Now we can measure your shaft load before impact, your “release point” in your downswing, and the kick velocity of the shaft at impact. After testing and fitting over 10,000 golfers, we have developed a unique formula for proper shaft selection. We can literally help you get more distance with tighter shot dispersion with the right shaft. Now you can hit those long, straight shots more consistently. But what shaft and head design is right for YOU?
Measuring Shaft Load.
There is really only one way to accurately measure your pre-impact shaft load and that is with the True Temper Shaft Lab. When you take a swing with the test five iron or driver, the club literally measures how much you bend the club in your downswing in two dimensions; toe-up/toe-down, and lead/lag. How much you load the club and when you stop accelerating in your down-swing determines your optimum shaft flex. The larger the load, the stiffer the shaft.
Every golfer has a unique tempo. Ever had your buddies tell you to “slow down”? Sorry, Charlie, but your tempo and downswing time are unique to you and your personality. Sure, you can probably do it for a few swings in a round, but then you go back to your old habits! When we test golfers, downswing times vary from as little as three tenths of a second to as much as a full second. The slower your downswing time, the lighter the shaft and club swing weight you may need to control the club. Faster downswing times require heavier, higher swing weighted clubs so the golfer can feel where the club head is during the downswing.
Every golfer “releases” or stops accelerating the club at different points in their downswing. This is true for everyone, even the pro’s! This loading and releasing action creates a unique profile for each golfer. After testing over 8,000 golfers, we have identified six common profiles, or “swing prints”, like fingerprints, that help us determine what type of shaft will work best.
Shaft Kick Velocity
The proper shaft for you takes into consideration your launch angle for both woods and irons. By using your shaft kick velocity as determined by the Shaft Lab, we then test the golfer with different shafts with different tip stiffnesses to determine the best one. The higher the kick velocity, the stiffer the tip in order to control the club head and launch angle. Golfers with very low kick velocities will benefit from softer tip shafts that help get the ball in the air and actually accelerate through the ball at impact. By testing on a launch monitor, we can measure launch angle, distance, shot dispersion, and several other key statistics and properly fit the shaft to the golfer.
So What Should You Do?
To hit each club in your bag the farthest and straightest of your ability, each club needs to be matched to your optimum shaft flex, weight, swing weight and tip stiffness. The first step is to have each of your clubs tested to determine their exact flex, swing weight, and weight. Then, you can see how closely they match your swing profile. If the shafts are off by as little as a third of a flex, three swing weights and 10 grams in total weight, you will notice that your shot dispersion is quite a bit greater than you would like. While we can tell you that you need to have a shaft flex in your woods of low stiff (5.7 Shaft Flex Index) with a 75 gram shaft in a stiff tip, it will be highly unlikely that you can purchase a club off the rack that has those exact specifications. By custom building or re-shafting your existing equipment, D’Lance Golf can frequency match your clubs to the EXACT CPM you need prior to building your clubs, put in the correct weight of shaft, and swing weight them to your exact specifications. Buy your clubs off the rack and you will be lucky to get the consistent, accurate clubs you bargained for.
So, don’t waste your hard earned money on the trial and error method of club buying. Call D’Lance Golf at 303-730-2717 today for an appointment to get your shaft load analyzed and your current clubs profiled. That way you are assured that each club in your bag will perform consistently from swing to swing, day to day, throughout the season.