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WRX Spotlight: 2019 Ping Hoofer Series golf bags

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I once told a joke to a Ping rep while at a demo day and it went along the lines of this: There are three things on this planet that will survive both an ice age and nuclear fallout: cockroaches, alligators, and an original Ping Hoofer bag.

It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but if there is one bag model that continues to push the boundaries or comfort, functionality, and durability, it’s the Ping Hoofer. It’s one of those things that if you take a moment to look up and down the range on any busy day in the middle of the summer you are almost guaranteed to spot.

The tradition of quality and functionality continues with Ping’s most recent lineup, including the 2019 Hoofer, a bag that has everything you would come to expect from Ping along with some interesting tweaks to the designs that once again show that the golf bag designers at Ping never stop trying to innovate. They have also gone above and beyond in offering some of their boldest color options to date including this “Multicam.”

One of the other highlights of the new design is the re-engineered strap system. It was always a point of contention for golfers when I used to work in big box golf retail many moons ago. The double strap system – essentially pioneered by Ping was made up of two completely separate straps that would cris-cross the golfer’s back to perfectly centre the mass of the bag, but because the straps were separate from each other many golfers not familiar with the system weren’t sure which one to grab first – leading to people choosing a different option. With the new strap connector, any possible confusion has been eliminated.

Another brilliant, although not completely new feature is hiding the rain hood in the hip/back pad on the bag — this is still a Ping exclusive in the industry and one of the absolutely smartest things I have ever seen when it comes to golf bag design.

Depending on the bag you pick in the Hoofer series, there are up to 12 pockets that do everything from holding your rangefinder to making sure you don’t lose your keys, all while being easy to access even on a cart. Speaking of carts, all versions of the bags easily sit on a standard pushcart or even fit easily on the back of a riding cart, because of the system used to optionally hold the legs in the closed position, and because of the squared-off shape of the bottom of the bag.

Whether it’s a full 14-way divided top Hoofer 14, or the more sleek and simplified Hoofer Lite, there is an option for any golfer looking for a new bag to carry or cart clubs around.

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  1. happy golfer

    Feb 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Don’t know why all the emotion on here, over a new colorway… Anyway, I’m glad to see new and exciting patterns/colors making their way onto shelves, even if I have no combat history or connection to the military.

  2. ben

    Feb 10, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    camouflage is over

  3. Mark M

    Feb 9, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Just a reminder that Izzo was the pioneer/inventor of the dual strap concept.

  4. Benny

    Feb 9, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Haha, nice JP. Hands down best bag ever. I am on my 3rd and first 2 are still in use, just handed down to a friend and step bro. Cannot go wrong with Hoofer!

  5. X

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    I guess Ping has gone the way of Parsons and only want to sell to the military and leave out the rest of the civilized world

    • BJ

      Feb 9, 2019 at 9:04 am

      And thats a bad thing? I hope your kidding

      • Y

        Feb 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

        We can’t all be haters, killers and murderers like the military.

  6. Russ DeChambeauner

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ordered! Just wish the multi cam was available in the hoofer 14

  7. JP

    Feb 8, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Do you like that golf bag, maggot?
    .
    Sir, Yes Sir!

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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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