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Ping launches limited-edition Ketch putters in camo

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In January, Ping officially announced a custom-putter program called PLD1 (Ping Putting Lab Design) that allows any golfer to create a one-off, fully customized beauty like the pros. Today, the company is showing off a new level of customization with a limited-edition putter launch.

Ping has released two versions of what it’s calling its PLD2 putters — the Camo Ketsch Realtree Xtra and the Camo Ketsch Muddy Girl — that are “part of the lab’s effort to advance new putter design, technology and engineering concepts,” according to the company.

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In this case, the camo graphics are the advancement Ping cooked up in its lab. They were added to the putters with a proprietary anodized sealing process called “Permodize,” which permeates the aluminum putter heads to create “vibrant and rich detail while creating an extremely hard, durable shell,” according to Ping’s Chairman and CEO John A. Solheim.

Solheim says the Ketch putter model was chosen specifically for the camo design because of its complex geometry, which “challenged [Ping] to execute the process to its fullest extent.” And according to Solheim, more of this can be expected from his company in the future.

“This type of technology has functional and decorative applications that we look forward to utilizing in the future,” he said.

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Beginning today, golfers can order the PLD2 Camo Ketsch Realtree Xtra and Camo Ketsch Muddy Girl putters ($325 each) through Ping authorized golf shops.

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  1. Dave R

    Apr 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    They would not sell this piece of s$$$ would they ? Good god ping please next will be bioacoustics type with exploding hole in face. Stop it already No more please.

  2. John

    Apr 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    At least you won’t be able to see how awful that putter’s shape is

  3. mitch

    Apr 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    i still have not seen any putters on this page…

  4. tlmck1234

    Apr 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Get the green camo and one of the old Winn Hero grips and your all set to play with Larry the Cable Guy.

  5. Michael Saxe

    Apr 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    These are terrible.

  6. NoDoubt Stout

    Apr 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Call me crazy but I appreciate custom runs like this for companies outside of golf, and if i had the extra cash i’d purchase one, just to be different and to annoy the S*** out of traditionalists

  7. Mark

    Apr 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Karsten will be spinning in his grave. I had the pleasure of meeting the great man twice and he would have been shocked at this piece of tatt.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “A comparison of current blades”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from CardsChamps11 who recently tested out an array of different modern blades using the same shaft and shared his findings after doing so with our members. CardsChamps11 goes into fantastic details in our forum on his results using the blades giving a terrific write up which you will want to check out, and summarised his findings with the following takeaways:

“Favorite Iron: Honma (Surprise!)
Best Looking: Titleist 620
Best Feel: P7TW
Most Forgiving: PXG 0311t
Least Forgiving: Titleist 620 or P7TW

Ranking of all Irons:
Honma
P7TW
Apex MB
Blueprint
MP20 MB
0311t
MC 501
620 MB
P730″

Our members have been reflecting on CardsChamps11’s research and findings in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Z1ggy16: “Nice write up, thanks. I have only hit the MP20’s, and I agree they aren’t as soft as the older offerings. I feel like though somehow, they are a lot more forgiving than those old offerings. The Blue Prints have me intrigued because of the hydropearl finish, and I’m already a pretty big fan of the Glides.”
  • Z4Z3R: “Very nice write up! Thanks for Sharing! I go back and forth between my Apex MB’s and my P7TW’s. That’s also partly because I have different shafts in each. My first couple of month’s with the TW’s, I thought they were fairly forgiving, but I think I was just swinging it really well. They do feel very good when middled. I started struggling a bit, and everyone in the group knows when you miss it, even if the result doesn’t show. The sound quickly changes to very clicky. The Apex MB’s on the other hand, still sound pretty good/soft on misses which I like. I know when I miss it, but I usually like my playing partners to still think I hit it good!”
  • cflo2382: “Solid write up. Spot on with the Miura MC-501. I’ve gamed them for a year now, and my takeaway is very similar to yours. Miura feel. Easy to hit. Look incredible.. but.. OFFSET. It didn’t bother me so much, but after hitting some of the recent blade offerings and then coming back to these, it’s striking how much it stands out. I keep kicking around the idea of moving into something else or sticking with them for another year. They do perform well (for me), though, that’s for sure.. but the Blueprints and Baby Blades have my attention.”

Entire Thread: “A comparison of current blades”

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Bettinardi unveils 2020 BB Series and Inovai Series putters

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its 2020 lineup, which includes a refreshed BB Series and completely re-engineered Inovai Series.

The BB Series features the brand’s classic head shapes, improved visual details as well as contours, and an all-new Glacier Black finish and paint scheme for a more glare-resistant appearance.

The company describes the Inovai series as its most advanced MOI mallets to date. The putters are milled in a one-piece 303 stainless steel face with a 6061 aluminum rear piece. The new additions also contain a Cobalt Blue anodized finish with the 303 stainless face in a platinum finish, which aims to offer golfers optimal visual cues while framing the ball at address.

2020 Bettinardi BB Series

Along with the features mentioned above, each putter from the 2020 BB Series is 100 percent milled from one block of soft carbon steel. The four new additions contain a super-fly mill face milling formed by what the company describes as a “less aggressive tool” for ultimate smoothness and response to provide players with maximum feel at impact.

Each addition comes paired with a tour-grade putter shaft with added stability and stiffer structure to promote a constant weight throughout the player’s swing arc, as well as Lamkin’s new SinkFit putter grip.

The BB1 is offered in both right and left-handed options, while all four of the new BB Series putters are weighted at 350 grams with a lie of 70 degrees and three degrees of loft.

BB1

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The classic BB1 features a plumber’s neck, designed to offer more of a traditional appearance and moderate toe hang, with tighter radiuses along the topline, shoulders, and bumpers. 

BB1 Flow

Back in the lineup for the first time since 2016, the BB1 Flow features a flat topline, softened for a tour-preferred look at address with refined shoulders and bumpers designed for a more contoured appearance. The flow neck position sits at 3/4 shaft offset, which aims to offer players with more arc in their stroke optimal visual cues at setup.

BB8 Wide

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Designed for those seeking a traditional blade appearance, Bettinardi milled a wider flange on his classic BB8 head shape aiming to provide a clean looking, squared-off blade with lengthened sightline, compressed shoulders, and flat bumpers.

BB45

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The BB45 is a mallet-shaped putter, which features an extended flange line, tightly milled radiuses along the shoulders and outer flange, and a slightly thinner top-line designed to provide a player’s preference at address. The putter contains a single bend shaft gently flowing into the spud neck. 

2020 Bettinardi Inovai Series

As well as containing an American 303 stainless steel face and 6061 aluminum rear piece designed for optimal weight distribution to provide greater stability and added forgiveness, the new additions from Bettinardi feature the company’s F.I.T. Face milling, which looks to offer maximum response to golfers at impact.

The series arrives with a tour-grade stiffer putter shaft and Lamkin’s new SinkFit putter grip, and all three new additions are weighted at 358 grams, with a lie of 70-degrees and 2-degrees of loft. The Inovai 6.0 arrives in both right and left-handed options.

Inovai 6.0

According to Bettinardi, the Inovai 6.0 is the “best feeling MOI putter” created to date, offering optimal weight distribution for greater stability and added forgiveness due to the addition of an American 303 Stainless Steel Face, along with a 6061 Aluminum rear piece. TheInovai 6.0 flatstick features a crescent milled neck.

Inovai 6.0 CTR

This center-shaft MOI mallet is designed for players with a straight-back-straight-through putting stroke in mind and contains a one-piece 303 stainless steel face without offset, to provide maximum visuals from the straight shaft appearance.

Inovai 6.0 S

The Inovai 6.0 S features a single bend shaft flowing into the putter head and is targeted at players who prefer minimal toe hang. 

Each addition from the 2020 BB Series retails at $300, while each putter from the Inovai Series costs $400. You can pre-order from November 14th on the company website, with domestic shipping starting on January 14th, 2020. See the rest of the line, including the 2020 Studio Stock and Queen B putters at Bettinardi.com.

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Sense Golf Grips

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In putting, just as in the rest of golf, you often hear the term “line up square” for best results. With the all-new Sense S1 and R1 grips, you can now take the idea of lining up square to a whole new level.

Speaking to level, Sense isn’t just creating a square grip either—it’s about an entire grip system designed to help you find the exact feel and weight distribution that allows you to create the most consistent putting stroke possible. They achieve this with their patented S.A.W. (Sliding Adjustable Weight) system that is hidden out of sight inside the grip and the shaft of your putter.

The S.A.W. System comes with different adjustable weights that move up and down a carbon fiber rod under your hands to create different feels for the users. The placement positions are endless since there are no specific looking points and with the option to also purchase addition weights, there is bound to one combo that gives you exactly what you want. The stock kit comes with 30 g, 20 g, and 10 g weights that can all be used at once (or not at all) to fine-tune weight placement and overall balance point of the entire putter.

There have been a lot of great weight-shifting ideas brought to putters over the last couple of years, but many of them involve purchasing a whole new putter to take advantage of the technology. With the Sense Grip you just need the kit and you can try it in any putter you want, which for those people that love their current putter means not having to make a wholesale change.

From Sense: “The S1 & R1 grips are designed to have the sides of the grip parallel to the putter face. This design gives the golfer a heightened sense of where the putter face is at all points of the putting stroke.”

The theory of a square grip has been applied in other sports like ping-pong for a long time. The squared-off shape creates better awareness of the angle of the paddle to help a player direct and spin the ball as desired. It works the same with the Sense Grip but at much slower speeds and with the desire to hit it perfectly straight.

Sense Grips and additional weights can be found directly from their website: SENSEGOLFGRIPS.COM and for a tutorial on how to install one, our very own Brian Knudson shows you how below.

 

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