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Hit Your Fairway Woods More Consistently

June 12th, 2017

Here are a few pointers on how to hit your fairway woods more consistently.  We are going to be talking about getting the right shaft, loft and model, not your swing technique.  OK, maybe a little on swing technique. From a fitting perspective, most fairway woods that we test that are purchased off-the-rack have very inconsistent lengths, shaft weights and shaft flexes from one manufacturer to the next. Length:  Fairway woods for male golfers range in length from 42.75″ to 43.5″ for a 3 wood.  Each club gets progressively shorter by .5″ to 1″ as you go up in loft.  If you are playing a 43″ 3 wood, a 5 wood should be no longer than 42.5″.   Getting the right length can help you hit the ball more consistently in the middle of the face, not on the heel (too long) or toe (too short).   Shaft Weight:  We see most stock shafts from manufacturers use the same weight of shaft in fairway woods as their driver models.  Your fairway wood shafts should be slightly (5 to 15 grams) heavier than your driver shaft.   So if you are playing a 65 gram driver shaft (noted by a numeral... Read More

How to Hit it Like a World Long Driver.

June 5th, 2017

Want to know how to hit it like a World Long Driver?  Before we start, congrats Josh Cassaday for qualifying for the 2017 World Long Drive competition this past weekend at Mesquite!  He will be one of only 96 competitors in the 2017 Open Division Championship.  Let’s see what it takes to make it. When Josh Cassaday (right in the picture) started working towards qualifying for the World Long Drive competition a couple of years ago, he had all of the physical talent (swing speed, solid contact) but needed a little work on a couple of issues that were robbing him of distance.  First was attack angle.  His negative attack angle created so much backspin that he was barely getting 340 yards on his drives.  When he came back 6 months later, he had dramatically changed to a positive 4 to 6 degrees that dropped his spin under 2,500 rpm and put him out to that 380 – 400 yard magic mark. After he competed in the 2016 World Long Drive competition, he also started working with another long drive competitor on increasing his club head speed even more.  The results have been pretty amazing putting him at a 140... Read More

What Are The Best Irons for 2017?

June 1st, 2017

What are the best irons for 2017?  Over 70% of our readers are looking for new irons this year so let’s see!  While the Golf Digest Hot list has a ton of gold medal winners, we have seen definite trends with our customers for accuracy, consistency and distance.  Even GolfWRX has checked in with their readers choice of most popular game improvement irons.  First of all, we do not have any brand preferences dictated to us by our “deals” with our suppliers so we do not care what our golfers pick…we only want the best performance and appeal.  So here is what WE are seeing. Players Irons:  These are the top iron choices for golfers that desire more of a thin top line and smaller head design.  Our top sellers this year are the Miura CB 57, Mizuno JPX-900 Tour, PXG 0311T, and Callaway APEX 16 Pro.  We just received the TaylorMade 770 and 750 Tour Prototype and they are testing out really well.  Every golfer has a different idea about look, feel and yes, sound of their iron shots so we literally will test first based on visual appeal.  Then we look and shot dispersion, launch, spin and distance... Read More

Is it Time to Replace Your Old Wedges?

May 18th, 2017

Is it time to replace your old wedges?  Well, if one or more of your wedges look like the wedge in the left of the picture, it is time for an upgrade.  The worn wedge is a Mizuno forged wedge that was played for at least 6 months by a college player.  He used it, and his 60 degree extensively in practice sessions as well as tournament play and started noticing that it became more difficult to get shots to stop on the green.  That is because the grooves had worn to the point of dropping spin from a normal 10,000 rpm to more like 8,000 rpm.  This made it difficult to stop the ball precisely when doing a check shot. Now if you are playing cast wedges (stock wedges from Callaway, TaylorMade in sets like the XR, Steelhead, M1 or M2), these faces are so hard you will probably never have to replace them.  That is because the cast material is literally 10 times harder than the soft carbon steel in a forged wedge (Mizuno, Callaway Mack Daddy Forged, Miura, PXG, etc.).  The rule of thumb is to replace your wedges after 50 rounds if you are playing forged... Read More

True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 120 Shaft Review

May 17th, 2017

True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 120 shaft is a great new addition to the Dynamic Gold line.  The trusty Dynamic Gold shafts have been on the market FOREVER and still dominate the OEM market and PGA Tour.  But, weighing in at 130+ grams, these shafts were in need of a facelift with all of the competition from lighter weight competitors.  And, let’s face it, golfers that LOVED the Dynamic Gold S300 and X100 that are getting a little older, could use a lighter weight shaft that gives them better feel, increased clubhead speed and yet has the same “window” of ball flight that these players like. In our testing, the Dynamic Gold TI 120 is exactly what is touted by True Temper…similar launch characteristics, slightly lower spin and a similar feel to the original DG TI.  We need to do a little more testing to validate the findings but we are seeing a little more increase in clubhead speed from the Dynamic Gold TI 120 due to its slightly lighter weight.  Again, every golfer is different and some golfers may pick up clubhead speed but lose accuracy with a lighter shafts. From a pure technical specification perspective, the DG TI... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

May 8th, 2017

Solving the hybrid vs. long iron fitting dilemma should not be a difficult decision.  In general there are a couple of factors to consider. First, how comfortable is the golfer in hitting hybrid clubs?  I would say 20-30% of our golfers going through a fitting have trouble hitting their hybrids consistently.  Usually, it is because of the fact that the hybrids are not very well fit to them in terms of shaft flex and weight.  Unfortunately, sometimes this becomes a mental block that is difficult to overcome.  We get past that by having the golfer hit a hybrid that is matched to their swing and compare it to their existing hybrid.  This usually gets rid of the fear factor! Second, how well does the golfer hit their long(er) irons?  This is a little bit of a trick question as most golfers want to keep a longer iron, like a 4 or 5 iron, in their bag to get out of trouble if they are under a tree branch.  But that is a total waste of a club.  I can easily knock down a 7 iron if I have to punch out.  If the golfer only hits the longest iron in... Read More

KBS Tour Prototype Graphite Hybrid Shaft Review

May 5th, 2017

KBS Tour Prototype graphite hybrid shafts are the first graphite shafts offered by KBS.  The shafts are designed to follow the same profile as the KBS Tour shaft so there is an easy transition from the steel iron shafts to a lighter weight graphite hybrid shaft. Overall, our testers rated the Tour Prototype 4.8 out of 5 based on the following: Appearance:  Matte black finish with red KBS label.  Nice look. Flexes and Weights Available: 65g (R,S,X) 75g (R,S,X) 85g (R,R+,S,S+,X) 95g (S,S+,X) Raw Length 42″ Tip Diameter .370″ MSRP:  $175.00 USD Availability:  KBS, qualified fitters, and select retail golf stores. Weight Consistency:  4.9 out of 5.0 Butt Stiffness (CPM):  Consistent increase in CPM from R through X.   As weights increase the flexes will play stiffer.  As an example, the S flex in the 95 will play two flexes stiffer than the S flex in the 65 and a flex stiffer than the 85 and 75.  Still will be able to build to very stiff flexes for stronger players in the 85 and 95 gr weights. Tip Stiffness:  Medium – Soft Mid Stiffness:  Medium – Firm Balance Point:  Will yield an average swing weight. Torque:  Good transition of higher torque... Read More

Twenty Years at D’Lance Golf

May 1st, 2017

Twenty years at D’Lance Golf means Better Golf…Faster!  Our philosophy, when we started May 1, 1997, was it takes the right swing technique, properly fit equipment and practice to improve, but the fastest way to improve is with the right equipment.  Over twenty years later. we have stayed true to our principles. Proper swing technique:  We have worked with some of the top golf coaches and fitness gurus in the golf industry.  Erin Diegel, Ty Thompson, Tom Stickney, Sherry Andonian, Elena King, Chris Schultz, Dana Smith, Trent Wearner, Steve Beech, James Barker, Dee Tidwell, Scott Wells, Kathleen Heiney, Mike Wine and a lot of other coaches have had a lot to do with our success and longevity.  We always want to put our clients in touch with the best in the industry to help their games improve.  And these coaches recognize the value of properly fit equipment! 24 Hour Indoor Practice:  We were the first in Colorado to offer 24 hour, unattended indoor practice using golf simulators.  Dead Solid Golf and Focaltron Golf Achievers were first in the industry to have equipment that was easy to use and reliable.  This concept was so interesting that we were on the front... Read More

Better Distance and Accuracy – Fit to Smash Factor

April 27th, 2017

Get the most out of your swing – get fit to the highest smash factor.  Smash factor is a simple ratio of ball speed divided by clubhead or swing speed.  This is a measure of how efficient you are in transferring energy to the golf ball.  As an example, if your ball speed off your driver is 140 mph and your clubheead speed is 100, your smash factor is 1.40.  The theoretical limit on a driver is roughly 1.46 but we see numbers of 1.50 to 1.52 consistently using TrackMan II.  Fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges will all have lower smash factors mostly due to the actual loft of the club.  We are, however, seeing some smash factors approaching 1.50 on some of the exotic irons, hybrids and fairway metals.  Unfortunately, unless your swing and ball speed are measured on a launch monitor that captures both ACCURATELY, the highest smash factors will not be represented correctly. When you optimize your smash factor you are getting the most distance possible because you are getting the highest possible ball speed for your swing speed.  Accuracy can still be an issue and I will address that a little later. So how do... Read More

Every Club in Your Bag Should Fit Your Game

April 19th, 2017

Every club in your bag should fit your game.  Have some clubs in your bag that you never hit?  Why?  Inconsistent?  Poor distance control?  Don’t like the feel?  Well, get rid of them and put clubs in your bag that work! David Dusek had a great article in GolfWeek that I could not agree more with…Every Club in Your Bag Needs A Purpose.  If ever there was a time to set up your bag with clubs that have a purpose, it is at the beginning of the season.  So let’s take a look at what we have found to be the most useless clubs or lack of clubs in your bag. Hybrids:  While a lot of our golfers find a hybrid they like, most golfers struggle with their hybrid(s).  Usually the shafts cause them to hook or slice because they are too soft and/or light for their swings.  Lady golfers may hit their hybrids fat a lot because the shafts are really light and whippy.  Distance control can also be a major issue.  Find a hybrid that fits well as a replacement for your longest iron or shortest fairway wood.  Long Irons (4,5,6):  If you are saving a long iron... Read More