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ACCRA Golf Shafts – A Perfect Match For Every Swing

March 20th, 2019

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters If you have not heard of ACCRA golf shafts, it is about time you did!  These shafts have been in the industry for years and are offered exclusively through a network of the most talented clubfitters and club builders in the world.  At D’Lance Golf Performance Center, we offer every shaft available from ACCRA.  We have tested all of them in our shaft profiling system and know EXACTLY which shaft(s) will work for your swing.  Here are the cool things to know about ACCRA shafts: Shafts for Beginners and Pros A lot of shaft companies focus only on the PGA Tour players and develop shafts strictly for that audience.  They hope that this will have a “trickle down” effect so the average golfer will buy those shafts.  The problem is, most golfers could never swing the shaft that the tour pros use!   So, ACCRA has made several different lines of shafts with different shaft profiles and different price points.  This means that the average golfer can get “fitted” with shafts that match THEIR swing but do not cost an arm and a leg.  From the iSeries to the RPG and Tour Z5 and Z6, ACCRA has a... Read More

New True Temper Light Weight Steel Shafts

March 14th, 2019

True Temper has added two new light weight steel shafts to their iron shaft product offerings.  Both of these new shafts offer their proprietary Vibration Suppression System (VSS) for golfers looking for relief from tendonitis or arthritis and do not want to switch to graphite shafts.  Here is our take on these new shafts: ELEVATE 95 with VSS Designed to launch higher and spin more than a traditional light weight steel shaft, these shafts are a good match for some of today’s modern low-spinning iron heads.  Great option here to help drop and stop on the green.  These shafts come in R and S flex in parallel tip (.370″) that allow us as club builders to dial in very specific stiffness numbers.  As with most iron shafts under 100 grams, do not expect these shafts to feel as stiff as say a Dynamic Gold S300.  We expect them to build to about a full flex softer than their stated flex.  Again, all of this depends upon length and swing weight.  Perfect for players with smooth tempos looking for an alternative to graphite. Dynamic Gold 95 with VSS Based upon some of the designs True Temper has done for the Japan... Read More

New Miura Wedges for 2019

March 14th, 2019

There are some new Miura wedges for 2019 that you should take a look at.  Specifically, the popular K-Grind wedge has been re-introduced as KGrind 2.0 and it looks sweet!  Of course all Miura clubs including these wedges are hand crafted to the highest quality.  New innovations include a more modern sole design with heel and toe relief as well as new options in lofts (52 to 60 degree) and higher bounces.  And, the face grooves are now milled for better spin on mid to full shots. By design, the flutes in the sole of the wedge serve to keep the face square to the target through all types of turf and bunker conditions. And, there is a new HB Wedge coming in about 45 days that you will want to check out! Sign up today for an iron or wedge fitting! Dan Sueltz

Finding Your Perfect Irons

March 11th, 2019

Finding the perfect irons for your golf game does not have to be a major challenge, but you do have to ask yourself some serious questions.  With over 47% of our viewers saying their first purchase this year will be irons, here are the top 5 things to consider when looking for new irons: See our related blog on the best new irons for 2018-19. Distance You need to ask yourself which of these is the MOST important?  I know you want it all, but the first thing is to narrow your priorities.  If your goal is more distance, you should look at the new hotter face irons like Callaway Apex 19 and Apex 19 Pro, Callaway Rogue X,  Mizuno JPX-919 Hot Metal and Hot Metal Pro, Srixon Z585, TaylorMade M5 or M6, Ping i500, PXG 0311P 2nd Gen, and Titleist AP3, and Tour Edge EXS.  Some of these irons can be categorized as players distance irons.   I will also argue that the shaft is a critical piece of the golf club in gaining more distance.  Getting the correct shaft weight, length, flex and swing weight can also add 5% more distance.  But you have to be careful that you... Read More

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts.

March 7th, 2019

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts. If you are thinking about getting new wedges, make sure you have the right shafts.  What shafts should you play in your wedges?   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. Stock Wedge Shafts 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 SM7 wedges, Callaway uses the new DG S300 Wedge 115 (115 gr) in the MD 4, while Mizuno uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the S18.  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... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

March 7th, 2019

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. See our Wedge Fitting guide here for more on lofts and lies. What shaft should you play in your wedges?  See our recommendations here… Bounce The type of ground you are playing from (rough, hard pan, sand, fairway, deep rough) and the type of swing plane you have (shallow/sweeper, neutral, steep/digger) 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, especially with a shallow to neutral swing plane.  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.  For normal municipal courses, the sand... Read More

KBS $-Taper Lite Steel Iron Shaft Review

March 4th, 2019

The new KBS $-Taper Lite steel iron shaft is the latest entry in a list of light weight steel shafts from KBS.  Leveraging off the success of the very popular $-Taper steel shaft, the new Lite version will have a slightly higher ball flight and spin but maintains the stiffness in the butt section for playability. Book Your Fitting Here! Weights and Flexes The $-Taper Lite taper tip (.355) comes in three flexes and weights (typical for the way KBS designs their shafts).  The R – 95 grams, S – 100 grams and X – 105 grams.   The actual weights as tested are somewhat heavier, i.e. 100 to 110 grams in the raw length shaft, which is normal. The $-Taper Lite parallel tip (.370) also comes in three different flexes and weights in a 42 inch blank shaft:  R – 110 grams, S – 115 grams and X – 120 grams.  The nice thing about the parallel tip version is that it allows custom club builders to be more precise in their stiffness builds and to use different stiffnesses to create higher or lower ball flight, depending upon their customer’s needs. Appearance This shaft is available in both chrome and... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

February 25th, 2019

Solving the hybrid vs. long iron fitting dilemma should not be a difficult decision.  In general there are a couple of factors to consider. Check out the Golf Digest article on this subject here…. First, how comfortable is the golfer in hitting hybrid clubs? I would say 20-30% of our golfers going through a fitting have trouble hitting their hybrids consistently.  Usually, it is because of the fact that the hybrids are not very well fit to them in terms of shaft flex and weight (Learn More).  Unfortunately, sometimes this becomes a mental block that is difficult to overcome.  We get past that by having the golfer hit a hybrid that is matched to their swing and compare it to their existing hybrid.  This usually gets rid of the fear factor! Second, how well does the golfer hit their long(er) irons? This is a little bit of a trick question as most golfers want to keep a longer iron, like a 4 or 5 iron, in their bag to get out of trouble if they are under a tree branch.  But that is a total waste of a club.  I can easily knock down a 7 iron if I have... Read More

Our Best New Irons in 2018 and What’s New in 2019 – Updated

February 24th, 2019

A lot of thought went into our discussion about the best new irons in 2018.  Some of the irons were nearing the end of their life cycle (Callaway APEX CF 16) while others were just recently introduced (Ping i210/i500).  And, we are going to go out on a limb and talk about new irons for 2019 that we have seen and are excited about.  When choosing the best performing irons, we looked at the results we were able to achieve for our customers:  Improved Accuracy, Better Consistency and More Distance. The 2019 models are all here so book your fitting now! See Our Comments on the “Soft Side” of Fitting in Golf Digest… So here you have our choices, categorized by the Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Categories: Game Improvement Irons Golf Digest 2019 Hot List Game Improvement Irons Our Best Performers: Callaway APEX CF 16 (yes, we sold a ton until they were discontinued in late 2018).  Hot face material gave more distance and forgiveness.  Only downside was it could have some “hot” spots resulting in flyers. Mizuno JPX-919 HotMetal – Introduced in the fall of 2018, this has been an steady performer for us.  The look “screams” Mizuno!... Read More

The Branding of D’Lance Golf

February 21st, 2019

D’Lance Golf The branding of D’Lance Golf was probably like most small businesses.  So what do we name this company and what does it mean?  To be honest, 22 years ago, we thought Golf Fit was the brand we wanted.  But, then maybe people would think we were all about fitness.  Nope.  We are all about improving golfers performance through equipment, instruction and practice.  My son, Lance and I were working on this as he was graduating from college…Project X we called it.  But no interesting brand name came to mind.  Finally, I was at a conference sitting next to a lady from Quebec talking about all the telecommunication companies that were launching at that time and I heard the French word, lancement…meaning launch.  Well, my son’s name is Lance and we are launching a new business so voila’ – D’Lance Golf (the D is my first initial) was born.  Yeah, Lance was not too excited about it either!  After all, what’s a Nike??  The first few years we had a great logo, green and gold colors like a country club, and we branded everything from our hats to shirts to our golf clubs. D’Lance Golf Performance Center But D’Lance Golf... Read More