We are honored once again to be selected to the Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America for 2015! This is the third time in a row we have been selected to this prestigious list. We continue to advance the stat-of-the-art fitting concepts with our research in shaft performance and fitting techniques that allow us to get better performance…faster for all of our golfers. The fact that we offer a lifetime clubfitting and guarantee results sets us apart from everyone else on the list. Thanks to all of our loyal customers, suppliers, and partners for helping us maintain our status on this list of Top 100 Clubfitters in America! Here is the link to the Golf Digest list for 2015. You can check the May, 2015 issue of Golf Digest for the article and complete list.
Hey there Dan, Thought you'd enjoy hearing that I participated in the Florida State Golf Association's Women's Senior Amateur Championship in Vero Beach, FL on Tuesday & Wednesday and won my division! Played division just below Championship one...5,400 yards, gross and net. Super tough course, windy (3 miles from ocean), very hard greens/difficult to hold & all surrounded by bunkers and insanely undulating greens on back 9. Played practice round on Monday and diagrammed every green including rolling balls, which surely helped me have 30 and 31 putts. My index is now 2.4, down 5 points in a year! Partly due to meeting and working with a great PGA instructor but surely also because of my new Mizunos which I love. People notice them and ask me about them. Have to thank you again...THANKS! Hope all's well on your end, Meredith
When I was at the Trackman User Conference in Orlando last fall, I had the opportunity to interact with Matt Killen, J.B. Holme’s coach. J.B. was in China at the time and had awakened Matt at 4:00am to discuss his swing. They spent time interactively going over his Trackman numbers (swing direction, swing plane) to fine tune his swing. J.B. is one of a several PGA Tour players owns his own Trackman. He trusts the numbers that come out of Trackman to hone his swing and equipment. J.B. has one of the most powerful swings on the PGA Tour and has settled on a Fujikura Speeder PRO TS 83 gram shaft specifically made for his swing in his driver and Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in his irons and wedges. Both his equipment choices and swing coaches recommendations are made with the numbers from Trackman. We have been using Trackman since 2006 as an integral part of our BGF Fitting System. The system allows us to quickly optimize our golfers performance by recommending the proper shaft and head combination. The best way to get more distance, improve accuracy and increase your consistency is by trusting the numbers from the best ball flight monitor in... Read More
Ever feel like the club is starting to slip out of your hand when you take a swing? It is time to re-grip your clubs! Grips that are slick (hardly any tack or cord), worn (shiny appearance, wear spots where you place your thumbs on the grip), or hard and cracked from dry weather can cost you up to six strokes a round according to a study done by a grip manufacturer. How often should you change grips? We always recommend that you change grips as follows: 1. After 30 rounds if you practice at least once a week, 2. After 40-50 rounds if you don’t practice much, or 3. Every year, especially if you live in a dry climate. Choosing a grip size is something you should do with a good clubfitter but you can do a simple sizing based upon your glove size. Grips come in Junior, Undersize (Ladies), Standard Men’s, Midsize and Jumbo (Oversize). I always recommend that you choose comfort over “proper” sizing as the feel of the grip is what can help create confidence with your swing. We do a lot of customization of grips sizes to take into account player preferences as well as... Read More
We did a lot of testing on the new 2015 drivers and continue to test more every week. We finally tested the Cobra Fly Z and Fly Z+ and were pretty impressed. All testers used shafts fitted for them on each head using the Club Conex system. The ball used was the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X. The Fly Z appears to have a slightly closed face at address so shot dispersion was a little more left of target. Launch angle was true to loft (13.8 launch angle for a 10.5 degree setting with an Angle of Attack of 0.2). The Fly Z+ launch was only slightly lower than the Fly Z with the weight in the forward position but it did drop spin by 250 rpm over the Fly Z. With the weight back in the Fly Z+, launch angle increased by 2 degrees and spin increased 350 rpm resulting in slightly less distance. I have played a Cobra ZL Encore for several seasons and it looks like the Fly Z+ will be next up on my list! Dan Sueltz P.S. For more information and comparisons done by GolfWRX and MyGolfSpy, go to www.golfwrx.com and www.mygolfspy.com. A lot of opinions... Read More
A big part of what we do at D’Lance Golf Performance Center is working with the top shaft manufacturers in the world to provide better quality, consistency and performance in the clubs we build for our customers. ACCRA Golf is one of those companies. We have been working with their great team for over 10 years and find their quality and innovation in shaft technology to be at the very top of the industry. We are fortunate to be among their top 50 Shaft Technologists for 2014. We anticipate 2015 to be even better with the new FX and iTour series shafts being rolled out this spring. Great job, ACCRA Golf!
Golf shafts for irons have going through several changes in the last couple of years. As I have mentioned in previous posts, graphite was developed to create a lighter shaft with more shock absorption. The target market was primarily golfers with slower swing speeds and the had joint or hand pain. These shafts were primarily in the 60 to 85 gram range. A few companies (MATRIX, UST) actually made graphite shafts in the 110-120 gram range but they were not wildly popular. Well all of that is changing rapidly. I can now get graphite shafts up to 125 grams, a steel shafts down to 75 grams. But there are inherent issues that you should be careful about when choosing from these new shafts. In general, the slower your swing speed, transition and earlier your release, you can benefit from a lighter shaft in your irons. Of course, the profile (launch and spin) is important as well as the feel (mid section, torque). So let me address the new shaft offerings by weight class: 40 – 70 gram iron shafts: These shafts are almost 100% graphite and are offered as stock shafts for a lot of manufacturers like Callaway, Cobra... Read More
Over the last few years iron heads have gotten increasingly hotter (thinner faces creating more ball speed) but not necessarily more forgiving. Some of the early hot models (X Hot, Rocketbladez) were really hot as long as you hit them on the sweet spot. When you missed, the loss in distance and accuracy was pretty dramatic. In some cases, they were actually worse than a forged club in distance lost on an off-center hit! That has changed with the 2015 models from Callaway, TaylorMade and others. They learned their lesson! The Rsi 1, Rsi 2 from TaylorMade, the XR and XR Pro from Callaway, and the JPX-850 and JPX-EZ from Mizuno are all much more forgiving and lose far less distance on off-center hits. This is accomplished by making the face thinner across more of the face thus expanding the sweet spot. This is especially great news for mid handicap players seeking more distance. So if you have not upgraded your irons in a while, we encourage you to go through an iron fitting and see how much distance AND accuracy you can gain!
Statistics are everywhere now, and golf is no exception. From the “Strokes Gained” concept from Make Every Shot Count, we know that there are certain weaknesses in our golf games. The latest statistic is from Mark Harman, winner of 14 Tour events and Top 100 Teacher for World Golf Teacher’s Federation. The essence of the article is that if you truly want to shoot bogey golf you have to hit at least 4 greens in regulation. Want to be a single digit?…then you better hit twice that number or 8 greens in regulation. The last blog post we did was about getting twenty more yards off the tee so you were hitting shorter irons into the green. Why? because the average golfer will hit twice as many greens in regulation from 140 yards as they will from 160 yards! But if you are in your GIR distance wheelhouse and still missing greens, it is time to check your irons and hybrids. Improper lofts and lies can be a huge factor in distance and direction. The wrong shaft weight, flex and swing weight can also create inconsistencies in ball contact which in turn affects distance and accuracy. A good iron fitting can help you identify gaps and... Read More
No matter where you go there is someone giving you advice on how to increase distance with your driver by changing your swing. Well, I thought I would ask an expert that helped one of our customers reach the ReMax World Long Drive Championships. Sherry Andonian-Smith is an LPGA and PGA member and instructor at Valley Country Club in Centennial, CO. She has helped hundreds of her students improve their swing to make better contact (which improves efficiency), create a repeatable swing, and increase distance. She is a constant student of the game and is herself trying to increase her driver distance by at least 20 yards so she can compete with the big hitters in the Colorado Men’s Open Championship again in 2015. She keeps it simple and effective so read her article on Timing Your Swing for Power here… TIMING YOUR DRIVER SWING FOR POWER Dan Sueltz See the rest of our articles on getting more distance. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – Overview. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #1 Find the Sweet Spot. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #2 Optimize YOUR Loft. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #3 Get a... Read More