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Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedges: new grooves, different soles for different lofts (2019 PGA Show)

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Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 -1

Bridgestone’s Tour B XW-1 wedges are the softest and highest spinning wedges ever designed for better players, according to the company.

How? Bridgestone’s proprietary Biting Rail Milled grooves.

“Low-Mid handicappers are going to love the control and feel that our new Tour B XW-1 Wedges deliver,” said Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing Manager – Bridgestone Golf. “The combination of the industry’s most premium forging and our new Biting Rail Milled grooves provide unparalleled softness and optimum spin on a variety of short shots.”

Forged from 1020 mild carbon steel, the XW-1 Wedge series is designed with three separate sole configurations, with each being tailored to the particular club.

  • The F (Flat) sole is found in the 50-degree gap wedge, and intended to optimize turf interaction on full or mid-range approach shots providing added stability at impact for a more penetrating ball flight.
  • The M Sole, or the “Multi-Purpose Sole” characteristic of the 52, 54, 58 and 60-degree wedges, focuses on providing versatility for all the varying shots one would hit during a round. From hooded bump-and-runs to open-flange flop shots, the M-Sole delivers maximum controllability.
  • The A Sole, or the “Forgiving Sole,” offers supreme forgiveness in the 56-degree wedge, whether you’re hitting an explosion shot to get out of a steep face bunker, or pin-hunting from the fairway.

Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 -1

The XW-1 wedges are available in right-hand only and in a satin chrome finish only. A Nippon Modus Tour 105 stiff shaft is stock. With retail availability beginning March 1. MSRP: $139.99 per club.

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  1. Dave r

    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:41 am

    They look very nice can’t wait until in local shop a must look.

  2. A

    Jan 25, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Bloody terrible name

  3. bobby

    Jan 25, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I can’t wait for the day a golf company comes out with “we have nothing new, but think this looks nice” marketing.

  4. Mike

    Jan 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Bridgestone irons/wedges are among the best performers I’ve ever used and I’ve gamed many. Maybe just a head thing for me but I love Bridgestone.

  5. golfraven

    Jan 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I would love to test those wedges. Kind of drifting towards Bridgestone although I am a Titleist fanboy. The price is right and the shaft is defenitely right.

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Whats in the Bag

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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