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Nippon Modus Shaft Review

October 19th, 2017

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the years.  These shafts have been designed for golfers with medium swing speeds and smooth shaft load.  These shafts have helped most players get the ball in the air. Several years ago, Nippon introduced their Modus3 line of steel shafts.  These shafts were tested at length on the Tours with the thought that these shafts needed to handle the higher speed golfer’s swings while maintaining a desired ball flight and... Read More

Our “Secret Sauce” is Our Custom Golf Club Building Process

October 9th, 2017

Our custom golf club building process at D’Lance Golf is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.  All of our clubs are built to specific flex, length, loft, lie and swing weight, as designated on the order. Have you ever tried clubs at a demo day, bought the exact ones you demoed online or at a big box store, and couldn’t hit them worth a lick?  Well,  there is so much variation in shaft flexes, clubhead weights, lofts and lies that your chances of getting exactly what you demoed are slim to none.  And, if you are buying a shaft or shafts online without understanding the profile of those shafts, you are just guessing.  So you buy it, try it, hate, sell it and start all over again!  Break that cycle!  Head Weight Prior to building each club, we weigh each clubhead.  This ensures that we will be able to build the club to your exact specifications of flex and swingweight.  If a head is lighter than normal, we may need to use tungsten weighting in the hosel or adjust the weights on a driver, for example.  If the head is too heavy, we may need to counter balance the club by adding lead... Read More

Understanding Golf Shaft Launch and Spin

October 2nd, 2017

Understanding golf shaft launch and spin is the key to choosing the correct shaft for your swing dynamics.   Shafts are typically identified by launch or trajectory  characteristics in five categories:  Low, Low-Mid, Mid, Mid-High and High.  The same categories apply to the spin characteristics.  If you look at the chart above of shafts available for Titleist drivers in 2015, you can see a pretty linear slope from Low Launch and Spin to High Launch and Spin.  There will be a few variations but the simple physics of designing a golf shaft makes it almost impossible to create a shaft that is Low Launch-High Spin or High Launch-Low Spin.   Titleist has done a good job of showing the relative Trajectory (Launch) and Spin of shafts they offer for their clubs.  Our Fitting Wizard gives recommendations for over 600 shafts.  And, you can filter by brand, weight, price, trajectory and spin to see what is available. See Titleist Shaft Performance Guide Here… BGF Fitting System Shaft Launch and Spin Categories The BGF Fitting System has a one-to-one relationship between Trajectory and Spin.  This means that a shaft that has a Low Trajectory designation will also have a Low Spin designation.  And a shaft that is Mid-High Trajectory will also... Read More

Post Impact

What Happens When a Golf Shaft is Too Flexible?

September 28th, 2017

What happens when a golf shaft is too flexible?  The results may vary by swing profile, but in general, shots will be inconsistent in contact and direction, and there may be a wide variation in distance…sometimes really long, and other times quite short.  See more about what happens when shafts are not correct in our previous post. I fit a female high school golfer that was playing with a set of standard Women’s golf clubs.  I knew without even testing the clubs that the shafts were too soft or flexible for the strength of her swing.  The driver in particular was an issue.  Even though her swing direction was very straight, her misses were either a big hook or a push/slice.  In addition, her smash factor was very low, 1.42, meaning she was getting very little out of the head and shaft combination and losing potential distance.  I took a high-speed (360 frames per second) video and captured a couple of these still images to visually show you what happens and how we fixed it: Notice how the shaft is drooping and bending slightly forward prior to impact.  This shot could have been a hook if the face is too... Read More

Project X Even Flow Golf Shafts Launch Today

September 18th, 2017

Project X Even Flow golf shafts launch today, September 18, 2017!  If you loved the Hand Crafted LZ (loading zone) shafts and went crazy over the HZRDUS shafts, you will love the feel and performance of the new Even Flow shafts.  We just received our initial shipment for testing and will report our results next week. The design of the Project X Even Flow creates a smoother feeling mid section of the golf shaft while enhancing performance.  This was done by the Project X engineers by keeping the same materials for performance, but changing the actual design profile to create a better feel (flatter Elasticity Index) than the Project X HZRDUS. The Project X Even Flow golf shafts come in two models:  The Project X Even Flow Black is a low launch, low spin model while the Project X Even Flow Blue is a mid launch, mid spin design. The Project X Even Flow Black comes in 65, 75 and 85 gram in wood shafts and 85 gram in a hybrid shaft.  The stiffer flexes in each model have lower torque which give the 5.5 flex a softer feel at impact than the 6.5 flex, for example.  The flex designations... Read More

Miura Golf Classic Forged Clubs Being Retired

September 14th, 2017

Miura Golf has been the absolute staple in the Japanese forged iron and wedge market.  We have worked with several other Japanese companies but the classic lines and models of the blades and CB-501 and CB-57 are just awesome.  With the sale of Miura Golf earlier in 2017, it became evident that the new owners were putting a more modern (forgiving design) stamp on most of their product line.  The reason is pretty simple.  The market for these classic lines is shrinking as golfers, both good players and players trying to improve their games seek clubs that are easier to hit and get the ball airborne.  The PP9003 shown at the left was a great move to a more forgiving iron. Unfortunately, the blades, CB-501, CB-57 and PP9003 irons are being retired.  There are several models still available, especially in left handed, at literally 50% off while supplies last.  There are also several models of wedges that are being discontinued as well.  So call us or email [email protected] or [email protected] to see what is still available.   We are confident that the ability to have great forged irons in modern designs made to exacting Miura standards will be a winner... Read More

Get Your 2018 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved.

September 11th, 2017

Get  your 2018 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 2018 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. Clubfitting while your swing is still is still in good shape will make the assessment by your fitter easier as well.  While getting your swing in shape next spring is like riding a bicycle, there will be more... Read More

What Happens When Golf Shafts Are Not Right For Your Swing

September 7th, 2017

We always advise you on what happens when golf shafts are not right for your swing.  A lot of golfers that have never been through our fitting process, think that the majority of their miss-hits are caused by their swing.  Fortunately, that is not always the case!  I will make some predictions for misses based upon a right-handed golfer.  Of course the swing direction makes a big impact.   Let me summarize what we see by type of club with the wrong shafts: Driver:   Misses both left and right:  Shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example).  Misses mostly right(push or slice):  Shaft may be too stiff in the butt section (S flex when should be an R) or shaft is too heavy.  Misses mostly left(pull or pull hook):   Shaft is too flexible in the butt section and/or shaft is too light.  Misses off the Top of the ClubFace:  Too steep of swing (negative attack angle) or way too soft of butt section or tip section causing toe droop at impact.  Misses mostly low:  Too much positive attack angle (swinging up on the ball with tee height too low) or shaft butt... Read More

Mizuno MP-18 Irons Product Overview

September 4th, 2017

Mizuno MP-18 Irons will be hitting the golf courses this fall with a new look and traditional feel.  There are four new models:  MP-18 blade-style, MP-18 SC split cavity, MP-18 MMC multi-material with tungsten, and MP-18 Fli-Hi driving iron.  The beauty of Mizuno has always been the ability to build a combo set of irons from long irons through wedges and this family of products makes that very easy!  These irons are available for demo NOW with shipping expected 9/15/2017.  Sign up for your fitting TODAY! Traditional Feel:  Each iron is constructed from 1025E Pure Select Carbon Steel and put through a 4-step Grain Flow Forging HD Process to create the ultimate solid and consistent feel Mizuno Tour athletes demand in their equipment.  This forging process allows for the traditional soft feel but improved performance (smash-factor) for distance and control. MP-18:  This blade will make you think back to the MP-32 with its elegant design.  Traditional look in a slightly shorter, more compact iron, the MP-18 is a player’s choice, especially in the scoring irons, 7-PW. MP-18 SC:  This split cavity (SC) design offers more forgiveness and a slightly cambered sole for better turf interaction.  Still the same forged material... Read More

Getting the Right Shaft in Your Golf Clubs

August 28th, 2017

Getting the right shaft in your golf clubs is key to accuracy, distance and consistency.  The shaft is the transmission that delivers the energy from the golfer (engine) to the ball.  If the shaft is too loose, like as slipping transmission, you will lose distance and control.  If the shaft is to stiff or heavy, like a tight transmission on a sports car, you will also find it difficult to control.  A proper shaft delivers the longest distance, the tightest accuracy and consistent control. An S flex is not Really an S Flex.  After testing thousands of golf shafts each year, and testing them prior to assembly, we see a very wide range in flexes of shafts, not only from one manufacturer to another, but from one shaft to another.  If you have been to your local pro shop or driving range and tested a few clubs, the first thing you notice is that you seemed to hit an “S” flex more consistently in one manufacturer’s club but an “R” flex better in another. You want to spend your hard earned money on the right equipment, but this inconsistency is driving you crazy. What is going on here? First of all, every... Read More