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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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    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

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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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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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