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Tony Finau signs with Ping, will play a minimum of 11 Ping clubs

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We saw that Tony Finau — who’s second on Tour in driving distance at 328.8 yards per clip — switched to a Ping G400 Max driver at the 2018 Sony Open. We also shot photos of all his clubs at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, and noticed he had a bag full of Ping woods and irons.

So this should come as no shock; Ping officially announced on Tuesday that it has signed Finau to an equipment deal. More specifically, he has signed a deal to play at least 11 clubs, according to a Ping press release. At the Farmers, based on our photos, Finau had only 10 Ping clubs in the bag, so it will be interesting to see what club he adds to his setup.

Here’s what Finau had to say about the signing:

“I’m honored to become part of the Ping Tour team,” said Finau, according to the press release. “The family atmosphere, people and core values at the company really spoke to me. I’ve played their equipment for the last year and have gotten to know their tour reps and the engineering team in Phoenix very well in the process. I’m most impressed with their passion for designing the best equipment in the game for golfers of all skill levels, and I know that their commitment to properly fitting and building equipment to fit my game will maximize my confidence every time I step on the tee.”

Below are the Ping clubs we spotted in Finau’s bag at the Farmers…

Ping G400 Max Driver (9 degrees)

Ping G400 3 Wood (14.5 degrees)

Ping i200 (3 iron)

Ping iBlades (4-PW)

See Tony Finau’s full WITB here.

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Jan 31, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The Ping G400MAX is unbelievably long and straight. Need to hit it to believe it!

  2. Bill dunn

    Jan 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    By the way, Tony is not from Hawaii, he’s from Salt Lake City Utah.

  3. gery katona

    Jan 31, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I just watched Finau at the Farmers where I was marshaling. I did not know he was such a long hitter. I was on 18 south and he was the only player to hit an iron on his 2nd shot to the green during the first two days when the tee was back as far as possible. Also, he was born in Utah of American Samoa and Tongan descent. The headline here said Hawaiian.

  4. rex235

    Jan 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Agree with Allan-

    Weren’t PING putters a mandatory part of any player with a PING club contract on any Tour?

    That would be the strangest ad ever…another PING Putter for the..what? Piretti?

    • Robert Parsons

      Jan 31, 2018 at 11:55 am

      His Piretti is a pretty sick putter. But sadly, it’ll probably be replaced.

  5. Allan

    Jan 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    It will have to be the putter right? not sure Ping has signed anyone without the Ping putter being required.

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Titleist confirms yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for 2019

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Back in April, when Titleist launched its new AVX golf balls in both white and optic yellow, Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, spoke on the possibility of yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on GolfWRX’s Two Guys Talking Golf podcast: “Our process is so focused on golfer feedback… if the demand for a yellow Pro V1 or Pro V1x were large enough…we would like to deliver on it.”

Well, it appears that golfer demand was high enough and Titleist is delivering on it, because on Monday, a company representative confirmed that yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are coming in 2019.

Rumors were recently swirling about the possibility of yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, and Team Titleist Manager Mike D. confirmed them in a post on Team Titleist’s discussion thread.

In the post, Mike D. writes…

“Now, you may have heard some of the rumors out there that this was the year that we would finally introduce a yellow Pro V1, Well, I’m here to let Team Titleist know that the rumors aren’t rumors at all. That’s right, after speaking with our product team I am able to confirm that we will be launching (sorry, I couldn’t avoid the pun) yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls in 2019.”

Apparently, posts within the Team Titleist community played a large role in making that happen.

“In fact, Team Titleist played a pretty big role in making this happen. We read and shared all of the posts from the community asking for us to make a yellow Pro V1 and our R&D team went to work.

They spent countless hours on figuring out how we could develop the best possible bright colored cover formulation. They went through numerous trials to get everything just right.”

So, do we have confirmation on when exactly the yellow golf balls will hit the market? Not just yet…

“While we can’t share any more details than this update, we did want to make sure we confirmed this exciting news to all of you as soon as possible.

So stay tuned for more updates and details later in the year.”

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls here.

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB: 2018 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX

Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only T10 Select Newport 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

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See more pics of Koepka’s clubs and shafts here.

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Ben Kern WITB: 2018 PGA Championship (only PGA Club Pro to make the cut)

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Attas G7

3 Wood: Titleist TS2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 95 MSI 80X

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 T-MB (3 iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 95X

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5.5M

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

WITB Notes: We photographed Kern with an Odyssey O-Works Red Marxman putter early in the week, but based on photos during the event, he switched into a Scotty Cameron for competition. 

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