The final shaft in the 3rd Generation Diamana series is now available. The R Series, which is the 1st Generation Red board and 2nd Generation ‘ilima replacement, has been put through our 24 point shaft testing and we are getting ready to put it into our demo system. The R series is a mid-high launch, mid-high spin shaft that should work well for golfers that like the performance of today’s low launch and low spin drivers like the TaylorMade SLDR and Callaway GBB Alpha. From the test profile results, these shafts are certainly up to the high quality standards we have seen from MRC before with a SQI (Shaft Quality Index) over 94 on a scale of 1-100. Good for golfers with a need for a slightly higher ball flight than they are getting with their existing stock or re shafted drivers or fairway woods. This may be the perfect fairway wood shaft if you are having difficulty getting your fairway woods in the air!
One of the major premises of our shaft test using Trackman and the GEARS Golf motion sensing system was that the proper shaft can improve accuracy. Or, conversely, the wrong shaft can negatively affect accuracy. In TrackMan’s research, 75-80% of your accuracy can be explained by the face angle of the club at impact and only 20-25% by the club path, or swing direction. This was definitely borne out in our testing. With four different test shafts, swing direction or club path variances were insignificant from shaft to shaft. But, face angle varied as much as 4 degrees which could mean the difference of up to 30 yards on a driver shot of 200 yards. In fact, the biggest variance we saw with a shaft that was literally 3 flexes too soft was 30 yards EACH DIRECTION, or 60 yards! Now, not everyone is going to be playing shafts that are way too soft/stiff or heavy/light, but certainly every golfer can gain more accuracy with properly fitted clubs. In fact, when we measured the drivers we had fit our testers for, they were the most accurate! Of course, they had better be or we would not have done our job!
Congratulations Izzy Southard for a final round of 66, the lowest score, at Red Sky Golf Club for the Golfweek Conference Challenge last week. Izzy tied overall for 6th place. Izzy was fit in May of this year with PJ, she plays Ping i20 irons and Titleist SM4 wedges. PJ fit her into Oban iron shafts for her irons. Anyone who has played at Red Sky understands completely how hard a score of 66 is, let alone on the final day of a tournament! Congrats again Izzy for your hard work and dedication to the game. Keep up the good work!
2014 Ryder Cup players will be gaming drivers from 8 different manufacturers. The most popular driver is the TaylorMade SLDR with five players using this design, while Nike (Rory McIlroy) and Bridgestone (Matt Kuchar) each have only one of their drivers in play. A couple of players are using drivers that are last year’s model or older. As we know, even more interesting are the shaft choices for each player. While the shafts are certainly XStiff in almost all cases, the lengths vary from 43.5 inches (Sergio Garcia) to 45.5″ (Hunter Mahan) and from 65 grams to 105 grams. These players are all plenty long off the tee so it is all about consistency, accuracy and managing their misses. That’s how we fit our players as well! For more about these guys and their drivers go here.
This driver is all about creating speed which will result in more distance! The aerodynamic design of this head along with its lighter weight design will help you create more clubhead speed. In some tests, this driver created up to 2 mph more clubhead speed which is 5-7 more yards distance. Doesn’t seem like much but that could get you a half club closer to the green! Of course, our job is to help you select the proper shaft weight, flex and tip profile to maximize your performance.
Back-to-Back wins at the BMW championship and Coca-Cola championship is a pretty sweet way to end the season, and put a few million in the bank! And, Billy nearly won the week before the BMW! Just shows that when you get on a roll, your confidence goes up and you can play in a great zone! While Billy had a pretty solid bag of PING clubs, he played an Aldila Rogue 60X in his driver and OBAN Kiyoshi Black 75 shafts in his 3 and 5 wood. These shafts are all low-launch, low-spin and have a very firm feel. The G30 9 degree driver (set to 10.5) proved to be a solid performer for the last two weeks. Come in and we will show you what new shafts we have to offer may fit YOU in the new G30 line-up. It’s all about creating confidence with your clubs.
Thanks to the 20 testers that came in and spent some time with us on the new GEARS Golf motion sensing system. These testers hit a driver with four different shafts and the results were recorded not only with the GEARS system but with Trackman. Based on preliminary results, this system will help us do a better job with the initial shaft fitting. Our fittings will become faster and more dialed-in to the correct shaft in the first round of live testing. Because we know in more detail HOW the golfer loads the shaft and WHEN the release point is in the swing, we can pick shafts that will give a tighter impact area on the face (called a Face Map). We can also determine the impact of the shaft stiffness, tip stiffness and mid section stiffness on Attack Angle (higher or lower launch) and Face Angle (dispersion). We will be publishing the results in the next 30 days or so after we have completed our analysis of the test data.
D’Lance 24 Hour Practice Facility is Closed until September 9th, 2014 due to the testing and set up of the NEW GEARS Shaft Loading System… We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members. Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 303-730-2717. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
How do we know how to predict which shaft is right for you? It’s all in our extensive player and shaft testing. We are now taking it to the next level with the GEARS high speed camera motion measurement system. Measures shaft deflection, shaft droop, grip speed, grip rotation, and probably 20 more stats that will help us make even better shaft recommendations based upon YOUR swing. http://www.gearsgolf.com/ We are testing several of our previous customers and fine tuning the shaft fitting process with this new information.
Ignacio is an awesome young man and came to visit us in early August. We built him a new set of blended Mizuno clubs with SteelFiber shafts as he has outgrown his US Kids set. Well, who would have expected him to win his first Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour event at the Broadmoor in a playoff? Ignacio also is Venezuela’s representative to the Junior Latin American Golf team. Good luck, Ignacio, when you had back to Caracas next week. See you next year so we can tweak your set as part of our Lifetime Fitting program. Check out his scorecard…