What's New: From the Lab

Best Iron Shafts 2023

May 11th, 2023

Tour the best iron shafts for 2023 – featuring multiple new steel and graphite iron shafts and removing discontinued shafts. While you do, remember that selecting the best iron shaft or iron-shaft combination starts with knowing your game. For simplicity, we’ve grouped iron shafts by swing speed. However, so much more goes into fitting the right shaft – tempo, transition, release, launch angles, spin, swing path and more. Without a custom club fitting and knowing your numbers, trusting off the shelf or manufacturer suggested shafts often lead to frustration and disappointment. New Enhancements for Iron Shafts The newest irons and shafts in 2023 are producing greater distance, forgiveness and accuracy for our customers because we properly tune the iron and shaft combination to your handicap and swing dynamics. We’ve put the newest iron shafts from Aerotech, ACCRA, Fujikura, Project X, True Temper, Graphite Design, KBS, OBAN, Mitsubishi, Nippon and others through rigorous testing. Choose your handicap range or swing speed to see how each iron shaft stacks up. 2023 Guide to Best Iron Shafts Recommendations are based on distances, trajectory and spin generated within 4 categories of swing speeds. As a starting point, our testing and proprietary BGF Fitting System... Read More

Fujikura AXIOM Iron Shafts Review

May 8th, 2023

We just completed our Fujikura Axiom iron shafts review. Wow, we are impressed and here’s why – consistency, feel, technology and trends. The trend away from heavy steel shafts (over 90-grams) to heavy graphite shafts continues. Fujikura AXIOM joins UST Mamiya Dart and Recoil, Mitsubishi Chemical Group MMT and Aerotech SteelFiber, OBAN and KBS TGI graphite or multi-material shafts. Fujikura incorporates the breakthrough VeloCore Technology used in Ventus shafts into the new Axiom iron shafts. They also took a unique approach to optimize for three shaft profiles – long-irons, mid-irons and short-irons. For example, Axiom’s LP (long parallel) is optimal for 2- through 4-irons. MP (mid parallel) is optimal for 5- through 7-iron. And SP (short parallel) is optimal for 8-iron through PW or AW. This level of customization is a club fitters dream, further tightening dispersion across the entire set of irons. Read: AXIOM Shaft Specs | View Full AXIOM Details The intent of these graphite or multi-material shafts is to reduce the vibration in the shaft without sacrificing feel. Vibration is often tied to pain in joints, soreness and even fatigue in the hands. The latest generation of graphite iron shafts deliver the feel of steel without the... Read More

Fujikura AXIOM Iron Shafts – Now Available

April 18th, 2023

The new Fujikura AXIOM iron shafts bring proven VeloCore Technology used in the Ventus shafts to irons. The multi-material bias core construction creates a new level of stability through transition and impact. “These shafts feel solid and stable throughout the swing. Yet it still gives incredible feedback at impact. The numbers don’t lie,” stated one of our shaft testers. For AXIOM, VeloCore ensures the groundbreaking results players have experienced with VENTUS metalwood shafts are just as impressive in their irons. The VeloCore technology increases the stability of the club during swing and at impact, producing more efficient strikes and better performance with mishit shots. Thus, more consistency, accuracy, and distance help golfers of all abilities hit it closer and get more greens in regulation. 3–part Parallel Shaft Design A first of its kind, AXIOM’s 3-part parallel shaft design allows for tailored and specific performance throughout the iron set. Advanced lay-up techniques and material layouts cater to 3 club profiles. LP (long parallel) for long irons, MP (mid parallel) for mid irons, and SP (short parallel) for short irons. Plus, separate parallel sections result in minimal tip trimming, allowing the integration of premium materials further down the shaft. AXIOM Iron Shaft... Read More

New TaylorMade P-Series Irons Now Available for 2023

December 8th, 2022

The TaylorMade P-Series Irons pack an updated look, updated material composition and new tech in the 2023 models. And, with insights from multiple Tour players including Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Tiger Woods, subtle change produces performance gains. The new P-790 2021, P-770, P-7MC and P-7MB each are forged with 1025 carbon steel infused with tungsten plus packed with other golfer-loving new features. How to choose between new TaylorMade P-Series Irons: Each model is unique, but multiple models may fit a given player depending on a few attributes. Once a proper and personalized iron club fitting has been completed, you can hone decision making to look, sound and feel. And, this equips you with the right decision making should you be considering a combo set. Many Tour players will combo more forgiving models in longer irons while taking advantage of precision in shorter irons. The added benefit is pairing clubs with the optimal shaft for your swing. Take the complexity out – get a personalized Iron Club Fitting today. Schedule an Iron Fitting Today   |   Learn About Lifetime Club Fittings The P-790 2021 models: The TaylorMade P790 has been a popular iron since its introduction. Inside the forged... Read More

New PING i230 Irons Review

November 3rd, 2022

We just completed our Ping i230 Irons Review and we are very excited to share our results. The Ping i230 irons feature some new technology and differences to other Ping i-series irons. The new design of the Ping i230 delivers predictable and repeatable distance control. Lower CG helps create more distance without sacrificing launch and landing angles or spin. Read more about the Ping i230 Irons. Methodology: Our testing was conducted by three different style golfers. We normalized our testing to using Trackman for analysis in the temperature controlled D’Lance Indoor Facility at 5280 feet and 72 degrees. Testing is further normalized by maintaining the same shaft across multiple heads, optimal for each tester. Notably, the i230 is a bit lighter and has about 3 degrees more loft, producing higher spin rates and slightly less carry distance overall. Short answer, the Ping i230 irons can serve a wide range of golfers from high single-digit handicaps to sub 20-handicap players. And it could fit players with a wide range of swing speeds. The look, feel, sound and playability is there. Schedule an Iron Fitting Today High Swing Speed Test – over 90 mph club speed In this test, our Ping i230... Read More

Mizuno JPX 923 Hot Metal Review

October 27th, 2022

Welcome to our JPX 923 Hot Metal review. Our goal was to test the promises of a more ball speed from new Nickel-Chromoly, lower CG and face thickness changes. Spin rates, ball speed, sound and feel are equally as important as shot dispersion and consistency. Short answer, experience these irons for yourself. More distance, tight shot dispersion and consistency rivals other top irons on the market. The right combination of shaft and JPX 923 model can improve your game. Read details on the JPX 923 Hot Metal Series. Schedule an Iron Fitting Today Methodology: Our tests are conducted in our Indoor Practice Facility using Trackman set to 72 degrees at 5200 feet of elevation. And, we normalize our tests by using the same optimal shaft from a current custom club build when comparing club head performance. High Swing Speed Test – 80-90 mph club speed Using a Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue X100 shaft, we tested the new JPX 923 irons against a handful of other irons. In this test, the JPX 923 Hot Metal outperformed the Pro and HL models in accuracy, consistency, feel and sound, and distance. It also stacked up very well against other leading irons. The... Read More

Titleist TSR Driver Review

October 13th, 2022

We’re busy testing so that we can share an our Titleist TSR Driver Review. Our goal is to test with different swing types, swing paths and golfer skill levels. Ultimately, we aim to give you a sound review. The best way is to see for yourself by scheduling your own personalized club fitting. Schedule Your Own Driver Fitting   High Swing Speed Test – 110-120 mph club speed In our Titleist TSR Driver Review for our high swing speed tester, the TSR2 and TSR3 were compared to a Callaway Rogue ST Max LS. Using an Autoflex 505XX shaft, we found some interesting results with as we tested the TSR2 and TSR3. The TSR2 (set to 8.25 degrees [D1]) definitely showed that it can achieve higher launch with lower spin rates as promised. With spin rates within 5% of each other, the TSR2 launched almost 4 degrees higher than the Rogue ST Max LS (set to 8 degrees [-1/N]). The TSR2 also produced slightly more distance even with a steeper landing angle. Notably, there was a fair amount of left-to-right inconsistency with slight variances in club path and face to path. Conclusion: Titleist has delivered as promised. But, don’t let the... Read More

ZNE Wedge Shafts Review – Full Swing

September 26th, 2022

Newly released, our team just completed our ZNE Wedge Shafts review. With promises of distance control, reduced shot dispersion, and better feel – we had to see it for ourselves. Previously, the BGT Stability Putter Shafts proved to reduce torque and improve face to path alignment without giving up feel. Continuing with the challenge of traditional shaft design, we wanted to know how these shafts perform under full swing, partial swings and around the green. The BGT ZNE Wedge Shafts were released in 90 gram, 115 gram and 130 gram weights. Each shaft is virtually identical down to the “Stiffness Stack,” leaving the variance in flex to the tip section. Our staff with wedge full swing speeds from 60 mph to 80 mph put these shafts to the test in comparison to custom fitted shafts. In summary, we found that BGT is really on to something. Full Swing ZNE Wedge Shafts Review There is only one way to find out if the ZNE Wedge Shafts are right for you – come in for a custom wedge fitting. While our staff validated that BGT is delivering on their promise of distance control, shot dispersion and feel; it varies from player to... Read More

BRAVA Driver Shafts Review – Add Some New Life to Your Drives!

August 16th, 2022

The new BRAVA Driver Shafts from Breakthrough Golf Technology (BGT) are available now. BGT promotes the new Brava Driver Shafts outperforming Autoflex and Mitsubishi Tensei Driver shafts in length and dispersion. From the developers of STABILITY putter shafts, the BRAVA Driver Shafts offer new life to light weight shafts. Increased speed? Better Accuracy? More Distance? Improved Feel? We’ve taken each for a tour at three separate swing speeds as well as profiled each shaft on our proprietary systems. Find out if the new Brava Driver Shafts are right for you.   *** Book Your Driver Fitting Now! *** BRAVA Driver Shaft Design Using proven TORAYTM technology – light weight carbon fiber with extreme strength, the BRAVA Driver Shafts are available in weights from 46 to 55 grams.  These light weight shafts are designated by flex and estimated swing speed: Driver Shaft Model Flex Weight Trajectory Spin BGT BRAVA 75 A 46 gram mid-high mid-high BGT BRAVA 85 R 50 gram mid-high mid-high BGT BRAVA 95 S 54 gram mid-high mid-high   BRAVA Shaft Profiles Our profile testing shows that each of the BRAVA driver shafts are mid-high trajectory and mid-high spin.  The mid section has a firm feel which helps... Read More

How to select the correct wedge shafts?

August 3rd, 2022

  Wedge shafts are critical to ensure you achieve the accuracy, control and consistency you want from your new wedges. If you are thinking about getting new wedges, make sure you have the right shafts. Getting optimal spin rates, distance, proper gapping between wedges and shot dispersion can only be achieved with the right wedge shaft. Here’s why. Standard wedge shaft weight and flex doesn’t match irons. jump to details Most PGA and LPGA tour players match wedge shafts to irons. jump to details Consistent swing feel through lob wedge. jump to details New shaft technologies. jump to details Wedge fittings are best with Trackman. jump to details “Your approach to wedge fittings is spot-on. Not only is D’Lance Golf the best place to do a wedge fitting, your wedge fitting and build philosophy and ability to customize is what every golfer needs.” – Chris Melendez, PGA Instructor and Master Club Fitter, Boulder/Denver, Colorado.   Schedule Wedge Fitting Today   Standard wedge shaft flex Most importantly, there is no consistency in wedge shaft flex and weight across the major brands. Most wedges you buy off the rack will have a standard medium to heavy steel wedge shaft. For example, True... Read More