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Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018

March 8th, 2018

Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018 In our recent poll, over half of our readers are looking for a new driver in 2018.  So where should you start?  If you look at the advertising dollars being thrown around the industry, you would start with Callaway Rogue or TaylorMade “twist face”.  Yes, they are really good but don’t count out some of the others that made the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List.   Our battery of testers has narrowed the broad field down to these: Sign up for a fitting here! Drivers Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero          Higher forgiveness than EPIC and lower spin than almost everyone in the industry.  Sound not as muted as some others. Cobra F8 and F8+    This driver with the milled face is the real deal.  Better sound than last year’s F7 series.  Great low spin and forgiveness.  We liked the two-tone Nardo gray! Mizuno ST-180  A pleasant surprise from Mizuno, this driver is in the same league as the others.  All depends upon if you like a blue colored head. Ping G400  This driver continues to deliver more consistency across the face than almost all of the other... Read More

Light Weight Steel Iron Shafts for 2018

March 1st, 2018

Light Weight Steel Iron Shafts for 2018 Light weight steel shafts are offering a lot of clubfitting options.  Just like the rush of graphite shaft makers to get 85 to 115 gram graphite shafts to market, steel shaft manufacturers are dropping from the 115 to 125 gram range to the 95 to 110 gram range.  Why?  Older golfers that have played Dynamic Gold, Project X or KBS Tour shafts (125+ grams) are not enamored with the feel of graphite and are looking for a lighter weight steel shaft to maintain the same feel and potentially give them more distance.  On the other side, as junior golfers start getting stronger, it is a tough transition to go from a light weight 70 to 85 gram graphite shaft to a heavy 125+ gram steel shaft.  As a clubfitter, we know that weight, flex and profile (launch characteristics) of these new shafts are important to getting optimum performance.  True Temper There are several manufacturers that offer steel shafts in the 95 to 110 gram range.  True Temper has just replaced its Dynamic Gold Super Light(SL) shaft with the new Dynamic Gold 105.  This shaft and its heavier brother Dynamic Gold 120 is a... Read More

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts.

February 22nd, 2018

New Wedges? Make Sure You Have The Right Shafts. If you are thinking about getting new wedges, make sure you have the right shafts.  What shafts should you play in your wedges?   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. Stock Wedge Shafts 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 SM7 wedges, Callaway uses the new DG S300 Wedge 115 (115 gr) in the MD 4, while Mizuno uses the DG S300 (132 gr) in the S18.  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... Read More

Is it Time for a New Driver?

February 15th, 2018

Is it Time for a New Driver? According to Golf Digest, if your driver is more than four years old, you are losing 6 to 11 yards!  (See their article here). Now that may not seem like much, but it can be as much as one club shorter into that favorite par 4!  That my friend means lower scores…and more fun! And, even better, accuracy has improved on off center hits, especially low and toe shots.  Whether is is “twist face”, “jail break” or “dual roll” technology, every driver manufacturer has made distance AND forgiveness a mantra this year.  Our first fittings with these new drivers are very encouraging! Every year, we also put the new drivers to the test with our players.  So far the tests on all the new drivers from Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Mizuno and Ping are improving both accuracy AND distance.  We will be publishing our own reports in the next few weeks.  We have testers from every genre so no holds barred!  Stay tuned.  

True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach

February 15th, 2018

True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach For the first time ever, True Temper Shafts Sweep Pebble Beach!  Yes all 14 clubs in the winners bag (including his putter) had True Temper shafts.  Let’s take a look. Driver:  Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 6.0 –  Yes, 6.0 because it actually plays to 7.2. Fairway:  Project X HZRDUS T1100 75 6.0 –  Again, plays stiff to stated flex. Hybrids:  Project X Even Flow Black 100H 6.5 – About right, 6.5 flex Irons:  4-9 True Temper AMT X100 –  Will play to about 6.2 depending on length. Wedges:  46* – AMT X100, 54*, 60* – Dynamic Gold S400 Putter:  True Temper putter shaft – center shafted This is a clear case of the winner having the confidence in the True Temper team to build him the proper clubs based upon their knowledge of the shafts and the winner’s swing.  That is why custom building MUST follow custom fitting!  If you order clubs with off-the-rack shafts you are getting clubs made for Jack or Jill Everyone.   Even if you go to a Top 100 Clubfitter, they MAY order clubs from a major OEM.  Those clubs, while they say are custom built, are not custom built... Read More

Changes You Should Make to Your Golf Set Make Up in 2018

February 8th, 2018

Changes You Should Make to Your Golf Set Make Up in 2018 Check out the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List Here… In the past 5 years there have been significant improvements in golf club performance.  Not only increases in Distance but Accuracy and Consistency.  Specifically, every club is pushing the limits on distance from fairway woods, through hybrids and irons.  It is not just changing to stronger lofts, but new designs are increasing ball speeds off the face. OK, I grew up really old school with a driver, 3 and 5 wood, 3-PW irons, a Sand Wedge, a chipper, and putter.  In the 20+ years I have been fitting and building clubs, the most significant changes to date have been the hybrid and wide variety of wedges (think Gap or Alternate wedge).  But the rules are changing again with increased distances throughout the 13 hittable clubs in your bag.  Here are my recommendations for changing your golf set make up for 2018. Optimize Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy Yeah I know, “drive for show and putt for dough” but if you can hit more fairways AND hit one less club into the green, you will score better and... Read More

Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List

February 1st, 2018

Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List    The “official” Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List has been published!  This signals the beginning of the golf season, in my opinion.  Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the title links in each category.  I have taken some time to review the list and here are my overall impressions: Overall: Cobra Golf snatched 18 Gold medals, the highest count for them in like forever.  For Cobra, this could be a banner year. PXG made Gold lists in fairways, hybrids, and irons.  I wasn’t sure if Bob Parson would go mainstream but he did. Tour Edge notably missing from hybrids…hmmm? Cleveland Golf irons making it back on the list in a couple of categories. New entrants from EPON, Honma trying to break into the US Market. Drivers: The usual suspects hit the Gold List but I have been impressed with the Cobra drivers Callaway EPIC, EPIC Sub Zero and EPIC Star Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero Cobra F8 and F8+ Ping G400, SF and LST TaylorMade M3 and M4 Titleist 917 D2/D3 Fairways: The focus as usual is on distance and in our testing every one of the Gold list and several... Read More

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters

January 29th, 2018

ACCRA Golf Shafts Exclusively for Clubfitters 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 do not cost an arm and a leg.  From the iSeries to the RPG and Tour Z Xtreme, ACCRA has a shaft... Read More

2018 PGA Merchandise Show Recap

January 26th, 2018

2018 PGA Merchandise Show Recap This is my 22nd show in a row…phew!  It is always great to see old friends and look for the next hot products for our fitting studios.  After four solid days of “meet and greet” I am ready to catch my flight home. I am always looking for new products (club heads, shafts and grips), and fitting tools (video, launch monitors, measuring devices) that will help us become better fitters and deliver superior game improvement to our customers.  Here are the highlights of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show: Overall: The show was as big as I have seen it in terms of number and size of exhibitors.  Biggest exhibitors were the usual suspects:  Callaway, Ping. TaylorMade and Titleist.  Increased numbers from previous years were fitness products, launch monitors/simulators and golfer transport (scooters).  Actual visitor traffic I think was down a little from previous years but that may just be my perception.  Golf Channel had huge presence and did a great job of promoting their network of partners (Revolution Golf) and the Long Drive Tour that they are sponsoring with Volvik. Clubs: Drivers:  The Callaway Rogue and TaylorMade M3/M4 definitely were the most popular with visitors. ... Read More

Fitting Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy

January 22nd, 2018

Fitting Your Driver for Distance AND Accuracy Well, nobody wants to sacrifice distance for accuracy, right?  Even the longest hitters still want to hit it longer….but straighter!  So what is our secret to fitting your driver for distance AND accuracy? The Best Head Design Yes, you may have to switch drivers this year as all of the manufacturers are starting to hype the forgiveness of their heads.  Last year, the Callaway EPIC had the highest MOI, meaning forgiveness on off-center hits.  Cobra has always had a very forgiving head design with their dual-roll that helps straighten out low heel and high toe shots.  Ping just announced the G400 MAX, the highest MOI head in golf.  And, of course, the Flex Face of the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 promises to reduce shot dispersion by up to 30%.  We have tested the EPIC, EPIC SZ, Cobra F8, and recently had a sneak peek at the M3 440.  Yes, these are ALL doing what they say…same (or more) distance with improved accuracy.  So if you have not had a new driver in say, 5 years, it is time to step up. The Right Shaft You knew I was going here, right?  The... Read More