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How Attack Angle is Affected By Shaft Tip Profile

May 3rd, 2016

Attack Angle can be dramatically affected by the shaft tip profile in the driver you are using.  We learned this last year when we were using the GEARS Golf system.  A shaft with a stiffer tip profile will lower your attack angle while a softer tip section will actually increase attack angle. The reason this is important is that attack angle can change both the launch angle and spin rate of your drives.  In general, if you are hitting the ball in the center of the club face on your driver, the lower your attack angle, the lower you will launch the ball and the more back spin you will impart on your shot.  This lower launch, higher spin shot will rob you of distance off the tee.  In our fittings we try to get our golfers to create a positive attack angle with their drivers.  This will create more carry with lower spin.  This, in turn, will give you more roll after landing also increasing distance.  When we tested several driver shaft profiles, we could change attack angle by up to 2 degrees with different shaft profiles.  The result was an average gain of 15 yards with a proper... Read More

Are Inconsistent Shafts Killing Your Golf Game?

April 26th, 2016

Inconsistent shafts in your clubs are creating more problems than your golf swing.  OK, there, I said it!  The fact is, your golf swing is way more consistent than you think.  Now, it may not be a perfect swing, but it is probably pretty repeatable.  The problem is that your clubs are not consistent throughout your set causing inconsistent shots. Every golfer has a club or clubs they love to hate.  Maybe you have to swing easy with your three wood to keep it from hooking big time.  Or maybe you love your driver but can’t hit your hybrids.  That is because there are outliers in your bag!  If you look at WITB (What’s In The Bag) of every player on tour, including LPGA and Champions, you will find that every club is matched to the next in terms of weight, length, flex, loft, lie and swing weight.  Not so with the average amateur player. Think about how the game of golf was designed.  Each club in your bag is designed to hit a specific distance.  That is why you have 14 clubs (13 to get to the green and 1 to make birdie!).  The chances of each of these... Read More

GIMAR Forged Irons Now Available at D’Lance Golf Performance Center

April 26th, 2016

GIMAR forged irons are now available!  When I was introduced to Dr. Gianni Martinelli at the PGA Show in Orlando this January, I actually had never heard of his company.  After spending an hour and a half with Dr. Martinelli, I was convinced he had a great product.  His company, GIMAR Golf, is actually based in Switzerland and has multiple forging locations around the world.  Because of Dr. Martinelli’s extensive experience in forging everything from aircraft engine blades to watch parts, the forging process for his irons takes on a higher level of quality than we have seen.  Each iron and wedge is forged from a single piece of material.  The properties of the metal are extremely consistent resulting in greater feel and performance.  So the next step was to get some demo heads in and check them out.  We have completed our testing and these forged heads will give Miura, EPON and Royal Collection a run for their money.  There are four models designed for golfers from mid-high handicap to low single digits.  While GIMAR does not make a pure blade style, the feel and performance of the NB PRO will make low handicap players true believers in these... Read More

Kuro Kage XT Review

April 19th, 2016

Kuro Kage XT and XM are the new standards for excellence in the Kuro Kage line.  Featuring low resin prepreg material and Titanium Nickel (TiNi) wire, the new combination gives the Kuro Kage a boost in both accuracy and distance due to its lower spin characteristics.  We put the new Kuro Kage XT through its paces against the Kuro Kage Black TiNi and the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi.  All tests were done with a Tour Edge E9 driver set to 10 degrees of loft and a Callaway Chrome Soft ball.  All of the shafts tested were within the fitting specs for the testers in terms of flex and weight. Launch:  The Kuro Kage XT launched slightly lower than the Kuro Kage Silver TiNi but a full 1.5 degrees lower than the Kuro Kage Black TiNi.  This is primarily due to the softer tip section in the Black TiNi which caused the toe to droop more than the XT causing higher ball contact on the club face. Spin:  The smash factor (1.49) was the best for the Kuro Kage XT as was the spin rate (sub 3,000 for all testers).  Spin went up slightly for the Silver TiNi but the most... Read More

Danny Willet Wins the Masters!

April 11th, 2016

In an unlikely twist of Fate, Danny Willet Wins the 2016 Master’s Tournament!  So what is in this champion’s bag? Driver – Callaway XR 16 w/ MRC Diamana W 60 X shaft 3 Wood – Callaway XR 16 w/MRC Diamana W 70 X shaft 5 Wood – Callaway XR 16 w/MRC Diamana W 80 X shaft Irons – Callaway Apex Pro w/ True Temper DG X100 Superlites Schedule a Fitting Today to test our the clubs used on tour!    

Single Length Iron Sets – Initial Test Results

April 11th, 2016

Single length iron sets have gotten much more press since Bryson DeChambeau has been using them to win the NCAA Championship, U.S. Amateur Championship -2015, and Low Amateur at the 2016 Masters.  Last week we published a blog about how we went about our build of single length irons with our master club builder.  This blog post is about the initial TrackMan test results of the single length irons versus his traditional set.  The key things we were looking for from a statistics standpoint are distances, distance gaps between irons and shot dispersion.  The images above are the actual single length irons that were built by Derek, the TrackMan shot tests done with those single length irons and then the TrackMan tests done with Derek’s traditional set.  Since this is the very first test, we knew there would be some tweaking of lofts, lies and even how we weighted the heads.  As a fitter, I would expect a couple of things.  First, distances may be shorter with the lower lofted clubs and longer with the higher lofted clubs primarily due to club length.  Second, shot dispersion MAY be better with the single length irons because the swing plane is consistent... Read More

Sir Nick Faldo Returns to Mizuno

April 6th, 2016

Sir Nick Faldo returns to Mizuno as brand ambassador.  The 3-time Masters champion has been a Mizuno player for quite some time, playing the MP-5.  He is shown at left in the Mizuno tour van at the Master’s working to get his set dialed in.  The Golf Digest article goes on to say that Sir Nick actually used to build his own clubs, including frequency matching the shafts.  There is an interesting point in the article that he did not realize how bad the shafts were in his irons until he took 3 sets to Spain and they played completely differently.  He then started working on his own clubs and making sure the shafts matched his swing.  We have been frequency matching clubs since we started the company in 1997.  While it is true that shafts have gotten better, especially graphite, we still believe it is absolutely critical to spine the shafts, align the spine to the swing direction, frequency match. swing weight and make sure the completed club matches perfectly to the player. Sir Nick’s set for The Masters will be quite different than what he played the last time he won.  He is putting the new Mizuno H5... Read More

Single Length Iron Sets – Our Test

April 5th, 2016

Single length iron sets have come and gone in golf over the last 50 years but Bryson DeChambeau is making another statement for this unique approach.  Bryson is definitely a “student of the game” and plays extremely well with the set he has built for himself.  Now, heading into the Masters, Cobra is building him a set for competition.  As a club fitter and club builder, this is not a difficult build but it would be a lot easier if there were heads available in a constant weight.  There is a long thread on GolfWRX that you can read and see a lot of different approaches to this concept as well as a thread on Tom Wishon’s approach. As we build the clubs to a constant length, we like to keep the flex of the shaft and the swing weight constant as well.  This gives each club a consistent feel.  Club head manufacturers currently make club head weights heavier as the club length gets shorter to create a consistent swing weight.  The normal progression is 7 grams.  So, a 4 iron can weigh roughly 244 grams while a sand wedge will weigh approximately 300 grams.  There are several other challenges... Read More

New Recoil 760/780 ES Shafts Offer Added Stability

April 4th, 2016

The new Recoil 760/780 ES shafts offer added stability over the previous 600 and 800 series shafts.  Make no mistake, the Recoil shaft has been a solid performer, especially for golfers with a smooth tempo and transition.  UST Mamiya, manufacturer of the Recoil shafts has made some great strides in the past year on providing a graphite shaft that is also able to fit players with faster transitions.  We tested the 780 ES and loved its ability to provide a very tight shot dispersion while still having a little higher ball flight than the Recoil Prototype series.  The 780 ES has a stiffer butt and mid section which is what creates the stability.  Couple that with the soft tip section and you get a nice tight shot pattern with mid-high ball flight and great feel.  Again, this shaft is designed for players with a faster tempo and transition.  As club builders, we have be very specific about which shaft we choose, i.e. the F3 (Regular flex), F4 (Stiff flex) or F5 (X Stiff flex) to be able to build a precise set.  If you like the feel of a lighter weight graphite shaft but want more control, the Recoil 760/780... Read More

Getting More Distance Off the Tee Means Lower Scores

March 29th, 2016

Getting more distance off the tee means lowers scores. Period.  And, several tests, not only by us, but by Golf Digest and Callaway show that the average golfer could be hitting 20 to 30 yards longer.  The farther you hit your driver, the shorter the club you will be using for your approach shots.  And, the shorter the club you use for your approach shot, the more accurate you are, right?  Well, Trackman has thousands of shots in their Combine testing that prove this.  Bogey golfers only hit 21% of greens in regulation from 160 yards but hit 42% from 140 yards!  And the proximity to hole increases by 50% as well!  Mark Broadie, author of Every Shot Counts, shows that a bogey golfer will gain 1.6 strokes if he/she hits it twenty yards farther.  So how can YOU get that extra 20 yards (without Teeing it Forward)?  I will be blogging here over the next few weeks on the seven keys to improving your driving distance.  Ultimately it comes down to hitting the highest loft, lowest spin shots that allow you maximum carry and roll.  The keys to YOUR success will be: Finding the Sweet Spot on the Driver... Read More