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
Ten years ago if I were to say that “social media” would be the fastest way to spread “the word” on every day items, or would allow us to stay connected with our hero’s as though we were in their inner circle, people would think I was crazy! Let’s face it, it is the world of Social Media and not only can it be extremely beneficial since you can now follow anyone minute by minute all over the world, but it can also be damaging! Those of us into golf or any sport for that matter are guilty of carrying our tech gadgets wherever we go constantly checking to see if Tiger won that last round, or if our favorite underdog is in the top ten. We all also love to see what our favorite players have to say about how they did, what they are playing with. It really gives us a true sense that our heros are real people. So with that said, how do you think the latest comments made by Elkington on twitter will effect his image? Do you think since his comments weren’t made about the PGA Tour the PGA should still consider disciplinary actions? ... Read More
Bubba Watson has Won his first tournament in almost two years since the 2012 Masters Victory. After 41 tournaments played since his Masters win, Bubba birdies the 18th hole at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. So do you want to know what is in Bubba’s bag – he’s a Ping Man! He has a Ping G25 Driver with a Grafalloy BiMatrix Rocket shaft, Ping G25 Fwy with Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2 X, Ping S55 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100, Ping Tour wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 and a Ping Anser Milled 1 putter.
Yes, you can play golf with a “spare tire” and yes you can play golf when you are mental state is “below par”, BUT do you really want to? Most of us are not professional athletes, so we don’t have a strict Fitness and Nutrition plan. But, I still believe in the importance of being physically fit and healthy when trying any sport. Even though we all can really play Golf in any condition, it would be really nice not to have to take a “breather” just from walking up a hill. Having a fitness and nutrition program helps your game by increasing stamina, alertness and overall physical preparedness for the game.
At D’Lance Golf we have two Trackman Ball Flight monitors we use for both indoor and outdoor Custom Club Fittings, utilizing the Trackman TPS software as well as integrating it with out proprietary shaft analysis and fitting software BGF. As the season gears up, we are starting to get booked up on fitting slots. Sign up early for your fitting spot in order to be fit with this innovative and extremely reliable fitting system.
The season is just picking up, even though there is still snow on the ground. Many folks are gearing up mentally and physically for the upcoming 2014 Golf Season. The question we get almost every day in the beginning of the season is “if I buy a new club, can you put my old shaft into the new head.” The answer is not quite a s simple as “yes” or “no”. When we complete a fitting and build a set or a single club based on the fitting information, we build that club based on the weight of the club, shaft, length, grip weight…all with your fitted swing weight and flex in mind. The only way to know if we can put your old fitted shaft into a new head it to pull the shaft, weight the head and test the new head with the old shaft. The head may be heavier or lighter, the hosel dimensions may be off which could cause a length issue. We may have to add or remove weight to get to your recommended swing weight. Also, we trim the tips of shafts during the custom building process to get to the recommended flex and swing... Read More
We did a comparison of the four new Callaway irons, Apex, Apex Pro, X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro to get a better understanding of the differences in performance on our TrackMan launch monitor. Each 6 iron was tested with a True Temper DG PRO shaft that was built to the player’s specifications. In general, the Apex and Apex Pro were the best looking and feeling of the four clubs, with the X2 Hot Pro being the least favorite of all testers in terms of feel and sound. The favorite of all testers was the Apex Pro. Launch Angle: Launch angles followed the actual lofts of the club with the Apex Pro launching the highest and the X2 Hot launching the lowest. The real variance from lowest (X2 Hot) to highest (Apex Pro) was only 1.7 degrees. Spin: Spin rates were almost identical with the Apex and Apex Pro at roughly 5400 rpm. The X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro tested almost identical as well at roughly 4600 rpm. This 800 rpm spin differences was a direct contributor to the X2 Hot irons being roughly 9-12 yards longer ( 5%). Distance: The Apex Pro was 3- 5 yards longer than... Read More
D’Lance Golf was invited to attend a Callaway Exclusive Event for it’s Proponent dealers and Callaway Performance Fitting Centers. As a Proponent dealer, D’Lance Golf is given access to certain products that are only available to custom club fitters and club builders that have demonstrated their excellence. There are only 30 proponent dealers in North America so we are proud to be in this elite group. The event truly was special! We were given a product overview by the senior marketing and product development team at Callaway. After that, we were given a tour of the Research and Development facility were we saw the CNC milling machines that can take a product from concept to prototype in less than 48 hours. We also saw the ball development and testing center for the new Speed Regime and Supersoft golf balls. Very impressive to see how they actually test the balls with high-speed cameras! Finally, we went to the Ely Callaway Performance Center where we spent time with the development engineers for the X2Hot and Big Bertha heads. We also got to test each of the new products, including the Big Bertha Alpha, Versa and Tank putters and the Mack Daddy 2... Read More
Big debate… I have read so many posts on whether Indoor fittings are just as effective as outdoor fittings and it seems the jury is still out on this one. As posted before, most people are “feel players” so just the thought of hitting into the nets turns folks off. But, I believe the answer is “yes and no”. Indoor fittings can be just as effective in a reliable, controlled environment with the proper launch monitor and systems in place. Yes, it is different then hitting in real grass and yes you do hit into nets, but the science behind the fitting is undeniable! D’lance does both indoor and outdoor fittings using trackman and a proprietary shaft analysis software. After fitting over 10,000 golfers indoors before adding our outdoor fittings, it was a rarity to have a customer come back with their custom built clubs and say they did not work for them. So, with that said, if you have a good fitter, the right type of setting and software and a properly built set, not an “off-the-rack” fitting, you can’t go wrong!