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SPOTTED: Bubba Watson is gaming new Ping Glide Forged wedges

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Purveyors of cast irons and wedges that the company is, it’s surprising to see a forged offering from Ping. Indeed, it hasn’t happened since, what, Ping Anser irons in 2012?

Yet that’s exactly what PGATour.com’s Jonathan Wall spotted (and tweeted about) in Bubba Watson’s bag at The Memorial Tournament.

Behold: Pint Glide Forged wedges.

Per Wall’s tweet, Watson is continuing his traditional 52-56-60 wedge setup.

Watson has historically played a cast wedge, most recently gaming three Ping Glide 2.0 wedges (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS).

(Photo credit: Jonathan Wall)

(Photo credit: Jonathan Wall)

Interestingly, if the bounce numbers on Watson’s new wedges are correct, he’s playing a different amount of bounce in all three wedges. (switching from 52-12, 56-12, 60-06 to 52-10, 56-10, 60-08)

It’s unclear whether Watson is continuing to play True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts in the clubs.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new wedges in the forums.

 

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  1. Jerry

    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I think the Glide 2.0 have great feel off the ball, just a little bit light – it’s possible the forging will give it a more dense, solid feel. Let’s hope.

  2. Tommy

    Jun 1, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    These will go with the new i500’s. They’ll be going for total dedication from a lot of us. I can see a lot of bags going with 11 or 12 Ping clubs soon. These look original and awesome. I’ll definitely be buying.

    • ogo

      Jun 3, 2018 at 1:35 am

      This message sent from Scotsdale, AZ… the Home of Ping … 😉

  3. Mizzle Fizzle

    Jun 1, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Them look good, tho.

    • ogo

      Jun 1, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Wunder if they are just ‘coin’ forged on the surface only… and plain ol’ cast iron on the inside… golfers are gullible …. 😮

      • Man

        Jun 2, 2018 at 2:58 am

        Nobody cares how you wonder about the place aimlessly

        • The dude

          Jun 2, 2018 at 9:15 am

          @2:58 am…I “wonder” how many jack & cokes you had to write that eloquent post…..

          • Noonan

            Jun 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

            You’re too dumb to realize it wasn’t 2:58am where it was posted

        • ogo

          Jun 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

          … and I ‘wander’ while I ‘wonder’… 😮

  4. Fnar

    Jun 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    WTF Ping.
    Why do this all the time, telling people they couldn’t tell the difference between forged and cast carbon. And they go do this.
    Duh

    • ogo

      Jun 1, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Mehbe it’s cause they can bend the forged hosel more than the double-annealed cast iron hosel…. particularly for the wedges… ya think?!!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from nuttinbutapeanut, who asked fellow members what golf-related gift they received for Father’s Day. Our members share what they received, as well as gave on Father’s Day.

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.

  • OSpreyCI: “PXG 0811x Driver. Thank you fam bam.”
  • Aviador Naval: “Two hours of time with my son hitting balls and practicing short game on a day with beautiful weather. As an empty nester, that is 1000x more valuable than anything material.”
  • Kingcat990: “Took the father in law golfing, and we posted some horrendous scores. Had a great time piling garbage on the scorecard.”
  • Gautama: “New golf shirt and shorts, and got a surprise treat in a tee time for the whole clan on a little executive 9 hole, par 33 course. First time we’ve done it…my wife, my two sons aged 22 and 18, and my two daughters aged 9 and 6. The whole course was crawling with groups like ours… Not the fastest round any of us have ever played, but very fun.”
  • granata10: “New ping hoofer golf bag. It was needed and wanted.”

Entire Thread: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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Gary Woodland’s winning WITB: 2019 U.S. Open

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Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees set at 7)
Shaft: Accra RPG 472 M5+ (44.75 inches, tipped 2 inches)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees set at 13.6)
Shaft: Accra Tour ZX 4100 M5 (42.5 inches, tipped 2.5 inches)

Irons: Wilson Staff Model Blades (3-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-08F, 58-10S), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Midsize

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

 

 

 

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Titleist T200, T300 iron seeding begins at Travelers Championship

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The last few weeks for Titleist have been very busy.

First, we had the new TS series of hybrids and aptly named U-Series utilities/long iron replacements, then shortly after the T100s and new 620 MB and CB irons debuted. Now, to potentially round out the iron lineup we are seeing the T200 and T300s.

We can only speculate at the moment, but based on the rebranding across the line up, from the TS Hybrids to returning to using “600” to identify iron models, I feel confident that this “T” series name will be the replacement for the AP line (RIP Titleist AP Series, you had a great run).

This simple name change makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons when you consider how other OEMs generally identify models: in sequence going from the most players club to the most forgiving. The AP had this with the AP1 and AP2, but with the introduction of the AP3, it was from all accounts (what I have heard through friends across retail channels in the industry) a confusing club for consumers to understand where it fits in the lineup, since the AP1 is still the most player friendly. We have to remember that not all golfers are as continuously up to date like the readers here at GolfWRX!

These types of rebranding decisions are never made in haste by OEMs since it can have lasting effects on naming down the line, but with this refresh, I think it will help consumers understand what model is right for them and make it easier for fitters to help explain too.

The above image is a perfect representation that shows a widening sole from the T100 – 300 along with an ever-increasing depth to the cavity.

We don’t have any tech specs for the new models yet but there are a few little nuggets we can speculate on from the provided images

  • Multi-material: This was a staple in the AP line since its introduction and with the ability to increase MOI without physically increasing the size of the club. It would appear the new T series will offer varying versions of this to create the best fit
  • Easy to blend: Similar appearances and close in looks (as a whole), these sets should be prime candidates for building combo sets
  • Cast?: First images of the 620s and T100 all had “Forged” on the hosels, but that is noticeably absent from the hosels of the T200 and T300s. With multi-material construction and different polymers and elastomers, a “great” feeling clubs doesn’t have to be forged (we’ve debunked that myth a LONG time ago). Plus, if face inserts are used to help create higher MOI and ball speed who cares how they do it? I know I don’t!

Heres the big one: Mi-Max Impact technology?!?! Yeah I don’t know what it means either, but considering every tiny detail of every club goes through so many design renderings before seeing the light of day, for Titleist to put this in writing on the back of the T200 (in what looking like the bottom of a bullet) means it’s going to be a big part of the story. We also see this Mi on the back of the T300 too, on what I can only assume is part of the vibration dampening system.

Titleist pushed the envelope, with the CNCPT series, in materials, construction, and cost, and like all things technology, the longer it’s available the less expensive it becomes to mass manufacture. Will part of what makes the series so good be making its way into the new T200 and T300 irons and more readily available? Not sure just yet. But when we do know we will be sure to let you know too.

Titleist T200 7-iron

Titleist T300 7-iron

Check out more in-hand photos below.

 

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