Just to prove that a player will fill out their bag with clubs that fit their game, Tim Clark has another one of those eclectic bags. From an ACCRA M4-55 Tour Proto (55 gram) shaft in his driver to Aerotech i95 (95 gram shafts in his irons) to True Temper S400 Tour Issue (130 gram) shafts in his wedges, he used every club in his bag to eke out a win at the RBC Canadian Open. He also had clubs from Titleist, Callaway and TaylorMade in his bag. Just goes to show you that what fits you, works for you! It’s all about confidence in what you have in your hands when under pressure.
Depending upon whom you believe, you should replace your wedges after 25 or 50 rounds since the grooves will wear out much faster on wedges than your other irons. Also, there are a lot of new wedge designs with different grinds, sole designs and bounces that could make a big difference in your game. For example, Mizuno uses different groove designs depending upon the loft of the wedge to optimize performance. SCOR has a unique V sole that allows you to alter the bounce dynamically. Titleist is offering up to 6 different grinds on their SM5 wedges, depending upon the loft and bounce. Some companies like Miura and Epon have fewer grind options but offer superior forgings from Japanese steel for improved feel. Probably the most important aspect of picking your wedges is getting the proper distance gaps. You should have no more than 5 degrees difference in lofts from your PW to your LW, unless you are a finesse player that likes to open or close the wedge face to control spin and distance. The type of courses you play and sand in your bunkers will also have a lot to do with which bounce and sole design works best... Read More
While these are not new shafts, I thought it would be good to share with our readers how versatile these golf shafts have been for us. The design of these I-series shafts is not totally unique to OBAN, but it is an interesting concept. The weights of the shafts go from roughly 43 grams (i-43) to 103 (i-103) in 10 gram increments. The lengths are 42″ in each shaft which allows us as club builders a lot of flexibility in terms of tipping to get to a particular flex and desired ball flight. Our sweet spot with theses shafts seems to be in the i63 – i83 range with a few of the i93 and i103. These shafts have a nice soft tip which is great for smooth swings. We have fit a ton of lady, senior and junior players into these with excellent results. The key for us as builders is the blank length at 42″ so we can fit a very broad range of golfers depending upon the weight that works for them. This shaft can also be used in hybrids and we do it a lot so we can match the shafts in both irons and hybrids. ... Read More
Chris Wycoff, owner of Golf Etc. Hilton Head did a great test and review of some of the top iron shafts, including some that are not steel. While looking for a clear winner, it is obvious that a good clubfitting will help golfers decide not only based on the numbers on a launch monitor, but the feel of the club. Every golfer is a little different and a good clubfitting will find the right shaft for your game. Check out the review on GolfWRX here.
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Angle of attack and where you impact the ball on the face of your driver can have a dramatic affect on distance. Why? The lower your angle of attack, the lower your ball flight and the greater the amount of spin you put on the ball. More spin implies more drag and less distance. The picture at the right is a positive angle of attack of 5 degrees which is what most of the LDA (Long Drivers of America) will strive for in order to reduce spin and get the most distance. Most amateurs we test have a neutral to negative attack angle. Even so, we can help improve distance with the right club loft and shaft profile. Where you impact the ball on the face of the club will also affect distance. Nothing good happens (spin or loft) when you hit the ball on the heel or low on the face. Everything good happens (lower spin, higher loft) when you hit the ball center-up and center-toe on the face. This is due to the bulge and roll of the club face actually reducing spin and creating a slight draw bias. Sometimes this can be fixed simply by ball position... Read More
True Temper shafts were in the winners circle on the PGA Tour, web.com and Alston Open de France on the European Tour this past weekend. Truth in Numbers: The Greenbrier Classic winner’s bag: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW) 75 sets of True Temper shafts in play at The Greenbrier Classic The Nova Scotia Open winner’s bag: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (3-PW) The Alstom Open de France winner’s bag: Project X 6.5 (4-PW) In addition to these winning shafts, True Temper models in the XP line continue to grow in popularity in the amateur ranks. By fitting to the proper shaft weight, flex, launch characteristics and feel, you will improve your consistency and confidence in your shots.
If your junior is really progessing rapidly in terms of a good golf swing and he or she wants to play competitivley, we suggest getting custom fit equipment as early as 10 years old. We still need to consider the overall weight of the clubs and fit to lengths and shaft flexes that will allow the junior to grow into the clubs without being too long or too stiff. Again, even with custom fit equipment, the junior will probably grow out of the clubs in a couple of years. The good thing about custom fitting a junior into men’s or ladies clubs is that they can be re-shafted or extended as the junior grows. Junior golfers are actually the most fun to fit. Most junior golfers have unbelievable rhythm and timing. The challenge is getting the proper equipment in their hands so that they can continue to improve their golf game as they grow and mature. We have custom built clubs for juniors as young as 4 years old. For beginner juniors the most important fitting issues are length and weight of the clubs. Juniors can progress in their ability and stature very rapidly so it is important to... Read More
D’Lance Golf has created an exciting niche market in golf game improvement. By concentrating on the three most important areas; custom fit equipment, instruction and unlimited 24 hour access to state-of-the-art practice facilities, we have helped over 11,000 golfers of all playing levels, and around the world play better golf and have more fun! Our proprietary seven step club fitting and club building system helps our customers not only get a better fit club, but a set of equipment that is built to their exact specifications. Our association with some of the top instructors in the USA shows that the combination of great instruction and equipment that matches the golfers unique swing profile can help every golfer play better….faster. And, our unique, 24 hour access practice facilities were featured on the cover of USA Today, on the NBC Today Show, and were voted Westword’s Best of Denver in 2001 and 2002. Our mobile fitting trailer was introduced in 2006 and features some of the most advanced fitting equipment in the industry today. In the past three years D’Lance had expanded its presence with the use of the proprietary fitting system BGF! Not only has D’Lance contracted with Golf Etc. of... Read More
We are an authorized OBAN dealer…have been since Ralph tracked me down on the fitting trailer in Vail in 2007! Just a note from another satisfied Kiyoshi Purple player. “Wanted to let you know that I am enjoying the Driver you guys built me. Feels great, really like my ball flight, and feel confident to swing aggressively. I look forward to working with you again and dialing in the rest of my equipment. ” Ryan H.