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Ping Goes Adjustable! First Looks new Anser Driver & wedge

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Just off the press GolfWRX has found out that Ping will be bringing the Anser adjustable driver and Tour Wedges w/Gorge grooves to John Deere and the Scottish Open. We have attached pictures of both for you to see below.

ADJUSTABLE ANSER DRIVER –  GolfWRX has found out that Ping will be bringing the Anser adjustable driver to tour pros this week. The Anser driver is a 460cc titanium head with a black-matte finish that is adjustable for loft plus or minus 1/2 degree. This is the first time Ping has engineered an adjustable driver. For years Ping saw no value to adjust the specs if properly fitted. It will be interesting to hear why they think there is a reason now. Ping’s credibilitybeign so high will certainly have a good answer for this.

Adjusting the loft will also change the face angle from open to closed. More loft and the more it is closed and conversely  less loft will  make the face angle open up.

The Anser Driver is flat black just like the 2012 i20 Driver that won the GolfRWX 12′ Editors Choice, 12 GolfWRX Community Choice as well as the Golf Digest Hot List Gold Award.  The driver has four “standard” lofts: 8.5, 9.5,10.5 and 12 degrees and is expected to be available to consumers in mid-August. Pricing not available yet.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

 

TOUR WEDGE – Along with the Driver this week on tour Ping is showcasing the new “Gorge Grooves” which are precision milled at PING’s plant in Phoenix to hold extreme tolerances to maximize the groove’s performance. Unfortunately manufacturing has variation. To positively guarantee you will pass the groove ruling during a competition the manufactures add  a little buffer for lack of better words. This buffer while small could make the difference in the balls spin rate during play. Ping says they have capitalized and engineered a way to cut the grooves closer to that rule. In short… more spin and more bite legally!

Higher lofts are offered in three sole options to match swing-style (steep or shallow) and playing conditions (soft, hard, etc.). Expected to hit golf shops by mid-August and pricing was not available.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

 

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

 

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  1. Rich

    Jul 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I have numerous drivers but my G10 is my favorite. To be able to change a shaft in or out is a huge plus especially if you like to tinker. To many options is an excuse to not work on your swing but a fine tuned swing with fine tuned equipment is as good as it gets!

  2. Tim

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ted, I have a horrible slice with my driver, and unfortunately, I dont have the time to get to the range, or the money to take any serious lessons. Im not trying to get on the tour or even compete, but I enjoy playing the game, even if I do shoot 100.

  3. Ted

    Jul 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I play nothing but PING. To see them jump on the adjustable driver band wagon is upsetting. If you can’t hit your driver, take lessons,practice or take up another sport. I have played with guy’s who adjust their driver. It takes the skill of hitting it right out of the game. I use the i20 driver and g15 fairway metals. that were fitted for me and if more people got fitted for clubs we would not need this adjustable driver….

  4. Bhughes

    Jul 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I agree with Danny. Buy the correct driver, and concentrate on short game. It’s annoying to me when guys pull their tools out to adjust their driver head. I think it is stupid.

  5. Danny

    Jul 12, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Why do people need adjustable drivers? Buy the correct one once and you are all set.

  6. Rick

    Jul 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    It’s a let down that it only adjusts plus or minus 1/2 degree when my Taylormade will adjust a degree and a half.

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  8. Lobber

    Jul 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I love Ping and have an I20 driver BUT not sure that introducing a driver that is only adjustable for loft and a half degree at that is keeping up with the competition.

  9. Pugster

    Jul 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Huge miss if the lie is not adjustable.

    How could PING not offer an adjustable lie whenthat is the foundation of the company??

  10. TL

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    what does the top look like??

  11. Troy Vayanos

    Jul 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Impressive looking driver. I currently use the Ping S56 irons but have never tried a Ping driver to date.

    The adjustable drivers seem to be the way of the future for all the leading manufacturers. Will give it a try when it comes out to Australia.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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