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Ping’s new Sigma 2 putters are length-adjustable, and one of them “fetches” the ball from the hole

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We recently spotted photos of Ping’s new Sigma2 putter line in our GolfWRX forums, but what we didn’t know at the time was that there is an adjustable-length system built into their Pistol grips.

The USGA conforming, length-adjustable feature allows golfers to change lengths between 32 and 36 inches in approximately 0.25-inch increments with a turn of the small Ping wrench that fits into the butt end of the grips.

“The adjustable shaft is just a really cool technology,” said John K. Solheim, Ping President. “Our engineers took a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers. It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately self-fit yourself. You’re no longer limited to a specific length measurement. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball. We call it ‘invisible’ technology but once you customize it to your length, the results will be very clear on your scorecard.”

Also, we’ve since learned that the Sigma2 Fetch putter head fits into a standard size golf hole, and the design allows golfers to simply place the bottom of the putter head into the hole to pick the golf ball out without bending over.

Each of the 9 new head models in the Sigma2 line have a new face technology as well, made to be softer and more responsive than the Sigma G putter faces. The “dual-durometer” face inserts, which are made of PEBAX material, have a softer outer layer, and a firmer inner layer, designed for greater player feedback, according to Ping.

Additionally, Ping’s familiar TR face design pattern alters in depth across the face to speed up mishits — the goal being to have greater speed consistency regardless of where the golfer strikes the ball on the face.

The Sigma2 putters, which are now available for pre-order at Ping golf shops around the world, are offered with either the PP60 (midsize and lightweight), the PP61 (inspired by the PP58), or the PP62 (larger, more rounded shape) grip, which are each equipped with the length-adjustable system.

Read below for full specs of each putter, as per Ping’s press release.

See more photos and discussion about the Sigma2 putters here.

Ping Sigma2 Anser

Putter Type: Blade
Finish: Platinum or Stealth
Head Weight: 350 grams
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/- 4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/- 2)
Price: $215

Ping Sigma2 ZB 2

Putter Type: Blade
Finish: Platinum
Head Weight: 350 grams
Stroke Type: Strong Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/- 4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $215

Ping Sigma2 Kushin C

Putter Type: Mid-Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Head Weight: 360 grams
Stroke Type: Straight
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/- 4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $215

Ping Sigma2 Arna

Putter Type: Mid-Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Head Weight: 360 grams
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/-4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $215

Ping Sigma2 Tyne

Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Head Weight: 365 grams
Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/-2)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $235

Ping Sigma2 Tyne 4

Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Head Weight: 370 grams
Stroke Type: Strong Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/-4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $235

Ping Sigma2 Wolverine H

Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Head Weight: 370 grams
Stroke Type: Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/- 4)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $235

Ping Sigma2 Valor

Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Stealth
Head Weight: 365 grams
Stroke Types: Straight, Slight Arc
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/-2)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $235

Ping Sigma2 Fetch

Putter Type: Mallet
Finish: Platinum
Head Weight: 365 grams
Stroke Type: Straight
Lie Angle: 20 degrees (+/-2)
Loft: 3 degrees (+/-2)
Price: $235

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  1. Simms

    Nov 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Lets hope all the “Athletic” players that are going to use the putter to take the ball out of the cup spend some time on the practice tee doing it….no doubt if you do not have the ability to bend over and take the ball out you more then likely will not be able to pull the putter out clean without lifting up a portion of the lip….that next putt from your buddy lips out on a two foot straight putt will be the sign.

  2. Tom

    Nov 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Cheeseball!

  3. Tom

    Nov 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Colors are ugly, unless you are a Carolina Panthers’ fan

  4. Carp

    Oct 31, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Love the innovation.
    I can pick up my own ball though 🙂

  5. Talljohn

    Oct 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Sorry, but Fetch is an absolute disaster to every player following behind that person who is shoving their putter into the hole to retrieve their ball and damaging the cup. NO, NO, NO.

    • David

      Nov 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      They risk with Fetch is damaging the lip on the way in and out of the cup.

      Have a feeling you would really need need to have the Yips(drunk) to cause damage the cup. The same people that don’t fix their divot it will be an issue but not the majority. I applaud the design!

  6. Karl

    Oct 15, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I wish Ping would come out with an Anser 2 model that’s almost identical to the original stainless, clean sole, smooth face, clean sole just with a 340g option. I love my old ping, except for all the lead tape on the bottom! Basically a TR 1966 without face grooves!

    • Mat

      Oct 15, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      They do. It’s the weight-option in the Vault 2 line.

  7. Mat

    Oct 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    A few things…

    Fetch is going to be a big win with those that their most difficult manoeuvre on the course is getting the ball out of the cup.

    The length adjuster is going to be the way ALL putters work soon, in the same way as drivers are impossible to find without an adjustable sleeve. Why? It costs a lot of money to make different lengths… specifically, in “dead inventory”. It’s like making shoes; you always find the wrong size. No more of that; this is *every* size.

    And Tynes >>> Spiders

    • Mat

      Oct 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Two more…

      I hate the teal.

      70º upright is a change from their prior 69º standard.

  8. James

    Oct 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Yes, but will it fetch a ball from a water hazard, too?!

  9. George

    Oct 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    So, you can get a putter that is fitted to your preferred length? Wow, I didn‘t know that was possible until now! Except maybe my 29.25“ putter that was cut to that specific length and weight adjusted.

  10. Christopher

    Oct 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I’m not sure how useful the Fetch will be, I’d imagine it’s designed with the gimmick of picking the ball up from the ground and not the hole. The ball doesn’t always rest in the middle of the hole and the hole for the flag is sometimes concave (so you’d never get the putter low enough to get the ball above the sole of the putter).

    I can’t imagine the damage it would cause, hopefully when putting with the flagstick in is legal it won’t be a huge issue, as players would have to remove the flag and then dip their putters in! After a couple of wrecked holes I can see clubs initiating a local rule banning the practice.

    • JM

      Oct 15, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Absolutely agree. We have a hard enough time getting people to fix ball marks, let alone fixing the damage this will do to the cups. Honestly, I’m surprised Ping would do something like this.

  11. Charlie

    Oct 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Is the 20 degree lie angle for the putters correct? That seems a bit off…

    • Christopher Williams

      Oct 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      They measure the other way 0° is at 12 o’clock. so a 70° lie angle becomes a 20°.

  12. golfraven

    Oct 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Saddly this line will be all forgotten next year and Ping will try to come up with something new. Too many models, too many gimmicks

  13. Liberty Apples

    Oct 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    A little surprised at Ping. You don’t mess with cups. Encouraging people to go fishing for their golf ball – not a good idea. Bend over and get some exercise, for goodness’ sake.

    • Jim

      Oct 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Yup, chuckleheads will be tearing them up 🙁

  14. Brian Thomas

    Oct 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    The new Ping sigma putter….is nothing new.
    A friend of mine designed the “Ring” putter some 40 years ago which allowed players to get the ball out of the hole without bending.

  15. Sunny

    Oct 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not gonna happen

  16. NormW

    Oct 15, 2018 at 11:51 am

    They look good, but not all players like fae inserts. And why do you always show only the bottom of the club? It’s the top that we see when putting.

  17. Cooper Wright

    Oct 15, 2018 at 11:40 am

    The Fetch will increase the demise of every clean cut hole out there.

  18. Jerry G

    Oct 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Liking what I see and read, but need to see more

  19. CaoNiMa

    Oct 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Who’s going to hunt down those players who are surreptitiously changing the length of their putter during the round? Better keep and eye on the caddy too!
    Ban them!

  20. JP

    Oct 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

    HOLD ON!!!

    Wilson’s president said specifically on driver vs. driver 2, that invisible technology will simply NOT SELL…

  21. dat

    Oct 15, 2018 at 9:58 am

    The fetch is gonna be a really hot seller with the senior market. Believe it!

    • Ron

      Oct 15, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Gonna lead to a lot of dinged up cup edges, I think.

      • Michael

        Oct 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

        Agree

        • ~j~

          Oct 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

          Concur. Terrible idea… unless we can make it lime the game Operation somehow…

      • Jose Pinatas

        Oct 16, 2018 at 10:51 am

        I can’t agree more. This is going to be an issue as to where the cups are going to be damaged, and cause the edges to lose sharpness, prompting more lip outs. Apparently Ping wants us to miss putts…. DO NOT BUY….

  22. George

    Oct 15, 2018 at 9:26 am

    why take pics of the bottom of the clubs and not the topline???

  23. Travis

    Oct 15, 2018 at 9:17 am

    This is an… interesting direction…

    • allan

      Oct 15, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      Ping Smigma2 putters…. sniff sniff sniff….

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made for GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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