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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 14max who asks WRXers what’s the oldest club in the bag that they regularly use. Our members list the clubs that have been playing the longest and their reasons why – with trust often playing a significant role behind their decision.

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.

  • el_rousso: “I’m still regularly playing an old (about 25+ years old) American Open 56* wedge, the grooves on it are likely too worn to be of any use but it’s still pretty much the club I trust the most around the greens, the rest of my bag is around 2005ish (irons) or 2011ish (woods and other wedges), but I recently pulled the trigger on a driver upgrade…”
  • SecondandGoal: “Odyssey White Steel Tri-Ball SRT. Made in 2007, got it for $25 on Craigslist about 4 years ago. I’ve changed every other club in the bag at least twice since then. Going to be hard-pressed to get this out of the bag.”
  • lefty1978: “I don’t always bag this club anymore. But I have a 17° Controller driving iron from around 1999. I like it because it hits low running bullets.”
  • James the Hogan Fan: “Putter- 65ish years old, Irons from 2003, Woods from 2008, Driver from 2014, Wedges from 2016, but, one from 2002. Quite the mix I’d say.”
  • ChipNRun: “A few years ago, it was a Ping Pal putter from circa 1973. I sent Ping a photo of the clubhead for verification: they said it was legit, they just couldn’t tell what batch it came from due to primitive data markings. Until about a year ago, I played Callaway X20 Tours (2008 origin); CPreO sold me a display set in 2011. Right now, the Tour Edge XRail 7W (2012) – and sometimes its brother 4W – hold the record.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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2020 Odyssey Golf launches new Bird of Prey and Stroke Lab Ten putters

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Odyssey Golf is taking Stroke Lab technology and innovation further with the release of the all-new Stroke Lab 10 putters along with the introduction of the Bird of Prey putter for 2019 and 2020.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Ten Bird of prey putters golf 2020

2020 Odyssey Bird of Prey, Stroke Lab Ten putters: The details

To say Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, along with the revolutionary mass-shifting Stroke Lab shaft, have been a success both on tour and with regular golfers would be a huge understatement. On the professional side—since their introduction at the beginning of 2019 as a prototype product, Stroke Lab putters have become the number one putter on all tours and won more professional tournaments (65 to be exact) than any other brand on all tours combined.

Now, Odyssey’s General Manager Sean Toulon and his design team are looking to advance designs again with what many would call familiar shapes but with unconventional advantages.

Odyssey Stroke lab ten putter golf 2020

First off, we have the Stroke Lab Ten. And, yes, even Sean Toulon himself is willing to admit it shares similarities to a particular arachnid-style putter that he helped originally design at another OEM many years ago. But, as a modern equipment historian, I believe it’s important to point out that as much as the “arachnid” style has been popular for quite some time.

There was another putter that predates it (released in 2005), which offered an extremely high MOI design but without the catchy name: the Ping UG-LE. The UG-LE pushed mass way back and to the corners of the head to create (at the time) the highest MOI putter on the market.

But here’s the thing: Putters and material design have come a long way since the introduction of the UG-LE and the original arachnid designs, and Odyssey is here to prove golfers just how much better with the Stroke Lab Ten.

The Stroke Lab Ten’s frame is made from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene…don’t worry, I had to look it up too). Here’s a further explanation

“It is an amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. ABS is most commonly polymerize through the emulsification process or the expert art of combining multiple products that don’t typically combine into a single product. When the three monomers are combined, the acrylonitrile develops a polar attraction with the other two components, resulting in a tough and highly durable finished product. The different amounts of each monomer can be added to the process to further vary the finished product. The versatility of ABS plastic properties contributes largely to its popularity across several industry sectors.” (Thanks, Adreco plastics)

According to Sean Toulon, what the ABS material allows is maximum distribution of metal (heavy) mass parts to the back and extreme perimeter of the putter to blow past other putters’ MOI (Moment of Inertia: a measurement of forgiveness) but also in sound and feel.

“The sound and feel of this putter is special (thanks to the material advantage of ABS)”  Sean Toulon, Odyssey Putters General Manager

Beyond just the shape of the putter, the sole has been meticulously crafted to help the head aligned square when grounded towards the target in the playing position. Sean continues

“We got these putters to the point where ( with the alignment on top ) they have become point and shoot” 

There truly is a lot going on to make sure these putters do everything they can to help both regular golfers and touring professionals align properly and get the best possible result when putts are not hit absolutely perfect.

The Stroke Lab Advantage

Considering the MOI of these designs, you would think that the highest of high handicappers would be the target market, but in that assumption, you couldn’t be more incorrect. The designs of both the Stroke Lab Ten and the Bird of Prey were entirely driven by the tour and player desire to get every last bit of performance out of their putting games.

These putters will all come stock with the Stroke Lab shaft, which pulls mass from the shaft and redistributes it under the grip and into the head for even greater stabilization. Odyssey has proven that the shaft alone can help stroke consistency across the board, and the most notable stat is the 13 percent increase in face angle delivery at impact. This increases the make putt percentage, which when you think of a round of golf, equates to strokes saved.

If there is one more thing Odyssey knows about putters, it’s roll and inserts. With the new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey designs, the company is using an all-new Microhinge Star insert to increase the sound for better player feedback. Generally, inserts are used to decrease the sound, but in the case of the New Microhinge Star, engineers at Odyssey wanted to recreate more of the original sound and feel of the White Hot putter but with the added benefit of the Microhinge to increase forward roll.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter Insert roll Ten Bird of prey

This new Microhinge Star insert improves the correlation between the sound and expected distance a player will hit the ball—firmer means further. This is just another step in the design process put in place to help players of all abilities putt with greater consistency since without audible feedback, all players will have a more difficult time controlling distance.

The new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey putters will be available starting November 1. For more information check out OdysseyGolf.com

 

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2020 Cobra Golf T-Rail iron hybrid set

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Cobra Golf T-RAIL

New for 2020, the Cobra Golf T-Rail (Transitional Rail) super game improvement iron—the company’s first all hollow iron hybrid set.

Cobra T Rail irons fuse a hollow, hybrid shape with an iron face and topline, with the iron-hybrid design aiming to provide golfers with the perfect blend of distance, forgiveness, and accuracy.

According to the company, the hollow body construction creates a lower, deeper CG than traditional cavity-back iron designs. The lower, deeper CG aims to aid golfers in getting the ball in the air and on line easier than conventional cavity-back irons.

Speaking on the new T-Rail irons, Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D, Cobra Golf, stated

“T-Rail irons make it easy for beginners and golfers who have lost some distance and control to gain the confidence needed to play better and have more fun. Players who need max forgiveness and are looking for more distance will be amazed at how far and straight they hit these, even being able to get them airborne from tough lies.”

The irons feature the brand’s Baffler Rails technology which seeks to provide players with more speed and stability out of every lie through its turf interaction.

The irons also contain a high-strength, forged steel face designed with E9 technology, which includes a thin pocket from heel to toe which is intended to offer maximum ball speed and forgiveness on off-center hits.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

The new additions from Cobra arrive in a hollow, iron-hybrid construction in the 5-PW with a 4-hybrid to make a 7-piece set. The irons, which come in a black/blue colorway for men and black/lilac colorway for women, come equipped with Cobra Ultralite 50g graphite shafts (Stiff, Regular and Lite) and Cobra Lamkin REL midsize grips.

Both the Men’s and Women’s T-Rail sets will be available beginning November 1, 2019, and cost $899.

Cobra Golf T-RAIL

 

 

 

 

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