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What is the Secret of Driver Head Performance?
There are a couple of ways to make sure the driver you have or the one you are about to purchase are going to match or exceed your performance expectations. By testing your current driver on a launch monitor and physically measuring a couple of points on the driver head, you can optimize your performance. More…
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”. 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. Almost all of the new driver heads offer some form of adjustability so getting the loft and directional tendency absolutely correct is a little less critical than it was a few years ago. At D’Lance Golf we offer a full range of wood head sizes and styles. We make recommendations for the type of head that will give you great performance at an affordable price with outstanding aesthetic appeal.
I have picked up 15-20 yards with the new driver. My greens-in-regulation have gone up by 50% because I am hitting shorter irons into the green. – John R., Littleton, CO (August, 2012)
Match the loft of your driver with the right shaft launch and spin.
With todays adjustable drivers, making the right shaft choice is even more important than ever before. Changing loft and/or opening or closing the face on your driver can have a big impact on trajectory and direction of your shots. Add the fact that you can change launch trajectory by over 3 degrees with a particular shaft and you can quickly gain or lose a lot of distance and accuracy. We take all of these factors into account when we fit your driver. More…
What woods should you play?
Most better players will have a standard Driver (1 wood), 3 wood and 5 wood in their bag. If we fit you in a High Loft (12 to 16 degree) driver, I would suggest that the next wood in your bag be a 4 or 5 wood because a 3 wood will be almost identical in loft to your driver. The new slot technology fairway woods make the fairway wood decisions a little harder because they launch a little higher and will go farther. Even the average golfer may want to consider a 17 degree 4 wood instead of both a 3 and 5 wood.
Makeover your driver.
If you are not straight and long off the tee, your confidence takes a big hit. Tour players tweak their drivers more than any club in their bag until they get it right. So should you! Are your drives too high or too low? When we test players on the TrackMan ball flight monitor, what you THINK is the right trajectory may be completely off. Trajectory (launch angle AND descent angle) will give you the optimum distance, both carry and roll-out. This is a combination of driver loft and shaft tip profile. Soft tip, high launch may be good for a lot of people but your roll-out may be limited because the descent angle is too steep. Are you straight off the tee? The right shaft weight, flex and swing weight will cut your shot dispersion by 50% or more and give you more distance. Makeover your driver and get your confidence back!
Fighting the Longer, Lighter Driver Trend
Since the PGA Show in 2011 it was evident that every equipment company had caught the bug. Build longer, lighter drivers and distance will come. While we have had tremendous success in the past year building very long drivers, up to the legal USGA limit of 48 inches, not every golfer can take advantage of this trend. Read More…
Where IS the Sweet Spot?
We have all known that hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the club face results in hitting the ball long and straight. Unfortunately, finding that sweet spot can be an exercise in trial and error. Well, thanks to TrackMan and our own research in addition to that done by TrackMan staff, we can share with you where the sweet spot is on most drivers and what happens when you miss the sweet spot. Read More...
“The ST-Z features sections in the sole’s heel and toe that lower the CG to produce a neutral ball flight with lower spin and maximum forgiveness on off-center hits. The ST-X boasts a larger panel stretching across the toe and center of the sole.”- Mizuno Golf
“The technology that launched 2017’s GBB Epic, Callaway’s most successful driver in two decades, receives a makeover for 2021 using artificial intelligence. The “jailbreak” tech—internal twin vertical bars near the face that join and stiffen the crown and sole—covers a wider area with horizontal brackets to expand the stiffness of the entire body. “- Callaway Golf
“Known for their aerodynamically angled sole, the SIM drivers of last year changed how shape improves speed. This update of the SIM platform is a fundamental change in how that head is made. The goal is to increase forgiveness for three types of players through a construction that eliminates titanium from everywhere except the face and replaces it almost entirely with lightweight carbon fiber. This frees up more mass to be redistributed so that the low-spin (SIM2), mid-launch (SIM2 Max) or anti-slice (SIM2 Max·D) users get more bang at impact, wherever that impact might be.” TaylorMade Golf
“A single driver, no matter how much adjustability it has, can’t address every player’s need. Cobra, in fact, believes adjustability should be used more strategically. That’s why it developed three models that take saved weight and push it selectively toward locations at the front, rear or heel to solve three distinct challenges. Cobra’s Radspeed, the standard model, features 70 percent of the weight forward for better players who want low spin and maximum energy transfer on center hits.” – Cobra Golf
“How much better can titanium be? Titleist went to Mars to find out. These drivers use a titanium alloy (ATI 425) in the face originally developed for NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander. In other words, it’s light, flexible, strong and resilient—just the right material to smash a golf ball. This alloy’s strength-to-weight ratio allowed the designers to pursue a more aggressive variable-thickness face to get more distance.”