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Spotted: In-hand photos of the new Ping i500 irons

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First, we spotted Tony Finau testing out an unidentified Ping utility iron that was rumored to be the new i500 by GolfWRX Forum members. Then, we learned that Ping’s Director of Product Design Marty Jertson used “Ping i500” long irons to qualify for the 2018 PGA Championship.

Now, we have in-hand photos of the Ping i500 irons in our forums. It’s now clear that this will be a full set of clubs, not just utility irons. It also appears, judging by the screw in the toe of all the irons pictured, that the irons will have a hollow-bodied construction throughout the set.

Check out photos of the 7 iron below, and check out photos of all the irons we photographed in the forum thread.

Ping i500 7-iron

 

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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  1. rex235

    Aug 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Let us know if and when a LH i500 model shows up…

  2. Mike

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Don’t understand the Ping strategy. G400, G700, I500, I210, I700, etc. And the prices are sky-high, ESPECIALLY re the G700. As a mid-handicapper, am I really going to spend $1,200 for a set of irons? What will these do that the previous G-Max irons can’t do (& they can now be had for half the cost).

    • Mat

      Aug 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      You think $1200 is a lot for irons? And why not wait so you can have these for ‘half the cost’?

      If you hit the G700 and the i500, you’ll know immediately that they are very, very different clubs.

  3. mizuno29

    Jul 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Remember the Anser irons? They were 8620, the body of this iron is 17-4, the face is 8620. I’ve hit this club, got a set on order, they are $162.50 per with the graphite Recoil shaft, they have all the same playing characteristics that the G 700’s have without all that offset, but you can control the trajectories with these and the 700’s you couldn’t. Hollow club design is the future of irons, makes the face hotter, launches higher, and produce very little spin. Great job Ping!

  4. Mmmmooooo

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Hit it. Feels and sounds terrible. Very hollow and cracked sounding. Need foam in it lmao

    • David

      Aug 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Came to the exact opposite conclusion. Love the feel and sound.

  5. jc

    Jul 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    one thing for sure…they will be longer, higher, straighter and more accurate..might as well throw your old stuff out or donate to kids.

    • Mike

      Jul 13, 2018 at 8:17 am

      And they’ll probably be on about $160+ a club. (refer to G700)

  6. Austin

    Jul 1, 2018 at 12:57 am

    It is a hollow body full set. Also coming out with new i210s that look and feel good

    • george

      Jul 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      …. look and feel good when you grab the club in your hand and rub it down….

  7. Captain Obvious

    Jun 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Clearly says forged for people who comment without actually looking at the pictures…. ????

  8. Caroline

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Any one else find the lie angle on Pings getting changed after a few rounds on these hard summer fairways? I guess the notch in the hosel makes them easier to bend?…I had my short iron lies corrected a month ago and today I had them checked and two of them were off enough to be reset again???

    • dilly dilly

      Jun 30, 2018 at 1:15 am

      Most Pings are cast and don’t bend at all.

      • Tom

        Jul 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        cast stainless is difficult to adjust. Ping knew this and addressed this with the hosel notch.

      • Steve Buchanan

        Jul 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Of course they bend. Even the old Ping Eye 2 Irons were bendable. They did it at the factory as one of the last steps. That is how they adjusted to the correct lie. They didn’t have different castings for the different lies. The irons were pounded by a mallet into the correct lie and then the dot was painted to show which lie it was as the last step.

    • Swing Dr

      Jul 1, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Impossible. The guy checking them probably doesn’t have his machine calibrated correctly. Send them back to Ping for loft/ lie and put your mind at ease.

  9. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Drink GOLFERAID …. there’s a swing in every can …. 😮

  10. Tom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    That iron has 7 less screws in the head than PXG…..lol!

  11. Tom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    PING clubs are the most copied of all time and have brought the most innovations to the industryratepayers by far. They are engineers, it’s the others who copy.
    i500 is a beauty to behold.

    • Jeffrey Anderson

      Jun 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      Stan Thompson had ‘‘tthis design in the 60’s -70’s
      Less the hotel ….
      Great looking iron

  12. Milo

    Jun 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Doesn’t look to bad honestly.

  13. HDTVMAN

    Jun 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    These are hollow and not “gel” filled. I have the G700’s and the ball “flies long and high” off the face. The i500 is designed for the low-digit handicap player. The new designs are great looking and perform beautifully, construction is based on Ping driver, fairway, and hybrid construction.

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      So the toe port is for variable weighting and the rest of the head is solid? Okay, I suppose that’s better than lead tape but why only the toe?

      • Swing Dr

        Jun 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        Good question. There is a matching screw hidden in the hosel for heel-toe balance.

      • Travis

        Jun 30, 2018 at 10:18 am

        If they can drill out a section and put heavier weight in the toe it will move COG more towards the middle of the face instead of being heel biased.

    • Noa Idea

      Jul 4, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      the g700’s have a lot of good points, but they are way too loud at impact. Hope the i500’s have sorted that issue.

  14. MuskieCy

    Jun 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    They are all copying the Adams XTD forged irons from 2014.

    Forged face, hollow urethane-filled bodies.

    • Wiger Toods

      Jun 30, 2018 at 3:34 am

      Not even close. Cavity is much bigger in the 500.

  15. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Looking at the i500 toe, is that a weight port or is it a jello-elastomer port… like TM and PXG ??!!!

  16. DougWilsonsSlapper

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Countdown to “their copying TM who’s copying PXG” and “these aren’t forged” and “Ping are ugly” and “thick topline” in 3…2…1…

    • JJD

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah but, I don’t think these are forged. And, everyone knows they are just copies of TM and as you know, they copy PXG. But we all know PXG copies Tommy Armour.

    • Marooned

      Jun 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      No. PXG copied TaylorMade. In the year 1993 TM put foam in the Burner midsize irons. In 1993 PXG did not even exist.

      That’s why PXG lawsuit never go anywhere, seemed just like a poor PR stunt from PXG to be honest since it’s pretty easy to look it up beforehand…

  17. Tim Armington

    Jun 29, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Really like it!!! What is the difference between the i500 and the i210?

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      That’s easy….. i500 minus i210 = i290 …. 😮

    • Chuck Barkley

      Jun 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      One’s a race track in Indy, and the other is a freeway in Los Angeles!!! Hahahaha!!! Yuk yuk!! I should’a been a comedy guy.

  18. 2putttom

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’ll give em’ try

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      … sure you will Karsten Jr. ….!!!!

      • 2putttom

        Jun 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        calc ! ya bald headed wombat where ya been … are we still on for Monday?

  19. The dude

    Jun 29, 2018 at 10:50 am

    They look great……but printing Forged on the back of the cast club is a bit misleading (I know….marketing has their hook for gullible wannabe players)

    • Brooky03

      Jun 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

      How do you know it’s not forged? You can forge multiple pieces of the club and weld them together. That’s still a forged club. It’s possible just the face is forged and the body of the clubs are cast, but you can’t know that from the pics.

      • calc

        Jun 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        Ping and other golf club companies who claim their clubs are “forged” are scamming gullible golfers… they’re more like “forgeries”… 😉

    • calc

      Jun 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      … not “forged”…. “forgeries” ….. 😮

    • Travis

      Jun 30, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Titleist AP2’s are only a forged face, they call them “forged”, nobody seems to complain about that….

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WRX Exclusive Spotlight: Stitch SL2 bag

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Founded in 2011, Stitch Golf has been making some of the highest quality and most popular accessories in the game. From head covers to personal travel bags, the company philosophy of “it’s all in the details” shines through with all of the products.

The latest creation is the all-new SL2 carry bag — Stitch is calling it “the perfect walking bag.” After taking the SL2 out for a few spins around the course, it’s hard to argue with them. What you also notice right away is the styling screams Stitch.

When I spoke with CEO Brad King, we talked about how much focus they put into every detail beyond just the functionality.

“The SL2 is modeled to look just like our tour bag, except a lot lighter and obviously easier to carry for the weekend golfing warrior,” King said. “Also, like a lot of our product,s it takes color cues from racing, which is why Stitch blue, orange, and navy are prominent.”

Brad used the term “golfing warrior” a few times in our discussion, and he said it epitomizes the idea of someone who takes their golf seriously, walks, maybe even plays 36 a day, and wants functionality from their golf bag — while also looking extremely sharp.

You can tell this is a Stitch bag from across the range, or a few holes over on the course, which means from a styling perspective “mission accomplished.”

So, about that functionality…

As a walker, there are certain key features I want in a bag to even consider it, but those features can vary depending on how and when I plan to use the bag (having a couple of golf bags is a luxury, I know). If it’s a small Sunday bag, then a limited space, single strap design with a few small yet functional pockets, is all I really need. If we’re talking a full-blown tournament or travel option, extra space for rain gear, gloves, range finder and all the other goodies including a double strap is almost a must…plus it has to fit easily on both a pushcart and riding cart.

The Stitch SL2 skews right in the middle and here’s why: It’s just about perfect

  • Comes in right a 4lbs
  • Minimal yet well designed pockets hold more than enough gear for 18 holes or more.
  • It’s almost completely water resistant thanks to Stitch’s Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in all their bags that has the strength of leather, but is more durable & wear resistant. It also feels extremely sturdy.
  • Large, well-padded top easily holds 14 clubs and doesn’t “mush” you putter cover up (HUGE pet peeve of mine)
  • Straps that can be configured for both single or double use. It comes with both options stock and is easily interchangeable thanks to the pinch clips.

Ball Pocket and Zippered Water Bottle pouch

Velvet lined pocket to hold a watch or valuables

Base sits almost flush and is very stable – never noticed clubs getting tangled

I told you the top was BIG

Now I realize you don’t come to GolfWRX for fluff pieces, you come for honesty, and I wouldn’t be doing my job without pointing out a few things that could be improved on, as nitpicky as they might be.

  • The bag sits a little upright. If you have to place it on a side hill you just have to take an extra moment to make sure it’s balanced before letting it go (not a huge deal).
  • The rain hood (which is AWESOME and matches the bag) is bulky, and if you do cram it into the large side pouch it doesn’t leave much room for anything else. It means really planning ahead if you think you’ll be playing in wet weather. BUT on the other hand, I think I’ve used a rain hood twice in the last 5 years (I don’t normally carry one anyway), so this is in NO way a deal breaker.
  • Limited padding where the bag rests against your back. Personally, I don’t find this a big deal since most bags in the minimalist category have very little padding if any, but in the spirit of a full breakdown its just part of making sure I point out everything I noticed while testing it. The fabric used is so thick it still made it comfortable to carry for 18 holes.

Overall the Stitch SL2 really is a wonderful bag. The styling is top notch, the fabrics and build quality are premium, and every touchpoint screams high-end and built-to-last. The best way to sum up the SL2 is to compare it to a sporty coup roadster: stylish, light, fun, fast, functional, and something others will notice. The trunk isn’t enormous, but it’s not meant to be. It holds everything you really need, plus a couple of extras,  and considering how much fun you have making corners in this car (or making birdies carrying the bag), at the end of the day, you’re going to enjoy the heck out of it.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

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.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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