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Spotted: Ping Vault Putters

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Ping is debuting a new line of Vault Series putters at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where they’ll be available to Tour players for testing. We can confirm the names of the putters — Anser 2, Bergen, Oslo and Voss — but that’s all at this time.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the Vault putters are milled, and it seems that they will incorporate the new “eyemark” Ping logo we’ve seen on custom putters made for Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen in 2016, as well as the company’s new apparel line.

We expect these putters to be released later in the year with the company’s iBlade irons, which we spotted in early May, and will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Ping Vault Oslo

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Ping Vault Anser 2

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Ping Vault Bergen

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New Ping Pistol Grip

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the putters in our forum. 

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  1. richard patten

    Oct 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

    The Oslo looks like an old Ping I used about 15 years ago. Nice, though, with the added aim line.

  2. Brown

    Jun 8, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Horrible names.

  3. Bob

    Jun 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I play Ping, was born the year Karsten started the company, I am Norwegian, and my grandparents were from Voss, Norway. I’ll take a Voss please!

  4. Bob

    Jun 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Like the looks across the board. Looking forward to trying the mallets.

  5. gmoney

    Jun 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    The mallets look nice. I’ve always wanted more mallet options from ping.

  6. B. Parsons

    Jun 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Rebranded superstroke grip?

  7. Jamie

    Jun 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I’m offended at the number of new product releases. Just like Taylormade.

    • KJ

      Jun 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Offended? Why would you let it bother you? Don’t buy it if you don’t think it can help your game.

      • Robert

        Jun 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        Amen KJ!

      • Jamie

        Jun 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm

        I was just kidding. Just trying to sound like all the people that bash taylormade for coming out with new models. one product release per year is OK. More than one is the sin of all sins!

    • Rob

      Jun 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Yeah except they release a driver, some irons, then putters. Not 5 drivers in 6 months.

  8. Tom

    Jun 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I want that Bergen!!

  9. Desmond

    Jun 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Oslo looks great for a mallet. Interesting face tech.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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