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Forum Thread of the Day: “Beefy driving/utility iron?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from golfman009 who is on the lookout for a “beefy” driving/utility iron. A fan of the G400 Crossover, golfman009 is searching for a club offering “around 17 degrees” and wants the club to be a released from the last five years. Our members give their thoughts and offer their suggestions.

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.

  • Sonja Henie: “The Srixon ZU series is awesome. I have the ZU65 in 2 iron (18) and the 3 iron (20) — incredible club. The new version which is almost identical is the ZU85. Ridiculously easy to hit for a long iron. I’ve also used the G400 crossover. I like it but prefer the Srixon. I found that if you hit the Ping slightly high in the face (maybe off the tee), you get this weird dead shot that travels about 80 yards low and soft. It goes nowhere. But it is a great club if you hit it properly.”
  • MelloYello: “If you don’t mind something larger, the original Callaway X-Utility or X-Prototype models are probably the way to go. They are bulky, but they out-perform a lot of their competitors. They are as forgiving and powerful as any driving iron I’ve ever hit.”
  • jorgegm022: “I would go try the CBX Iron-wood. I’m playing it with the steel shaft, and it is phenomenal!”
  • Ping’s Duck: “Controller driving iron is lots of fun and pretty straight forward, having bulge and roll face, and cheap to find on eBay. A little older than past 5 years though.”

Entire Thread: “Beefy driving/utility iron?”

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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. Dan

    Jun 4, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Ping Rapture is solid. I game a Callaway x utility 18 deg w/ steelfiber 95x. Think of a Rogue 3wd trajectory with rouge 5wd distance. Plus it has the same cup face tech and a forged neck for easy bending. Super long.

  2. Ransom

    Jun 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I’d just move up to the next gen Ping G410. I play it with an Aldila NV Green 80-X shaft and it’s a little boom stick! I can count on it for a solid 240 off the deck every time.

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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

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.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

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Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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