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Spotted: Tony Finau testing an unreleased Ping Forged iron

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Tony Finau was spotted at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills testing an unreleased, unknown Ping utility iron.

What is the iron? If you check out this GolfWRX forum thread, members are saying its Ping’s new i500 iron, which is unconfirmed and strictly rumor.

What do we know about the iron? Nothing, aside from what we can see in the photos. They’re forged, they have a section in the toe that’s been milled out, and there’s a screw in the toe, likely showing that it has a hollow body construction, ala the Ping G700.

We’ll update you with more information as soon it becomes available. Until then, enjoy the images below.

Check out more photos of the Ping iron, and join the discussion/speculation here.

Check out more photos of the Ping iron, and join the discussion/speculation here.

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  1. Tommy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 12:49 am

    If this one is a hit and they take lots of business away from the P790/0311T/TMB, we’ll then be able to know that golfers buy clubs based on their looks….but we already know that, and this is one GREAT looking club for a GI design. Best ever, by a mile. If it performs, it’ll be in a lot of bags.

  2. MD

    Jun 14, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Thank goodness they have a look better players wont mind gaming. The G700’s look like bazookas

  3. HDTVMAN

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    My G700’s are incredible. Two guy’s in my group today want me to fit them to a set. Long, high flying, and forgiving.

  4. Jay

    Jun 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Those look sweet. I already have them though, mine just have p790 on them. Maybe that is the part that was removed from the face.

  5. Doug

    Jun 13, 2018 at 11:26 am

    It is the PING I500. It follows the industry trend being a distance iron with jacked up lofts.
    The I210 and I500 are supposed to be out in July.

  6. gif

    Jun 13, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Orgamsic feeel jello-filled hollow irons… only for frustrated gearheadbaters.

  7. Travis

    Jun 12, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    That offset though…

    • Geohogan

      Jun 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Agree, too much offset. Otherwise reminds of TMB 716, with tungsten weights and bore thru tapered shaft plug, that can be drilled out and more weight can be added. TMB is a very neat design IMO, too bad that technology makes them so expensive.

    • Painter33

      Jun 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Agree; however, I’ll reserve that judgement until I see the specs. Maybe the long irons have much more offset than the mid and short irons, per usual. I’ll compare them to my S55s that I’m loving.

  8. DL

    Jun 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    It’s the new i500 and its amazing. I’ve hit it and can confirm it’s really good.

  9. The dude

    Jun 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Fake forge……….oh wait, I already said that.

  10. The Dude

    Jun 12, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Fake forge……

  11. John

    Jun 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Could be a masked PXG due to his contract..

    • Wslice

      Jun 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Except for the the PING stamp on the hosel.

      • Ryan

        Jun 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

        And different screw type, and ping lettering for the 3.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Arias True Zero Offset D-23 irons

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Product: Arias True Zero Offset D-23 irons 

Pitch: From the company…

  • Easiest irons to align at the target on the market.
  • Classic no offset look at address reminiscent of past generation’s most iconic iron designs.
  • Full cavity back, midsize blade length, blade height and sole width
  • Modern friendly sole grind with beveled leading and trailing edge makes this iron easy to play both from the fairway and the rough
  • 431SS with proprietary heat treatment.

Our take on the Arias Zero Offset D-23 irons

There are a lot of parameters involved in the design of an iron, including, but not limited to: material, blade length, sole width, camber, bounce, hosel length, groove configuration, and of course offset. Offset is one of the design characteristics that can be quite polarizing from a looks perspective, depending on the golfer. We golfers are a picky bunch when it comes to how our clubs look, but that has less to do with handicap or skill level and more to do with just plain personal preference.

That’s where J.R Robert comes in. Hailing from a custom fitting and building background, with years of experience and having a preference for zero offset clubs, he set out to design an iron that would be both preferred by the better players but playable for golfers of varying skill level that prefer a club with no offset. The result is the Arias D-23 with True Zero Offset.

I got the chance to speak with J.R about his design and he explained his goals for the D-23 irons

“The goal was to create an iron model that was forgiving enough for a higher handicap player while blending together features the better player would demand.”

Through prototyping and testing, J.R found the D-23 zero offset helped golfers with alignment issues get set up to there intended target easier, and for those who had issues with missing left (speaking to right-handed golfers) the Zero Offset D-23 helped correct for that too. J.R admits that although they are very playable, golfers that struggle with leaving the face open at impact might not be the ideal candidates.  Also, those who are used to offset in their clubs might at first be turned away from the design, but for players that have always enjoyed the look of a club with less offset, these are clubs that should go right to the top of the list.

For more information on the D-23s, along with the line of M-29 onset wedges from Arias Golf, you can visit their website at True Zero Offset

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your favorite blade irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow members what their favorite blade irons are. Our members discuss what blades they consider to be best for them, and why, while also contributing plenty of great photos of their prized possessions.

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.

  • greenpiece: “MP-14 is my all-time favorite. Great feel, turf interaction, and control.”
  • BMC: “The Callaway 2018 Apex MB feel incredible and are fairly easy to hit. I started playing blades in 1988 – Wilson Staff fluid feel. Those Apexes are sweet.”
  • bodhi555: “I’d say any of the models Nike brought out when they were in the game – the OGs, VR TW or VR Pros. Current favourites are the VR Pros, usual great Nike looks and crisp feel, but the grooves are savage and put unreal amounts of spin on the ball. No harder to hit than a player’s CB either. Only challenge is finding a decent set. It took me 18 months of scouring eBay and Golfbidder to find mine.”
  • bfp9: “My favorites: 2006 Hogan Apex. OG Nike Blades. Taylormade RAC TP MB. Mizuno MP-32. I’ve only hit older blades as you can see. I tried the PXG experiment, and that failed, so I’m sticking to what I know. To me old blades = new blades. Nothing has changed significantly enough to warrant new ones for me, except the grooves wearing thin on my Hogans.”
  • kiwi1982: “MP-69. Traditional, proper weighting, great feel.”

Entire Thread: “Your favorite blade irons?”

 

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C.T. Pan’s winning WITB: 2019 RBC Heritage

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Driver: Titleist TS2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos 6 Blue X

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70 TX

Irons: TaylorMade M3 (2/3), Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Project X HZRDUS Red 85 (M3), Project X 6.0 (others)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 52-08F, 62-08M), Titleist Vokey 2017 Prototype (58-10K)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (Purple)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype

Ball: 2019 Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Another look at Pan’s wedges, c/o Vokey wedge rep, Aaron Dill on Instagram

 

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