What shafts are being played on Tour? Well, it is a very eclectic set of shafts but I can say that players are winning with what works for them. The brands vary significantly from the PGA Tour to the LPGA, Champions and Web.com. GolfWRX has an entire section of their website dedicated to WITB(What’s In The Bag?). Each week we get a peek into the bag of the winner of the most recent tournament. For example, the winner of the Safeway Open had a wide variety of shafts from Aldila, Aerotech and True Temper. On the PGA Tour, representatives from every major shaft manufacturer working closely with the equipment companies like Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, etc. to offer their latest shaft offerings. After having conversations with several of my shaft manufacturer contacts, and reviewing the WITB and media posts, here are my observations: No shaft manufacturer sponsors a tour player. Simply, it is too costly as the majority of the tour players get paid more to play a particular brand of equipment than the shaft. Players play close attention to ball flight monitor results when making their equipment and shaft decisions. With the wide spread use of TrackMan and FlightScope on... Read More
A lifetime clubfiting is absolutely priceless. Why? Because a lot of things change in the course of your golfing career that can change the specifications of clubs that fit your swing. We have offered a lifetime clubbfitting for over ten years and totally believe it has helped our golfers achieve their goals…faster. And, our golfers know that we have their best interests in mind. Here are the main reasons to get fit more than one time in your lifetime: 1. Age At the risk of being “Captain Obvious” as we get older, our strength, flexibility, reflexes all change dramatically It is most evident in the junior golfers we fit as they grow both in stature and strength. We recommend fitting juniors after any growth spurt of two inches or more, or once a year if they are playing competitively. Junior golfers in general are much more flexible so that is not usually an issue. The same applies to older golfers, say 50 years old and up. As we age, our metabolism slows and we also start naturally losing strength That is why so many of us in our 60’s are trying to get back the distance we had in our... Read More
Are single length irons in YOUR future? When we first did our test and build of single length irons earlier this year, (see our blog posts here), the challenge was to make the clubs consistent by adding weight in longer irons (4, 5, 6) and drilling or grinding weight out of the shorter irons and wedges. That is because variable length clubs change in weight by roughly 7 grams to account for the length differences. Well, Cobra Golf has embraced this challenge with not one, but two head designs that will be available in single length (7 iron at 37.25″) in January, 2017. Cobra looks to have done a great job on the design to account for the weight differences in the heads with their Full Hollow, Half Hollow, Cavity Back and Specialty offerings in the F7. The F7 Tour model is not quite as dramatic in is head design changes but still maintains a similar weight in each head. These constant weight designs are important to give club builders the ability to maintain swing weight and feel in the set. A more intriguing look at the two models is covered by MyGolfSpy here. So our big question is who... Read More
Dan Sueltz, Owner and Founder of D’Lance Golf Performance Center and creator of the D’Lance Golf proprietary BGF (Better Golf …Faster) Fitting System has chosen the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 hybrids as his pick of the best clubs in his bag! He has custom built Tour Edge EX9 4 and 5 hybrids with the Graphite Design DI 95 gram shafts. Yeah, the same shaft as Jordan Speith plays in his hybrids! “I consistently control them and hit more par 3 greens than I ever have. I get 175 to 205 yards with those clubs.” – Dan Sueltz Tour Edge Golf – The Tour Edge EX9 hybrid features the superior forgiveness of previous models combined with Exotics industry-leading technology – SlipStream sole, cup face, combo brazing – in a classic hybrid style. Tour Edge Exotics fairway woods, hybrids and driving irons have been extremely well received on the PGA Tour by players like Boo Weekly and Kevin Streelman. The EX9 hybrid’s technology story begins with a maraging steel cup face with updated/improved Variable Face Thickness (VFT). The thin and thick compartments on the face are strategically positioned for optimal forgiveness in preparation for off-center hits. The VFT face is combo brazed... Read More
The secret of driver head performance? From a design standpoint, it is all about maximizing how “hot” the face is and making sure that they are manufactured consistently to that level of performance. Having worked with a lot of players with swing speeds from 50 mph to 145 mph (yes, 145 mph) I can tell you that driver heads designed for slower speeds have much different characteristics than those for higher swing speeds like our Long Drivers (Krank Golf). I have included a couple of videos courtesy of Krank Golf that explain a couple of these concepts as well. The first secret is having a high COR (coefficient of restitution) or CT (characteristic time). Both of these measure how fast a ball rebounds off the face of the driver. The highest COR allowable by the USGA is .830. This is tested by firing a golf ball out of an air cannon at a driver head. The velocity of the ball hitting the head is 100 mph and the rebound velocity cannot be more than 83 mph. A similar test is for CT or the time a steel ball stays in contact with a driver head. If the CT is over... Read More
Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years. Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH. This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin. This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour. We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the years. These shafts have been designed for golfers with medium swing speeds and smooth shaft load. These shafts have helped most players get the ball in the air. Several years ago, Nippon introduced their Modus3 line of steel shafts. These shafts were tested at length on the Tours with the thought that these shafts needed to handle the higher speed golfer’s swings while maintaining a desired ball flight and spin. The four models of the Modus line are the Modus3 TOUR105, Modus3 TOUR120, Modus3 TOUR125 and Modus3 TOUR130. The numbers roughly correspond to their respective grams weights. All of these shafts were designed by Nippon for a... Read More
Driver shaft fitting does make a difference. Even if you have been fit before, things change and getting fit with the option of testing multiple head and shaft combinations will make a huge difference. The example in the picture on the left is of a college player that we fit roughly 18 months ago. His swing speed averaged 101 mph with a medium tempo and mid release. We dialed him into a Kuro Kage TiNi 70 at a 6.6 flex (low X Flex) in an R15 430 set at 8.5 degrees. His shot dispersion was very tight while his miss was a little draw. This summer his misses started being a little more left and his ball flight was a little too high so he came back in for a re-fit. His swing dynamics had not changed (tempo, release, attack angle) but he had definitely gotten stronger as his club head speed went up to 105 mph. After testing three different shafts, the winner in the bunch was the Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 built to a 7.2 (high X stiff) in his new TaylorMade M1. The back weighting of the HZRDUS Yellow helped us keep the swing weight at... Read More
We have a major first today at the Colorado PGA! Sherry Andonian, PGA Instructor at Valley Country Club is the first female to win a Colorado PGA Major Championship as she won the 2016 Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship today at Aspen Glen Club! Great job, Sherry. She is one of those rare, talented ladies that is not only a great instructor, mentor and coach, but a great player. This has got to be especially rewarding since she broke her knee cap 18 months ago and has worked super hard to recover her strength and form. Can’t be happier for a super lady and friend. Sherry brings her students to D’Lance Golf Performance Center to our indoor practice facility in the winter months.
Make your wedge game more consistent. How, you ask? By having the correct lofts, bounces, lie angles, lengths and shafts. First, let’s start with the number of wedges you have in your bag. Most players have at least three: Pitching wedge, gap or approach wedge and sand wedge. Or, you may have a pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. Better players tend to have just three because they feel comfortable adjusting the face to get the desired distance from their wedges. Amateurs would be better off with four wedges so they can get more consistent distances with each of their wedges. LOFTS: If you are playing a set of irons you purchased within the last five years, the loft on your PW (pitching wedge) will be somewhere between 44 and 46 degrees. If you do not have a GW or AW (gap wedge or approach wedge) in your set, the next wedge is a SW (sand wedge) which is typically 55 to 56 degrees of loft. This difference of 10 to 11 degrees of loft creates a big “gap” in distance, hence the need for a GW. A GW or AW will typically have a loft between 50 and... Read More
USA Ryder Cup team, let’s win one for Arnie! Ok, I said it. Having played a couple Ryder Cup amateur team events among my friends, it is challenging, I think, for the professional golfers to get into the “team” mode when all of their lives have been spent competing as individuals. But the combination of the team captaincy of Davis Love III and the emotion of Arnold Palmer’s passing may give the US team a little extra motivation this year. If you watched the Golf Channel meltdown between Brandel Chamblee and David Duval, you should know that winning and losing is not just shouldered by the top ranked players in the tournament, regardless of what Brandel thinks. There are always players in every sport that step up to the challenge and bring home the trophy. This tournament will be no different. Forget the rankings, just go out and play your best. And throw in a little luck like a 135 yard eagle or a 50 foot putt! I am ready for some fun and a USA victory. Let’s win this for Arnie!