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Bubba Watson has Ping G400, Blueprint irons in the bag at Hero World Challenge

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Bubba Watson has new clubs in the bag this week for the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Watson had previously been gaming a Ping iBlade (2-iron) and Ping S55s (4-PW), however, for the end-of-year event, the American decided to test out the new Ping Blueprint irons.

As well as the iron change, Watson has also made the switch from his previous Ping G400 LST driver to the Ping G400. According to PGATour.com’s Andrew Tursky, the move was due to Watson desiring more spin off the tee to allow himself to curve the ball easier. You will also find the specifications of the new driver in the tweet below.

Watson performed well with the new clubs in the bag in the first round of the Hero World Challenge. The left-hander shot an opening round of 69, firing five birdies along the way, and currently sits inside the top-five at the event.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – NOVEMBER 29: Bubba Watson of the United States plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2018 Hero World Challenge at the Albany Bahamas on November 29, 2018 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. geehead

    Dec 1, 2018 at 2:06 am

    I love.. I love.. I love.. I want.. I want.. I want it now.. ahahahaaa

  2. Benny

    Nov 30, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Those irons look sick. Would look even better in a mirror. Looks like forged hollow design is the future a d even Pros are playing them.

    • aga

      Dec 1, 2018 at 2:04 am

      Just a scam to trick gearheads into a neurotic frazzle over a new toy they must have to prove their masculinity. “Golfers are gullible.” – Harvey Penick, Little Red Book, page 74…!

  3. JD

    Nov 30, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Good to see he still uses the +75 wraps of buildup tape. He looks like he’s holding the fat end of a baseball bat.

  4. Nolanski

    Nov 30, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Wants more spin?!?! Me Wrxer no understand… (sarcasm)

  5. Brandon

    Nov 30, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I love looking back at old threads and seeing Ping fanboys berate people for suggesting that Ping should make a true forged players iron.

  6. Matt

    Nov 30, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Spin stabilizes a ball flight. Makes the spin axis more horizontal. Its why its almost impossible to curve a wedge. He’s going to have to work harder to curve this club all else being equal. For the same reasons you have to work harder to curve a 6 iron than you do a 4 iron.

    • Thomas A

      Nov 30, 2018 at 10:40 am

      I’m gonna go ahead and take the word of a 2-time major champion with a professional club making staff over a keyboard hero.

    • kevin

      Nov 30, 2018 at 11:53 am

      lol yeah you are so wrong. but its your story tell it how you want.

    • Brad

      Nov 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Trackman says no…

    • aga

      Dec 1, 2018 at 2:09 am

      Very true, Matt…. and that’s why the D-plane ball flight analysis doesn’t fully work for high lofted clubs… only the driver.

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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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Brooke Henderson’s winning WITB: 2019 Lotte Championship

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Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees set at 8)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-VR 5X, 48″

3-wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 degrees set at 12.4)
Shaft: Ping Alta CB X, 45″

Fairway wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees at 18)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP6X

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees at 22.75)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 73 R, 41.5″

Irons: Ping i210 (5-UW) (lie: 2.25 degrees flat, UW 1/2″ shorter than standard)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 105-S

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (52 degrees at 53), (60 degrees) (lie: 2.25 degrees flat, 3/4″ shorter than standard)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 115 Wedge

Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Valor (33″, 23-degree lie, 2-degree loft)
Grip: Rosemark MFS Wide Top

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

 

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