I am hitting the ball much more consistently and my drives are at least 15 yards longer since you re-shafted my clubs. -Marsha V., Larkspur, CO 24 Hcp. (August, 2010)
You then have three choices:
Reshaft some or all of your existing equipment to match our recommendations
Purchase some or all new clubs.
No need to purchase new clubs. We will tell you if it makes sense to retro-fit your existing set.
If you re-shaft or purchase new equipment through D’Lance Golf Performance Center, all of your equipment will be custom built to your exact specifications in our production facility in Englewood, Colorado.
While we have our opinions based upon our research and testing regarding equipment (drivers, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters) we believe we need to show you a variety of options in the fitting process and then let you choose. Brand (Ping, TaylorMade, Mizuno) may or may not be important to you. At D’Lance Golf Performance Center, we respect your choices and will only make recommendations that will improve your game and help you accomplish your objectives. We will, however, make very specific recommendations as to what clubs you should have in your bag.
When you buy clubs “off the rack” you typically purchase eight irons and three woods. This is a standard set. In most cases the irons are 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and pitching wedge(PW). The woods are a Driver (1 wood), 3 wood and 5 wood. Depending upon your skill level and playing objectives, this standard set makeup may not work for you. For example, long irons (3, 4 and 5 irons) are usually harder to hit for beginners. That is because they are longer and sometimes stiffer so golfers tend to swing harder to feel like they are making solid contact. At D’Lance Golf, we are not limited to selling standard sets. We usually sell a 5-PW, and Sand Wedge and a 3, 5 and 7 wood or 22 degree Hybrid as a beginners set. This is a set that is easier to learn with and much easier to swing. We work with our customers to build them the best set that will help them play better golf.
Iron Head Design
While cavity back heads and oversize heads have been on the market for several years, there is definitely a trend back towards smaller heads. For beginners, larger heads give a bigger sweet spot and more forgiveness. Likewise, cavity backed, sole weighted clubs will make it easier to get the ball in the air consistently. At D’Lance Golf during our player interview we determine your current golfing ability, your golfing goals and objectives, and then recommend two or three head designs that will perform to your expectations. Some players will need lie adjustments due to their height and swing dynamics that cannot be obtained with cast clubs. Because some players need lie adjustments greater than 3 degrees, which cannot be obtained in a cast club, D’Lance Golf offers several forged (more easily bendable) head designs.
Wood Head Design
With forged titanium becoming easier to produce, the trend is to larger metal wood heads that offer a much larger sweet spot and more forgiveness. Wood heads are measured by the cubic centimeters of volume they displace going from a more traditional size of 400cc to as large as 460cc. While the larger heads offer more forgiveness, they are sometimes less appealing to look at for a lot of golfers. There are several new designs that offer a “wide body” look like the TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 or the more traditional look like the Adams 9064LS, and the TaylorMade R11. Lofts are also a measure of how high you will hit the ball for a given swing speed. Driver lofts usually range from 7.5 degrees to 13 degrees. The lower the angle the lower the trajectory, for a given swing speed. Usually, higher lofts will mean greater distance. At D’Lance Golf we offer a full range of wood head sizes and lofts. We make recommendations for the type of head that will give you great performance at an affordable price with outstanding aesthetic appeal.
Choosing Fairway Woods
A typical set of golf clubs would include a 3 wood (15 degree loft) and a 5 wood (18 degree loft). We hardly do anything traditional anymore for a couple of reasons. If we fit you into a 12 or 13 degree driver, we would likely put you into a 16.5 or 17 degree 4 wood as your next club because you may have difficulty in getting a standard 3 wood in the air. This added loft would give you more distance as well. The next club in your bag would likely be a 7 wood (21 degree loft) or a 3 Hybrid (20 degree loft). A similar scenario could apply if you hit your driver a long ways and find yourself hitting your 3 wood too far on par 5’s and 5 wood not long enough. The perfect shoice would be a 4 wood and drop the 3 and 5 wood. Because lofts are also a measure of how high you will hit the ball for a given swing speed, we really work hard to give you the proper distance gaps with your fairway woods by choosing the proper wood lofts.