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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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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

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Srixon Z-U85

 

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