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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

Importance of Shaft Weight in Fitting

January 6th, 2017

The importance of shaft weight in fitting golf clubs cannot be overstated.  If you look at the picture to the left, these are just a few of the steel iron shafts available and they run the range from 85 grams to 130 grams.  This may not seem like much but weight can dramatically change your performance. In general, golfers with slower swing speed and tempo can and should play a lighter shaft.  Golfers with very fast speeds and tempo should play heavier shafts. Driver shafts typically weigh 55-60 grams for men and 45-50 grams for ladies.  Iron shafts can be as light as 55 grams in graphite, and 130 grams in steel.  The professional tours offer great examples.  LPGA driver shafts are typically 50 to 65 grams while the PGA Tour driver shafts are 60 to 85 grams.  Strength, tempo and preferred club length play a huge roll in determining shaft weight and swing weight. Progressive weighting:  This is a very important concept that simply means longer clubs should have lighter weight shafts than shorter clubs.  It starts with the driver and goes progressively heavier from there.  For example, a golfer with an 75-80 mph swing speed and a smooth... Read More

Reasons You Should Consider Single Length Irons

January 5th, 2017

Are single length irons making strides?  Well, yes and no.  What’s the old saying?  Unless you have been living in a cave, you have probably heard of Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour player that has made single length irons famous.  He is now sponsored by Cobra Puma and helped in the design of the ONE clubs being introduced by Cobra this month.  First let’s review the concept.  Basically a “traditional” set of irons varies in length by 1/2″ from longest (3 or 4 iron) to shortest (PW).  This means several things for the golfer.  First, with the long iron, you are standing a little farther away from the ball.  This also makes the angle of your swing plane flatter than with your wedges.  So, consequently you will stand up straighter with the longer irons, and bend over more with the shorter irons and wedges.  In theory, the longer the club, AND the lower the loft, the more swing speed and distance you will create.  That is the theory behind controlling distance by length and loft. Problems with traditional length irons But this multiple length concept CAN cause some problems.  Most amateur golfers tend to fade their long irons and either... Read More

Your 2017 Golf Resolution Should be to Get Fit!

December 29th, 2016

Your 2017 Golf Resolution is to Get Fit!  Recent surveys by Golf Digest have shown that over 80% of golfers believe their game would improve if they have clubs that were fit to them.  So what are you waiting for?  Even if you THINK you have been through a clubfitting, if you did it over two years ago, you need to do it again!  Why? Your existing clubs more than likely do not match your swing OR themselves.  We have been doing this for 19 years and nothing really has changed.  There is a very specific formula that we use for matching clubs in terms of length, weight, flex, swing weight and shaft profile.  Variations of this have been used on the major professional tours for years, but our proprietary BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System has formulized this for every golfer.  Your driver should be your longest, lightest and stiffest flex club in your bag.  Your wedges will be the heaviest and softest flex.  From driver to wedges there is a progression of weights, lengths and flexes that will give you consistent performance.  Since most golfers only purchase clubs once every few years, and then not an entire bag, your... Read More

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