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Callaway Epic Flash, Epic Flash Sub Zero hit USGA conforming list

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Speculation has been rampant in the GolfWRX forums for month that Callaway’s 2019 driver offering will be called the Epic Flash. And it stands to reason that, like the Rogue, the company could offer a Sub Zero version of the driver.

Today, the Epic Flash and three versions of the Epic Flash Sub Zero hit the USGA’s conforming list. While we have no official information beyond the photos at present, we’re happy to present those for your speculative and viewing pleasure.

Epic Flash

Epic Flash Sub Zero V1

Epic Flash Sub Zero V2

Epic Flash Sub Zero V3

All models feature a sliding rear weight, similar to what we saw in the original Epic. Not surprisingly, the company incorporates its ball-speed boosting Jailbreak Technology in all four models. As with the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, the Flash Sub Zero looks to feature a forward-placed weight.

Also interesting to note, as Andrew Tursky pointed out on Twitter, the single, double (an no) diamonds graphics near the hosel. The drivers are also rumored to included a successor to X-Face VFT: “Flash Face” technology.

Let us know what you think about the photos, GolfWRX Members? Do you think more than two Sub Zero models will come to retail, or are some of the models Tour only?

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  1. Benny

    Dec 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    It’s marketing fellas. Nothing new here but the same driver from last couple releases with mew name and looks. But thanks for warning all of us minions.

  2. Tony Lynam

    Dec 10, 2018 at 7:56 am

    This article is worthless without pictures of the club faces.

    • ogo

      Dec 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Club faces are all the same… everybody wants to look at the sole with the sculpturing, fancy coloring and weight shift channels….. the gearhead’s delight… 😮

  3. Steve

    Dec 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I hit a pile of the latest drivers yesterday and came to one clear conclusion. There’s no need for me to carry a driver. Sticking with my RBZ2 3-wood

    • Speedy

      Dec 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      If it’s a strong 3W, it might be a reasonable replacement for some drivers. Otherwise, I see the lost yards, a higher traj, and more hook movement as undesirable.

  4. Tom54

    Dec 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    At a glance from these pictures can anyone see any differences from the 3 Sub Zero models shown? I just bought a Rogue sub zero model and am happy with it. No need for me to get the latest.

  5. dave

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

    yes….finally a sub zero with adjustable weight port to move toward the toe…

  6. Bill O

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Hopefuly one of the Sub Zero models will be 440 cc. Still using my XR16 sub zero. Does anyone know of a good 440 cc driver out there? Thanks.

    • Benny

      Dec 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Bill stay strong man. That XR SZ is one of the best. No need to change for several years!

  7. Mark

    Dec 5, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Any official word on what they will retail for? I have heard it’s going to be around $599, but that was just speculation from my friend that works in the golf retail business.

  8. ollyolly

    Dec 5, 2018 at 1:37 am

    When my Cally driver FLASHES through the ball the distance is of EPIC proportions… 200+ yardlets… PPOOOWWWWW

  9. ogo

    Dec 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I need help cause I suffer from New Golf Club Obsessive-Compulsive Buying Syndrome.
    When new models come out I can’t stand looking at my old obsolete clubs… I gotta have those new beauties in my WITB arsenal of golf destruction. It’s driving me nutty!!

  10. Scheiss

    Dec 4, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Well, these will be forgotten in….. wait for it…… a flash
    lol

  11. Mad-Mex

    Dec 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Does it mean my XR-16 is no longer any good?

    • lance

      Dec 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Put it in your garden and use it as a stalk to grow tomatoes… 😮

    • CAROLINE

      Jan 9, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Still see the XR-16 being pounded close to 400 yards at long drive contests…so safe to say until you need more then 400 yards your XR is good to go…

  12. ogo

    Dec 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    EPIC… FLASH… SUB… ZERO….. (with “Flash Face technology”)… how can ya beat that??!!!

  13. Hamish

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The only flash is the graphic design & marketing

  14. Speedy

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How many orders has the North Pole received?

  15. Tom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Wow!! so different, game changing….will be closed out in 4-6 months….hahahaha Sellers be Sellin!!

  16. dat

    Dec 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    epic flash in the pan, on sale for half price in a year.

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Marty Jertson WITB

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Vice President of Fitting and Performance, qualified for and made the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage.

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 6.5

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

Irons: Ping i500 (4, 5), Ping iBlade (6-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Ping Cadence TR Ketsch (long)

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WRX Spotlight: Ping Vault 2.0 putters

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Product: Ping Vault 2.0 putters

Pitch: From Ping: “The next generation of PING’s 100%-milled putters are crafted and engineered to provide tour-caliber touch and performance through proven innovations like precision-milled, patented True Roll Technology (TR), plus a new custom-weighting system.”

Our take on Ping Vault 2.0 putters

60 years ago, a man by the name of Karsten Solheim, along with his wife Louise, started a small putter company. You might have heard of it by now: Ping.

What started in a garage with a single idea of making putting easier through design, has become a company recognized for engineering world class equipment to help golfers “Play your Best.” With countless wins around the globe, Karsten wanted a way to celebrate wins by players using Ping putters, so in the early 1970’s the gold putters were introduced.  When you have as many gold putters around as Ping, including SOLID GOLD ones for major wins (fun fact: the heaviest solid gold putter belongs to Karrie Webb, who used a PING UG-le to win the Women’s U.S. Open) you should probably have a vault to hold them all – and with that segue lets talk about the Ping Vault 2.0 Putters.

The Vault 2.0 series is everything you could ever want in a premium putter line, especially a large selection of styles and shapes to fit any stroke. From the Ketsch to the ZB no matter your stroke profile there is a model in the Vault 2.0 series for you.

In short, we love these putters! The TR milling pattern not only improves the actual roll of the ball for consistent distance control from off-center hits, but it also makes the putter sound nice and soft off the face. Adjustable weighting (from Ping) also makes sure that you get the precise weight you need based on either your length or just swing weight preference, which can be affected by grip weight (can’t forget that). And just like any series of putter from Ping, it’s important to also get the right grip.

Offering three distinct finishes in the line, including copper (not available on the Ketsch or Craz-E H) at no additional cost is another bonus for the consumer looking to change things up from “off the rack.”

Overall, the Vault 2.0 is the premium putter line you would expect from Ping. Once you find the right one it’s bound to stick around your golf bag for a long time.

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Ping Blueprint irons are officially coming to retail

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After what has been much speculation they are here: Ping’s Blueprint forged blades.

Born from the idea of creating a club for the most exacting of golfers, Ping meticulously prototyped and tested in house with their tour staff and other highly skilled players on everything from preferred shots, grind, to blade size and shape. When it comes to shape, the Blueprints are one of the smallest blades on the market, but there’s some reasoning behind this.

From Ping:

“After extensive in-house research with varying head sizes, the findings revealed the theory of “aim small, miss small” was validated by many of the highly skilled players in the test, who produced tighter stat areas when hitting the more compact head.”

Only the bravest golfer will take on this 2-iron

It makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact that the more you concentrate mass, the more that mass will transfer energy when you get close to it right? It was that final design that we saw out on tour around nine months ago that has ended up becoming what we will see at retail. Tried tested and ready for fittings and finding their way into golf bags.

From Ping’s President John K Solheim:

“When we launched it on tour, a few players put it in play immediately and it wasn’t long before we had our first win. Based on a lot of their input, we were able to deliver exactly what they were looking for while expanding our iron offerings into a new category. We’re very pleased with the development process we went through and are looking forward to applying our learnings to future PING products.”

Like everything Ping, the company has gone the extra mile when it comes to engineering every last aspect of these irons. Even something as simple as a tip weight has a calculation attached to it. Just like the G410 irons, the Blueprint irons have a visible tungsten toe weight.

Let me explain: basically every iron on the market utilizes a tip weight, either inserted into the shaft or into a port in the bottom of the hosel. (We’re about to go deep into the weeds from a design standpoint but stick with me). There is 100 percent nothing wrong with OEMs using tip weights to achieve desired swing weight but when you use them you move the CG closer to the hosel/heel side of the club…not on a humanly noticeable level but certainly from a definite engineering perspective.

This is why Ping has always placed the CTP (Custom Tuning Port) in the middle of the club head, directly behind the COG. But with a forged blade this is NOT possible because it’s solid metal, but there is a way to keep that COG EXACTLY where you want it: taking the amount of needed mass, dividing it by two and placing equal amounts in the hosel and in the toe. Simple? Yes. Done by anyone else? No.

Ping Blueprint irons construction

Ping is utilizing a four-step, multi-stage process for the one-piece forging to create the Blueprint forged iron. This process provides very tight dimensional tolerance control within the compact design. The high-strength, 8620 carbon steel (same material used in the Glide forged wedges) increases the iron’s durability compared to other carbon steels, ensuring long-lasting performance. The Blueprint irons go through more than 50 steps in the manufacturing process, including milling faces and grooves to ensure quality control club after club with each and every head checked for absolute accuracy.

Details

  • Available in 2-PW, starting at $230 per club
  • Stock shaft options: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), Ping AWT 2.0 (R, S, X) with all other Ping shafts available at additional cost
  • Arccos Smart Sensor grips available at an additional cost

 

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