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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

Shaft fitting. What’s the Point?

February 2nd, 2017

Shaft fitting means more distance, accuracy and consistency.  Period.  The end.  When somebody tells me it’s “the Indian, not the arrow”, I have to say the best Indians had the best arrows!  (Trying to be PC here…).  The point is even a great athlete will struggle with equipment that does not fit their strength and swing dynamics. First, if you do not believe that the shaft is the MOST important part of the golf club, you need a little education.  While the head of the club is important because it has the ability to create more ball speed and consistency, it is the SHAFT that actually returns the club to the proper position at impact creating the best efficiency (smash factor).   In our testing, the shaft can dramatically affect the impact position of the ball on the clubhead.  Shafts  can droop (drop from center of shaft deflection) and lead or lag (be slightly closed or open at impact) depending upon the actual flex and shaft profile and the strength and swing dynamics of the golfer we are testing.  Bottom line?  When we fit shafts to players, the weight, flex, shaft profile in conjunction with the loft and lie of the... Read More

Shaft Fitting for Junior Golfers

January 19th, 2017

Shaft fitting for junior golfers is an equal blend of science and art.  The science part is easy….length, weight, flex, tip profile, swing weight.  The art part is “when will the growth spurt hit?” and how much strength is this golfer going to pick up in the next year or so.  That, my parents, is just a good guess. In the past year, we have fit golfers as young as eight years old.  And these kids are GOOD!  Most of the ones we have fit have qualified for U.S. Kids Regional, National or International competition.  One of the kids we fit went to the U.S. Kids Drive, Pitch and Putt finals at Augusta National and then went on to anchor his Boys State Championship team here in Colorado.  The young man in the photo at the left one his first tournament after we re-shafted his driver with a firmer, slightly heavier shaft. So, the first thing we make sure of in shaft fitting for juniors is the the shaft weight in all of their clubs is not too heavy.  Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT cut down your old set of clubs (Dad!) for your son or daughter!  Too heavy…too... Read More

Callaway EPIC Drivers

January 16th, 2017

The Callaway EPIC driver is getting a TON of hype.  So is it really all it is cracked up to be?  The only way to know is to get tested with the EPIC and the right shaft that is fit to your swing. There are a couple of tests out there that show +11 yards distance but these are all guys with 100+mph swing speeds (see GolfWRX Test here).   Just like our testing, the one I respect is the one Pete’s Golf Shop in New York did.  They had twelve of their golfers that had all been fit to there current driver.  They used the same shaft and just swapped out the heads for the EPIC.  Results were a more modest increase of 2+ yards.  As I mention below, it is not just the distance gain, but potential tighter shot dispersion that counts! First of all, the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero (low spin version) have the highest MOI (forgiveness) of any driver in the industry.  Translation?  It is the most forgiving of any driver introduced in 2017.  So, will you gain ANY benefit from this driver?  Unless you are a +2 handicap and hit the ball “on the screws”... Read More

Importance of Shaft Weight in Fitting

January 6th, 2017

The importance of shaft weight in fitting golf clubs cannot be overstated.  If you look at the picture to the left, these are just a few of the steel iron shafts available and they run the range from 85 grams to 130 grams.  This may not seem like much but weight can dramatically change your performance. In general, golfers with slower swing speed and tempo can and should play a lighter shaft.  Golfers with very fast speeds and tempo should play heavier shafts. Driver shafts typically weigh 55-60 grams for men and 45-50 grams for ladies.  Iron shafts can be as light as 55 grams in graphite, and 130 grams in steel.  The professional tours offer great examples.  LPGA driver shafts are typically 50 to 65 grams while the PGA Tour driver shafts are 60 to 85 grams.  Strength, tempo and preferred club length play a huge roll in determining shaft weight and swing weight. Progressive weighting:  This is a very important concept that simply means longer clubs should have lighter weight shafts than shorter clubs.  It starts with the driver and goes progressively heavier from there.  For example, a golfer with an 75-80 mph swing speed and a smooth... Read More

Reasons You Should Consider Single Length Irons

January 5th, 2017

Are single length irons making strides?  Well, yes and no.  What’s the old saying?  Unless you have been living in a cave, you have probably heard of Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour player that has made single length irons famous.  He is now sponsored by Cobra Puma and helped in the design of the ONE clubs being introduced by Cobra this month.  First let’s review the concept.  Basically a “traditional” set of irons varies in length by 1/2″ from longest (3 or 4 iron) to shortest (PW).  This means several things for the golfer.  First, with the long iron, you are standing a little farther away from the ball.  This also makes the angle of your swing plane flatter than with your wedges.  So, consequently you will stand up straighter with the longer irons, and bend over more with the shorter irons and wedges.  In theory, the longer the club, AND the lower the loft, the more swing speed and distance you will create.  That is the theory behind controlling distance by length and loft. Problems with traditional length irons But this multiple length concept CAN cause some problems.  Most amateur golfers tend to fade their long irons and either... Read More

Your 2017 Golf Resolution Should be to Get Fit!

December 29th, 2016

Your 2017 Golf Resolution is to Get Fit!  Recent surveys by Golf Digest have shown that over 80% of golfers believe their game would improve if they have clubs that were fit to them.  So what are you waiting for?  Even if you THINK you have been through a clubfitting, if you did it over two years ago, you need to do it again!  Why? Your existing clubs more than likely do not match your swing OR themselves.  We have been doing this for 19 years and nothing really has changed.  There is a very specific formula that we use for matching clubs in terms of length, weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile.  Variations of this have been used on the major professional tours for years, but our proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System has formulized this for every golfer.  Your driver should be your longest, lightest and stiffest flex club in your bag.  Your wedges will be the heaviest and softest flex.  From driver to wedges there is a progression of weights, lengths and flexes that will give you consistent performance.  Since most golfers only purchase clubs once every few years, and then not an entire bag, your... Read More