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Fling Golf: A new take on traditional golf (2019 PGA Show)

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Welcome to Fling Golf, a cross between lacrosse and golf, which describes itself as “The Future Of The Fairway.” GolfWRX learned about this innovative take on our age-old game at the PGA Show’s Demo Day.

So, what the heck is Fling Golf? The game itself can be played on any golf course, but instead of hitting the golf ball with a traditional golf club, players use a “New Swarm FlingStick”, which you use to hurl the ball and shape every shot from tee to hole.

Before we go into the details on the FlingStick, let’s take a quick look at how Fling Golf works.

As previously noted, any golf course can be used to play the game, yet unlike traditional golf, there is no need for a cart, as one FlingStick is all you need. A standard golf ball is all that’s required to accompany the FlingStick, and concerning distance, according to the company, you’ll be knocking it out there 100 yards within five minutes of using your FlingStick, while with practice, 250+ yards is on the table.

Who knows, maybe in 20 years there’ll be a debate in Fling Golf over whether or not the ball needs to be rolled back.

A baseball grip to hurl your shots is recommended, as is taking a few steps (Think Happy Gilmore) to get the most out of your swing. The scoring system in FlingGolf is the same as traditional golf, while players receive a 1-stroke penalty if your ball lands in a bunker or water hazard, if it’s out-of-bounds, or if you lose it.

The FlingStick

The FlingStick features a grip and shaft much like a regular golf club. The difference is in the head, which features both “The Channel” and “The FlingNotch”.

The Channel is what you’ll be using from off the tee and for approach shots, while it’s also the area of the head that you use for touch shots around the green.

The FlingNotch is your trusty partner on the greens. With the ball in the notch on the side of the FlingStick head, you then push or pull the ball, depending on your preference, towards the hole.

There are three different FlingSticks currently on offer – The Launch, The Stinger and The Ballistick. Prices for the FlingStick’s range from $109-169 and are available to purchase at FlingGolf.com.

And if you’re wondering about the rules, well, refer to this handy guide.

 

 

 

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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. Nagah

    Jan 25, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Can you fling it 330 yards ?

  2. Funkaholic

    Jan 24, 2019 at 9:28 am

    This is stupid, I hope it dies faster than disk golf

  3. TONEY P

    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:38 am

    It’s a good idea, golf courses will benefit from New people being exposed to options of using facilities. And it will nice to have an option other than golf ?.

  4. Steve Maultsby

    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Make shaft collapsible and longer— nice ball retriever !

  5. daniel e bratlie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:56 am

    A course in the Lake Degray State park has had this for a few years. A great way to get new golfers into the sport, and get more revenue for courses. I played it and it was fun, but the better part is, I golfed while the wife and daughter played Fling golf along side me. That part is AMAZING. I can def see this picking up steam, if nothing more than the reasons I mentioned.

  6. Blade Junkie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Hardly new … the YouTube channel for this has been live since 2014 …. and they have a grand total of 74 subscribers … LOL

  7. Tom

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Boy, those look great for flinging my dog’s poop over the fence…

  8. Fergie

    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:04 am

    At least the rule book is easy to memorize.

  9. Dumb ideas

    Jan 22, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Get rid!
    We already have Jai Alai.
    Don’t need this

  10. Cm

    Jan 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Dumb da dumb dumb dumb

  11. Cdub

    Jan 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Never!! Horrid idea.

  12. 1

    Jan 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    NOPE!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Tyrrell Hatton’s 2019 custom Ping PLD putters. Our crew were on-hand to snap the two putters in the Englishman’s bag last month, and the general feedback on the custom Ping PLD flat-sticks from our members has been positive.

For plenty more photos, check out the full thread here.

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.

  • konklifer: “The second one is awesome. Why oh why aren’t there more minimal offset shafts like that?”
  • nova6868: “These PLD putters are so nice. Also, this appears to be a new face groove option.”
  • Titletown: “That would be awesome if they brought these all black PLD’s to retail.”

Entire Thread: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters – 2019”

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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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