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Spotted: Ping iBlade irons

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Ping’s new iBlade irons, the much anticipated successor to the company’s S55 irons, will make their debut at The Players Championship this week.

Ping isn’t releasing any details on its new blade irons until late summer, according to a company representative, but that won’t stop GolfWRXers from speculating. We snapped in-hand photos of each of the new irons (3-PW) here, and have added photos of the 3 iron, 7 iron and Pitching Wedge below.

3 iron

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Pitching Wedge

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Ping’s new iBlade irons in our forum. 

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  2. golfraven

    May 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I like it when they show the 3 iron but who plays those appart from pros and folks who are playing for 30+years. Though I could see those in the bag but will stick with my i20s till something blows my mind.

  3. Officer Smizzle

    May 11, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Someone hijacked Double Mocha Man’s name on another article and posted “69” when answering a question from Ron M. about his putter loft…. If anyone knows any details about who did this please let me or golfwrx know (preferably me)

  4. KTM2000

    May 11, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Amazingly beautiful. If I had the game and wasn’t so fond of my i25 irons I would write the check right now.

  5. Chuck D

    May 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Let the Summer 2016 arms race begin!! Cleveland? Mizuno? Spalding? Ram? What say you? Even Northwestern “Target’s golf club of the moment” has new irons in the sports department.

    • Ca

      May 11, 2016 at 12:18 am

      What a total douche get this girl off the site now

  6. Shank

    May 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Why are these called “Blade”? Thought just about every blade was forged…

    Oh well…marketing at its best!

    • Christosterone

      Jun 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Ping uses deflationary protracted recession forging on some irons, especially at their Japanese foundry….
      A blade is simply a colloquial term used to broadly define a style of club with a thin(ish) topline, minimal offset(respectively), and a lack of traditional cavity…

      Historically it was assumed that a blade would be forged chrome and have very little in terms of angles and then search… That has obviously changed technology and God’s abilities of five decades…was assumed that a blade would be forged chrome and have very little in terms of angles and then search… That has obviously changed our golf sensibilities due to technology over the past 5 decades…
      In short, a blade of today could be considered a game improvement iron of the 70s…

      Hope that helps

      -Christosterone

  7. Insider

    May 10, 2016 at 8:58 am

    been product testing these for the past 3 months. super clean at address, soft feel, really workable. the leading edge of the club has a lot of turf response.

    • Billy

      May 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Forgiveness wise how do they compare to the 55’s?

      • Insider

        May 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        ap2 type forgiveness/playability tungsten weight horizontally in back semi cavity helps with medium ball flight. improves forgiveness, and just lets the angle of the club face contribute to the flight of the ball.

    • Insider

      May 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      you obviously play at a pristine country club with a moisture controlled fairway. If you ever play in a dry/hard packed fairway as in desert or river bed areas you will like knowing that the leading edge of the club will enter the turf, and the bounce will bring it back up.

      • Insider

        May 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm

        I’m just messing with you. Not even a product tester lol no offense buddy.

        • Officer Smizzle

          May 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm

          Lol. Love it!!
          Unfortunately I gotta be serious… I’m working Mocha-gate. It’s a case from another article I took over from “deano the hall monitor”… Appreciate any help

    • SD

      May 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Smizzle is a douche nozzle

  8. KK

    May 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Mizuno designers: “Dayum, these suckers are clean.”

  9. KCCO

    May 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These are insane….wowwww

  10. Pool Party

    May 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Sorry Bob Parsons!!!

  11. Kevin

    May 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Perfect, I was looking to snag a set of s55s in the next few months. Ill have to check these out, or get a sweet deal on the s55s.

  12. Nath

    May 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    i like

  13. cgasucks

    May 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Me likey!!!!

  14. SmokingGun

    May 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    S55 with blank cavity!!! Nothing like forged irons!!!

    • Benseattle

      May 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Uh….. Sorry but Ping has never made a forged iron. Where do you get the impression that they are starting now?

      • KCCO

        May 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        Ummmmm…..not true, anser?

      • matto

        May 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        -1. Wrong.

      • David Labbe

        May 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

        @Benseattle
        Do your research.

        • Benseattle

          May 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm

          Sorry about that.. it must be what they call “early onset” or a senior moment. What I should have said was “where are the forged Ping Anser irons here in 2016?” Not on the Ping website.

  15. Tim

    May 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve never been a Ping guy (except I’ve liked a few of their bags and accessories – like my trusty rain hood), but these look awesome. If they don’t add any weird colors or rubber pieces, I’d at least demo them. Ping stuff has always looked a little more industrial than I prefer, but these are stylish while still being clearly “Ping.”

  16. Scooter McGavin

    May 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Several of the FB comments saying how they look just like Glide irons… but that’s what people wanted…

  17. iC

    May 9, 2016 at 11:49 am

    You mean iCavity.
    Not a blade.

    Next!

    • christian

      May 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Ha ha, exactly my thought. And they they will test them agains real blades and marvel about the “forgiveness” they have. Like when they test S55s against blades in the “better player category”

  18. cody

    May 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    guessing around a $1200 for 8 club price tag.

  19. Chris

    May 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

    S55 without the cavity lines and different badging. Not exactly earth shattering

  20. Tyler

    May 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I can’t image the one that comes to retail being this clean. Hopefully they don’t put anything in the cavity/empty space area

  21. JS69

    May 9, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Meh…

  22. digitalbroccoli

    May 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’m diggin them. Clean, understated…everything I like about Ping.

  23. Konklifer

    May 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Did GolfWRX credit @jonathanrwall for this pic?

    • Greg

      May 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      It wasn’t Jonathan’s photo. The 1st photo posted was a stock photo that Ping sent to all the golf media people

  24. Chuck

    May 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hope to get specs soon. Lofts, and especially offset #’s.

    By late summer, Ping should have full rights to offer DG AMT, right?

  25. Ryan

    May 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

    So why not the s blade to keep the lines simple? It looks great though. Hopefully they expanded the custom shaft offerings. You couldn’t put a DG in the S55 without an up charge.

  26. Makuakane_Bear

    May 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

    WOW!!! They look fantastic! If it performs better than my S55s they can take my money!

  27. Christosterone

    May 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

    soooooo, where do I send my money??

  28. Jacob

    May 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Now Apple will have to think up a different name if they start making irons.

  29. MBA-J

    May 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

    It looks as if they didn’t stray too far away from the aesthetics of the S55, and that’s a good thing. These look fantastic!

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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