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Get More Distance, Accuracy Off the Tee

March 2nd, 2017

Get more distance, accuracy off the tee!  Just another reminder that no matter how much you improve your accuracy and consistency off the tee, getting another 10 yards means you hit a shorter iron or hybrid on your next shot.  And that, according to the author of “Every Stroke Counts”, reduces your score by as much as 1.6 strokes! Last year we did an entire blog series on getting more distance off the tee.  See the series here. So what does it take to get that extra distance without sacrificing accuracy?  First, make sure your driver is fit to your swing so that you are maximizing the smash factor.  That means you are hitting the ball as close as possible to the proverbial sweet spot which creates the highest ball speed.  This means the club length, shaft weight, shaft flex and swing weight are optimizing your contact.  Nearly all driver manufacturer’s are now focusing on maximizing ball speed as their criteria for increased distance.  Callaway, Ping and Mizuno tout their drivers as delivering the highest ball speed but the others (TaylorMade, Tour Edge, Cobra, etc.) are not that far off.  If you have not purchased a driver in the past... Read More

HZRDUS T1100 Shaft Review

February 23rd, 2017

HZRDUS T1100 shaft review.  The latest in the Project X HZRDUS lineup uses the highly acclaimed Toray composite maker TORAYCA T1100G material.  This high strength yet high modulus material improves strength (resist ovaling during the swing) and impact resistance (less movement on off-center hits).  Interestingly this material is being used not only in the HZRDUS T1100 but also in the Graphite Design Tour AD TP line (more on those later) The HZRDUS T1100 shafts come in 65 gram weight in 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 flex and a 75 gram weight in 6.0 and 6.5 flex.  In our analysis, both the 65 and 75 gram versions in 6.0 and 6.5 flex played a full flex stiff, so be prepared.  By design, these shafts are for more aggressive players (fast transition, late release) with high ball speeds (north of 110 mph).  The HZRDUS T1100 is designed to be a lower spinning and lower launching shaft than the HZRDUS Black, which was borne out in our testing.  Interestingly, the HZRDUS Black is truly a mid-launch, but slightly lower spin shaft than what would be expected.  The HZRDUS T1100 launched about 0.5 degrees lower with 230 rpm lower spin than the HZRDUS Black in... Read More

Clubfitting for Consistency

February 23rd, 2017

Clubfitting for consistency is what the majority of our golfers want.  In our interview, we ask our customers what is most important in their golf game:  Distance, Accuracy or Consistency?  Over 70% of our customers want more consistency in their game.  From an equipment perspective, golf is really a crazy game.  Fourteen clubs to  smash one ball around the course.  Really?  You didn’t play baseball with fourteen different bats, or tennis with fourteen different racquets, but golf is different.  Each club is designed to hit the ball a particular distance.   By changing the length, loft, lie angle, weight and flex of each club, a perfect set of consistent clubs can be built.  This is where building your own bag of clubs falls apart. Each manufacturer has their own idea of how a perfect set of clubs should be built.  First let’s talk weight.  The longest, lightest yet stiffest club in your bag is your driver, while the softest flex, heaviest and shortest clubs in your bag are your wedges.  Every manufacturer has a variation on this theme but every tour player, male or female, subscribes to this philosophy.  A notable exception here is the single length iron/hybrid guys like, Cobra,... Read More

Callaway EPIC Review – Distance, Accuracy or Both?

February 16th, 2017

Callaway EPIC review – distance, accuracy or both?  By now I am sure you have heard all of the claims that the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero are re-writing the books on driver and fairway wood performance.   The Jailbreak technology that anchors the crown and sole of the club is the first of this technology to hit the market.  But, does it work? We have a testing team that has put both the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero driver through its paces.  Since our team has gone through our fitting process and have actually been “optimized” in terms of driver performance, we knew that this would be the ultimate test.  Using shafts that are the same as their “gamer” or very close, we tested their existing drivers with the new EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero. Our testers run the gamut from 80 to 115 mph swing speed, negative to positive attack angles, inside-out to outside-in swing paths and 1 to 13 handicap.  This makes our fittings challenging to get exactly the right shaft to optimize performance.  So, we either used the exact same shaft in our testing as our testers had in their gamers, or a shaft with very similar... Read More

D’Lance Golf Reader’s Choice #1 Best Golf Store in Colorado

February 11th, 2017

D’Lance Golf Performance Center has been selected by the readers of Colorado Avid Golfer as their Best Golf Store!  We are extremely proud and humbled that our customers and partners have granted us this honor.  PJ Garber and I  are coming up on twenty years in business and have been very fortunate to have the support of our friends and customers to make it this long in the golf industry.  We have dedicated our business to the custom club fitting and club building side and the results speak for themselves.  Our customers get their equipment matched to THEIR game, not trying to adjust to off-the-rack equipment.  And we do not push any particular brand of equipment, just the ones that fit our golfers the best and optimize their performance.   In short, our golfers Play Better Golf…Faster! I specifically want to thank some of our great partners in Instruction, Fitness and Golf Courses that have supported our efforts over the years.  Sherry Andonian at Valley Country Club, Elena King at Experience Golf, Dee Tidwell at Colorado Golf Fitness Club, Chris Schultz at Common Ground Golf Course and D’Lance, Trent Wearner at Trent Wearner Golf, Jeff Boyer at Eagle Ranch Golf Club... Read More

New Clubs, Re-Shaft or Both?

February 8th, 2017

So, your clubs don’t work as well as you want.  Should you buy new clubs, re-shaft your existing clubs or do some of both?  First, let’s talk about how most golfers put clubs in their bags.  Certainly not everyone buys an entire set of new clubs at one time.  Probably less than 20%.  And probably less than that if you have never been through a clubfitting. Most golfers will buy a set of irons one year, maybe a new driver the next and some wedges thrown in for good measure.  But, if you are really struggling with your game and seriously want to improve, a case can be made for revamping your entire bag.  Any good clubfitter will and should make that recommendation.  Why?  It’s all about performance.  Getting your bag to have consistent club lengths, shaft weights, flexes, lofts, lies and shaft profiles is more critical now than ever.  We have the tools to measure performance (launch, spin, distance, dispersion) so why not have your set built to totally optimize your performance?  So let’s say you come to us and we put you through our fitting process.  And, let’s say you have Ping G30 driver, TaylorMade RBZ 2 fairway... Read More

The Best of the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

February 2nd, 2017

The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show was busy, as usual, but you can tell that the era of the big trade show is starting to die down.  Because we are well established with our vendors, we have seen and tested almost all of the new equipment before the show.  But, the equipment vendors still release their equipment to the public right after the show…the Callaway EPIC was in our hands for testing but could not be released to the public until January, 27th.  Same with Ping’s new i200 irons…scheduled release today, February 2nd.  We still go to the show to see new testing equipment, meet brand new vendors and explore more partnerships. So what did we see that got us excited?  New Shafts:  ACCRA Tour ZRPG wood shafts designed with clubfitters in mind to fit literally every style of swing.  New high modulus materials and Japanese manufacturing create some of the best shafts in the world.  True Temper is re-introducing the Rifle steel shaft in its original taper tip version and upgrading the tolerances of its Rifle parallel steel shafts.  As a True Temper Performance Fitting Center and Authorized ACCRA dealer, we have access to these great shafts immediately upon release. ... Read More

Shaft fitting. What’s the Point?

February 2nd, 2017

Shaft fitting means more distance, accuracy and consistency.  Period.  The end.  When somebody tells me it’s “the Indian, not the arrow”, I have to say the best Indians had the best arrows!  (Trying to be PC here…).  The point is even a great athlete will struggle with equipment that does not fit their strength and swing dynamics. First, if you do not believe that the shaft is the MOST important part of the golf club, you need a little education.  While the head of the club is important because it has the ability to create more ball speed and consistency, it is the SHAFT that actually returns the club to the proper position at impact creating the best efficiency (smash factor).   In our testing, the shaft can dramatically affect the impact position of the ball on the clubhead.  Shafts  can droop (drop from center of shaft deflection) and lead or lag (be slightly closed or open at impact) depending upon the actual flex and shaft profile and the strength and swing dynamics of the golfer we are testing.  Bottom line?  When we fit shafts to players, the weight, flex, shaft profile in conjunction with the loft and lie of the... Read More

Shaft Fitting for Junior Golfers

January 19th, 2017

Shaft fitting for junior golfers is an equal blend of science and art.  The science part is easy….length, weight, flex, tip profile, swing weight.  The art part is “when will the growth spurt hit?” and how much strength is this golfer going to pick up in the next year or so.  That, my parents, is just a good guess. In the past year, we have fit golfers as young as eight years old.  And these kids are GOOD!  Most of the ones we have fit have qualified for U.S. Kids Regional, National or International competition.  One of the kids we fit went to the U.S. Kids Drive, Pitch and Putt finals at Augusta National and then went on to anchor his Boys State Championship team here in Colorado.  The young man in the photo at the left one his first tournament after we re-shafted his driver with a firmer, slightly heavier shaft. So, the first thing we make sure of in shaft fitting for juniors is the the shaft weight in all of their clubs is not too heavy.  Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT cut down your old set of clubs (Dad!) for your son or daughter!  Too heavy…too... Read More

Callaway EPIC Drivers

January 16th, 2017

The Callaway EPIC driver is getting a TON of hype.  So is it really all it is cracked up to be?  The only way to know is to get tested with the EPIC and the right shaft that is fit to your swing. There are a couple of tests out there that show +11 yards distance but these are all guys with 100+mph swing speeds (see GolfWRX Test here).   Just like our testing, the one I respect is the one Pete’s Golf Shop in New York did.  They had twelve of their golfers that had all been fit to there current driver.  They used the same shaft and just swapped out the heads for the EPIC.  Results were a more modest increase of 2+ yards.  As I mention below, it is not just the distance gain, but potential tighter shot dispersion that counts! First of all, the EPIC and EPIC Sub Zero (low spin version) have the highest MOI (forgiveness) of any driver in the industry.  Translation?  It is the most forgiving of any driver introduced in 2017.  So, will you gain ANY benefit from this driver?  Unless you are a +2 handicap and hit the ball “on the screws”... Read More