We have a major first today at the Colorado PGA! Sherry Andonian, PGA Instructor at Valley Country Club is the first female to win a Colorado PGA Major Championship as she won the 2016 Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship today at Aspen Glen Club! Great job, Sherry. She is one of those rare, talented ladies that is not only a great instructor, mentor and coach, but a great player. This has got to be especially rewarding since she broke her knee cap 18 months ago and has worked super hard to recover her strength and form. Can’t be happier for a super lady and friend. Sherry brings her students to D’Lance Golf Performance Center to our indoor practice facility in the winter months.
Make your wedge game more consistent. How, you ask? By having the correct lofts, bounces, lie angles, lengths and shafts. First, let’s start with the number of wedges you have in your bag. Most players have at least three: Pitching wedge, gap or approach wedge and sand wedge. Or, you may have a pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. Better players tend to have just three because they feel comfortable adjusting the face to get the desired distance from their wedges. Amateurs would be better off with four wedges so they can get more consistent distances with each of their wedges. LOFTS: If you are playing a set of irons you purchased within the last five years, the loft on your PW (pitching wedge) will be somewhere between 44 and 46 degrees. If you do not have a GW or AW (gap wedge or approach wedge) in your set, the next wedge is a SW (sand wedge) which is typically 55 to 56 degrees of loft. This difference of 10 to 11 degrees of loft creates a big “gap” in distance, hence the need for a GW. A GW or AW will typically have a loft between 50 and... Read More
USA Ryder Cup team, let’s win one for Arnie! Ok, I said it. Having played a couple Ryder Cup amateur team events among my friends, it is challenging, I think, for the professional golfers to get into the “team” mode when all of their lives have been spent competing as individuals. But the combination of the team captaincy of Davis Love III and the emotion of Arnold Palmer’s passing may give the US team a little extra motivation this year. If you watched the Golf Channel meltdown between Brandel Chamblee and David Duval, you should know that winning and losing is not just shouldered by the top ranked players in the tournament, regardless of what Brandel thinks. There are always players in every sport that step up to the challenge and bring home the trophy. This tournament will be no different. Forget the rankings, just go out and play your best. And throw in a little luck like a 135 yard eagle or a 50 foot putt! I am ready for some fun and a USA victory. Let’s win this for Arnie!
Get a clubfitting while your swing is still grooved. Now that the season in the northern climates of the world is getting a little cooler, take an introspective look at your game and then go get a good clubfitting. Golf Digeststix has a couple of insights about making sure you have a qualified clubfitter that can actually interpret the launch monitor data, have mulitple head and shaft options to choose from and use the ball for testing that you actually play. The first thing you should do is take a look at where you were successful (putting, chipping, driving?) and where you struggled (hybrids, distance gaps, accuracy with irons?). Be honest and think about where you lost strokes and what happened (thin, fat, poor contact, slice, hook?). Your fitter should as you a lot of questions about your shots and what you want to accomplish: Improved Accuracy? Increased Distance? More Consistency? Then you should concentrate on what segments of your game are costing you the most strokes and eroding your confidence. Clubfitting while your swing is still is still in good shape will make the assessment by your fitter easier as well. While getting your swing in shape next spring... Read More
Custom clubfitting and building is the bright spot in the golf industry. The golf industry is NOT dead, no matter what you hear. But, the market is changing! Nike has closed down it’s golf equipment division. No surprise since they only had 4% of the wood market and 3% of the iron market. Yet PXG, a new equipment company with premuim prices and performance is skyrocketing. Golfsmith has filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing 20 U.S. locations. But, golf participation is actually flat to slightly up and rounds played in 2016 is up from last year. So what is happening here? The way people spend their time on golf, purchase equipment and learn how to improve is changing…dramatically! The golfing experience today must not take forever and must provide good value. Golf courses are getting the drill and creating more fun activities and keeping play moving on the course. Companies like GolfTEC that provide instruction, and our instruction partners are having their best years ever. Why? because passionate golfers want to play better and instruction is a big piece of that. And, golfers are also seeking out a better fit to their golf equipment. Just like getting a pair... Read More
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 Dyanmic 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
The Mizuno JPX 900 line up of irons, wedges, hybrids and woods has arrived! The JPX 900 iron is built on the foundation of the JPX 850 Forged, which was Mizuno’s first integration of Boron, the JPX 900 Forged makes ‘across the board’ enhancements that improve the look, feel and distance, with new levels of ball speeds from a forged iron. Delivering on ball speed and forgiveness, with a more compact playable design, the 900 forged provides the ultimate balanced attack. The other JPX 900 irons in the line-up are the JPX-900 Hot Metal, which is based on the Chromoloy metal. This creates more ball speed and distance. The JPX 900 Tour is the latest in the evolution for better players that like a true forged look and feel. All are now available in our extensive fitting system. The JPX 900 hybrid combines distance generating technologies: 1770 Maraging Face and Shockwave Sole, with a thoughtful head design to better bridge the gap between your highest lofted fairway wood and lowest lofted iron. With the JPX 900 fairway wood, Mizuno Realized that spin is critical to optimizing the performance of a fairway wood, they have integrated their NEW infinite Fast Track Technology to allow players the... Read More
Get a driver fitting for better trajectory and distance! I was blown away by our web site poll about driver trajectory. Fifty four percent (54%) of our golfers surveyed are hitting their driver too high and getting very little roll. Another twenty five percent (25%) are hitting too low, while only twenty one percent (21%) are hitting their drives just right. Really?!? What are you waiting for? Get a driver fitting and we will make very specific recommendations on how to improve launch conditions and increase distance and accuracy. We will evaluate everything from the driver length, driver loft, driver settings (if your driver is adjustable), face contact, and shaft flex and tip profile. By adjusting these variables we can make huge improvements in your driver performance. And, we will also dial your driver in for increased accuracy and consistency. I the impact tape picture above, the picture on the right shows contact on the heel and high on the face. Typical shot direction with this contact would be high left with a lot of spin and very little roll out after landing. By changing shaft flex and tip profile, and shortening the length of the driver, the impact was... Read More
Whether you are looking for new clubs or re-shafting your existing clubs what matters most is the fit. In our experience, over 40% of our business is in retrofitting or re-shafting existing clubs. While you may find that of the 14 clubs in your bag, several of them perform very well, we know that there are a lot of them that are holding you back. We will not try to sell you the latest and greatest clubs if all we need to do to have you perform is change shafts in your existing equipment. That is what we did with this gentleman and he got great results: PJ, I wanted to send you a note of thanks for the outstanding work that you did in my club fitting, and to let you know that over this past weekend I had my first under-par round ever at Highland Meadows in Windsor. It is remarkable to me that I would see improvement in my scores so quickly after my fitting this summer, and perhaps even more amazing is that the shafts you recommended have allowed me to feel so comfortable playing with blade-style irons (Mizuno MP32’s) – but both are... Read More
New PXG 0311XF irons offer extreme forgiveness in a great addition to the popular 0311 line!. Of course, the XF stands for Xtreme Forgiveness. While our testing shows that the PXG 0311 irons are absolutely forgiving, some potential customers have said they would like an iron that looks a little larger and has a little more forgiveness. Ask PXG and you shall receive! The TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) insert that is provides the feel and performance in the 0311 line is actually even more prevalent in the XF clubs. This material provides not only the consistent feel on all types of contact, but the design provides much better distance and accuracy than other club designs. The XF is actually a slightly larger club that inspires confidence at address. The consistent design and look of the 0311XF will allow us to build a combo set of irons the way we do with the 0311 and 0311T. For example, we may build a set of 0311XF 5,6 and 7 irons and fill out the 8, 9 and PW with the 0311. Finally, the sole width of the 0311XF is slightly larger allowing for better contact for golfers with a steeper attack angle. Couple... Read More