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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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  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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums shines the spotlight on new LA Golf Shafts featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The new shafts have gone down well with our members, who are excited about what the company has in store for 2020.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Nice! The mentioned during the discussion they did here that new stuff was coming. I have heard the TRONO is straight up rebar stout.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I am so intrigued by the Trono since I saw it on one of TXG’s Videos.”
  • bfizzy: “I like how they are taking their time to bring out new products to retail and consumer-oriented channels. Will be cool to see what they come out with!”

Entire Thread: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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