Bubba WINS his second Green Jacket! So who won the D’Lance Master’s Pick Contest? Based on the prize money awarded and the picks made, P Multon has WON the D’Lance shaft giveaway. Picking Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson, making the total payout for the three player $2,110,500! Congratulations P. Multon!
We are having a Masters pool! Send us your top 3 picks to win the Masters this weekend. The entry that has the highest total money winner amount gets their choice of a Pro Tour ($300-400 value) shaft! All you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] or tweet us @dlancegolf. Best of luck and do NOT forget to register for this awesome pool! You must register by 8:00 am MDT Thursday, April 10, 2014.
We certainly did our testing on the TaylorMade SLDR and Callaway GBB Alpha and were impressed with the numbers. We thought we would go back and do a little further testing on a couple of other drivers that caught our eye to see how they compared. As always, we look at performance (distance, shot dispersion, launch angle and spin) and then sound and feel. The two that stand out were the Adams XTD and the Tour Edge XCG7 Beta. We tested both in a 10.5 degree and compared them to the SLDR and GBB Alpha. The Adams XTD was only a couple yards short of the “Big Two” but actually had slightly lower spin. Launch angles were pretty much the same. Smash factor was consistently in the 1.48-1.5 range (1.5 being optimum). The surprise was the Tour Edge XCG7 Beta with about 300 rpm lower spin and 3-4 yards more distance. The XCG7 Beta had the highest smash factor, averaging 1.49. Personally, I liked the sound of the XCG7 Beta and the feel was very solid, even on a few miss-hits. The Adams XTD felt a little less solid and the sound had a little more high pitch to it. ... Read More
Last year Adam Scott won the 2013 Master’s Tournament using a great amount of talent and of course a great line up of shafts in his sticks. What Scott had in his bag were Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X in his Driver, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 in his fairways, KBS Tour X in his hybrids and irons and the KBS hi-rev in his wedges. Based on the top 23 players that are competing in the Masters this year, as predicted by Golf Digest, it looks as though there will be a completely diverse and array of shafts in the Masters Tournament for 2014. Within that list is of course our Reigning Champ – Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. So what are they playing? Luke Donald is playing Accra SC 65 X in his Driver, Accra Tour Z 75 in his fairway woods, Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 in his hybrids, TT Dynamic Golds in his irons and spinners in his wedges. Sergio Garcia is playing Mistubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 103 X in his driver and fairway woods, Nippon NS Pro Tour 130 X in his irons and Nippon NS Pro... Read More
We get asked this question ALL the time, especially because we test over 2,500 shafts a year from all of the major manufacturers. My answer is always the same. The best shaft is the one that fits your swing! There are a lot of components that go into fitting a shaft to your swing. The first is weight. Too light and you will not have the consistency or feel you like. Too heavy and you will feel like the club is swinging you and you will lose distance because of inconsistent contact. Certainly flex is a big factor in control and shot dispersion. And then the intricacies of mid-section design for feel, and tip section design for launch and spin control. We have the best system in the industry for matching shafts to your swing dynamics, but it has to be backed up by two things: 1. Validation from our Trackman ball flight monitors that you get the best distance and accuracy, and 2. Your validation that the club and shaft FEEL good in your swing. All this being said, there are a lot of new things going on in the shaft industry in 2014 in terms of materials, weights,... Read More
When I started the company in 1997, steel shafts played on the PGA Tour were pretty well dominated by True Temper. Their flagship line, The Dynamic Gold (S300, S400, X100) at one time was played by 96% of all players on Tour. Since then, companies like Nippon and KBS Shafts have started taking some wins. Nippon has long had the majority of golfers on the LPGA Tour playing their light weight 850 and 950 series shafts. A couple of weeks ago, the winner of the Valspar Championship played the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 in his irons. And KBS Shafts have over 100 PGA Tour wins since the company started in 2008 (see a little history here). The cool thing for us is that all of these companies make shafts that have different weights, launch and spin characteristics, and feel. So, schedule and iron fitting and we can pick the right shaft for you from over 100 shafts that will help give you the tightest shot dispersion, the most distance and the best feel.
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So Tiger Woods still Ranks #1 in the Golf World with Adam Scott just in reach, trailing behind him. To all of our surprise, even though Tiger has been playing just “average” golf as of late, and out of Tiger’s Total 2013-2014 PGA Season Tournaments, so far, he isn’t even ranked in the Top 10 Finishes. So, the regular, non-golfer would look at that and say “how is this possible?” How can someone not even finish in the Top Ten in Most of his tournaments and still be ranked #1? The answer is simple, Tiger plays less tournaments than most people on tour! He has played a total of 40 tournament, where Adam Scott, the next man on the Totem pole has played over 50! In those 40, comparatively, Tiger Wins more Championships as well. Tiger may not be the “beast” of the past, but he still is the Number One Golfer in World and even at his worst will be a tough guy to beat!
Dan Sueltz, from D’Lance Golf attended and sponsored a portion of last weeks PGA Teaching and Coaching summit here in Colorado at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Dan was able to give a presentation on the MyGolfShafts App, created by ITB, Inc. and D’Lance Golf utilizing the D’Lance Golf proprietary shaft analysis and fitting software, BGF or Better Golf Faster. The two main presentations were by Mike Malaska and Suzy Whaley and both gave exceptional presentations about the importance of training, practice, fitness and health as well as great insight on tips and techniques. It was a very successful event. To download the MyGolfShafts App, CLICK HERE.
Every year we hear the hype about longer, straighter …well maybe it is just longer!! So when we get all of our new drivers in the shop, we test them side by side. The tests are done by golfers with different swing styles and strength for a good comparison. But, the driver shaft used on each head is matched to the exact specifications for that golfer. This way we take out the variable of the shaft that may come in the driver. This year, the emphasis in drivers is launch and spin. You need more launch and obviously less spin. These will give you more distance. But we also are concerned about how consistent you are with your driver in terms of hitting fairways and loss of distance on miss-hits. We have not done all of the driver models yet (Tour Edge, Adams, Cobra, Titleist) but we did test out the Callaway and TaylorMade models. The distance winner is the TaylorMade SLDR, followed closely by the Callway Big Bertha Alpha, Callaway X2 Hot and TaylorMade JetSpeed. The big contributor to the distance winner was lower spin. The SLDR spin rate was 300-600 rpm’s lower than the Callaway GBB Alpha. The... Read More