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SPOTTED: New Ping Vault 2.0 putters

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Ping unveiled new “Vault 2.0” putters on the PGA Tour at the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii on Monday, and forum member tod071 was there to capture photos of them all. The Vault 2.0 putters, as their names imply, are likely replacements for the Vault putters that were released in 2016. The original Vault release, however, consisted of four models — Anser 2, Voss, Oslo and Bergen — that were fully machined from 303 stainless steel. Judging by the photos we shot at the 2018 Sony Open, it appears there’s some additions to the Vault lineup in the 2.0 versions, as highlighted below.

While we do not have tech information on putters at this time, check out the photos below of each of the putter models, some of which appear to be offered in platinum, slate and bronze finishes. Also, join the discussion here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Vault 2.0 putters.

Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser

Ping Vault 2.0 Voss

Ping Vault 2.0 ZB

Ping Vault 2.0 B60

Ping Vault 2.0 Piper

Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch

 

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  1. momo

    Jan 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Laguna…. Laaaguna…. Laguuuuna…. Lagunaaaaaaaaaah

  2. Winger

    Jan 12, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Scotty has brought back the Laguna but only for tour only. It’s the putter Tiger used to win so many tournaments. Pings look weak and stale compared to the strong Scotty’s like the Laguna.

    • Darryl

      Jan 15, 2018 at 6:57 am

      The Laguna is just a variation (less charitable people might say “copy”) of the Ping “My Day” which dates back to the 60’s, you do know that, don’t you?

      Scotty hasn’t done anything successful that wasn’t first a Ping or Wilson TPA design.

      I’m a Scotty Newport 2.5 user. I don’t have a Ping or Wilson TPA putter in my collection, just before anyone screams bias or hater.

  3. HDTVMAN

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Just purchased a Counter-balanced Doon. It has the “ping” of a 1-A, and a very clean look. The ball rolls perfectly off the face without any skid, and the added weight gives me a very smooth stroke.

    • ralph

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      “without any skid” you say? That’s impossible and testing has shown that the ball skids in the first quarter to one third of the length of the putt regardless of putter and face design.
      The added weight will only give you a smooth stroke on long putts because you are swinging faster. On shorter putts the added weight will cause your slower stroke to wobble, and that’s a fact.

  4. Martin

    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:49 am

    All these Ping putters look the same from previous models sold in the 1990s. Does anybody else see the similarities? What makes these Vault putters so special now in 2018? Anybody?

    • Realist

      Jan 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Try looking into the tech of the putter face. These are not your typical no tech scotty cameron etc. Who cares if they look the same… they roll the ball much purer and more consistently regardless of where yous trike it on the face. Ill take that all day

      • ralph

        Jan 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm

        The face milling on these putters are not high tech and it will not roll the ball purer and more consistently if you hit all over the face. That’s because the milling is different from heel to toe. You must hit it on the sweet spot to be consistent. That seems so obvious.

  5. ImaPlayah

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Great looking Vault 2.0 putters.
    If they ever come out with a Copper D66, I’d be all over that.

    My Current WITB:
    Ping G LS Tec 9° – Mitsubishi Kuro Kage DC TiNi 60 @ 44.75″ – X
    Ping G 5 Wood @ 16.5° – Ping Tour 65 + 1/2″ – X
    Ping G 7 Wood @ 21.5° – Ping Tour 80 – X
    Ping i200 (5-PW) – KBS Tour Stiff + 1/2″
    Ping Glide 2.0 – SS 50°/ WS 56°@ 55°/ TS 60°- Ping AWT 2.0 Wedge + 1/2″
    Ping Redwood D66 (Starshot) – 34″ – Ping PP58 (Midsize) + 5 Wraps

    • DaJudge

      Jan 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Yer a childish show=off gearhead and probably a fake too.

    • HDTVMAN

      Jan 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      How do you like the i200 blades? I have been very tempted to pick up a set.

      • ImaPlayah

        Jan 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm

        Go ahead because you will not be disappointed. They are sweet irons.

  6. Bert

    Jan 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Did I miss something in the article about price?

    • PaulG

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      They are somewhere between $400 – 500, but they don’t come with an instruction manual. You have to figure out how to putt with them.

  7. Realist

    Jan 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Anyone know if they’ll be Sigma 2.0? Copper Tyne would be sick.

    • PaulG

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Beryllium copper would be “sick”. Plain old copper is ho hum.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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Titleist introduces new premium Scotty Cameron Concept X Putters

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Scotty Cameron unveiled two experimental prototype Concept X putters today. Available in limited quantities, the Concept X models (CX-01 and CX-02) are a cross between the Newport 2 and a mallet with MOI-boosting “wings.”

The CX-01 features a popular-on-Tour “Nuckle Neck” with one shaft of offset. The CX-02 is designed with a new low slant “Joint Neck” that promotes additional tow flow.

“Concept X is for the player who wants the feel and performance of a Tour-proven blade style putter, but wants to benefit from the latest technology to achieve more forgiveness. What’s unique about these putters is that they’re fast looking and high-tech. But by making them wider, they’re more forgiving. You get a calm feeling like when you play a mallet. So, you get the best of a blade and the best of a mallet in one. It has a very elegant, high-end, industrial look. At address, after a few putts, the wings almost disappear and it’s like looking down at a blade,” Scotty Cameron said.

“I like to say that Concept X is the top level of performance in a putter. Our new four-way sole balancing is designed into these models. The new Nuckle and Joint Neck technology. The enhanced vibration dampening chambers for better sound and feel. It’s all in there. Concept X truly is a prototype that’s come to life.”

The putters also feature Dual-Zone Vibration Dampening Chambers within the face-sole construction. Each “chamber” is separated by a band of stainless steel, and the mid-milled aluminum face is connected by internal screws to compress the vibration dampening material for a soft, solid sound and feel.

The Concept X’s wing design shifts weight to both the perimeter and rear of the club to boost MOI and forgiveness. Customizable, removable heel and toe weights enhance stability while increasing the face’s sweet spot.

Weight-saving face inlays and 6061 aircraft grade aluminum sole plates allow Cameron to move (heavier) stainless steel around the perimeter to increase MOI. The sole profile of each model has been milled with Scotty’s four-way sole balancing design to help the putter easily sit more squarely at address.

A glare-reducing Stealth Gray finish is paired with a bright dip black anodized face inlay and sole plate components. Raw engravings add to the “prototype” feel of the putters. Each Concept X putter features customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights, a stepless steel shaft and a new gray Pistolero grip with black lettering.

Scotty Cameron Concept X putters will be available at select network of Titleist authorized golf shops in North America on Aug. 31 and worldwide Sept. 28, 2018. MAP $599.

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