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Should YOU Play Graphite or Steel Shafts in Your Irons?

October 24th, 2018

Should YOU play graphite or steel shafts in your irons?  Seems like we get asked that question in every iron fitting.  With 39% of our golfers saying they are looking for new irons this coming year, I thought I would answer that question with a couple of our fitting principles. First of all, shaft weight is one of the most important factors in fitting irons.  I don’t care if you are “getting older” or not!  The shaft weight has to help you optimize your consistency, distance and accuracy. The lines are REALLY blurring these days between steel and graphite iron shaft weights, especially in the 95 to 110 gram weight.  That weight class is were a lot of golfers either move from steel to graphite, or as juniors get stronger, move from graphite to steel.  As a point of reference, traditional Dynamic Gold S300 shafts weigh roughly 130 grams, KBS Tour around 125, and Project X LZ Steel  from 110-125.  All steel shaft manufacturers have made lighter weight models, i.e. the KBS Tour 90, True Temper XP 95 to offer lighter shaft options.  Nippon makes their MODUS3 shafts in weights from 105 – 130.  See more light weight steel shaft options here.  The numbers... Read More

Graphite Design Tour AD VR Shaft Review

October 19th, 2018

The Graphite Design Tour AD VR shaft is the latest in a great line of Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) shafts from Graphite Design.  The shaft comes in five different weights from 45 to 85 grams. Book your fitting here to see what Tour AD Shaft may fit YOUR swing! Tour AD VR 4 This is going to be a great shaft for the stronger juniors, ladies and senior golfers looking for a little more height and control in a lighter shaft.  The tip section in the VR 4 is softer than its predecessors, the GP, TP and IZ.  The only other comparable shaft is the Mitsubishi Bassara GG 43 but it does not have the butt stiffness to handle stronger players.  Very consistent at 47 grams across all flex offerings with superior quality rating. Tour AD VR 5 This little beast will create some serious distance for smooth swinging golfers seeking a slightly higher launch but with a firm feel in the butt section.  The fact that the X flex plays as stiff as the heavier VR 6 and VR 7 is a testament to the design of this shaft using the heavier 50T pre-preg material.  Again, excellent consistency... Read More

Project X Catalyst Shaft Review

October 11th, 2018

Project X Catalyst shafts are the latest release of graphite iron shafts from True Temper.  As the leader in steel shaft technology, True Temper designed the Catalyst iron shafts with the idea of creating the best performing, stable shaft with properties similar to their steel shafts.  The result is a series of graphite shafts from 57 to 85 grams that should fit a wide variety of golfers. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Catalyst Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing.   Catalyst 40 This shaft is a little heavier than the marking indicates, coming in at 57 grams.  As designed, the tip section is a little firmer than other shafts in this category (OBAN i53, KBS TGI 50, Fujikura Vista Pro 50) resulting in a mid-high ball flight.  Even though this shaft only comes in one stiffness, 4.0, it will build nicely for juniors and golfers with 6 iron swing speeds in the 55-65 mph range.  Catalyst 50 Moving up the weight scale, the Catalyst 50 is more in the 60 gram range.  Offered only in the 5.0 flex, this shaft has a nice mid-high profile and can easily be built to ladies and low end senior flexes.  Tip... Read More

Mizuno JPX919 Irons – Big Improvements!

October 3rd, 2018

Mizuno’s latest release of the JPX919 line of irons is awesome.  Subtle changes in each of the models are actually big improvements. The Mizuno JPX919 irons offers a solution to every golfer with three options: Tour, Hot Metal, and Forged models.  I have no doubt that all three of these irons will be Golf Digest 2019 Hot List winners! Schedule your fitting here to check out these new irons! JPX919 Tour The Tour model takes after its well accomplished predecessor, the JPX-900 Tour irons, which Brooks Koepka played in his victories at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open as well as the 2018 PGA Championship. The Tour model is grain-flow forged with pure select mild carbon steel for the soft feel that had golfers raving about the JPX-900 Tour. Mizuno designed the new JPX919 Tour model to be more compact, narrowing the top line by 10%, but added a “stability frame” that reinforces the top line and toe for improved performance on off-center strikes as well a dampening sound and vibration. Aiming to further improve the playability of the irons, Mizuno added camber to the sole and a zero-glare Pearl Brush finish.  Same great performance in a better looking iron, in... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

September 19th, 2018

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

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review

September 18th, 2018

Titleist TS2 and TS3 Driver Review These drivers are available to the public September 28, 2018. Book Your Fitting at D’Lance Golf Performance Center Today! Pre-Order Yours Today!! Use our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard to help find the shaft that perfectly works for these DRIVERS! Specs on the TS2 and TS3 TS2                      TS3 Volume                                  460cc                 460cc Spin                                         Low-Mid             Low Available Lofts                   8.5 to 11.5        8.5 to 10.5 SureFit CG                                   No                       Yes Our Testers Results All of our testers have seen increases in ball speed of 2-3 mph versus their custom-fit drivers (M3, Roque SZ, Cobra F8+).  Smash factors were about the same and spin was slightly (150... Read More

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts – 2018

September 13th, 2018

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts.  Updated for 2018. We fit a LOT of different golfers every year and the shafts we put into their irons (and wedges) is determined by our BGF Fitting System, TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard and player testing during the fitting.  Our fitting recommendations include length of iron, shaft weight, shaft trajectory and spin profile, shaft flex, and swing weight.  Loft and lie are determined by launch monitor testing.  The recommendations are determined by a golfers physical characteristics (height, weight, wrist crease-to-floor), strength (distance), launch characteristics (actual and desired trajectory, spin, dispersion), and swing dynamics (tempo, transition and release point). Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Hot Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. When we test in our dynamic fitting sessions, we choose 4-5 shafts that match the BGF Fitting System recommendations, and then test on TrackMan for performance with a head chosen by our fitters and the golfer.  Once we determine the best performing shaft, we try different heads to narrow down the selection.  When using our TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard, we rely on our golfers description of their shot shape and desired results. Bottom line is that these shafts have done the best job of increasing... Read More

Get Your 2019 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved.

September 1st, 2018

Get  your 2019 clubfitting while your swing is still grooved.  Now that the season in the northern climates of the world is getting a little cooler, take an introspective look at your game and then go get a good clubfitting.  Don’t wait until 2019 as there are a lot of new head, shaft and grip options hitting the market this fall, and your swing is still in good shape from playing this season. The first thing you should do is take a look at where you were successful (putting, chipping, driving?) and where you struggled (hybrids, distance gaps, accuracy with irons?).  Be honest and think about where you lost strokes and what happened (thin, fat, poor contact, slice, hook?).  Your fitter should ask you a lot of questions about your shots and what you want to accomplish:  Improved Accuracy?  Increased Distance?  More Consistency?  Then you should concentrate on what segments of your game are costing you the most strokes and eroding your confidence. Our 2018 Player Survey indicates that the biggest “problem” clubs in our golfers bags are Driver (28%), Long Irons (27%), and 3 Fairway Wood (23%).  It’s time for a fitting to get those problem clubs fixed! Book your... Read More

Heavy Graphite Iron Shafts Make It Easier to Switch From Steel

August 23rd, 2018

Heavy Graphite Iron Shafts Make It Easier to Switch From Steel As trends go, the move to heavy graphite iron shafts is intensifying.  I am talking about iron shafts that are in the 90 to 125 gram range.  This weight range is directly targeting golfers that have traditionally played standard weight steel and are looking for options in lighter weights and less vibration on off-center hits.   Book a personal fitting now to see if a heavy graphite shaft may fit your swing. Less Vibration but the Feel of Steel A lot of players are looking for less vibration to alleviate pain from arthritic hands, golfer elbow or shoulder soreness.  Simply switching to a graphite shaft can reduce vibration over 30%.  Adding a softer grip like a Winn grip can help as well.  But, to keep the feel at impact of steel you need some material advantage.  Aerotech SteelFiber i95 and i110 shafts are the industry leaders in that regard.  Their shafts include steel fibers to improve the consistency and feel of those shafts.   New models include the FC 90 and FC 115.  The Veylix Arcane 100 includes some copper threads to achieve this feel as well.  The Mitsubishi Chemical Golf... Read More

PXG Irons – Original Models At Special Pricing!

August 17th, 2018

PXG Irons – Original Models At Special Pricing! That’s right, the original PXG irons, all models, are available at special pricing of $195 for the satin chrome finish and $245 for the black oxide finish. If you are a previous customer and loved the original PXG’s, give us a call and we can update your set for you!  If you have never experienced the feel and performance of a PXG iron, you owe it to yourself to get fit for these top performing irons. But, I would make sure you do it quickly as I am not sure how long the inventory of these great irons will last.     PXG 0311  – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 PXG 0311T – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 PXG 0311XF – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 Book Your Fitting Here!