Too stiff of tip section can actually rob you of distance especially on your driver. The prevailing theory among most golfers is that a stiff shaft tip section lowers ball flight and reduces spin. Sometimes the opposite is true. OK, let me add a caveat here. What we have seen in our testing is that, if a player has a steep negative attack angle (-4 to -8 degrees) with a driver shaft with a stiff tip, the spin rate is increased and in some cases, the player will hit the ball off the upper portion of the clubface causing the launch angle to be too high. That is not a good combination. A softer shaft tip section will actually cause more forward lean on the golf shaft at impact. This does two things. First, the forward lean will actually increase, or make more positive, the attack angle. This effectively reduces spin. Second, the forward lean of the shaft at impact will move the impact area down on the clubface. This results in a lower launch angle and lower spin as well. When we tested this several players with the GEARS system last year, it was very evident that shaft tip... Read More
D’Lance Golf Mobile Fitting Trailer will be at Haymaker Golf Club Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7, 2016 34855 E US Hwy 40 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (970) 870-1846 Friday, August 5 thru Sunday, August 7, 2016 Sign Up HERE For a Fitting Our mobile fitting trailer provides on-course, tour quality custom club fittings using the TrackMan ball flight monitors. The TrackMan Performance Studio is the world’s first and only golf swing and shot-analysis tool with totally integrated video and data. Merging video with TrackMan’s industry leading swing and shot data, TrackMan Performance Studio delivers the definitive data and visual report on the golfer. The TrackMan Performance Studio provides our fitters with automatic on-video layered 3D imaging of the ball flight, club path, face angle and more, calibrated into the video. Supported by a full suite of video and data analysis tools combined with a scalable user-friendly interface, it enables you to customize your workplace. We can choose between multiple screens, views and data to tailor the information we need for better fitting. Now we can show our clients the relationship between their golf swing and their equipment and how improvements in equipment can actually improve their contact and performance with... Read More
D’Lance Golf Performance Center will be at Eagle Vail Golf Club With our Tour Fitting Trailer this weekend, July 22 through 24, 2016. All of our Custom Club Fittings include the Trackman Outdoor Ball Flight monitor as well as our Proprietary Fitting System, BGF (Better Golf…Faster) All of our fittings are Lifetime Fittings which means you will never pay another fitting fee to be re-checked. You can sign up for a fitting here… OR You Can Call The Club Pro-Shop Eagle Vail Golf Club 459 Eagle Drive Avon, CO 81620 (970) 949-5267 Don’t FORGET… We are PXG’s Authorized Custom Club Dealer in Colorado.
What shafts should I play in my wedges? That is a very common question in our fittings. The very short answer is play the same shaft in your wedges as you do in your irons. But, boy do we see a lot of variation of what is in our players bags. First off, most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard heavy steel wedge shaft like a True Temper Dynamic Gold. Titleist uses an S200 (130gr) in their SM6 wedges, Callaway uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the MD 3, and Mizuno uses the DG S300 as well in the S5. Only if you are playing a steel shaft in your irons like the Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, or Nippon Modus 3 120 will the weight and flex of these wedge shafts come close to matching you. If you are playing graphite shafts in your irons and steel shafts in your wedges, there will be some issues in terms of distance and trajectory. If you are buying a stock set of clubs with a gap and sand wedge included, you will get the same shaft as what is in the rest of the iron set.... Read More
PXG continues to build momentum on tour with the addition of Charl Schwartzel to its staff of PGA Tour players. Schwartzel is a South African player that joined the European Tour at the ripe old age of eighteen. In 2011 he joined the PGA TOUR and won The Masters. Charl currently has 14 TOUR victories. He joins other notable players like James Hahn, Rocco Mediate, Christie Kerr and Open champion, Zach Johnson. Golfweek recently conducted and in-depth review of what is in Zach’s bag for The 2016 Open Championship. Tour presence is one thing but victories by James Hahn and Rocco Mediate put an exclamation point on how well engineered and matched to each player PXG equipment has been. A lot of other players have switched equipment and struggled for a year or more to adapt but PXG seems to have found a great winning formula. PXG offers a complete line of driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters. Irons come in two models, the 0311 and the 0311T. These are available in left and right handed models. The company recently introduced a new line of milled putters with the same thermoplastic elastomer insert that is making their irons... Read More
OBAN CT 115 steel shafts are the first introduction of steel shafts by OBAN. Traditionally a graphite shaft company with the Kiyoshi, Devotion, Revenge, Tour and Isawa models, OBAN has decided to go after the steel shaft market in a big way. Their first introduction, the CT 115, looks to be a great start. The CT 115 is a taper tip shaft with a constant weight of around 115-117 grams from 36″ to 41.5″. The absolute best thing about this shaft from a club builders perspective is that it is available in 12 different discrete lengths. This means that I can build a softer flex, higher launch set of irons starting with the 41.5″ shaft in a 4 iron, for example, and going through the 38″ or a much stiffer set starting at the 39″ for a 4 iron and going to the 36″ in the wedges. All this is accomplished with the same weight in each shaft. The test clubs we have built have ranged from soft regular to extra stiff. Based upon the testing profile of these shafts, they will perform very similar to a “flighted” set of irons, meaning the longer irons will launch slightly higher and... Read More
The D’Lance Golf Mobile Fitting Trailer will be at Eagle Ranch Golf Club Next Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16. As with out indoor fittings, we use the Trackman Launch Monitor for all of our outdoor fittings as well as our proprietary fitting system BGF. Now we can show our clients the relationship between their golf swing and their equipment and how improvements in equipment can actually improve their contact and performance with their clubs. The TrackMan Performance Studio allows us to take our club fitting to a higher level by integrating video analysis with golf shot data so we can see both swing AND shot improvement. Check out our Mobile Fitting Dates here… Also, Be sure to check out the NEW PXG lineup, which is also available on the fitting trailer to test during a fitting. You can schedule your outdoor fittings here…
Do you know your golf equipment Performance Zone? Say what? If you have played any sports other than golf you have an idea of what weight and length of bat may perform best for you in baseball or what shaft length, weight and tip stiffness works best when fly fishing. Well, we have perfected the science (and art) of finding your Performance Zone for your golf equipment. As you can see in the chart on the left, most golfers equipment is not even close to their Performance Zone! There are seven critical factors of golf equipment that affect your ability to hit the longest, straightest and most consistent golf shots. Those are club length, shaft weight, shaft flex, shaft profile, swing weight, loft, and lie. While there may be others, if you do not get these seven factors dialed in, you will lose distance, have more miss-hits, and not be as accurate as you can be. Our BGF (Better Golf…Faster) fitting system takes both static data (height, weight, wrist-to-floor) and dynamic swing information (tempo, transition, release, club speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, attack angle) and actually predicts the proper club lengths, shaft weights, shaft flex, shaft tip profile,... Read More
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
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.