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What Shafts Should I Play in My Wedges?

March 23rd, 2017

What shafts should I play in my wedges?  That is a very common question in our fittings.  The very short answer is play the same shaft in your wedges as you do in your irons.  But, boy do we see a lot of variation of what is in our players bags.  First off, most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard heavy steel wedge shaft like a True Temper Dynamic Gold.   Titleist uses an S200 (130gr) in their SM6 wedges, Callaway uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the MD 3, and Mizuno uses the DG S300 as well in the S5.  Only if you are playing a steel shaft in your irons like the Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, or Nippon Modus 3 120 will the weight and flex of these wedge shafts come close to matching you.  If you are playing graphite shafts in your irons and steel shafts in your wedges, there will be some issues in terms of distance and trajectory.  If you are buying a stock set of clubs with a gap and sand wedge included, you will get the same shaft as what is in the rest of the iron set.... Read More

What Should You Expect in an Iron Fitting?

March 16th, 2017

What should you expect in an iron fitting?  Gone are the days of going in to your pro shop or golf store and testing a few different models available.  Here are the days of getting custom fit for literally any combination of heads and shafts. I am talking about a true custom fitting, not just getting fit to the best irons the pro shop has in stock or in their demo system. Here is what you should expect: Player Interview – What do you want? What is the performance of your existing set? Get launch monitor data from your existing 6 or 7 iron. Have the fitting system recommend shafts. Pick 3-4 heads to try. Use launch monitor to determine the best combination. Have the option to re-shaft existing equipment. Choose the option that gives you optimized performance! A good custom fitting for irons starts with an interview of what you want to accomplish with your new set, i.e. distance accuracy or consistency.  Then, the fitter should look at your current equipment and ask you specific questions about your distances, miss-hits, trajectory and ball flight. Then, your fitter should ask you what particular irons you have been thinking about so... Read More

Light Weight Steel Shafts Offer a Lot of Clubfitting Options

March 9th, 2017

Light weight steel shafts are offering a lot of clubfitting options.  Just like the rush of graphite shaft makers to get 85 to 115 gram graphite shafts to market, steel shaft manufacturers are dropping from the 115 to 125 gram range to the 95 to 110 gram range.  Why?  Older golfers that have played Dynamic Gold, Project X or KBS Tour shafts (125+ grams) are not enamored with the feel of graphite and are looking for a lighter weight steel shaft to maintain the same feel and potentially give them more distance.  On the other side, as junior golfers start getting stronger, it is a tough transition to go from a light weight 70 to 85 gram graphite shaft to a heavy 125+ gram steel shaft.  As a clubfitter, we know that weight, flex and profile (launch characteristics) of these new shafts are important to getting optimum performance.  There are several manufacturers that offer steel shafts in the 95 to 110 gram range.  True Temper has been there the longest with its Dynamic Gold Super Light(SL) shaft.  This shaft is a lower launching shaft similar in ball flight the the heavier Dynamic Gold shaft.  True Temper launched its XP series... Read More

Get More Distance, Accuracy Off the Tee

March 2nd, 2017

Get more distance, accuracy off the tee!  Just another reminder that no matter how much you improve your accuracy and consistency off the tee, getting another 10 yards means you hit a shorter iron or hybrid on your next shot.  And that, according to the author of “Every Stroke Counts”, reduces your score by as much as 1.6 strokes! Last year we did an entire blog series on getting more distance off the tee.  See the series here. So what does it take to get that extra distance without sacrificing accuracy?  First, make sure your driver is fit to your swing so that you are maximizing the smash factor.  That means you are hitting the ball as close as possible to the proverbial sweet spot which creates the highest ball speed.  This means the club length, shaft weight, shaft flex and swing weight are optimizing your contact.  Nearly all driver manufacturer’s are now focusing on maximizing ball speed as their criteria for increased distance.  Callaway, Ping and Mizuno tout their drivers as delivering the highest ball speed but the others (TaylorMade, Tour Edge, Cobra, etc.) are not that far off.  If you have not purchased a driver in the past... Read More

HZRDUS T1100 Shaft Review

February 23rd, 2017

HZRDUS T1100 shaft review.  The latest in the Project X HZRDUS lineup uses the highly acclaimed Toray composite maker TORAYCA T1100G material.  This high strength yet high modulus material improves strength (resist ovaling during the swing) and impact resistance (less movement on off-center hits).  Interestingly this material is being used not only in the HZRDUS T1100 but also in the Graphite Design Tour AD TP line (more on those later) The HZRDUS T1100 shafts come in 65 gram weight in 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 flex and a 75 gram weight in 6.0 and 6.5 flex.  In our analysis, both the 65 and 75 gram versions in 6.0 and 6.5 flex played a full flex stiff, so be prepared.  By design, these shafts are for more aggressive players (fast transition, late release) with high ball speeds (north of 110 mph).  The HZRDUS T1100 is designed to be a lower spinning and lower launching shaft than the HZRDUS Black, which was borne out in our testing.  Interestingly, the HZRDUS Black is truly a mid-launch, but slightly lower spin shaft than what would be expected.  The HZRDUS T1100 launched about 0.5 degrees lower with 230 rpm lower spin than the HZRDUS Black in... Read More

Clubfitting for Consistency

February 23rd, 2017

Clubfitting for consistency is what the majority of our golfers want.  In our interview, we ask our customers what is most important in their golf game:  Distance, Accuracy or Consistency?  Over 70% of our customers want more consistency in their game.  From an equipment perspective, golf is really a crazy game.  Fourteen clubs to  smash one ball around the course.  Really?  You didn’t play baseball with fourteen different bats, or tennis with fourteen different racquets, but golf is different.  Each club is designed to hit the ball a particular distance.   By changing the length, loft, lie angle, weight and flex of each club, a perfect set of consistent clubs can be built.  This is where building your own bag of clubs falls apart. Each manufacturer has their own idea of how a perfect set of clubs should be built.  First let’s talk weight.  The longest, lightest yet stiffest club in your bag is your driver, while the softest flex, heaviest and shortest clubs in your bag are your wedges.  Every manufacturer has a variation on this theme but every tour player, male or female, subscribes to this philosophy.  A notable exception here is the single length iron/hybrid guys like, Cobra,... Read More

Callaway EPIC Review – Distance, Accuracy or Both?

February 16th, 2017

Callaway EPIC review – distance, accuracy or both?  By now I am sure you have heard all of the claims that the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero are re-writing the books on driver and fairway wood performance.   The Jailbreak technology that anchors the crown and sole of the club is the first of this technology to hit the market.  But, does it work? We have a testing team that has put both the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero driver through its paces.  Since our team has gone through our fitting process and have actually been “optimized” in terms of driver performance, we knew that this would be the ultimate test.  Using shafts that are the same as their “gamer” or very close, we tested their existing drivers with the new EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero. Our testers run the gamut from 80 to 115 mph swing speed, negative to positive attack angles, inside-out to outside-in swing paths and 1 to 13 handicap.  This makes our fittings challenging to get exactly the right shaft to optimize performance.  So, we either used the exact same shaft in our testing as our testers had in their gamers, or a shaft with very similar... Read More

D’Lance Golf Reader’s Choice #1 Best Golf Store in Colorado

February 11th, 2017

D’Lance Golf Performance Center has been selected by the readers of Colorado Avid Golfer as their Best Golf Store!  We are extremely proud and humbled that our customers and partners have granted us this honor.  PJ Garber and I  are coming up on twenty years in business and have been very fortunate to have the support of our friends and customers to make it this long in the golf industry.  We have dedicated our business to the custom club fitting and club building side and the results speak for themselves.  Our customers get their equipment matched to THEIR game, not trying to adjust to off-the-rack equipment.  And we do not push any particular brand of equipment, just the ones that fit our golfers the best and optimize their performance.   In short, our golfers Play Better Golf…Faster! I specifically want to thank some of our great partners in Instruction, Fitness and Golf Courses that have supported our efforts over the years.  Sherry Andonian at Valley Country Club, Elena King at Experience Golf, Dee Tidwell at Colorado Golf Fitness Club, Chris Schultz at Common Ground Golf Course and D’Lance, Trent Wearner at Trent Wearner Golf, Jeff Boyer at Eagle Ranch Golf Club... Read More

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

The Best of the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

February 2nd, 2017

The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show was busy, as usual, but you can tell that the era of the big trade show is starting to die down.  Because we are well established with our vendors, we have seen and tested almost all of the new equipment before the show.  But, the equipment vendors still release their equipment to the public right after the show…the Callaway EPIC was in our hands for testing but could not be released to the public until January, 27th.  Same with Ping’s new i200 irons…scheduled release today, February 2nd.  We still go to the show to see new testing equipment, meet brand new vendors and explore more partnerships. So what did we see that got us excited?  New Shafts:  ACCRA Tour ZRPG wood shafts designed with clubfitters in mind to fit literally every style of swing.  New high modulus materials and Japanese manufacturing create some of the best shafts in the world.  True Temper is re-introducing the Rifle steel shaft in its original taper tip version and upgrading the tolerances of its Rifle parallel steel shafts.  As a True Temper Performance Fitting Center and Authorized ACCRA dealer, we have access to these great shafts immediately upon release. ... Read More