The PXG TPE Core Technology is what really creates the performance difference in the PXG iron heads. While hollow iron heads have been around for several years, this is the first head to incorporate an elastomer, TPE, filled head. My first thought was that it would be difficult to do this without creating “hot” or “dead” spots. Wrong on both counts. In all of our testing and fittings, the 0311 and 0311T heads have the most consistent smash factor. This means that ball speeds, launch angles and distances are more consistent across all levels of golfers. Sure, some other heads may offer more distance but you have to look at the lofts and spin rates of the heads. And yes, they are expensive but the results speak for themselves. Coupled with the right shaft, grip and custom fit, you will have the best performing irons you have ever hit! If you are as geeky about this as I am, continue reading about the technology… Or better yet, schedule a fitting and come in and feel the difference yourself. Dan Sueltz TPE Core Technology The TPE used by PXG is a Japanese, high-performance anti-concussion polymer that enhances a club’s sound and... Read More
Josh Cassaday is making a push for the LDA World Championships in October. In his first year competing in the Long Drivers of America (LDA) circuit, Josh did well in the Mile High Shootout in Denver this past weekend. The field was very tough but Josh finished in the top 12 with drives of 447 and 448 yards against several competitors already in the World Championships. We have helped by building his competition drivers. Josh is playing a Krank Formula 6 driver at 5.5 degrees loft and a House of Forged Prototype shaft (75 grams) built to a XXX flex (11.6). All long drive drivers must measure a maximum of 50″ standing against a wall or roughly 48.375″ as measured on a flat surface. Josh has a clubhead speed of 144mph and ball speed 211. His strong release requires a firmer tip section shaft and a weight and swing weight that allows him to stay in control and put the majority of his 8 shots in the grid. He has done a TON of work in the last 10 months to get ready for the LDA Championships and will compete in the Last Chance Qualifier at the Winstar Casino in... Read More
Steel has been used in making irons for decades and Callaway uses a unique steel-working process that has allowed them to create a history of sophisticated designs pairing performance-enhancing technologies with clean, strong shapes. The NEW Steelhead XR Irons combine the shaping and playability that made the Steelhead X-14 one of the most popular irons of all-time. Callaway uses next-generation 360 Face Cup™ technology that helps with speed and distance in their irons. A bar of steel-infused soft urethane positioned behind the lower portion of the face serves two functions: 1. Absorbs unwanted vibration for great feel. 2. Adds weight, which lowers the head’s Center of Gravity for faster ball speed on low hits and higher launch characteristics. Callaway is also moving back to the bore-through head design which saves weight and allows for easier launch and more forgiveness. We will have the Callaway Steelhead Iron demo’s in by the last week of August and the new Steelhead Irons will be available from Callaway for shipments, September 2, 2016.
When should I switch from steel to graphite shafts in my irons? Good question, but a not so simple answer. The usual reasons to switch from steel to graphite are to play a lighter shaft to increase swing speed, or to reduce the amount of vibration from a steel shaft. But that logic is a little outdated. If you are playing a set of irons that is more than say 8 years old that have stock shafts, more than likely they have 110 to 128 gram shafts (Nippon, KBS, or True Temper). In the last 5 years or so, most manufacturers are offering very light weight steel shafts from 85 to 105 grams in their stock steel iron sets (XP 95, KBS Tour 90, Nippon 950GH). The truth is, I can find both graphite and steel shafts that run the full spectrum of weights from 75 grams to 125 grams, so it is not a question of weight that should drive your decision to move away from steel. Sometimes irons that feel too heavy can actually be too stiff of flex or maybe the swing weight has changed if you re-gripped your clubs with either a larger or smaller... Read More
Mizuno is getting ready to release the new JPX 900 iron line up, to be available Mid September 2016. The line up consists of three different models, the JPX 900 Hot Metal, JPX 900 Forged and JPX 900 Tour. Mizuno is using a new material in this model, Chomoly 4140M, producing thinnest cup face it has ever produced. The Forged model uses 1025E Boron steel. This model was made with most players in mind, to improve distance, forgiveness and performance. The Tour Model , Mizuno tries to match some of the performance characteristics of the previous JPX models. As with the MP iron line, the JPX-900 Tour irons are made from 1025E Mild Carbon steel that is forged with the company’s Grain Flow process. The tour irons have a thicker look than the traditional muscleback, but are actually smaller than the MP-25’s and are the thinnest ever made in the JPX line up. The Mizuno Golf JPX-900 Tour and Forged irons are available Sept. 16 and will sell for $1,200 for a set of 8 irons, Retail. The JPX-900 Hot Metal irons will be around $1,100 for a set of 8 irons, retail. These prices don’t include the cost of custom shafts.
D’Lance Golf is partnering with Mike McGetrick for half day and full day clinics at Eagle Vail Golf Course next Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Mike McGetrick is a PGA Master Teaching Professional, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, 1999 National PGA Teacher of the Year and five time Colorado SPGA section teacher of the year. Dan Sueltz of D’Lance Golf is a Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter for 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Clinics are Full Swing and Driver Evaluation in the morning and Short Game and Wedge Evaluation in the afternoon. See the Clinic Event Page and Flyer HERE… Sign Up for YOUR CLINIC HERE
Get 15 more yards off the tee – immediately! Sounds like a fluffy marketing pitch, right? Well, maybe not. After analyzing thousands of golfers over the last several years, let me share with you what costs you distance off the tee: Improper contact on the face: I cannot tell you how many golfers think that good ball striking is in the center of the driver face…wrong! Slightly towards the toe and slightly above center will give you less spin and higher ball speed. Anything towards the heel or below the center of the face will reduce ball speed and increase spin. What to do?: Find the sweet spot! If you are hitting towards the heel, trying stepping back from the ball a half inch or choking down on the club. If you are hitting below center, try teeing the ball up a little. If you are hitting on the top of the face, try teeing the ball down. All of these are quick fix adjustments but you should see if the club has the proper length, loft, and shaft for your swing. Swing UP on the Ball, not DOWN: I am talking about attack angle here. When you swing up... Read More
During the final round at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., Furyk played a 12-under par round at 58, the first player in the history of the PGA Tour to have a round that low. Prior to this achievement he was only one of six other players to shoot a 59 on tour. In this epic round, according to Golf Digest, he birdied six holes and eagles one on the first 9, making his first nine holes a score of just 27! So what does Furyk play with? According to his website, www.jimfuryk.com he plays Callaway Woods and Irons, Ping Hybrids and Titleist wedges. Clubs Driver – Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme (10.5 degree) 3 Wood – Callaway X-Hot 3 Deep Pro (14.5 degree) PW-4 Iron – Callaway Razr X Forged Hybrid – Ping Anser (20 degree) 60 degree Wedge – Titleist TVD 55 degree Wedge – Titleist 256.14 50 degree Wedge – Callaway X-Forged 50.12 Putter – Odyssey Versa 1w (4 degree loft, 69 degree lie) Lengths Wedges and Hybrid – +1/2″ Wood – 43″ Driver – 44.5″ Putter – 35″ Lie Short Irons (PW-8i) – 1 degree upright Mid Irons (7-6i) – 2 degree... Read More
What is your optimum wedge distance to the green? You know, the distance that you have the most confidence that you will get it really close to the hole. Some golfers like to hit relatively short shots to the green, say 50-60 yards. Other golfers like a full wedge shot, whether it is sand wedge, gap wedge or pitching wedge. We did a survey on the distance and here are the results: 100 – 110 yards: 34% 80 – 90 yards: 31% 50 – 60 yards: 21% 120 – 130 yards: 7% 140 – 150 yards: 2% Personally, I am the 100 – 110 yard guy as well. So, what this tells us is that if we want to lower our scores, we need to take more shots from our “safety zone”. Under a tree 150 yards out? You have two choices. Punch out to your safety zone or try to run it up to the green. Water in front of the green? Safety zone it is! I used to try to gouge my way to the green with a perfect shot but that just seemed to add a couple more strokes to my handicap so I started playing... Read More
Just slow your swing down already! I am sure some of you have heard this from your playing partners after you threw a shot into the lake or OB. Well, that my friends is easier said than done. There are three swing dynamics we use during a clubfitting: Tempo, Transition and Release. The one your buddies are talking about is usually your tempo, which is the time from takeaway to impact. The “average” tempo is 1.25 seconds. While we all think PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players have a very smooth tempo, believe it or not they are closer to 1.0 seconds. Changing your tempo is like changing your personality. It literally is the way you walk, talk, eat your food, etc. Slowing down can happen for a shot or two, but you will revert back to your “natural” tempo very quickly. If you are a player with a fast tempo, usually a heavier club or heavier swing weight will help you slow down naturally and give you more consistent contact. On the flip side, if you have a nice fluid swing tempo and you are playing clubs that feel too heavy, you will lose distance and accuracy. I see... Read More