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Our Best Performing Iron Shafts 2017 and New For 2018

December 28th, 2017

Our Best Performing Iron Shafts. 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). 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 our golfers distance, accuracy and consistency.  They are also the best in terms of consistency for our... Read More

Golf Swing Dynamics That Affect Shaft Selection

December 21st, 2017

Golf Swing Dynamics That Affect Shaft Selection. Every golfer has a unique swing, right?  All you have to do is look down the line of golfers on the driving range and you will see every swing imaginable.  Go back in time and look at golfers that have been extremely successful on PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours.  Players like Lee Trevino, Anika Sorenstam, and Bernhard Langer each show dramatically different golf swing dynamics.  (See our blog on Seven Unique Shaft Loading Profiles here…). I am talking about the major biomechanical moves that truly affect how the golf club reacts during your swing.  Those are Tempo, Transition, and Release.  What is very interesting is that these biomechanical traits are very difficult to modifiy .  So trying to “slow down” your swing may last for a hole or two, but it is better to build golf clubs that match your style rather than changing your swing to match your clubs.  If you want to improve accuracy, distance and consistency, you MUST have clubs that match your unique swing dynamics. First let’s explain these key swing dynamics and then let’s talk about how each of them individually and then collectively affect the shafts that will give you optimum performance.  (See... Read More

The Right Shaft Can Get You More Distance Off the Tee

December 14th, 2017

The Right Shaft Can Get You More Distance Off the Tee. Over 20 years of fitting golfers, one of the most critical fitting criteria is getting the correct shaft for your swing for getting more distance off the tee.  The biggest result of an improperly fit shaft is loss of distance, followed by lack of consistency.  If you do not have the proper length, weight, flex, tip and butt profile, swing weight and feel, you will be inconsistent with your driver results and miss-hit a lot of shots.  By using both your static measurements and dynamic swing data, a good fitter should be able to immediately predict a good starting point for shaft length, weight, flex and launch characteristics (See our BGF Fitting System).  From there, you need to give feedback to the fitter in terms of feel (weight, stiffness, shaft release).  Let’s look at the four critical shaft factors in getting more distance off the tee. First, let’s talk about shaft weight.  Driver shafts are typically graphite and come stock from manufacturers in 35 to 75 gram weights.  A club fitter can fit you in any of those weights and even heavier if needed.  The old saying of “hit the lightest,... Read More

Get More Driver Distance With a Positive Angle of Attack

December 7th, 2017

Get More Driver Distance With a Positive Angle of Attack. Attack angle is the angle at which your club is either descending into the ball (negative attack angle) or ascending into the ball (positive attack angle) at impact.  I have been harping on this for a couple of years but this is definitely a way that most of you can dramatically improve your distance!  There are several reasons for this. Increased Launch Angle and Lower Spin First, by having a positive attack angle, you increase the launch angle of the club you are using which in turn promotes a higher ball flight for more carry.  Second, the positive attack angle reduces the spin rate coming off the club face which reduces drag and increases carry AND roll.  Conversely, a negative attack angle imparts more backspin on the ball and results in a lower launch angle.  This increases drag, reduces carry AND roll.  It is always good to have a ball flight monitor (TrackMan, FlightScope, Foresight with HMT) to measure your attack angle, but here are a couple of easy ways to tell if your attack angle is positive or negative.  Let’s say you have a 10.5 degree driver and your... Read More

Optimize Driver Loft for More DIstance

November 30th, 2017

Optimize YOUR Driver Loft for More Distance. In the previous segment of this blog, we discussed hitting the ball on the sweet spot in order to optimize your “smash factor” or efficiency.  In general, this will be a spot that is slightly towards the toe and just above the center of the clubface.  Remember, to maximize distance, it is a combination of ball speed, launch angle and spin rate.  In this segment, we are going to talk about the optimum launch angle for your club speed.  Launch angle is determined by several factors: Club loft Angle of Attack Impact point on the clubface Forward lean of the shaft Club Loft In general, the slower the swing or club speed, the higher the loft of the driver to optimize both carry and roll.  Most drivers come in degrees of loft from 8.5 to 16.  Long Drive competitors have drivers that have only 4 to 7.5 degrees of loft.  This is because at higher ball speeds, there is considerably more lift created which allows the ball to climb rapidly after impact.   Let’s assume for now that you have a 100 mph club speed and your driver launch is 10.0 degrees, as shown... Read More

Don’t Buy Your New Driver Off The Rack

November 27th, 2017

Don’t buy your new driver off the rack!  We have been saying this for years.  Why?  Even if you demo the driver in the store, get great results on THEIR launch monitor, and have a coupon code to save you some coin,  you have not optimized your performance. First thing you need to do is read this article in MyGolfSpy on what is really in driver shafts.  Chris actually interviewed me for this article (pays to be in the biz for 20 years) and really did a thorough job uncovering every aspect of what goes on in the golf industry in terms of shaft quality and legitimacy. Shafts Need to Be Profiled First. For the reasons Chris points out in his article, we always use aftermarket, legitimate shafts and profile them extensively before using them in our build process.  (See our blog on profiling shafts here).  In fact, if you want more proof of the quality of the shaft in your new club, we have one of our partners, ACCRA Golf that will send us a certificate from their profiling system.  We may do that in the future but we have issues with the proprietary nature of our data. Clubs... Read More

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations

November 27th, 2017

Our Best Performing Driver and Shaft Combinations Well, this is always a tricky topic as literally everyone has a different take on the look, sound and feel of a particular driver and shaft combination, but here is what we have found so far in 2017.  What is not shown here is what exact shaft was put in each head.  In general,  we look for shaft and head combinations that deliver the straightest, longest shots, most consistently. Drivers: Callaway EPIC SubZero performed a little better than the EPIC purely because of slightly lower spin.  Forgiveness (accuracy, shot dispersion) was very similar. Ping G LST and G400 LST have been consistently strong performers for us for over two years.  The new G400 LST, and the other G400 heads have a better sound for most players.  Always high smash factors and consistent launch angles for the given loft specs on the head.  And, Pings pricing is a big advantage. TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 have both performed well but were not our top sellers.  The M2 had a slight advantage over the M1 in terms of distance and consistency. PXG 0811X and LX have been a big improvement over the original 0811.  The... Read More

How to Get More Distance With Your Driver

November 16th, 2017

How to Get More Distance With Your Driver. I did a series of blog posts about lowering your scores by getting more distance off the tee a while ago.  This topic is even more relevant today.  More distance off the tee means shorter approach shots which means lower scores. While we are all about distance, accuracy and consistency, NOBODY wants to necessarily LOSE distance off the tee.  With all of the new technology focused on BALL SPEED, that ball speed is created by hitting the ball on the sweet spot.  Our BGF fitting system and TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard will help you find that sweet spot by getting you the correct length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight,  launch(trajectory) and spin profile in your driver shaft.  For more details….read on! #1 – Find the Sweet Spot (See Intro to this Series here…) We all know that the sweet spot on your driver is right in the middle, right?  Wrong.  If you really want to optimize and increase distance you have to find the spot on your driver that gives you the highest ball speed for your swing speed, reduces spin and gives you the correct launch angle.  In this discussion, we... Read More

True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge Shafts

November 13th, 2017

The new lightweight True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 and 115 Wedge shafts are now available.  We have put these new lightweight shafts through our 24 point profiling system and they are just like their big brothers…OK heavier brothers in terms of trajectory and spin profiles.  Kudos to the True Temper engineers.  Flexes will be a little softer so you may need an S flex in the 105 if you are playing an R in the Dynamic Gold today. True Temper started going lighter weight with the Dynamic Gold 120 AMT and then the Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue and Dynamic Gold 120.  The True Temper XP line has been a great performer in weights from 95 to 115 with high trajectory to mid trajectory and spin. Now, the Dynamic Gold 105 irons and 115 Wedges offer lower trajectory and mid to low spin in a weight suitable to lightly slower swing speeds and golfers desiring a lighter feeling club.  The 105 is available in R, S and X flex while the 115 Wedge is only available in S flex. According to True Temper, “For years there have been trade-offs when producing a lightweight steel shaft featuring tour-level performance. With Dynamic... Read More

Give Your Golf Bag an Extreme Makeover

November 6th, 2017

I know, I know.  Extreme Makeover is older that dirt now, but at some point you may want to give your golf bag an extreme makeover.  C’mon…with 14 clubs in your bag they are not ALL helping you are they?  Some of you are very analytical and keep track of every stat possible.  Others are more intuitive and just know that certain clubs in their bags are not working consistently.  So either way, let’s take a look at where to start. Driver Have you lost distance in the past couple of years?  Did you switch to a new driver and accuracy and consistency are suffering?  Everyone has jumped on the “HOT” driver bandwagon and there is a new one every year it seems.  Fact is, EVERY manufacturer makes a really hot driver.  EPIC, M2, G400, EX10…you name it.  The trick is to get the right shaft (accuracy, consistency) and the right loft (distance) to get you the best performance. Fairway Woods Of all the golfers we fit, fairway woods are on top of the list of clubs that cause the most problems.  Do you hit your fairway woods thin or fat?  Hooking your fairway shots into the woods?  That is... Read More