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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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Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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