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Are Your Hybrids As Consistent as They Can Be?

June 30th, 2016

Are your hybrids as consistent as they can be?  When we put our customers through a fitting and we ask what do you want from each of your clubs, more distance, better accuracy or improved consistency?  The most common response for hybrids is consistency.  Even though hybrid clubs have been around for at least 15 years, when you buy a hybrid club off the rack, each manufacturer has their own formula for length, shaft weight, shaft flex, and lofts.  So you may pick up a hybrid from TaylorMade and it will have a completely different performance than a similar club from Callaway or Ping. So how do we get you more consistency?  The first place we look is at shaft flex.  Stock hybrid shafts are notoriously weaker than what is stated on the shaft.  We typically see a shaft marked R that will test out in Ladies flex or below.  The main reason for this is that most hybrid shafts are also pretty light weight, 65 grams or so.  The lighter the shaft, the more likely the shaft will play soft/weak to the flex marked on the shaft.  Your hybrid clubs should be at least as stiff as your irons. ... Read More

Project X HZRDUS Red Shaft Offers Higher Launch and Spin

June 23rd, 2016

The Project HZRDUS Red shaft offers a higher launch and spin versus the Black and Yellow shafts currently in play.  Scheduled to be released to True Temper Performance Fitting Centers July 11, 2016, these shafts will be a great addition to those golfers that need a little higher trajectory, especially with their fairway woods.  In our testing, the HZRDUS Red launches .5 to .75 degrees higher than the Black with 300 – 500 rpm more spin.  While this is not necessarily for everyone, we like to put higher launch and spin shafts in most golfers fairway woods.  The HZRDUS Red will be a great fit for that golfer.  And, there are some golfers that actually need a little more launch and spin off their driver so the HZRDUS Red will fit the bill.  Our testers think the HZRDUS Red feels more like the HZRDUS Black than the HZRDUS Yellow, so it fits a more aggressive swing.  As always, we will put the HZRDUS shafts to the test when we put our golfers through a fitting to optimize shaft performance.

Fairway Wood Fitting for Consistency, Accuracy and Distance

June 21st, 2016

Fairway wood fitting for consistency, accuracy and distance is one of the more common fittings we perform.  When you buy a fairway wood off the rack, there are at least two main issues.  First, most fairway woods for the mass market have a very light shaft, usually 60+ grams.  For lady golfers, it is even lighter, usually 45 to 50 grams.  Out fitting philosophy is to make the fairway wood slightly heavier than your driver shaft.  This compensates for the shorter length of shaft in the fairway woods versus the driver so the feel of the club will be consistent.  The exception to buying off the rack fairway woods is buying a “tour” or “pro” model.  These usually are 80+ grams and are Stiff or Xtra-stiff flex.  If shafts are too light for you, your shots can be off line and also cause inconsistent contact. Second, most fairway wood shafts play much softer than marked on the shaft.  It is not uncommon for a Stiff flex shaft to measure out to a Senior flex or lower.  This can cause shots to either hook or slice, depending upon your swing profile. Your swing dynamics can actually make these issues worse.  Golfers... Read More

D’Lance Golf Fitting Trailer at Eagle Ranch This Weekend…

June 17th, 2016

Our D’Lance Golf Fitting Trailer is at Eagle Ranch Golf Club this Friday and Saturday! We use the Trackman Ball Flight Monitor as well as our proprietary fitting system BGF in every one of our fittings.  The true test of any custom club fitting is to have the golfer hit the longest, straightest shots that they can.  While most club fitting systems focus on launch angle, spin rates, and carry distance, the best thing we can do to help golfers lower their scores and have more fun is to increase accuracy and consistency.  That is why our main testing on the TrackMan Ball Flight monitors is to identify the club head and shaft combination that gets the tightest shot dispersion.  We prove it to our golfers every day by helping them get Better Golf…Faster (BGF)!  Check out our fitting process here… Contact us today to take advantage of our outdoor fittings this weekend at Eagle Ranch Golf Club.  You can schedule a fitting online at https://dlanceschedule.acuityscheduling.com/  or contact the Eagle Ranch pro shop.   Eagle Ranch Golf Club 0050 Lime Park Drive Eagle, CO 81631 970-328-2882 www.eagleranchgolf.com

2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter Selection is Underway, We need your help…

June 15th, 2016

Golf Digest has begun their search for the 2017 Top 100 Club Fitters.  Golf Digest is looking for YOUR input!  Golf Digest would like for recommendations and stories about your club fitting experience by July 1, 2016.  80% plus of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers, there is a reason why we continue to be one of America’s Top 100 Club Fitters, let’s keep this wonderful tradition going… What Golf Digest is looking for… Was your fitter awesome? Has he or she helped get you into a set of clubs that has changed your game—for the better? They need the name of the fitting center,  where it’s located, and a link to the fitting location’s website. Keep in mind, they only accept nominations for facilities that carry a range of major manufacturers and that are accessible to the public. You can send your stories to [email protected] You can read the entire Golf Digest Article here… Here is some of the information needed for your recommendation: D’Lance Golf Performance Center 14 Inverness Drive E A120 Englewood, CO 80112 www.dlancegolf.com

New Steel Shafts Offer Options for Lighter Weight

June 8th, 2016

New steel shafts from Project X and OBAN offer options for lighter weights than the traditional heavy shafts like True Temper Dynamic Gold and KBS Tour.  The Project X LZ (loading zone) shaft we discussed in last weeks post, offer weights starting at 110 grams in the 5.0 (Regular) flex and going up to 125 grams in the 6.5 (X Stiff) flex.  These shafts give golfers an option to still play steel shafts but reduce the weight to give more comfort in the swing and potentially pick up a little speed and distance.  The Project X LZ Steel shaft is only available through True Temper Performance Fitting Centers. OBAN, traditionally a graphite shaft manufacturer,  just introduced their CT-115 constant weight taper shafts for demo purposes this week.  We have profiled these shafts and find their approach very exciting.  The weights will remain constant at 115-117 grams but we will be able to build sets from roughly Regular flex to X Stiff.  This gives us a LOT of flexibility in creating sets for a wide range of golfers.  To accomplish this, OBAN CT-115 shafts are available in 12 different lengths.  This allows us to build different flex sets by selecting the... Read More

TaylorMade Drivers Hit a Trifecta!

June 7th, 2016

TaylorMade drivers were used by the winners last weekend in the Champions, LPGA and PGA Tour.  But what is interesting is that each player used a different model and loft, and of course, shaft.  The Champions Tour winner used an M1 10.5 degree driver while the LPGA winner used an M2 9.5 degree driver.  What?  Well, TrackMan statistics show that the average angle of attack on the PGA Tour is -1.3 (hitting down on the ball) while the average angle of attack on the LPGA Tour is +3.0 (hitting up on the ball).  This means that the 9.5 degree driver will launch higher than the 10.5 degree because the positive angle of attack creates more dynamic loft.  This also will create less spin and give the golfer more roll after landing.  The winner of the PGA Tour also played an M2 9.5 degree driver.  In our tests, both the M1 and M2 give excellent smash factor and spin results with the M2 being slightly more forgiving on off-center hits.  What we mean by forgiving is not only directional miss (less off line) but distance (less loss of distance due to lower smash factor and higher spin).  When we do our... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

June 1st, 2016

Wedge fitting for bounce and grind goes beyond the more common fitting for loft and lie.  Wedges, especially any wedge over 52 degrees of loft, are used for shots that require touch and execution.  The type of ground you are playing from (rough, hard pan, sand, fairway, deep rough) will determine what bounce you should ideally have on your wedges.  In general, the tighter the lie, the lower the bounce you want on your wedge to avoid “bouncing” off the ground or sand.  The deeper the rough or softer the sand, the more bounce you need to avoid having the club “stick” and not slide through the shot.  For example, my home course recently renovated all of the sand bunkers and put in new sand.  Because it was so fluffy, I have to go to a high bounce sand wedge so the wedge could bounce off the fluffy new sand.    We have developed a quick and dirty wedge bounce guide to help you through the maze of different turf conditions and bounces that will give you the best results.  The next consideration is the available grind options on the wedges.  The grind options represent how the back of the... Read More

Project X LZ Steel Shaft Review

June 1st, 2016

Project X LZ Steel shafts were tested and reviewed this week and so far we love what we see. The Project X LZ Steel shafts come in four different flexes and weights:  5.0 (R flex) at 110gr, 5.5 (R+ flex) at 115gr, 6.0 (S flex) at 120gr, and 6.5 (S+ flex) at 125gr.  The Project X LZ steel takes a chapter out of the book from the original LZ graphite shaft.  The Loading Zone (LZ) for the lighter shafts will result in a slightly higher launch and spin than the stiffer, heavier shafts.  Great design idea and our testing proved this to be the case. All of our tests were done indoors using TrackMan and the Callaway Chrome Soft ball.  All testers used shafts that matched their fitting specs as closely as possible.   According to our tests, the 5.0 and 5.5 flexes launched about the same as the KBS Tour R and C-Taper Lite R but slightly higher than the XP 115 R flex.  In the 6.0 and 6.5 flexes, the LZ Steel was slightly higher launch than the XP 115 S but lower than the C Taper R and KBS Tour S.  Depending upon your ball flight desires,... Read More

Is the Wrong Driver Face Contact Costing You Distance?

May 25th, 2016

The wrong driver face contact can cost you distance. I fit a golfer yesterday for a driver shaft because he felt he had been losing distance since he bought his new driver.  First questions I always ask before we even get on the ball flight monitor:  1.  Do you think your ball flight is too high or too low?  2.  Do you get a lot of roll after the ball lands?  Answers:  1.  Sometimes low left but I can also hit a lit cut that is too high.  2.  I get very little roll-out after the ball lands.  After a few warm-up shots, the TrackMan numbers verified my assumptions:  consistent contact on the wrong side of the club face – the heel, and a negative attack angle that was increasing spin.  His 12 degree driver was launching at only 12.8 degrees but with 4,560 rpm of spin!  His attack angle of -3.8 degrees meant he was hitting down on the ball which also was creating a lot of spin.  And he was getting very little efficiency out of his club head speed of 103 mph as his ball speed was only 140 mph. The shaft he was playing was a... Read More