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July 15, 2013

Ping shows off prototype Rapture driving iron at British Open

Posted at 12:35 PM by Mark Dee

PING driving ironPing unveiled its new multi-material Rapture driving iron on Monday, just in time for the British Open (and the Sanderson Farms Championship!), making it the latest equipment company to offer an iron-style hybrid for Tour use.

The 17º driving iron, stamped as a 2-iron, is composed of a thin 455 Carpenter steel face welded to a 17-4 stainless steel body. By slimming down the face, Ping was able to move more mass to the low, rearward parts of the clubhead. Heavy tungsten weights in the heel and toe (plus a tungsten-polymer plug in the sole to tweak swingweight) mean a very low CG club that's more forgiving than your standard iron, but more playable than a meaty modern hybrid.

Despite all that low CG talk, Ping promises that it produces a workable, flat trajectory ideal for windy conditions—and perfect for a week when pros want to keep their Rapture out of the Heavens. It's too early to tell who will put the new tool in play, but Ping staffer/Birdie specialist/Octo-pants enthusiast Billy Horschel is already hyping the club on Twitter:

Of course, @BillyHo isn't the first pro to mess with the new wave of driving irons. Ernie Els played three Callaway X Utility prototypes to win last year's British Open, and Adam Scott had Titleist's hollow-bodied 712U utility iron in his bag at this year's Masters. Check out our a full rundown of driving iron options from the July issue of Golf Magazine, and keep your eyes open to see who's punching the Rapture around Muirfield this week.

Still, you'll have to wait to get your hands on the Rapture. Expected availability for weekend warriors is early 2014.

June 02, 2013

Winner's Bag: Matt Kuchar's equipment at the Memorial

Posted at 8:06 PM by Robert Sauerhaft
Kuchar_bagDRIVER: Bridgestone J40 430 (9.5°) with Accra M4+ 55 S-flex shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G25 (15°) with Aldila Tour Series X-flex shaft

HYBRID: Ping Anser (20°) with Graphite Design Tour AD X-flex shaft; Ping Anser (23°) with Aldila Tour Series X-flex shaft

IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (5-PW) with Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S-flex shafts

WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52°, 56° bent to 57°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts; Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shaft

PUTTER: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1

BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330-S

Photo: Kuchar at the 2013 Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii (Getty Images).

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May 05, 2013

Winner's Bag: Derek Ernst's equipment at the Wells Fargo Championship

Posted at 7:35 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

Ernst-PingDRIVER: Ping i20 (9.5°) with Ping TFC 707 X shaft
                                                            
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i15 (14°) with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red X shaft

HYBRID: Ping Anser (17°) with Oban Kiyoshi X shaft
                                                        
IRONS: Ping S56 (3-PW) with Project X 6.5 steel shaft                                                

WEDGES:
Ping Tour (54° and 58°) with Project X 6.5 steel shaft                                                            

PUTTER:
Ping Scottsdale TR Grayhawk

BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

(Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

January 15, 2013

My Bag: Mark Wilson at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 3:58 PM by David Dusek

"I can launch this driver a little bit better, hit it a litle bit longer and get a little more ball speed with the dame accuracy." -- Mark Wilson, defending champion at the Humana Challenge

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DRIVER: Ping Anser (8.5°) with a Grafolloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping Anser (17°, 20°) with Mitsubishi Kura Kage 80X shafts
IRONS: Ping i20 (4-PW) with Ping CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with Ping CS Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58 Rib
SHOES: FootJoy Icon

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland, Ping and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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January 03, 2013

Bubba Watson signs with Oakley

Posted at 2:00 PM by Jessica Marksbury

BubbaOakley announced Thursday that Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champ, has officially joined the company's golf staff.

Watson, 34, is coming off of a stint as the face of Travis Matthew, another Southern California-based apparel brand, and is excited about the change.

"When you look at Oakley as a brand before I was involved, it's fun, it's athletic, exciting, cutting-edge, all those words come to mind," Watson says. "When they came to me and wanted me to partner up and wear their stuff, why wouldn't I be on board?"

While he'll be sporting Oakley's men's performance golf collection, Watson's signature visor and buttoned-up polo look will remain unchanged. To celebrate its new addition, Oakley created an animated welcome video, which can seen below.

 

(Photo courtesy of Oakley)

December 19, 2012

Ping unveils plan to make equipment a factor in golfers' handicaps

Posted at 12:15 PM by Golf.com

Should a player who uses an antiquated persimmon driver to shoot an 80 have a lower handicap than a golfer who shoots the same score on the same course with a modern driver? Ping CEO John Solheim says yes, and he has applied for a patent on a handicapping system that would account for a golfer's equipment in addition to scores and course conditions. Here's the release from Ping:

PHOENIX (Dec. 19, 2012) – PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim announced today he’s applied for a patent that uses an equipment rating formula as a factor in calculating a golfer’s handicap. The pursuit of the patent, according to Solheim, is to ensure amateur golfers who want more options in playing the game have another choice allowing them to do so in a globally available format.

“The tone coming from the USGA and R&A in recent years suggests another significant equipment rollback may not be far away,” said Solheim, who applied for the patent in June of 2011. “We’ve already seen it with the groove rule and the proposed rule banning anchoring. We continue to hear whispers of more changes.  But as we’re also reading on the proposed anchoring ban, many directly involved in the game favor more equipment options, not fewer. I’m looking for ways to keep the game enjoyable for every level of golfer.”

The patent application details numerous scenarios in which equipment could be rated (balls that go varying distances, for example) and are also factored in with current variables, such as the challenge presented by each individual course.   Solheim suggests the expanded equipment options could be approved as “Conditions of Competition” so the new method of handicapping could exist within the current set of rules.

“One of the goals of this concept is to get people thinking outside the “traditional” box that seems to have been built around golf – due primarily to the influence of the professional game,” said Solheim. “This alternative approach to handicapping gives golfers the options to play and enjoy the game with the goal of keeping one set of rules. All of us who are part of this industry need to be looking forward to ensure the game grows in both appeal and participation. This is just one example of things we should be considering.”

October 08, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ryan Moore at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospital for Children Open

Posted at 9:21 AM by David Dusek

Ryan-Moore

DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft 
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°, 19°) with Fujikura Motore shafts
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 (20°) with a Fujikura Motore shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (4-PW) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cobra Trusty Rusty (55°); Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (60°) with Dynamic Golf Lite X100 shafts
PUTTER: YES! Sandy-12 White 
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Adams, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

July 10, 2012

Ping brings the Anser Driver to John Deere and Scottish Open

Posted at 11:25 AM by David Dusek

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At the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic and the European Tour's Scottish Open this week, Ping staff players will get their first chance to try to the company's newest driver, the Anser.

The 460-cc, matte-black, titanium Anser is Ping’s first adjustable driver, allowing golfers to add or take away .5° of loft.

While the club should be in pro shops in mid-August, Ping declined to reveal pricing information, but did say it will be available in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12° versions.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

ClubTest 2012: Drivers: Regluar golfers tell you what they think 

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June 17, 2012

Winner's Bag: Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open

Posted at 10:32 PM by David Dusek

 

Webb-Simpson

DRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (10.5°) with a UST AxivCore Tour Black 69 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°, 17°) with a UST VTS 8X shaft
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 680MB (4-P) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts 
WEDGES: Vokey Design TVD (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Craz-E (long)
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Photos: See pros' bags at Olympic

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist and Ping clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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 (Photo by David Dusek)

June 14, 2012

My Bag: Michael Thompson at the 2012 U.S. Open

Posted at 8:19 PM by David Dusek

 

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Michael Thompson (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

 

DRIVER: Ping i20 (9.5°) with a Grafolloy ProLaunch Red S shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Akira M215 (15°) with a Grafolloy ProLaunch Red shaft
IRONS: Ping S56 (2-9) with True Temper X100 shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-S (47°), Anser Forged (52°, 58°) with True Temper X100 shafts
PUTTER: Ping Anser 4
BALL: Titleist Pro V1

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

Photos: See more pros' bags at Olympic

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May 06, 2012

Winner's Bag: Rickie Fowler at the Wells Fargo Championship

Posted at 8:17 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cobra AMP (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i20 (15°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro Black (20°) with a Matrix OZIK HM2 Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Cobra AMP Pro Prototype Blades (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 50°, 55°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select GoLo
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about CobraAdams and Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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April 10, 2012

Ping selling 5,000 all-pink G20 drivers to support Bubba Watson's charity

Posted at 7:59 AM by David Dusek

Since Bubba Watson began swinging a pink Ping G20 driver at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January, Ping has donated $10,000, plus $300 for every 300-plus-yard drive Watson has struck using the club, to the "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million" initiative. That brings the company's total donation to $61,600. Watson and Ping hope to raise $1 million and give it to Phoenix-area charities chosen by the company with Watson's support.

On Tuesday morning, Ping announced that it will sell 5,000 limited-edition all-pink G20 drivers for $430 in local pro shops starting on June 1. Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of the drivers will go to "Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping," which is the company's portion of "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million."

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"Bubba is already approaching the target of 300 drives of 300 yards or longer, and we wanted a way to provide ongoing support for his generous cause," said John A. Solheim, Ping Golf's chairman and CEO, in a media release. "Even prior to his win at the Masters, golfers were requesting pink G20s. Through word of mouth, social media, and phone calls, the interest was extremely high. We want to satisfy that demand while bringing even more visibility to Bubba's goal of raising $1 million."

In GOLF Magazine's March issue, the G20 was reviewed alongside several other game-improvement drivers. Testers said it was, "One of the top-rated models. A worthy descendant to a long line of great drivers." You can read the complete review here.

The pink G20 drivers will be available in right-handed 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12° models and 10.5° for left-handers. Each will come with a pink headcover and a pink Ping TFC 169D shaft labeled, "Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping." A ladies 12° model will also be available.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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April 08, 2012

My Bag: Bubba Watson at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 7:05 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G20 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (16.5°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS: Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°) Ping Tour-S Rustique (64°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

**Ping will sell 5,000 limited-edition pink G20 drivers starting June 1. Read how you can get one.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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My Bag: Louis Oosthuizen at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 5:59 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping Rapture V2 (9°) with a Project X Black 6B7 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Rocketballz Tour (17.7°, 19°) with Project X 6B7 shafts
IRONS: PING S56 (3-9) with True Temper X100 shafts
WEDGES: PING Tour S (47°, 54°) Tour-S TS (60°) with True Temper X100 shafts
PUTTER: PING Scottsdale ZB
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping and TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

 

April 02, 2012

Ping introduces adjustable-length belly putter

Posted at 8:33 AM by Golf.com

Ping_belly_msPing released an adjustable-length belly-putter shaft, the company announced in a statement last week.

The adjustable putter shaft, offered exclusively with the Nome 405 putter, allows players to adjust the length of the putter within a 9-inch range. Ping said it is the first major golf company to introduce a USGA-approved adjustable putter shaft.

Belly putters have surged in popularity since to Tour pros like Adam Scott and Webb Simpson used them in victories in the 2011 season. At the 2011 PGA Championship, Keegan Bradley became the first major winner to use a belly putter. In February, a New York Times article called belly putters, "the hottest product in golf equipment." 

“At PING, custom fitting is our priority, and with the popularity of belly putters we saw a unique fitting opportunity because shaft length is so critical to performance,” Ping CEO John A. Soleim said in a statement. “Adjustability is key because the standard 42-inch belly putter fits a narrow range of people. When the shaft is too long or too short, it alters your distance from the ball, your eye position, and the path of your stroke. Adjustability lets you experiment until your posture is comfortable and your eyes are over the ball, which helps you make a consistent stroke and solid impact. We’re pleased to have USGA approval of this easy-to-use, innovative technology. Golfers are going to find it will help improve their putting.”

According to Ping, the putter's length can be adjusted from 37.5 to 46.5 inches. How does it work? Here's how Ping explains it:

The player changes the length using a Ping adjustment tool that threads into a locking ring on the shaft. Turning the tool loosens the ring, allowing the shaft to slide telescopically. The player then adjusts the shaft to the desired length. Turning the adjustment tool in the opposite direction and removing it locks the ring and secures the shaft so it’s ready for play.

As one more fitting step, the shaft is available in three different bends to match Straight, Slight Arc, and Strong Arc stroke types. This coincides with PING’s Fit for Stroke™ putter-fitting concept.

The standard-length Nome arrives in pro shops this week, but it had an impressive debut on the PGA Tour when Hunter Mahan used it during his winning run at the Accenture World Match Play in February. He also used it en route to his win at the Shell Houston Open. The Nome long putter with adjustable shaft will be available May 1 for $320.







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