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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

The Bare Essentials of Clubfitting and Clubbuilding

April 11th, 2017

The bare essentials of clubfitting and clubbuilding.  Colorado AVID Golfer did a great article on clubfitting and how and why it works for every golfer.  But you should know that every clubfitting organization is different in their approach.  So what are the bare essentials that will help you play better golf and enjoy the game even more? Experienced Fitters.  PJ Garber has been in the golf industry for 40 years and has been fitting with our fitting system for nearly 20 years.  I have been fitting for 20 years and we both have been building clubs for twenty years.  So when a golfer says, “Well, my swing is pretty unique,” we just smile and say, trust me we have seen them all.  The key for us is that not only have we seen a lot of golf swings and equipment, we are continually learning new techniques and adapting them to our fitting system.  We have fit golfers from 6 years old to 95 years old, men, women, juniors, swing speeds from 45 to 145 mph.  That gives us a wide range of experience. A Repeatable Approach:  A good fitter has a defined process that takes them from a player interview... Read More

What Weight Should I Have in My Hybrid Shaft?

April 5th, 2017

What weight should I have in my hybrid shaft?  That is an integral part of our fitting process for irons and hybrids.  In general, your hybrid shafts should be slightly lighter than your irons and either equal to or heavier than your fairway woods. If you are struggling with consistency of contact (hitting thin, topping the ball) and accuracy (snap hooking or slicing) with your hybrids, it is either caused by a shaft weight or shaft flex problem. Our BGF (Better Golf…Faster) Fitting System is designed to  fit our customers to ascending shaft weights from driver through wedges.  But every customer is different.  Each golfer has their own unique swing, but matching shaft weights, flexes, trajectory and lengths is what makes our fitting system so powerful.  We recommend fitting hybrids when you fit your irons.  This is because you usually are going to substitute a hybrid for one of your longer irons so making the shaft flex similar makes sense.  The reason we may go slightly lighter with the shaft weight in the hybrid is because hybrids are typically .75″ longer than the equivalent iron (38.5″ 4 iron and 39.25″ 4 hybrid).  This added length gives the golfer more distance... Read More

Too Stiff of Shaft Tip Section Can Rob You of Distance

March 30th, 2017

Too stiff of tip section can actually rob you of distance especially on your driver.  The prevailing theory among most golfers is that a stiff shaft tip section lowers ball flight and reduces spin.  Sometimes the opposite is true.  OK, let me add a caveat here.  What we have seen in our testing is that, if a player has a steep negative attack angle (-4 to -8 degrees) with a driver shaft with a stiff tip, the spin rate is increased and in some cases, the player will hit the ball off the upper portion of the clubface causing the launch angle to be too high.  That is not a good combination. A softer shaft tip section will actually cause more forward lean on the golf shaft at impact.  This does two things.  First, the forward lean will actually increase, or make more positive, the attack angle.  This effectively reduces spin.  Second, the forward lean of the shaft at impact will move the impact area down on the clubface.  This results in a lower launch angle and lower spin as well.  When we tested this several players with the GEARS system last year, it was very evident that shaft tip... Read More

Driver Angle of Attack Means Everything For More Distance

March 27th, 2017

Driver angle of attack means EVERYTHING for getting more distance.  In our last ten driver fittings, 6 golfers had a negative attack angle and were giving up 12 to 30 yards!  Here is what happens with a negative attack angle that robs you of distance. First, spin is increased dramatically, especially if your swing is a little outside to inside.  Second, your launch angle is not optimized because you are more than likely hitting the ball towards the top of the clubface.  This also creates a lower efficiency rating (smash factor) meaning you get less ball speed for your swing speed.  All of these factors are robbing you of distance off the tee. So, two factors contribute to getting a more positive angle of attack.  First, swing and/or ball position changes can have a dramatic affect on angle of attack.  By positioning the ball slightly more forward in your stance, you give yourself an opportunity to hit the ball on an ascending angle.  Another key swing technique is to lean your spine a little more towards your trailing leg and then swing around your spine, up and through the ball. Second, by putting a shaft with a slightly softer tip... Read More

What Shafts Should I Play in My Wedges?

March 23rd, 2017

What shafts should I play in my wedges?  That is a very common question in our fittings.  The very short answer is play the same shaft in your wedges as you do in your irons.  But, boy do we see a lot of variation of what is in our players bags.  First off, most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard heavy steel wedge shaft like a True Temper Dynamic Gold.   Titleist uses an S200 (130gr) in their SM6 wedges, Callaway uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the MD 3, and Mizuno uses the DG S300 as well in the S5.  Only if you are playing a steel shaft in your irons like the Dynamic Gold, KBS Tour, or Nippon Modus 3 120 will the weight and flex of these wedge shafts come close to matching you.  If you are playing graphite shafts in your irons and steel shafts in your wedges, there will be some issues in terms of distance and trajectory.  If you are buying a stock set of clubs with a gap and sand wedge included, you will get the same shaft as what is in the rest of the iron set.... Read More