and mid to low-mid flight in the shorter irons versus the original SteelFiber irons.  The original models in the 95 and 110 gram weights have been solid performers on the PGA and Champions Tour.  More recently, the lighter weight i70 and i80 models have been making big strides on the LPGA tour.  These new shafts will give players the feel of a graphite shaft but the heavier weight and higher launch they desire in their games. Sign up for a fitting now to see which  Aerotech shaft best fits your swing. Models Available The first two models available are the SteelFiber FC 90 and the SteelFiber FC 115.  Both models are available in the parallel tip version (.370″) and the CW (constant weight) taper tip (.355″) model.    Over the next few months, both an 80 gram and 70 gram version will hit the market. Comparison to original SteelFiber Models In our static testing, the new FC 90 and FC 115 test out with slightly softer tips... Read More

TourEdge Exotics CBX Fairway and Hybrid Clubs

July 23rd, 2018

The hot new TourEdge Exotics CBX fairway and hybrid clubs started shipping in October, 2017 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. MyGolfSpy 2018 Most Wanted Fairway Wood See their test results here.  Imagine the results with a CBX built to your exact specs. Higher Launch, Less Spin Means More Distance! 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... Read More

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts

July 21st, 2018

The Truth About Off-the-Rack vs. After Market Shafts Or, Don’t buy your new driver off the rack!  We have been saying this for years.  Why?  Even if you demo the driver in the store, get great results on THEIR launch monitor, and have a coupon code to save you some coin,  you have not optimized your performance. MyGolfSpy Shaft Research The first thing you need to do is read this article in MyGolfSpy on what is really in driver shafts.    This article was published in November, 2017, and could not be more relevant today.  Chris actually interviewed me for this article  and really did a thorough job uncovering every aspect of what goes on in the golf industry in terms of shaft quality, integrity and legitimacy. Not All Clubs That Are Identical, Play Identical This article and experience of Brandt Snedeker speaks volumes about having a professional fitter not only fit, but install the clubs to exact specifications. Bottom line is that the shafts that come in the majority of OEM (Callway, TaylorMade, etc.) clubs, especially drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, are not the exact same shafts that we get as an authorized dealer for Fujikura and Mitsubishi Chemical-Golf Division,... Read More