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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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  1. Travis

    Dec 25, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I love the square toe in these. I’m desperate for them to come to retail.

  2. Benny

    Dec 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Man I think these look awesome. Love the simple MB style and thin sole. Toes look the cats meow. I am only a Ping driver / bag guy too. Never played thier irons or wedges.
    I will say the comments above are all correct. I bet there is some innovation thats helping AM’s now. I saw a buddy switch to p790’s this summer and go from a 2 to scratch in a month with 20 rounds. He was then hitting his 8i when I was hitting a 6i at 185. So there is some added help in equipment but its unfortunately lost in higher expectations the buyer believes.

    • ogo

      Dec 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      If your buddy was now hitting his 8-iron from 185 with his new P790 fake forged clubs that must have messed up distances on the rest of his irons. That must have messed up his game and shot his scoring up up up…. not down. Methinks you lie…. 😮

      • Follow Ogo til the end of the earth

        Dec 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        I am with you Ogo, “me thinks” this must be a lie. No one can hit an 8i 185y!!
        I remember watching Rahm win the Careerbuilder against Andrew Landry hit his PW close to 20 yards difference in length.
        First playoff he had around 165 and used his PW.
        Next playoff hole he had around 146 and again used his PW.
        “Me thinks” that’s impossible just like you Ogo. There is just no way someone can do that!
        Plus like you said, it should really mess up Rahm’s distance gaps. How would a great stick be able to manupulate 1x club like that?? Especially with those “fake forged” irons that go so much further than the real forged irons??? Makes no sense Ogo, especially with your wisdom and knowledge saying so…

        • Tony

          Jan 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

          Look at you calling people liars, it’s entirety possible for what Ogo said. He may have his clubs a degree stronger or even more. The number on the club means nothing these days, pro’s are notorious for having stronger lofts on their clubs. Keyboard critics like yourselves just write for argument sakes, I suggest you get a life.

  3. ogo

    Dec 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Blueprint? What kind of stupid name is that for a golf club… something that no longer exists in the engineering drafting world?!!

  4. Steve Cantwell

    Dec 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Club makers must’ve laugh themselves silly leading consumers around by the nose. No set of irons is going to turn a bad golfer into a good golfer. Yet big $$$ are always spent chasing par.

  5. ogo

    Dec 14, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Forged? Hot forged or cold forged or just coin forged stamping? Biiiig differences.

  6. Tom

    Dec 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Hollow Irons were introduced in the mid 1980’s….they do NOTHING performance-wise just manufacturers trying to fool you out of your money. USGA rules insure NOTHING will perform better! Sellers be Sellin!

  7. HDTVMAN

    Dec 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    PING is KING! I hit the G700’s, and like the i500’s and now Blueprint, fantastic look and feel, as I assume the Blueprint are also hollow construction.

  8. Ian

    Dec 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

    It’s a Tour only iron and they are not going public with it. Ping guys can drool but unless you know somebody at HQ or on the Tour truck you won’t get them.

  9. Kimo Kim

    Dec 13, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    So far I have enjoyed all of the ping products. I have played with Pings all my life and would look into these new irons when they come out.
    From Hawaii Kimo

  10. ogo

    Dec 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    The PING pièce de résistance irons… throw out all the PINGeyes, the G’s & i’s, everything… because these PING blades will be the last ever set of irons you will every want to own… chock full of new technology, innovation and performance…. 160 yard 9-iron… 225 yard 5-iron… and pinpoint laser accuracy built into every club. It’s over, folks… golf heaven is spelled P_I_N_G … ding-a-ling to you….!!!

  11. Rich Douglas

    Dec 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    This is different from a million other irons how?

  12. Don

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Just a copy of Mizuno blades and not all of them were homeruns.

    • Tim

      Dec 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      This is a joke right??? How many Mizuno irons have u seen with toe screws?

    • Travisj

      Dec 14, 2018 at 2:08 am

      These are hollow bro, or filled with something like speedfoam lol

  13. Matt

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Woof. That squared off toe is rough.

  14. Christopher Gregus

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Why is Ping being so quiet about the general release of this iron? We all know it’ll most likely come out at the Masters….give some of the Ping loyalists some more juice to work with! Beautiful looking iron though! Hopefully it’ll have a better feel than the i500’s 🙂

  15. Curt

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Squared off toe, for sure……

  16. Mike Rohmann

    Dec 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    That’s a nice looking iron. I think I’d play something like that easily…

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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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