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Sergio Garcia Wins with a Unique Set of Clubs

May 23rd, 2016

Sergio Garcia wins the Byron Nelson Classic with his own take on what “feels” right.  Sergio is well known for needing a certain type of feel in his golf clubs, especially his grip.  But, Sergio has been playing clubs that are a little heavier and shorter for quite some time.  A year ago, he was playing 100 gram shafts in his driver and woods, with a driver length of 43″.  Now, he is playing 80+ gram shafts in his woods with counter balancing in the grips to provide the additional weighted feel.  Sergio used to put lead tape under his grips to add the weight but is now using a counter balance device called TourLock.  We have been using Balance Certified for putter counter balancing for years so this is not a new concept.  It is, however, a very personal touch when it comes to woods and irons.   Not every golfer can feel the added weight but it definitely changes swing weight.  Every 5 grams in the butt section reduces one swing weight point.  A similar effect can happen with re-gripping your clubs with heavier grips. Sergio is definitely a player that likes the shorter length in his clubs, especially... Read More

OBAN Shafts Making A Difference on Tour

May 18th, 2016

OBAN Shafts are making a difference on tour.  With a strong lineup of premium graphite shafts, OBAN literally has a shaft for every type of swing and player.  The most popular on the PGA Tour are the Tour Limited, Kiyoshi (Black, Purple, White and Gold) and the tried and true Devotion, Isawa Red and Revenge.  There is quite a difference among all of these shafts so make sure you see a fitter that has a wide selection of these shafts to test.  As an example, the Kiyoshi Black in a 55 gram gram shaft is a nice mid-high, mid-spin shaft for golfers that need a little more loft off the tee while the Kiyoshi Black 65 (which actually weighs 70+ grams) will be a low launch, low spin shaft.  The torque ratings for these shafts also get progressively lower from the 55 to the 85 gram shaft which will give the heavier shafts a firmer feel at impact.  The Kiyoshi White as a similar transition from the 55 to the 75 gram but not near as pronounced of change in launch and spin as the Black. The greatest value shafts in the OBAN line-up are the Devotion and Isawa Red. ... Read More

Three more sets of PXG irons going out the door today…

May 16th, 2016

We have three more sets of Custom Built PXG irons going out the door today!  The three set make ups include, Oban Oi graphite iron shafts, KBS C-Taper lite shafts and Aerotech Steelfiber shafts. PXG 0311 irons are the world’s sexiest, most forgiving golf clubs that launch higher, go farther, feel softer and have a sweet spot the size of Texas. The irons are made with the finest alloys and the most sophisticated manufacturing process. Oban Oi-Series Irons are developed utilizing the same high modulus materials and tournament winning designs found in OBAN’s woods. The Oi-Series offers performance values to a wide range of players. The heavier weights offer a consistent ball launch and spin rate found in shafts sought out by the better player. The light weights offer a higher trajectory which is similar to the ball flight found in lighter weight OBAN wood shafts. The KBS C Taper lite shaft incorporates proven KBS performance benefits in a lighter weight design. The firm tip and soft butt produce a mid-high trajectory and controlled spin. Featuring a constant taper design and proportionate increase in wall thickness, the C-TAPER LITE optimizes energy transfer for maximum distance. Independent testing results revealed 5+... Read More

Jason Day Wins The Players Championship, What’s in his bag?

May 16th, 2016

Jason Day WINS the Players Championship, maintaining his World #1 Position in golf!  So what is in his bag? Driver – TaylorMade M1 460 with a MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70 X FWY – TaylorMade M2 HL with a MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80 X Irons – TaylorMade Rsi 2 iron and Rsi TP 4-PW with True Temper DG X7 His “go to” club for tight fairways was the Rsi 2 iron, which he pounded down the fairway on 18.  Everyone should have club in their bag that they can absolutely count on at crunch time and for Jason, the 2 iron was it!  For me, it’s my 4 hybrid.  What’s yours?  Respond to the poll on the right side of this page —>. TaylorMade uses slot technology to provide increased distance and speed pockets for more consistency in their irons.   The  M1 has a multi-material construction – featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown – that unlocks breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers.  The M2 allows for exceptional distance and playability.  The Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage TiNi shafts in his driver and fairway wood are designed with the strength and stability needed by... Read More

Wrong Grips Can Cost You Strokes!

May 11th, 2016

Yes, grips can cost you strokes.  Too many of you are playing worn grips, the wrong size grips and uncomfortable grips.  All of these factors can cause you to lose the grip on your club during your swing, pull or push your shots, or just plain not like to swing your clubs.  There a literally hundreds of grips to choose from.  The one thing you should know is that the grip is the last extension of your connection with the golf club so it must feel perfect in order for you to have the confidence that you can make that great shot!  Let’s talk about how grips can hurt or help your game. Worn Grips:  I see so many golfers playing clubs with grips that were put on YEARS ago.  Grips actually do wear out.  They certainly get smooth and slick from the oil on your hands (even if you wear a glove) and dirt.  The general rule is to change your grips every 25 rounds or once a year.  Dry climates (Colorado, Arizona) are harder on grips than more humid climates.   One manufacturer claims that worn grips can cost you up to 6 strokes a round.  We agree! Inconsistent... Read More

James Hahn Wins the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship – What We Learned

May 9th, 2016

James Hahn’s win Sunday was a testament to what we all should learn as golfers…NEVER GIVE UP!  Well, it is not like he struggled for 8 years before a win, but missing 8 cuts in a row before the win at the Wells Fargo Championship is a testament to perseverance and commitment.  Even after a devastating three putt on the 18th hole, Hahn was able to pull it together for the playoff.  This is especially rewarding as James Hahn changed a lot of clubs in his bag when he was signed by Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG).  He kept his trusty Vokey SW and LW but everything else in his bag was PXG, including a new Milled gap wedge.   As we know, golf is truly a game of confidence so getting confidence over every club in your bag is critical to success.  The mix of shafts and heads in his WITB also shows that there are some changes players are making to be more consistent in their shot making.  The Project X LZ Steel 125 shafts in his irons have a firm mid section and penetrating ball flight for stronger players.  The Project X LZ steel shafts are not available to... Read More

How Attack Angle is Affected By Shaft Tip Profile

May 3rd, 2016

Attack Angle can be dramatically affected by the shaft tip profile in the driver you are using.  We learned this last year when we were using the GEARS Golf system.  A shaft with a stiffer tip profile will lower your attack angle while a softer tip section will actually increase attack angle. The reason this is important is that attack angle can change both the launch angle and spin rate of your drives.  In general, if you are hitting the ball in the center of the club face on your driver, the lower your attack angle, the lower you will launch the ball and the more back spin you will impart on your shot.  This lower launch, higher spin shot will rob you of distance off the tee.  In our fittings we try to get our golfers to create a positive attack angle with their drivers.  This will create more carry with lower spin.  This, in turn, will give you more roll after landing also increasing distance.  When we tested several driver shaft profiles, we could change attack angle by up to 2 degrees with different shaft profiles.  The result was an average gain of 15 yards with a proper... Read More

Are Inconsistent Shafts Killing Your Golf Game?

April 26th, 2016

Inconsistent shafts in your clubs are creating more problems than your golf swing.  OK, there, I said it!  The fact is, your golf swing is way more consistent than you think.  Now, it may not be a perfect swing, but it is probably pretty repeatable.  The problem is that your clubs are not consistent throughout your set causing inconsistent shots. Every golfer has a club or clubs they love to hate.  Maybe you have to swing easy with your three wood to keep it from hooking big time.  Or maybe you love your driver but can’t hit your hybrids.  That is because there are outliers in your bag!  If you look at WITB (What’s In The Bag) of every player on tour, including LPGA and Champions, you will find that every club is matched to the next in terms of weight, length, flex, loft, lie and swing weight.  Not so with the average amateur player. Think about how the game of golf was designed.  Each club in your bag is designed to hit a specific distance.  That is why you have 14 clubs (13 to get to the green and 1 to make birdie!).  The chances of each of these... Read More

GIMAR Forged Irons Now Available at D’Lance Golf Performance Center

April 26th, 2016

GIMAR forged irons are now available!  When I was introduced to Dr. Gianni Martinelli at the PGA Show in Orlando this January, I actually had never heard of his company.  After spending an hour and a half with Dr. Martinelli, I was convinced he had a great product.  His company, GIMAR Golf, is actually based in Switzerland and has multiple forging locations around the world.  Because of Dr. Martinelli’s extensive experience in forging everything from aircraft engine blades to watch parts, the forging process for his irons takes on a higher level of quality than we have seen.  Each iron and wedge is forged from a single piece of material.  The properties of the metal are extremely consistent resulting in greater feel and performance.  So the next step was to get some demo heads in and check them out.  We have completed our testing and these forged heads will give Miura, EPON and Royal Collection a run for their money.  There are four models designed for golfers from mid-high handicap to low single digits.  While GIMAR does not make a pure blade style, the feel and performance of the NB PRO will make low handicap players true believers in these... Read More

Kuro Kage XT Review

April 19th, 2016

Kuro Kage XT and XM are the new standards for excellence in the Kuro Kage line.  Featuring low resin prepreg material and Titanium Nickel (TiNi) wire, the new combination gives the Kuro Kage a boost in both accuracy and distance due to its lower spin characteristics.  We put the new Kuro Kage XT through its paces against the Kuro Kage Black TiNi and the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi.  All tests were done with a Tour Edge E9 driver set to 10 degrees of loft and a Callaway Chrome Soft ball.  All of the shafts tested were within the fitting specs for the testers in terms of flex and weight. Launch:  The Kuro Kage XT launched slightly lower than the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi but a full 1.5 degrees lower than the Kuro Kage Black TiNi.  This is primarily due to the softer tip section in the Black TiNi which caused the toe to droop more than the XT causing higher ball contact on the club face. Spin:  The smash factor (1.49) was the best for the Kuro Kage XT as was the spin rate (sub 3,000 for all testers).  Spin went up slightly for the Silver TiNi but the most... Read More