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August 25, 2014

Hunter Mahan's winning gear at The Barclays

Posted at 1:13 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Hunter Mahan ended a long winless streak with an impressive two-stroke victory at The Barclays. Here's the gear he used to get the job done: 

DRIVER: PING G25 (9.5° set to 10.5°) with Aldila Rouge 70-X shaft

HYBRID: PING I25 (17° set to 18°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Shite D+ shaft

IRONS: PING S55 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: PING i25 (54°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

PUTTER: PING Scottsdale Anser 2

BALL: Titleist Pro V1 

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April 08, 2014

Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan Sport Under Armour Gear at Augusta

Posted at 1:11 PM by Michael Chwasky

Under Armour's been making major headway into golf in recent years and will have a pretty noticeable presence at August National this week with players like Jordan Spieth and Hunter Mahan (among others) donning their gear. Check out Jordan's and Hunter's clothing scripts for the week below: 

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Jordan Spieth:

Thurs: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Elevated Twill Pant $89.99, custom belt and hat 

Fri: Performance Polo $49.99, Elevated Twill Short (customized into pants) $69.99, custom belt and hat

Sat: Coldblack Embossed Polo $64.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, Casual Leather Belt $54.99, custom hat

Sun: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Elevated Twill Pant $89.99, custom belt and hat

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Hunter Mahan: 

Thurs: Performance Polo $49.99, Elevated Twill Short (customized into pants) $69.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

Fri: Elevated Space Dye Stripe Polo $69.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, Casual Leather Belt $54.99, custom hat

Sat: Essential Stripe Polo $59.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

Sun: Elevated Heather Stripe Polo $69.99, Bent Grass Pant $79.99, UA Canvas Belt $29.99, custom hat

(Photos: Courtesy of Under Armour)

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August 23, 2013

Mahan's baby gets gold Ping putter

Posted at 11:03 AM by Michael Chwasky

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It's been a long standing tradition at Ping to give Tour winners who use their putters a gold-plated replica to celebrate their victory. In Ping staff player Hunter Mahan's case, the cause for celebration was the birth of his daughter Zoe. Though Mahan, who was leading the event at the time, decided to leave the RBC Canadian Open after two rounds to be with his wife in Dallas, the folks at PING have nothing but respect for the tough decision. 

"We'll never know if Hunter would have held on to win that week," said John Solheim, Ping Chairman & CEO, "but the circumstances were so unique, we wanted to create a lasting memory for Hunter, Kandi and Zoe that would forever remind them of that special day. The birth of a child is a win any way you look at is, so we thought we'd have some fun with it. As is our tradition, we made two gold-plated versions of his Scottsdale TR Anser 2 putter. One was given to Hunter and the other will reside in our Gold Putter Vault with more than 2,800 Ping putters in Phoenix." 

The putter presented to Mahan is inscirbed with his daughter's name, birthdate and vital stats. 

"That is really cool and above and beyond." Mahan said. "I really appreciate this." 

(Photo: Courtesy of Ping)

April 01, 2012

Winner's Bag: Hunter Mahan at Shell Houston Open

Posted at 9:27 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (13°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 85X shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Forged Anser (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Nome
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

February 26, 2012

Winner's Bag: Hunter Mahan at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Posted at 8:46 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (9.5°) with a Fujikura Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (13°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 85X shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Forged Anser (56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Nome
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David Dusek)

With his new Ping Nome, Mahan was red hot on greens at Match Play

Posted at 8:31 PM by David Dusek

Hunter-Mahan-Ping-Nome-PutterHunter Mahan made a lot of important putts en route to winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and he used a new Ping Nome putter to hole them.

Mahan has used traditional, heel-toe weighted blade putters throughout his professional career, but while working on the practice green Monday with Matt Rollins, a Ping rep, Mahan discovered that his alignment was off with his old putter. A laser attached to Mahan's putter revealed that when he thought he was aiming at the hole, he was actually aiming slightly left.

Rollins and Mahan experimented with a few different models in hopes of finding one that would improve his aim while still pleasing his eye at address.

The Nome, a mallet made from aluminum with two tungsten weights added to the bottom-rear section, proved to be perfect for Mahan. It has a higher moment of inertia than Mahan's previous putters, and the face-balanced model he selected enhances his fairly straight putting stroke.

The laser showed that Mahan aimed the Nome perfectly, which isn't surprising because it features a black piece on the crown with a white alignment line that stretches from the middle of the face to the back of the putter.

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"Basically, I'm aiming where I think I'm supposed to be aiming," Mahan said on Friday after defeating Steve Stricker in the third round. "Before I was aiming a little more left than I thought, so I was kind of pushing my putts. I wasn't getting a true roll and a true read." 

The Nome should start arriving in pro shops in the first week of April. If he putts like he did in Tucson, Mahan might win his first major that week too.

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(Photos: Ping Golf)

May 09, 2011

Ping's Anser wedges arrive on the PGA Tour

Posted at 3:22 PM by David Dusek

Ping Anser Wedge Back PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Last year Ping released its first forged iron, the Anser. The new Anser wedges look like an extension of those irons, and they have some features that should make them appealing to mid- and low-handicap players.

"It's a forged wedge and the hosel got a little bit longer," says Matt Rollins, one of Ping's PGA Tour representatives. "Therefore, we decided to add a tungsten piece out on the toe to elongate the sweet spot."

In the photo on the right, the tungsten is the slightly-darker metal surrounding the 60.

Rollins also says that the ball flight of the Anser wedges, which are made from a soft 8620 stainless steel, is slightly flatter and lower than some of Ping's other wedges. "I'm not saying that's wrong, or better, or worse… it's just different," Rollins said.

The biggest difference between the Anser wedges and the other wedges in Ping's lineup (Tour-STour-S Rustique, Tour-W TS) is that there is no back weight, according to Rollins. Ping has traditionally used that back weight to help adjust the club's swing weight. With the Anser, club builders can insert small weights inside the hosel to adjust for a player's desired shaft weight or shaft length.

While the Anser lacks the weight badge, it does feature a stabilization bar that runs diagonally across the cavity in the toe section. "We had a couple of people in our testing who said it was a little off when they hit it intentionally out on the toe," Rollins says. By adding just a little more mass in that area, Ping hopes to enhance feel on flop shots and delicate pitches.

Ping Anser Wedge FAce When the Anser wedges are released later this summer, look for 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60° options. Thanks to a notch that Ping designs into the hosels of all its wedges and irons, fitters can easily bend the clubs into the exact loft you want. In fact, Hunter Mahan, who put the Anser wedges into play last week at Quail Hollow, had his 56° bent to 53°.

"You just have to remember that for every degree that you bend the club, you take a degree of bounce either on or off," Rollins says. "There's a one-to-one ratio."

Ping does not have a suggested retail price for the clubs yet.

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March 11, 2011

My Bag: Hunter Mahan at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 11:04 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G15 (10.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC61 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with Grahite Design DJ 8X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with UST Mamiya ATTAS 85 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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January 27, 2011

After the season of his life, Bubba's sticking with his sticks

Posted at 12:33 PM by David Dusek

Bubba-Watson-Ping-Equipment_450x600 La Jolla, Calif. — Lots of top players made significant equipment changes during the off-season. Graeme McDowell went from Callaway to Srixon, Camilo Villegas jumped from Cobra to TaylorMade and Tim Clark said good-bye to Srixon and hello to Titleist.

Bubba Watson, who won the Travelers Championship in Hartford, Conn., and made the United States Ryder Cup team, planned to switch his equipment over the winter, too. He never intended to leave the company, but after watching players like Hunter Mahan, Louis Oosthuizen and Arjun Atwal and with the Ping's new S56 irons, he figured he trade in his trusty S59 irons for the hit new model.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the fitter—Watson decided that coming off the season of his life, he just couldn't make the change.

When I talked to Watson on the putting green at Torrey Pines, he said, "The only reason to switch equipment is because you think it's better, it does something for you that, in your mind, you believe it's better. I tried them during the year, but I didn't want to mess with things during the year. I said that after the year's over, then I want to try them out."

But after returning from the Ryder Cup, instead of practicing with the new S56 irons, Watson kept the S59s in the bag.

"You know, the S56s are great clubs, probably better than my 59s, but I'm so confident with my S59s right now that I just don't see a reason right now to switch. If I played bad last year I might, but … "

Watson says that he's easy to fit and has never shied away from putting the newest Ping driver in his bag. "But with something like my irons," he said, "That's something that you've got to be focused on and truly love. So for me, it's just hard to switch out of irons and putters. A driver is just different because it's not one of your scoring clubs."

Here's a complete list of the clubs Bubba has in his bag at Torrey Pines:

DRIVER: Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
 Ping G15 (17°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS:
 Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES:
 Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER:
 Ping Redwood Anser
BALL:
 Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by David  Dusek)

 

August 08, 2010

Winner's Bag: Hunter Mahan at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Posted at 9:57 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a Ping 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with UST Mamiya ATTAS X8 shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with ACCRA XH 85 shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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(Photo by Carlos M. Saavedra/SI)

June 15, 2010

Ping brings the new S56 Irons to Pebble Beach

Posted at 2:22 PM by David Dusek

Ping-S56-Irons-3_600x450 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — During the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, several Ping staff players had a chance to see and try clubs the company plans to release later this year.

Hunter Mahan liked the company's yet-to-be-released S56 irons so much he said that he'd put them in his bag that week. Unfortunately, the S56 irons hadn't been approved for play by the USGA at that time, and Ping was not ready to release the clubs to the world, so Mahan (who won that week at TPC Scottsdale) and other Ping pros had to wait ... until now.

Ping brought several sets of S56 irons to Pebble Beach this week; the clubs are an updated-version of Mahan's beloved Ping S57 irons and feature several of the same design features.

The S56 irons have a compact head, minimal offset and only a touch of perimeter weighting. A weight cartridge nestled behind the face absorbs vibrations and allows Ping to adjust the swing weight of each club to match a golfer's preferences.

And like the S57, the S56 irons also feature a tungsten weight in the toe area to extend the sweet spot that direction. To help maintain balance, Ping lengthened the hosel of the S56 (thereby adding weight to the heel area), which also broadens the sweet spot in that direction too. The result is a slightly more forgiving blade that will still allow better golfers to carve and shape their shots.

According to Matt Rollins, a PGA Tour rep for Ping golf, the sole of the S56 has been designed to work more effectively through the turf -- a feature that tour players who hit the irons in February all noticed and liked.

Don't look for the S56 to add yards to your game. Like other iron sets designed with accomplished players in mind, they were built with an emphasis on consistency and accuracy instead of power.

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Look for the clubs to arrive in pro shops in mid-September for a cost of $127 per club.

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March 02, 2010

Gear Notes: Trevor Immelman's New Nike Driver, Hunter Mahan's Day at Ping, and TaylorMade's Vecino Spider Putter

Posted at 3:35 PM by David Dusek

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Mathew Goggin, who tied for fourth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, had a great week on the greens. Last season, Goggin averaged 29.53 putts per round, ranking him 142nd on the PGA Tour. But last week at TPC Scottsdale, using a new Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball Blade putter for the first time, the Aussie was more than one stroke better, needing just 28.3.

Adding those four strokes to Goggin's final score would have dropped him into a tie for 24th and cost him more than $200,000 in prize money.

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Trevor Immelman made his 2010 debut last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he did it with a new driver. Immelman, who won the 2008 Masters using a Nike SQ Dymo STR8-Fit prototype driver, played at TPC Scottsdale with a new SQ Machspeed STR8-Fit.

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Hunter Mahan went to Ping's factory in Phoenix last Tuesday to meet with the company's engineers, club builders and tour department. To say thanks for all the work they have done for him, Mahan even brought lunch for 30 people.

While at Ping's headquarters, Mahan worked with a master club builder and tour rep to improve the performance of a new EYE2 lob wedge that he started using during the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Unlike the EYE2 lob wedge he'd previously been using, Mahan's new wedge has grooves that conform to the new USGA standards. He felt the ball was rolling up the face too much on full shots, so material was welded to the sole and 3° of bounce were added to the club. The result for Mahan was more control and a flatter trajectory while keeping the 59° of loft.

On Sunday, en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mahan had to overcome a problem with his Ping Rapture V2 driver.

"My gamer had a little crack in it on 2," he said Sunday evening. After talking with officials and confirming that he could take the club out of play and replace it with a new driver, Mahan's girlfriend, Kandi Harris, ran back to his car and got his back-up.

Monza_Spider_Vicino"Luckily the rules staff ran her out to the car and she got it and I got it before the next tee shot, which was nice, because the next hole is a par 5," he said. "I really didn't want to hit a 3-wood off the par 5."

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The new Vecino Spider (right) arrived on tour last week at TPC Scottsdale. Both Martin Laird and Joe Ogilvie immediately put the new putter in the bag, and according to the company, J.B. Holmes, Kenny Perry and Scott McCarron all requested that Vecino Spider putters be made to their specifications for testing.

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February 28, 2010

Winning Clubs: Hunter Mahan at 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Posted at 8:44 PM by David Dusek

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Here is a complete list of the clubs that Hunter Mahan used to win the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open:

DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a Ping Prototype 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with an UST Mamiya ATTAS X8 shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST V2 89 X hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S-57 (3-PW) with True Temper  X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), Ping  EYE2 (59°) with True Temper S-300 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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February 16, 2010

Ping Eye2 Controversy a Headache for Hunter Mahan

Posted at 12:13 PM by David Dusek

Hunter-Mahan-Ping-Eye2_600 MARANA, Ariz. — The controversy sparked by Phil Mickelson, John Daly and other golfers who recently started using Ping Eye2 wedges made before 1990 has created a problem for Hunter Mahan.

Mahan has been using a pre-1990 58° Ping Eye2 lob wedge for years. He likes the look and feel of the club, but this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship he would be the only player in the field using an "old groove" Eye2.

That doesn't sit well with Mahan, because he knows that if he does well using the old wedge some people might question whether his success was due to his skill or the grooves.

So this week Mahan has been practicing with an Eye2 lob wedge that is identical to his old club except that it contains grooves that conform to the new USGA standards. Tuesday morning on the range he had three Eye2 wedges in his bag. The two copper-colored clubs in the photo have the old grooves. The silver-colored wedge that you can partially see has the new grooves. 

"I don't want the focus to be on the grooves," he told me. "It's really kind of unfortunate, but right now the players are taking the blame for all of this."

Mahan said he has not made up his mind which club he is going to use in his match Wednesday against South Africa's Charl Schwartzel. But from his tone and body language, I sensed that he really wants to avoid any controversy.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

December 03, 2009

Bag of the Day: Hunter Mahan

Posted at 10:07 AM by David Dusek

Since playing in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park last September, Hunter Mahan has made a few updates to his golf bag. Out: his old Ping G10 3-wood and Ping Rapture V2 hybrid. In: new Ping i15 models with the same loft. Mahan also changed the shaft of the fairway wood from a from a UST Mamiya ATTAS to an Aldila RIP.

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Here is a complete list of the clubs that Hunter Mahan has in his bag right now:

DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (10.5°) with a PING Prototype 824 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (15.5°) with an Aldila RIP 80 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°) with a UST V2 89 X hybrid shaft
IRONS: Ping S-57 (3-PW) with True Temper  X-100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (54°), Ping  EYE2 (59°) with True Temper S-300 shafts
PUTTER: Ping IWI D66
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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