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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 @giannimosquito

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12 Comments

  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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WRX Spotlight: EV3D putters

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We hear the buzz words “3D printed” all the time these days. It’s a newer technology that has shown to have lots of applications in other industries, but golf hasn’t been one of those until now. 3D printing a putter is a pretty new adventure, but EV3D Golf is showing that it is going to be much more common very soon.

EV3D Golf is bringing new putter designs to us golfers that CANNOT be made through traditional casting or milling. 3D printing is the process of creating a putter layer-by-layer, allowing any supported shape you can think of. Even hollow designs like EV3D’s signature lattice features!

This gives EV3D engineers the ability to create putters that push the limits of MOI, feel, and of course look. The intricate lattice design does more than just look really cool, it also helps move weight to the outside and rear of the putter, increasing MOI in all models. All EV3D putters are printed from a combination of 420 stainless steel and bronze. This alloy gives the putter its responsive feel, excellent durability, and the ability to offer 3 finishes. They also offer a ton of different hosel designs to fit your eye and putting stroke, all are 3D printed as well. EV3D even adds custom touches like text in the cavity, different site lines, and paint fill to make it your own. Right now they offer 6 different head shapes, but if none of those are what you are looking for, they will work with you to print your dream putter from scratch!

We got our hands on 2 models, the EV3D Golf Ares X and Hades, to take out to the course and putt with. In hand the first thing that grabs your eye’s attention is the intricate lattice work on the putters.

All you want to do is hold the putter closer to your face and see how the heck they did it. At the right angles you can actually see through that lattice structure, but we were told that debris getting stuck in there isn’t an issue. The next thing you will notice is the rough texture of the head. This is created by the process of 3D printing the head, showing off the layers of material used to build the shape of the head. I don’t know if was intended but that rough texture does help with reducing glare, making the putters easy on the eyes even in the brightest conditions.

I personally really like the Antique Bronze finish, but EV3D does offer a Natural and Slate Black finish to suit your personal taste. Out on the putting green the Ev3D putters performed really well, offering a hefty dose of forgiveness and a crisp feel and sound. Traditionally modes like the Hades don’t offer much in the way of forgiveness compared to mallets, but the Hades shocked me with its off-center putts. Putts hit off the heel or toe stayed on line much better and I even made a couple that had no business even being close to the hole.

Distance loss on those mishits is about what you would expect, coming up a little short, but defiantly not a drastic difference. Since the EV3D line doesn’t have any fancy face milling, I was a little worried about the initial roll and if the ball would hop or skid. Initial contact was great, only met with a tiny bit of skid before rolling out. Nothing that I think effected even my longest putts. The feel off the face is something that reminds you of a quieter classic Ping BeCu putter, crisp with an audible click. If you are looking for a silent impact, like an Odyssey Microhinge, then the EV3D line might not be your cup of tea. If you are on a quest for exceptional responsiveness on well struck and mishit putts then you should be very pleased with any of the EV3D putter models. The feel of impact is a little firmer than I think we are all used to these days with so many inserts and deep milling. The crisp feel and slightly more audible EV3D is somewhat refreshing and mishit putts are extremely easy to recognize.

Overall, the EV3D putters are a solid offering from a new company utilizing a new technology in the golf club space. With all the combinations of putter heads, site lines, and hosels, I can’t see you not being able to find a putter that fits your eye. Looks for any putter are going to be subjective, but there is no denying that EV3D is pushing the limits at a time where we see a lot of similar putter designs from all manufacturers. And if you are the type of person who wants to create an original design of your own that has never been done, EV3D is waiting for that call to help you take your idea from thought to printed putter head! Check the entire EV3D putter line at the company website.

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Top 5 golf grips of all time

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the topic at the link below.

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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