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PGA Show 2018: Day 1 Recap

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GolfWRX has spikes on the ground in the Sunshine State for the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. Here’s a look at some of our coverage from the main page, forums, Twitter, and Instagram.

From the main page, we have a great look at Trackman’s latest technology, which shows impact location.

TrackMan 4 will have Impact Location feedback (2018 PGA Show Day 1)

And we have a deep dive into the FootJoy’s compelling, classic (and disruptive in a world of sneaker-style golf kicks) 1857 line.

FootJoy’s new 1857 shoes and apparel (2018 PGA Show Day 1)

Also, a thorough examination of Lamkin’s new grip offerings.

Lamkin’s new 2018 grips, including TS1, Sonar and Players Cord (2018 PGA Show Day 1)

…and a quick ook at Bushnell’s Ion 2 GPS watch.

Bushnell’s new iON 2 golf GPS watch (2018 PGA Show, Day 1)

If yesterday’s buffet of forum photos put Golden Corral to shame, the Day 1 spread is like the 300-dish deep Carnival World Buffet in Las Vegas. Now, there’s a bit of overlap as we had multiple Ansel Adams on the ground, but we trust you won’t mind.

2018 PGA Show: Footjoy 1857 Collection

2018 PGA Show: PUTTERS! Table Rock – Including Tad Moore, Scotty Cameron, Tyson Lamb

2018 PGA Show: Scotty Cameron Select Putters

2018 PGA Show: Callaway, Odyssey, Toulon Design

2018 PGA Show: Piretti, OUUL, Poptical, Golf Buddy

2018 PGA Show TaylorMade, Tech Devices, Simulators, Training Aids

2018 PGA Show: Srixon, Cleveland, XXIO

2018 PGA Show: Nippon, SeeMore      

2018 PGA Show Incl. Accra, FlightScope, Lynx, TaylorMade

2018 PGA Show: Oakley, Volvik

2018 PGA Show: Cobra Puma     

2018 PGA Show: Titleist, Vokey 

2018 PGA Show, Wednesday: FlightScope  

2018 PGA Show, Wednesday: Accra Golf Shafts

2018 PGA Show: Volvik, Callaway, Odyssey     

2018 PGA Show: Nikon, Swing Caddie

2018 PGA Show: Callaway, Sky Golf, OnOff

2018 PGA Show: Bushnell, FootJoy 1857, Scotty Cameron Select

2018 PGA Show: SeeMore, Ray Cook w/ John Daly, Cure, Golf Logix

2018 PGA Show: Puma, Cleveland, Srixon

2018 PGA Show: FootJoy, PING, Cobra

2018 PGA Show: TaylorMade, Game Golf, Titleist

2018 PGA Show New Lamkin grips

2018 PGA Show: TaylorMade Golf             

2018 PGA Show: Piretti Putters

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Jan 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    There was an Asian company showing a small disc for $99 that can be used as a ball marker but showed the slope of the green. I don’t know if the disc actually showed the info or if it pared to a smart phone. I didn’t have a chance to return to the booth for info as I had appointments. Does anyone know the name of the company? The booth was near some of the golf tee companies.

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Marty Jertson WITB

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Vice President of Fitting and Performance, qualified for and made the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage.

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 6.5

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

Irons: Ping i500 (4, 5), Ping iBlade (6-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Ping Cadence TR Ketsch (long)

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WRX Spotlight: Ping Vault 2.0 putters

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Product: Ping Vault 2.0 putters

Pitch: From Ping: “The next generation of PING’s 100%-milled putters are crafted and engineered to provide tour-caliber touch and performance through proven innovations like precision-milled, patented True Roll Technology (TR), plus a new custom-weighting system.”

Our take on Ping Vault 2.0 putters

60 years ago, a man by the name of Karsten Solheim, along with his wife Louise, started a small putter company. You might have heard of it by now: Ping.

What started in a garage with a single idea of making putting easier through design, has become a company recognized for engineering world class equipment to help golfers “Play your Best.” With countless wins around the globe, Karsten wanted a way to celebrate wins by players using Ping putters, so in the early 1970’s the gold putters were introduced.  When you have as many gold putters around as Ping, including SOLID GOLD ones for major wins (fun fact: the heaviest solid gold putter belongs to Karrie Webb, who used a PING UG-le to win the Women’s U.S. Open) you should probably have a vault to hold them all – and with that segue lets talk about the Ping Vault 2.0 Putters.

The Vault 2.0 series is everything you could ever want in a premium putter line, especially a large selection of styles and shapes to fit any stroke. From the Ketsch to the ZB no matter your stroke profile there is a model in the Vault 2.0 series for you.

In short, we love these putters! The TR milling pattern not only improves the actual roll of the ball for consistent distance control from off-center hits, but it also makes the putter sound nice and soft off the face. Adjustable weighting (from Ping) also makes sure that you get the precise weight you need based on either your length or just swing weight preference, which can be affected by grip weight (can’t forget that). And just like any series of putter from Ping, it’s important to also get the right grip.

Offering three distinct finishes in the line, including copper (not available on the Ketsch or Craz-E H) at no additional cost is another bonus for the consumer looking to change things up from “off the rack.”

Overall, the Vault 2.0 is the premium putter line you would expect from Ping. Once you find the right one it’s bound to stick around your golf bag for a long time.

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Ping Blueprint irons are officially coming to retail

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After what has been much speculation they are here: Ping’s Blueprint forged blades.

Born from the idea of creating a club for the most exacting of golfers, Ping meticulously prototyped and tested in house with their tour staff and other highly skilled players on everything from preferred shots, grind, to blade size and shape. When it comes to shape, the Blueprints are one of the smallest blades on the market, but there’s some reasoning behind this.

From Ping:

“After extensive in-house research with varying head sizes, the findings revealed the theory of “aim small, miss small” was validated by many of the highly skilled players in the test, who produced tighter stat areas when hitting the more compact head.”

Only the bravest golfer will take on this 2-iron

It makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact that the more you concentrate mass, the more that mass will transfer energy when you get close to it right? It was that final design that we saw out on tour around nine months ago that has ended up becoming what we will see at retail. Tried tested and ready for fittings and finding their way into golf bags.

From Ping’s President John K Solheim:

“When we launched it on tour, a few players put it in play immediately and it wasn’t long before we had our first win. Based on a lot of their input, we were able to deliver exactly what they were looking for while expanding our iron offerings into a new category. We’re very pleased with the development process we went through and are looking forward to applying our learnings to future PING products.”

Like everything Ping, the company has gone the extra mile when it comes to engineering every last aspect of these irons. Even something as simple as a tip weight has a calculation attached to it. Just like the G410 irons, the Blueprint irons have a visible tungsten toe weight.

Let me explain: basically every iron on the market utilizes a tip weight, either inserted into the shaft or into a port in the bottom of the hosel. (We’re about to go deep into the weeds from a design standpoint but stick with me). There is 100 percent nothing wrong with OEMs using tip weights to achieve desired swing weight but when you use them you move the CG closer to the hosel/heel side of the club…not on a humanly noticeable level but certainly from a definite engineering perspective.

This is why Ping has always placed the CTP (Custom Tuning Port) in the middle of the club head, directly behind the COG. But with a forged blade this is NOT possible because it’s solid metal, but there is a way to keep that COG EXACTLY where you want it: taking the amount of needed mass, dividing it by two and placing equal amounts in the hosel and in the toe. Simple? Yes. Done by anyone else? No.

Ping Blueprint irons construction

Ping is utilizing a four-step, multi-stage process for the one-piece forging to create the Blueprint forged iron. This process provides very tight dimensional tolerance control within the compact design. The high-strength, 8620 carbon steel (same material used in the Glide forged wedges) increases the iron’s durability compared to other carbon steels, ensuring long-lasting performance. The Blueprint irons go through more than 50 steps in the manufacturing process, including milling faces and grooves to ensure quality control club after club with each and every head checked for absolute accuracy.

Details

  • Available in 2-PW, starting at $230 per club
  • Stock shaft options: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), Ping AWT 2.0 (R, S, X) with all other Ping shafts available at additional cost
  • Arccos Smart Sensor grips available at an additional cost

 

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