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  1. PING - Blogs Pretty good article from Chris Broadie, the head of fitting science at Ping, showing the advantage of hitting the ball straighter. Outliers like Bubba Watson (he's mentioned in the article) aside, better players tend to curve the ball less. That makes sense. Straighter shots are more accurate and more predictable, so it would lead to better golf scores. Chris demonstrates the effect of large curves by using a tour pro's impact variability and simulating straight shots ( average of 0° face-to-path) vs a big draw (average of -6° face-to-path) So if the average tour player were to hit drives with large curves, he would lose 24 yards off the tee and gain 12% accuracy. People always like to have the distance vs accuracy debate, but I don't think anyone can reasonably argue that 12% accuracy is worth losing 2-3 clubs for on the second shot. He does point out that the accuracy can be advantageous. I suppose if you hit the ball 320 yards, you can afford to hit it 296 yards to get a better chance at hitting the fairway when you really need to. The 1.1 strokes per round is significant though. That's a lot of strokes the simulated tour player is giving up off the tee with the bigger curve. A more realistic scenario for a tour player looks like this: Here you can see the difference between the straight shot vs the curved shot is negligible. So a curve is not bad in and of itself, but too much curve and you're not getting the most out of your drives.
  2. PING - PING Japan Range Case I saw the Instagram post and picked up one of each, black and white. They look slick and solve a nice problem. Plus now I won’t look like a chump fisting a cluster of five clubs to take with me. I do wonder if alignment sticks will fit. Lowe’s ones are nearly 48” but mine are 44-46” and should be good.
  3. I have a 11 year old female who is getting started in Golf. I wanted to get her started with the best clubs possible and got her fitted at Edwin Watts. Her Height is 55 inches with a wrist to floor measurement of 22 inches. Her wrist to floor measurement is off the Ping fitting chart. She was fitted to 1 inch off the driver and 3/4 inch off the irons. When the clubs arrived, the Swing Weight measurements were: Driver- SW=B3; 3W- SW=B2; 6-SW=B1; 8-SW=B1; PW-SW=B1; 56-SW=B4. Per the Ping Website, "Irons Custom Turning Port to allow for precise swing weighting during the custom build process. 1. Should the Swing Weight be around D1-5? Seems like B1 is around 20 swing weights are not normal. Thoughts. Thanks
  4. Hi All, I've been working on improving my game, and in turn have started thinking about getting a better set of clubs. For context, being serious about golf is really new to me so I may ask a dumb question or make a dumb statement. I found a set of Ping i10 irons on Craigslist for $175. The club heads appear to be in good shape. As far as I know, Pings are pretty valuable clubs. However, I use a 1" longer shaft, and they badly need new grips. I'm not sure on the price of getting new shafts and grips. I'm wondering if it's a good value to pick up that set of irons and get new shafts and grips. What is the rough cost? Would it be worth it? Should I just buy a new set of clubs? I appreciate any suggestions.
  5. Every winter I usually get a little stir crazy and buy some random golf club or old iron set on Ebay. I thought I got away clean this year, but now I kind of want a Ping 1A putter. For those who don't know, the 1A was Karsten Solheim's first manufactured putter design and the namesake for the company. Yes, namesake: It's a cool piece of history. The 1A was the first putter designed with engineering principles applied towards performance. Contemporary putters were little more than pieces of metal on the end of a stick with a flat side or two. Karsten Solheim is better known for his later Anser design, but the 1A is the original. Plus it makes a cool sound.
  6. Hi Guys, I recently purchased a mint condition PING O Blade Karstens Patent Pending putter, what caught my eye was the original Pro Only grip and shaft. Any idea what the resale value of this might be?
  7. PING Introduces G410 Drivers with moveable weight Technology Significant advancements in custom fitting while delivering golfers the highest MOI’s and ball speeds available highlight the new PING G410 Plus and G410 SFT drivers. The multi-material drivers are available for pre-order today, and custom fitting at authorized PING golf shops around the world beginning in mid February. Ping G410 Announcement From Ping:
  8. PING introduces G410 iron, compact distance model Ping G410 Irons Announcement
  9. PING Introduces G410 Fairway Woods, Hybrids & Crossovers Ping G410 Fairway, Hybrid and Crossover Announcement Other Features: Maraging-Steel Face Technology A Focus on Forgiveness PING’s First Adjustable Hybrid Hose
  10. Hello , I just purchased a sweet set of Ping Eye 2 beryllium copper irons. They are from the 1st two years of producing the Becu’s . The Serial #s are D4512577 and D276644. Anyway...if you look closely to the left side, just outside the oval region of the eye inset (right above the U.S.) , you would notice a small number 4 oddly placed. Now, my set is a complete with matching serial numbers. Only 4 of 8 clubs have the 4 and it’s pretty random as to which clubs. Does anyone know what this means? I’ll try to include a pic
  11. I was recently fitted for a new set of Ping i500 irons. I was playing an older set of Mizuno JPX 800 pros. After a few hours on the range, it didn’t look like the new irons were going longer. The lofts on the i500 are about 2 degrees less than my mizuno (long to mid iron, pw and gw are the same) My 7-iron is about a 170 yard club, but I seem to be about 5-10 yards shorter with the new irons. During the fitting, I went thru about 4 different shafts before I got something that gave me good numbers in the Trackman. Does anyone have any experience in this area? I know the i500 has been promoted as being longer, so I wasn’t expecting less distance.
  12. I swapped out my wedges this year. I went from Callaway MD3's to Ping Stealth 2.0's. I changed my wedges because I do play for spin around the green and over time they do not spin as well. I also never got along with the 50 degree for full shots. I was never comfortable with it. I am playing Ping I200's for irons, Ping G400 driver and I figured I try the wedges. I got 50 SS 12 degrees bounce, 54 ES 8 degrees of bounce and 58 SS 10 degrees of bounce. I really have not hit them yet but pulling them out of the plastic I note two things. 1. The numbers are back like the club. That has to change, it is near impossible to see. 2. I like the dyla-wedge grips. They are longer, and do not taper as much. Since a wedge is a club I grip down on more than most I thought I would give it a try. It also has a reminder rib which I like. After I break them in I'll report back but I suspect they will be just fine.
  13. Good morning, Just thinking about my clubs, assorted models of clubs over the years, and quickly realized that, yeah... My set of Pings are OLD, but I still love how they feel. Iron set = Ping i3+ from 2003. Standard length, standard lie, black dot, regular factory steel shaft. FW = Ping i3 in 3W and 5W. Standard length, standard lie, black dot, regular factory graphite shaft. Driver = Used Ping G10 from Golfsmith / Golf Galaxy a few years ago, after my beloved Ping Si3 snapped off at the hosel, as was deemed irreparable. (My current G10 is also Standard length, standard lie, 10.5° face, but with a stiff factory graphite shaft). Extras/Substitutes: Ping Rapture 21° Hybrid took the place of the i3+ 3 iron. Same as before, standard length, lie, but the Hybrid has an Aldila VS Proto graphite shaft. Ping S59 gap wedge, 52°, same as before, standard length, black dot, factory steel shaft, etc... Precision Touch 5808 SW, 58°... Found this a number of years ago in a golf store (2nd Swing?) and had it ever since. Standard length, lie, etc... Putter = Homemade/component/copycat mallet putter, that a friend of my old nextdoor neighbor made me back in the day. It's a knockoff of the famous Odyssey Rossie II mallet and is just a real sweet putter. Standard length (34"), standard lie, etc... Now... With all of that said, I am wondering if anyone else still uses 15 year old clubs? I love my i3+ irons and can cleanly hit them a majority of the time from all sorts of lies. I'm just a basic, regular guy, 6'0" and 210 lbs (need to lose weight!), 90 mph swing speed, and in a few days I'll be 57 years old. I've always been on that cusp on needing a stiff shaft or a regular shaft, which is why I bought the Ping G10 with the factory TFC 129D stiff shaft. Some days, I can't hit it long and other days, I'll blast it off the tee out 250+ yards. Question: Should I consider upgrading my clubs and get with the times, or just keep on playing the old Ping i3+ set? Opinions? Suggestions?
  14. I am 35 years old and an 8 handicap. I have been hitting the same Ping Eye 3 Blades (black dot) for about 15 years now and love them. They are forgiving but also allow me to work the ball (as best as an 8 handicapper can!). They were a hand me down set from my dad who is 5’10. I am 6'2 and have been fitted for a 1/4 to 1/2 inch extension but have yet to make any changes. I have learned to hit the standard length clubs and I’m really afraid to tweak that much. I have, however, lost distance as I have gotten older. I like a carry distance of at least 165 with my 7 iron. Over the last two years, I have only been able to carry it 150 tops. I am now considering buying new irons to address the loss in distance but do not want to move too far from the Ping Eye 3 design or feel. My questions are as follows: What is the modern Ping equivalent of the Ping Eye 3 blade? Is there a Ping product available that has the slimmer look of a blade but that is actually a cavity back and has cavity back forgiveness? For some reference, I tried the Titleist AP2s for a couple rounds and they were too difficult for me to hit. I have also hit the g400 and g700 on a simulator but not a fan of the bulkiness. However, I hit the g400 and g700 7 iron 175-180 with them so I can tell that technology does make difference regardless even if the lie angle is bit different. I love Ping but open to other brands as well. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks, Ed
  15. Interesting. A foam-filled cavity-back from PING? Wonder if PXG will sue them too.
  16. Newport Cup Participants Review PING Apparel (Shirts, Shorts, Pants, and a Hat) Product Name: PING Apparel Product Type: Apparel Product Website/URL: https://www.ping.com/apparel/default.aspx?gender=male Cost: Varies Below, twelve members of the 2017 Newport Cup squad will write thorough, in-depth reviews of PING apparel (shirts, shorts, pants, and a hat), complete with photos, an occasional video, and a wealth of opinion and information. They're encouraged to be as honest as possible. We'd like to thank the sponsors for the gear, apparel, equipment, and goodies, and we chose them largely because they produce quality products, but they know we value honesty and integrity in reviews as well.
  17. Went to the Gateway Chapter PGA merchandise sale at Missouri Athletic Club - West in St. Louis County. This marketplace allows for the regional golf shops and country clubs to have a pre-Thanksgiving clearance. This allows the shops to unload hard and soft goods that haven't moved out during current retail activity. An area the size of a large basketball court was divided up about 2/3 apparel and gadgets and 1/3 golf clubs. Several of the lighter name-brand stand bags were marked down to between $100 and $125. Good deals if you needed them. Change this year: Very little haggling and bargaining on the golf clubs - price on the tag was what it would cost. For irons, lots of new and slightly used Ping G30 iron sets on sale for around $400 to $500. Some Ping G sets also showed up, for slightly more. An assortment of Cobra and slightly used Mizuno irons also available, along with quite a few Titleist AP1 sets. Also some slightly used or new Callaway XR Steelheads - but the vendors wanted $650 or $700... might as well spend an extra $50 to $100 and get a custom fit. The iron tables were more orderly than in the past. Sets put our about a foot apart. The different shop reps has inventory printouts and could tell what else they had in their vans outside the door. Basically sell a couple of sets, bring out a couple more. Among wedges, mainly Vokey SM6 and Cleveland RTX 2.0 mostly with cellophane still on the heads. New SM6 = $99, RTX = $75. Not much in Callaway or other that wasn't used. Curiously, I saw two new Callaway blue-dot Mac Daddy Forged in 50*/10 for $125; I tracked down the shop rep, and he said the 50*/10 versions simply didn't sell - not one! He said more shops are willing to unload new merchandise that nobody wants. Note: Most of the SW, 54* and 56* were low-bounce heads; not many high bouncers available. I picked up a new TM R Series Tour Grind EF Spin Groove LW, a 60/10 with a KBS Wedge shaft for $75. This pretty fills out the backup TaylorMade bag I've assembled the past year. I'm still looking for a decent used TM driver that isn't obscenely expensive. For long clubs, the place had barrels of the original 2016 M1 and M2 drivers, FWs and hybrids. M2 models more plentiful. The prices roughly matched those of the TM online site. Quite a few Ping G30 and G items also. G30 drivers were mainly the LTec version. The apparel zone was a good place to pick up golf shirts from a big-name clubs or hot tournaments for $30 rather than $70. Great deals on shirts and the lighter pulllover shells, and golf hats. Not much of a markdown on rain gear. Side note: Talked to the shop reps, and they reported the profit margin on wedges is low; golfers are replacing them more than in past to get new grooves, so the OEMs expect them to make it up in volume. Profit margin on golf balls reportedly is minimal. As one guy said, "If I sell five boxes of ProV.1s, I make about enough for a Big Mac meal." Always good to talk the the reps, pros and fitters to find out what's afoot in the industry. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: Reps report that the Callaway Epic long clubs and the Steelhead-XR FWs are going by the wayside. Coming to a golf shop near you is the replacement line called The Rogue. Reports have been out since October, but this was the first I had heard of it. I can't find any pix yet. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  18. I don't understand PING's color code system (note: as of July 10, they reverted back to an older style, eliminating some colors like "purple" and going from 3/4° adjustments back to full-° adjustments). For example, my daughter @NatalieB was fit for -1" and purple (1.5° flat) color code in her irons. This tells you what you need to know: length and lie. But then PING wrote to say that my fitter was using the old codes, and that purple was no more, and she would fit into black. They included these two images (bottom of post). Now, someone tell me what I don't understand: black just says standard lie angle, but if irons are ordered 1" short, is the lie angle standard, 1° flat, 2° flat… or what? Isn't the color code just a stand-in for the lie angle? It seems to me two pieces of information are needed: lie angle and length. Yes, they often or usually go together - 1" long and 2° upright, or 1/2" short and 1° flat or whatever - but they don't have to. You could like an upright, shorter club… So how does a color code solve anything when you still need to know two things: length and lie? Is the color-code just a stand-in for the lie angle? If so, shouldn't purple (-1.5°) be red or orange now, with the -1" adjustment? How did she go from -1" and 1.5° flat to -1" and standard lie angle?
  19. I was fitted for G400 irons, lie, length, shaft, grip. An item that was left open was whether to have the irons set to "strong". Apparently this yields more distance and less loft. I already hit VERY high irons (old Titleist DCI's) and receive a boat load of verbal abuse about nose bleeds and seeding clouds. I play to about a 6. Nevertheless, is there a downside to going "strong" if there really isn't a quest for more height? Any opinions appreciated... Thanks !
  20. Hi, I am looking for a new cart bag and I really liked the Ping Pioneer 2017. Now, I saw one online shop that sells the Ping DLX 2016 at 33% discount, making it less expensive than the Pioneer 2017. Could anyone please advice if the DLX is so much better than Pioneer, that it "justifies one model year"? Thanks in advance!
  21. New G400 driver released this week on tour. No official details yet. Crown looks similar to the G except with the addition of some dimples. No composite crown so I'm guessing the benefits will be better aerodynamics with the dimples, new sole design and slightly smaller head size (445cc). They're also using tungsten weights which is something new. As with the G30 and G there will be 3 versions of the driver, standard, LS Tec and SF Tec. LS Tec Version, tungsten is more forward than with the standard head. This is the version I'm using in my G30 so I'm interested to give this one a try. Bubba's driver.
  22. Hey Guys,Been using ping isi-k's for years and now have recently upgraded to ping ie 1's. On the isi's they were standard loft, lie and length in black code (7 of 36.75" length). They fitted well.The 2nd hand i e1's that i bought are standard loft and length (7 = 37") however the lie's are in colour purple, even with the lie being 1.5" flatter the toe of the clubs are pointing skywards too much and im hitting left of target more often.Using this ping chart im right in the middle of black which makes no sense for the i e1s (5ft 9" and 34.25" wrist to floor). I wouldn't of thought that the .25" would of made that much of a difference however the standard for those clubs being in blue may of.Unfortunately there are no ping fitters near me so i cant easily get down to one, however i can send them to ping and they will adjust foc bar shipping.Any help would be greatly appreciated as i really like these clubs but definitely need a bit of help or information regarding the lie.thanks
  23. I just found a set 2-PW of Ping Eye 2 white dot irons from a thirft store for $9. I'm 6ft tall and left handed. They were in with a bunch of old ratty sets and thought it was too good to be true. I know they are older clubs, but I've read great reviews. Haven't had a chance to try them, but they feel great. Thoughts?
  24. From Ted Purdy on Twitter. Cavity design is similar to the S55 irons (but deeper) mixed with a little TaylorMade Rac. From what I've heard the head shape is basically the same as the i E1 irons but with the same finish as the Glide wedges and iBlade irons. The 6-iron (maybe the long irons as well) don't seem to have the tungsten weight on the toe that many of the previous models did. Looks cool, nice "clean tech" look and the style seems to match up well with their wedges, iBlades and even Vault putters. Non-PING, no up charge shafts are going to be DG, KBS Tour, Pro Modus Tour 105, Project X, and XP 95.
  25. I bought a set of z58's black dots earlier this year in good condition (3-pw). It took quite a few practice sessions and rounds to get accustomed to them, but now they're flying straight enough for me. I was playing with cobra cavity backs before these and was a little apprehensive due the much smaller head size, but I think these z58 irons are actually forcing me to become a more consistent ball striker. They don't go as far as my previous irons. But I like that these blades are a bit more challenging to master and look better IMO. Anyone else play these irons, and do you like them?
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