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Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Review

April 8th, 2019

The new Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow is the latest addition to the new Smoke line.  The Smoke Yellow continues the same counter balanced design as the original Yellow which will help reduce swing weight by up to three points in today’s modern drivers.  Featuring different materials, the HZRDUS Smoke Yellow will have a stiffer mid section which will make this shaft feel very stable from transition to impact.  This shaft is really more mid launch but still has pretty low spin in our testing.  Great not only for driver but fairway woods! The butt stiffness of the HZRDUS Smoke Yellow is pretty stout which is why the shafts are designated TS and TX for Tour Stiff and Tour X.  These shafts will play a full flex stiffer in the butt section versus a traditional S or X flex. The thing we also like about these shafts is that they are also a little higher torque so the feel will be a lot smoother even though the shafts have a stiff butt section and midsection.  Available in 6.0TS, TX and 6.5TS, TX in 60 gr (66-67) and 6.0TS, TX and 6.5TS, TX in 70 gr (76-78). Book your fitting to... Read More

Hybrid or Driving Iron?

April 4th, 2019

This blog is really for stronger players as distance is usually not the issue when choosing a hybrid or driving iron.  A lot of stronger players will use a driving iron or low lofted hybrid instead of a 3 iron or fairway wood.  The biggest issue is where will they be used on the course. Sign up for a Fitting and See Which Will Work Best For You! From the Tee If you are using the hybrid or driving iron mainly from the tee, most players will choose a driving iron.  Typically used on long three par’s, the driving irons feel more comfortable and have the desired trajectory for most players we have fit.  The most popular driving irons have been the Titleist T-MB, TaylorMade p790 and p790UDI, Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi, Srixon Z U85 and PXG 0311 X.   These driving irons offer minimal offset, a slightly higher launch angle and peak height, and more forgiveness than a standard 2, 3 or 4 iron. From the Fairway Here is where we would recommend the hybrid as it is more forgiving than a driving iron, a little higher ball flight and peak height, and more distance.  The most popular we... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU PLay?

April 1st, 2019

The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee, but what driver length should you play to optimize distance?  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that was 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2019 stock drivers at the end of this blog and their respective stock lengths. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Schedule Your Driver Fitting Now! Arm length and Posture. In both our... Read More

Lost Distance? We Can Help!

March 28th, 2019

Unfortunately, I seem to hear this a lot lately:  Help!  I’ve lost distance.  Certainly not everyone is experiencing this but if you are, here are a few things to consider when you seem to be losing distance. Schedule a fitting to see if your equipment is robbing you of distance. What has changed? There are a lot of things to consider if you seem to be losing distance.  Here are a few symptoms that we see in our fittings: I changed my (driver, irons, etc.) and I have lost a lot of distance. Ok, so what changed?  Different shafts?  Different head design? I started hitting smother hooks, push fades and have no idea why? Well, now you are probably not making consistent contact and optimizing your “smash factor” so you are losing distance.  Injury?  Sore back?  Tendonitis? Trying a new swing change? I am getting a little older but I still work out and feel in great shape. Yes, but as we age, our flexibility gets worse and we are not making as big of turn, losing extension, and not being as aggressive in your swing and follow through.  Result:  Loss of club speed and maybe poorer contact. Equipment Changes... Read More

Best Fairway Woods 2019

March 25th, 2019

We have tested a wide variety of fairway woods introduced in 2018-2019 and the results are not totally surprising.  There are some new models that are making some statements, like PXG and Tour Edge. How We Test All of our club testing is done with shafts that have been determined to be the best fit for our testers.  That way, the results are truly independent of the stock shaft a particular manufacturer may use.  Our testers range from low to high handicappers and swing speeds from 80 to 110 with a driver. Big Improvements in Performance Well, the changes in the way the USGA measures the legality of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids have given some clubs a tremendous amount of added distance.  I did an article on this a few years ago and the major manufacturers have jumped on the change from COR to CT measurements.  I also had it confirmed by the senior product director at one of the major manufacturers.  The best new fairway woods will show increases of 1-4 mph in ball speed, reduced spin and higher launch angles.  The result is that now you can hit a higher lofted fairway wood, a 4 wood for example... Read More

Hit Your Fairway Woods More Consistently

March 25th, 2019

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

ACCRA Golf Shafts – A Perfect Match For Every Swing

March 20th, 2019

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters Winner of the 2019 U.S. Open trusted ACCRA shafts in his driver and 3 wood.  Check out his bag here! If you have not heard of ACCRA golf shafts, it is about time you did!  These shafts have been in the industry for years and are offered exclusively through a network of the most talented clubfitters and club builders in the world.  At D’Lance Golf Performance Center, we offer every shaft available from ACCRA.  We have tested all of them in our shaft profiling system and know EXACTLY which shaft(s) will work for your swing.  Here are the cool things to know about ACCRA shafts: Shafts for Beginners and Pros A lot of shaft companies focus only on the PGA Tour players and develop shafts strictly for that audience.  They hope that this will have a “trickle down” effect so the average golfer will buy those shafts.  The problem is, most golfers could never swing the shaft that the tour pros use!   So, ACCRA has made several different lines of shafts with different shaft profiles and different price points.  This means that the average golfer can get “fitted” with shafts that match THEIR swing but... Read More

New True Temper Light Weight Steel Shafts

March 14th, 2019

True Temper has added two new light weight steel shafts to their iron shaft product offerings.  Both of these new shafts offer their proprietary Vibration Suppression System (VSS) for golfers looking for relief from tendonitis or arthritis and do not want to switch to graphite shafts.  Here is our take on these new shafts: ELEVATE 95 with VSS Designed to launch higher and spin more than a traditional light weight steel shaft, these shafts are a good match for some of today’s modern low-spinning iron heads.  Great option here to help drop and stop on the green.  These shafts come in R and S flex in parallel tip (.370″) that allow us as club builders to dial in very specific stiffness numbers.  As with most iron shafts under 100 grams, do not expect these shafts to feel as stiff as say a Dynamic Gold S300.  We expect them to build to about a full flex softer than their stated flex.  Again, all of this depends upon length and swing weight.  Perfect for players with smooth tempos looking for an alternative to graphite. Dynamic Gold 95 with VSS Based upon some of the designs True Temper has done for the Japan... Read More

New Miura Wedges for 2019

March 14th, 2019

There are some new Miura wedges for 2019 that you should take a look at.  Specifically, the popular K-Grind wedge has been re-introduced as KGrind 2.0 and it looks sweet!  Of course all Miura clubs including these wedges are hand crafted to the highest quality.  New innovations include a more modern sole design with heel and toe relief as well as new options in lofts (52 to 60 degree) and higher bounces.  And, the face grooves are now milled for better spin on mid to full shots. By design, the flutes in the sole of the wedge serve to keep the face square to the target through all types of turf and bunker conditions. And, there is a new HB Wedge coming in about 45 days that you will want to check out! Sign up today for an iron or wedge fitting! Dan Sueltz

Finding Your Perfect Irons

March 11th, 2019

Finding the perfect irons for your golf game does not have to be a major challenge, but you do have to ask yourself some serious questions.  With over 47% of our viewers saying their first purchase this year will be irons, here are the top 5 things to consider when looking for new irons: See our related blog on the best new irons for 2018-19. Distance You need to ask yourself which of these is the MOST important?  I know you want it all, but the first thing is to narrow your priorities.  If your goal is more distance, you should look at the new hotter face irons like Callaway Apex 19 and Apex 19 Pro, Callaway Rogue X,  Mizuno JPX-919 Hot Metal and Hot Metal Pro, Srixon Z585, TaylorMade M5 or M6, Ping i500, PXG 0311P 2nd Gen, and Titleist AP3, and Tour Edge EXS.  Some of these irons can be categorized as players distance irons.   I will also argue that the shaft is a critical piece of the golf club in gaining more distance.  Getting the correct shaft weight, length, flex and swing weight can also add 5% more distance.  But you have to be careful that you... Read More