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The GolfWRX Shop (Ep. 9): Re-gripping a Ping Sigma 2 Putter

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Ping’s new Sigma 2 putters are length-adjustable due to a uniquely designed grip. But what happens when you re-grip the putters? Equipment expert Brian Knudson finds out in this episode of The GolfWRX Shop below.

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  1. BIG STU

    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    You mentioned a counter balanced grip. I would have been curious to know what the adjustable mechanism weighed or if you could get it off to weigh it. And what was the weight difference between the Ping SS grip you took off versus the new one you put on? Far as you putting with it could you feel any difference in balance? Really I am just curious on the engineering side of things. Another question for you and not busting your chops in any way. Why do you not use air to put on grips? I think the air method would have worked on that grip too. BTW the comment will show up under my wife’s name because she has a Facebook account and I do not but this is Big Stu off of WRX asking

  2. Joe Perez

    Nov 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Excellent, Knuds!!! When I first saw the release of the Sigma 2s, I wondered if the grip could ever be changed at all.

  3. Tim

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Nice video Knudson. I was just thinking about the regripping process of the exact putter! Is it just me or about half the comments on pretty much every single video either people complaining or acting like the safety police???
    Nothing wrong with the way he cut off the grip…im sure hes done it a thousand times! He still has 10 fingers as far as i can tell! As far as it being square??? Who cares? It was a demo video. To cut a grip of by cutting away from your body you pretty much have to be standing on your head!

    • CGKansas1

      Nov 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      I guess it just matters on your point of view on this video – is it supposed to be educational or just entertainment? If the point of the video is to show how to change a grip and he does it unsafely and improperly then why is it here? If the purpose is for us to giggle at then good job!

  4. Chuck Dietz

    Nov 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    What was the outside diameter of the adjustable sleeve? was it 0.580 or 0.600 inches? Or a custom size?

    I have an adjustable TaylorMade Ghost putter (Actually an adjustable TM Fitting Tool putter, and the sleeve diameter is 0.680, for which I cannot find a replacement putter grip. Any sources for a replacement grip?

  5. Techvan4Life

    Nov 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    “Perfectly vertical” without the aid of any type of level – that’s new, and once again you managed to make an easy process dangerous. It does not matter what you are working on or what you are doing, all materials must be secured properly before adjusting. The concept of basic shop safety escapes you. Please stop – these are getting worse every time.

  6. Tommy

    Nov 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    You need a plumb line drawn on the wall across from your work to at least help a little with the club face alignment. Looking at the from the side with your head cocked 90* is the worst method for squaring the grip that I’ve ever seen. This is especially important for a putter, as you know. Not a small thing or an advance detail. Also, SAVE THAT GRIP! That’s $15 on eBay!

  7. robert horneman

    Nov 7, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Too bad you didn’t save the $25.00 grip.New grips are VERY easy to save.

  8. Golf64

    Nov 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for doing this vid.! I have had a few ppl. ask me this question of grip changes.

  9. Golf Gear Box

    Nov 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks very helpful video. As a regripper I have not come across one of these yet so now I know what to expect! Though, when doing instructional videos please use safer razor blade technique, always slice away from you.

  10. Rob

    Nov 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    That grip was 30* off square to the face. At least. 🙂

  11. Russ

    Nov 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I’ll give him credit for showing the mistakes; we are after all human.
    I like the videos, is good to see how others do club work, WRX is always thinkin’.

  12. skip

    Nov 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    what a hack.

  13. ARTIT VIBULAKAOPUN

    Nov 6, 2018 at 11:01 am

    So I saw that you just slipped the grip on like normal. Did you cut a hole in the new grip to allow yourself access to the adjustable screw? Just curious.

    • Knudson

      Nov 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      No, I didn’t need to cut, or expand, the existing hole in the grip. I was still able to use the wrench to adjust the length with the grip as it is.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

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.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Callaway launches new Big Bertha Irons and Hybrids

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Callaway has today announced the introduction of its new Big Bertha Irons and hybrids, which feature a thinner club face and optimized center of gravity, designed to provide easier launch and greater distance.

Big Bertha Irons

Following on from the 2016 Big Bertha OS Irons line, which showcased Callaway’s EXO-Cage technology, these new Big Bertha irons will feature the company’s brand new Suspended Energy Core. The Suspended Energy Core features a Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight suspended within a urethane microsphere material to create a deeper center of gravity. According to Callaway, this yields easy launch, longer, and more consistent golf shots.

The Big Bertha Irons will also feature Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact — this aims to increase ball speed. Owing to the new Suspended Energy Core, this will be Callaway’s thinnest face cup yet, which the company says results in increased ball speeds.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons will be available with Recoil ESX, Recoil ZT9, and KBS Max 90 shafts. The irons hit the shelves on Jan. 18 and will cost $1,200 in steel and $1,300 in graphite.

Big Bertha Hybrids

The new Big Bertha Hybrids will feature Jailbreak Technology, which Callaway first introduced in 2017 with the Epic line. The technology, which was created with the aim of promoting faster ball speed and greater distance, incorporates two internal bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face. It proved to be a very popular addition from Callaway, and in their new Big Bertha Hybrids, the company have combined this technology with a new shorter and lighter OptiFit Hosel System designed to optimize the center of gravity for an easier launch and a higher, long-carrying flight.

The new hybrids from Callaway also feature an ultra-thin, Carpenter 455 steel face and Hyper Speed Face Cup, with the combination designed to create optimum ballspeed across the face.

The Big Bertha Hybrids will be available in both premium Recoil ESX and ZT9 Shafts, and they will be in stores on Jan. 18 for $269.99 each.

A special thanks to our Brian Knudson for braving the chill and doing his best to find a few blades of green grass for the outdoor, in-hand photos readers prefer.

 

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Matt Kuchar’s winning WITB: 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20)
Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300 (soft stepped)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees, bent to 51); Cleveland RTX-4 (58 bent to 57, 64 bent to 63 degrees)
Shafts: Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock (400 grams, 3 degrees loft, 71 degrees lie, 40.5″)
Grip: Bettinardi Arm Lock XL

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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