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Clubfitters and Club Builders We Need You!

December 29th, 2016

Clubfitters and Club Builders we need you!  If you have thought about what it would be like to have a career with a Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter in America, we need to talk!  We have been extremely fortunate to have spent the last 19 years doing custom clubfitting and building clubs to very exacting specifications for our golfers.  The results have been pretty phenomenal.  Our golfers average handicap has dropped from 14 to 10.  That obviously is an average of all of our golfers over the years, but still is pretty impressive.  That has fueled a significant increase in business for us so now we need some help. Clubfitters are a very important part of our business as they are the ones that provide the expertise to make sure our golfers improve their games with properly fit equipment.  They are very good communicators and excellent at explaining the concepts of fitting with consistent equipment.  Our typical clubfitter is also a decent golfer and understands the golf swing.  We train our clubfitters on our proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System which is the only fitting system in the market that accurately predicts the proper fitting specifications for our golfers.  We... Read More

Hybrids versus Irons

December 15th, 2016

Hybrids versus Irons.  It seems like every fitting we conduct we end up with the discussion about when our clients should switch out his/her four iron for a hybrid, or something like that.  It was not all that long ago when not many golfers had hybrid clubs in their bags.  Now, everyone has at least one.  With the majority of golfers we polled looking for new irons, what are the tell-tale signs you should switch out an iron for a hybrid? First, if you are losing elevation and/or distance with your longest iron in your bag, it is time to switch to a hybrid.  We sell very few sets to “mature” golfers that have a 4 iron in the bag, and a lot don’t even have a 5 iron.  In general, you will gain launch angle and distance with an equivalent numbered hybrid versus an iron.  The hybrid also should be easier to hit out of the rough, off of hard fairways, and off the tee. Second, if you are inconsistent in ball striking with your longer irons, you should switch to a hybrid.  This almost follows on the heels of my first comment.  Once you start losing distance with... Read More

Project X LZ Tour 90 Graphite Shaft Review

December 8th, 2016

The Project X LZ Tour 90 graphite shaft is the next great step from the company that brought us the LZ Steel shafts.  The LZ Tour 90 comes in a taper tip (.355″) discrete length in 5.0 (Regular) and 6.0 (Stiff) flex.  While the shaft graphic says 90gr, the actual specs are 80-87, depending upon length.  In our testing, the balance point is a little towards the butt end which makes the shaft feel more like a 90 gram shaft when built to length. When we built our test clubs, we found that the 5.0 plays a little soft so you would need to hard-step (put the 5 iron shaft in the 4 iron) in order to get close to the 5.o flex.  On the other hand, the 6.0 plays pretty true to flex.  Depending upon the length and desired swing weight, we should be able to build a wide range of flex, length, and swing weight options from a mid range Senior flex (4.0) to a high end stiff flex (6.3). Dynamic testing the LZ shafts is always a treat and the LZ Tour 90 did not disappoint.  Our testers were impressed with the smooth yet explosive feel of... Read More

D’Lance Golf 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter

December 5th, 2016

We are proud to be chosen to the 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter in America list for the fourth consecutive time!  What an honor!  There are a lot of great clubfitters on the list and we are always happy to share ideas and insights on the art and science of clubfitting.  One of the most interesting things about being on this list is the contact we have with all of the major club head, shaft and grip manufacturers.  We learn so much every time we visit with them.  And it is always great to share our insights with the manufacturers on what we are seeing as trends in the industry.  For example, the lighter head/lighter shaft options will definitely help our golfers with slower swing speeds.  For the faster swing speed players, the ability to add head weights and shorten shaft lengths gives us more options to maintain accuracy and consistency.  And some of the new technology from TrackMan, GEARS Golf and others give us more information about what swing dynamics require different shaft technology.  And finally, our own testing of shafts using our shaft profiling system lets us in on the inside of what the shaft manufacturers are... Read More

D’Lance Golf Partners with Fairways at Superior Sports Stable

December 2nd, 2016

D’Lance Golf is partnering with the Fairways at Superior Sports Stable.  The Superior Sports Stable is a huge new complex that features two hockey rinks, indoor soccer, baseball batting cages, fitness center, restaurant and  six Full Swing golf simulators.  The Fairways is headed by Jason Weiman with Chris Melendez assisting with coaching, practice memberships and fitting.  D’Lance Golf is providing their proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System which has been used at over 20 fitting centers throughout the world.  D’Lance Golf, based in Englewood, Colorado, will provide training on fitting and will build all of the custom clubs fit at Fairways at Superior Sports Stable.  I have known Jason for a few years and have worked with both Jason and Chris in fitting their students.  Jason is a TrackMan user and will bring the best ball flight and fitting technology to bear in all of his fittings.  PJ and I are excited to help Jason and Chris kick off the best fitting, coaching and indoor practice center in the Superior/Boulder area!

Will Lighter Clubs Help You Increase Distance?

November 30th, 2016

Lighter clubs are pushing the limits in an effort to create more distance.  The latest companies to test this are the XXIO Prime  line and Tour Edge with the XJ1.  This is not a new concept as Cleveland did it a few years back with their 270, 290 and 310 gram models using Miyazaki 39 gram shafts.  Now we are really pushing the limits with driver club weights as low as 252 grams.  I am actually welcoming this trend.  There are some of our golfers that the new trend towards heavier drivers and fairway woods is making it difficult to get a light enough club that our golfers can swing comfortably.  We will be carrying the Tour Edge XJ1 line and are excited about the possibilities of helping our golfers with slower swing speeds generate better launch and ball speed.  These clubs have a very light head (197 gr. driver) and are coupled with a 45 gram Fujikura Air shaft.  The heads also have the ability for us to adjust the weight to give a better fit in terms of flex and swing weight. But are these light clubs for everyone?  Certainly not.  Realistically, if your club speed is over... Read More

Congratulations to Our Improved Golfers!

November 25th, 2016

Since my post a month ago, we have received a lot of calls and emails from golfers we have fit on how their game improved.   I am overwhelmed by the responses and excited for the hard work our golfers have put into their games.  After all, we would love to take all the credit for improved play, but we know that consistent equipment that matches our golfers swing is just a piece of the puzzle.  Practice, a lot of play and improved swing technique mean a lot as well.  We have heard from golfers that have dropped from shooting in the 100’s to the mid 80’s.  A gentleman got some new irons and dropped from a nine handicap to a six and won several tournaments in his men’s club.  One young lady picked up 20 yards (from 140 to 160) with her driver.  The young man in the photo at the left won his first tournament after we re-shafted his driver.  One junior golfer not only went to the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta, but helped his team win the Colorado Boys High School 4A golf championship as its medalist.  Another lady won two club championships at... Read More

Pat Perez, PXG Irons Make Winning Combination

November 17th, 2016

Pat Perez used a combination of PXG 0311XF (Xtreme Forgiveness) and PXG 0311 irons to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.  Pat’s bag was a mix of quite a few manufacturers, something we are starting to see a lot of these days.  His driver and fairway wood were TaylorMade and his hybrid and wedges were Callaway.  The shafts were a mix of Mitsubishi Rayon in the woods, Aldila in the hybrid, and KBS Tour in his irons and wedges.  Again, this shows that players go with what works the best for them, even if they have some endorsement deals. What is interesting is that he was playing the 0311XF in the 3 and 4 irons, which is PXG’s most forgiving iron.   And, he is playing the 0311, not the 0311T (slightly smaller head).  Certainly this is more of a personal preference based upon performance.  It is also interesting to note that Pat Perez is not on the PXG team but has determined that these irons are great performers for him.  Good choice! In our opinion, the suite of PXG irons, 0311XF, 0311 and 0311T, are the most forgiving irons across the entire face on the market.  The technology of a... Read More

Clubfitting’s Soft Side Makes a Difference in Performance

November 17th, 2016

What do I mean by clubfitting’s soft side?  It’s the subtle things that each individual golfer brings to a fitting based upon their own sense of looks, sound and feel.  A good clubfitter will obviously dial in the right length, weight, shaft flex, shaft profile, loft, lie and swing weight.  In our fittings we optimize the performance for a shaft and head combination and then move to other heads with the same shaft to see if performance can be improved even more.  We would typically start with a head the customer is either playing now or wants to purchase.  This puts the customer in a comfort zone of a familiar look.  But, it is amazing to me that once I start changing heads using the same shaft and specifications, performance can change, and sometimes it is dramatic. Let’s first talk about the look of the club.  When TaylorMade introduced us to white clubs, the reaction was mostly positive but some golfers said “no way”.  Same thing with iron heads that are black or have bright chrome finishes.  While a clubfitter might think the design of a particular club is best, if the TrackMan numbers do not show improvement or the... Read More

Which irons are best for me?

November 9th, 2016

Which irons are best is quite a question.  The answer is the ones you hit the farthest with the most accuracy and consistency!  Of course that implies you are going through a good fitting for a variety of irons and shafts.  The majority of you answering our survey said that their next purchase would be a new set of irons.  So, here are a couple of suggestions on your quest for the next set of irons. Are you looking for more distance?  If so, there are a lot of new irons that have new face technology that can get you more distance.  This is not just from the age-old trick of lowering the loft!  The hottest iron heads we have seen this fall have been the Callaway Big Bertha OS, Mizuno MP-H5, PXG 0311, Ping G30, and TaylorMade M2.  If you need more consistency.  I would argue that more consistency comes from a proper fitting with the right shaft and grip.  That being said, we have tested a lot of iron heads for consistency and what we look for is the ability of the club head to provide less loss of distance and accuracy on off-center hits.  Our top choices... Read More