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Ping is known for making great game improvement irons, but the company’s G25 irons for 2013 will be special. Over the years, many PGA Tour players have used Ping “G” series irons because of their forgiveness. The difference between the 2013 G25 irons and previous G-series irons is that this year’s model is the total package — it has all the benefits of a game-improvement iron without the usual bulky soles that are inherent in the GI class.

Marty Jertson, a senior design engineer for Ping, said the company wanted to re-align the size of the new iron to be more in the sweet spot of the game-improvement category.

“We felt like we were going past that with the sole widths on models like the G20,” Jertson said.

The G25 irons feature thinner, more progressive sole widths, thinner top lines and moderate offset, which will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The progressive sole widths provide higher-launching, more-forgiving long irons, and short irons with added playability and control.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

Performance

A staple of Ping’s irons, the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), was repositioned lower on the face on the G25s — so low that it required engineers to halve the size of the CTP from previous models, as it now rests against the sole of the club.

g-25 iron
This increases the efficiency of the irons, better aligning the impact line, a line perpendicular to the loft of an iron, with the club’s force line at impact. According to Jertson, this means the face won’t rotate as much at impact, resulting in less energy loss and more ball speed.

Engineers also thinned the faces of the G25 irons. The face deflection (read: springiness) of the face hasn’t changed — it’s actually similar to the deflection of the G20 irons. But the thinner faces do allow for the redistribution of weight in more optimal places. This allowed Ping to increase the forgiveness of the long irons, and design short irons that have a flatter trajectory.

“The easiest way to get inertia is to just widen the sole,” Jertson said. “But we didn’t want to do that. [With the G25 irons] we wanted to give the same forgiveness package as the G20 irons, but with more versatility.”

Support bars in the cavity of the G25 irons stabilize the 17-4 stainless steel face to ensure a solid feel and exceptional distance control throughout the set. Engineers also also tweaked the materials, thicknesses, density, weight and even the process of adhesion of the multi-material cavity badge, proving that that badges are much more than a sticker that’s glued to the back of an iron for aesthetics. They’re factors that can make or break the performance and feel of a cavity back iron.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

Versatility

There is a significant change in the width and the “effective” bounce on the G25 soles on the 7 iron through pitching wedge.The soles are more narrow, and a trailing edge grind means the soles of the G25 are closer the the size of the Ping’s i20 and Anser Forged irons. This will translate into more control for better players, because more sole width and bounce can interfere with a player’s trajectory and ability to make crisp contact out of the rough.

The grinds will reduce the working or “effective” bounce on the sole, meaning the club head will rip through the turf with more ease. That will give lower-handicap players an exciting opportunity to experiment with a more forgiving irons without the typical drawback of wide soles. Bravo to Ping.

Below is a chart where we measured sole width at the center of the face with calipers to compare the G25 to other Ping models, as well as comparison photos:


Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

Looks

The word that came out of our mouth when we opened the box for the first time was “badass.” Pardon our french, but it is to hard to describe our reaction without just saying it. These irons look sinister — dark and high tech. The non-glare grey finish reminds us of the murdered out carbon fiber panels of the Audi R8 super car. A high-tech, modern oozes from this design.

Ping says the G25’s thinner top lines and moderate offset offer a look that will appeal to a wide variety of golfers that are looking for a high-launching, extremely forgiving game-improvement model with a chassis that resembles a players iron. At address, the toplines look great and the overall shape frames the ball nicely.

In addition, the non-glare matte finish will help reduce reflections in bright conditions. The finish begs to hit the range, and will fade with use in a way that will add character over time.



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Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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51 Comments

51 Comments

  1. Wayne

    Jan 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Been hitting the Ping G25 irons the past year. Probably 20 rounds with range practice. Really like them for their forgiveness and solid, smooth feel at impact. I am a little disappointed in wear to the face and overall fading of the dark grey finish. Not so much the fact that they have gotten lighter but they look splochy. Wondering if anybody has had the same experience.

  2. Regis

    Sep 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Went to an Outdoor fitting with a trackman today. A rarity on Long Island. $50 refundable fee with the latest offerings from Mizuno Titleist and Ping. I’ve been playing Mizuno irons for years. Spent a fair amount of time with the fitter and different head shaft combos from Mizuno and Titleist. Nice but no game changer for me. Fitter put together a G-25 for me and I took one look at the sole and was about to leave. Then I set up. G-25 had a relatively thin top line so I decided to hit the club. About 150 balls later the credit card came out. No one could have made me believe that I would have ever abandoned Mizuno especially for Ping. The GI features are hidden on address and the consistency and flight of the iron is like nothing I’ve ever hit

  3. RAY GREEN

    Jul 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    HAVING READ MOST OF THE COMMENTS ON THE G25S I WOULD LIKE TO ADD WE ALL LIKE TO PLAY OUR BEST WITH CLUBS WE THINK ARE THE BEST I HAVE JUST CHANGED FROM MIZUNO TO THE G25S AND I THINK I NOW HAVE POSSIBLE THE BEST,

  4. ranmou

    May 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    what is under the CTP cover on the G25 irons? I’ve read that it may be foam? or is it a solid metal insert?

    thanks

  5. Deaus7

    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    SGI clubs may make the game more fun, But it does not improve scores. Average handicaps have not gone down forever. Hitting your irons farther does not improve your scores. If you take a old 9 iron(45*loft), Say an Eye 2 from pre-1984(v-groove) that still has grooves in very good shape and a modern SGI PW with a loft of 45*, the distance gains will be minimal. Scores have not improved noticeably for the golfing masses. They are called Game Improvement clubs when they should be called Game Enjoyment clubs. Sure its fun to turn to your group and say i hit that par5 in 2 with driver 5-iron, But your not hittin a 5iron, it was 3.5 iron. Just my opinion

    • Jeffrey

      Jul 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I’m going to disagree with you completely. My father who is in his mid sixties, switched from Ping ISI irons to the G25. He’s playing better golf this year than in the past five. New technology like multi material irons has allowed this iron to be smaller than the G20 and yet be more forgiving. I’ve watched him hit shots that are quite a bit off of the sweet spot and still end up on the green, with a reasonable putt. Now, of course he was fit for these clubs. The issue is, if you’re going to drop that kind of money on clubs, you’d be a moron to buy them off of the rack. If the clubs don’t fit, you’re probably not getting the best out of the new technology.

    • Frank Garrett

      Dec 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      If it says 5 on the sole, it’s a 5 iron
      That’s how it works…
      How many of you “purists” out there still
      have hickory shafts

  6. Sunday Golfer

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ordered my G25 irons and expecting them any day now. I hope I don’t have the same issue as you Dennis. I will be sure to inspect them more carefully though now. Compared them side by side to the G20 and the G25 definetly look nicer but it was hard to see a real difference between the amount of offset. I could see the difference in the sole width in the lower irons but the difference was not that significant. The biggest differences between the 2 sets for me was the darker color (which looks great!) and the thinner top line.

  7. Dennis Thompson

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Just received my new G25 irons and the weight was not inserted into the 4 iron.{ no quality control here} I also have a concern with the 5 iron weight but will talk to the Ping rep. I ordered with the graphite shafts and have to say they look sic. I have played pings for many many years so if they do not fix this problem I will be sure and tell all.

    • Dennis Thompson

      Feb 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Ping rep was very disappointed on the missing weight. The club is going back for warranty work and should be back in a week. He did explain the weight is not as flush to the head as a more lofted iron is. We looked at others in a GT store and they all had the same gap. He assured me that if the weight did ever get lost or fell out that warranty would apply. Time will tell I guess.

  8. D Easton

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I own a set of ping anser irons . When the irons after One year showed excess wear and the weight started to fall out I made an attempt to have the problem rectified ,. After shipping the clubs back to ping at there request the weights were reset and the clubs cleaned ? They were returned to me. Many further conversation that appeared to be justo frustrate me a further request to send back to ping and I have given up. Given the response and actions it has left me with the attitude that warrantee after one year was not met . I have given up and will neither buy ping in the future or recommend any one else do so . Great for pr or advertising . Don Easton Maple ridge B.C.

    • Hrocks

      Mar 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      D. Easton…I’m really surprised to hear of your displeasure with PING’s customer service. I have had the exact opposite experience with them over the years. I have sent various sets of irons back to have the loft/lie adjusted or set back to the original color code on a number of occasions. One of my I15’s had a badge come loose and they said to ship the whole set back to check and replace any that might become loose. NO CHARGE. (just paid the postage) We visited PING while on vacation, and we brought in my young son’s PING putter to be cut down and the L/L adjusted, along with an old set of G2 irons I had trashed while playing in the desert. The fixed them ALL WHILE I WAITED…NO CHAEGE (except $3.13 for a new putter grip that they installed!!!) There’s no other club manufacturer that will deal directly with the consumer like PING. I’m sorry, but they get my vote for best customer service bar none!

  9. Goreje

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    One thing to consider and remember, some of us play for the “FUN” of the game and if these help high, or “super” high handicappers ENJOY the game more then great. If you don’t like the offset, then go buy a different model. Just because it is made/produced doesn’t mean you “HAVE” to buy it or like it. “Moderate” offset or substantial offset, those that are buying the G series could really care less due to the fact that most are looking for a “Game Improving” club set. Those that don’t need it, go buy and play “blades”. We that need the extra help and confidence in our clubs, swing and game appreciate the innovation that Ping brings to the table.

    Drive for Show, Putt for Dough

  10. Biebs

    Feb 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I was fit for and ordered a set of these Wednesday, was very surprised by how good they look at every shot I hit was easy and straight. Started with the CFS stiff and wasn’t all that impressed, had the fitter put in a DG S300 and the difference was amazing, I knew in one swing that was what I was getting. Am pretty sure I saw Bubba Watson playing one of these at the Waste Management yesterday? Only downfall was the DG shaft was a $10 upcharge, but should be worth it. Cheers.

  11. Spinit

    Jan 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am a huge Ping fan and the asthetics of these new G25’s look great. Ping’s quality control and customer service are the best in the business and their product is exemplary. I am too handsy for the G series, too much offset even in these, so I await the i25’s. I currently play the i15’s and absolutely love them.

  12. Sunday golfer

    Jan 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I’m thinking of getting new irons and am currently in-between the g20 and g25. Why does this article show images comparing the g25 to g15? It’s the same as when comparing the sole widths. I’m actually wondering if it is worth the extra $$ to but the g25 set or spend ~$150 less for a g20 set. Any replys would be appreciated.

    • Halofan24

      Feb 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I was in the market for a new set of Pings. Tried both the G20, G25 and Taylormade rocketbladez. Not much difference in the Ping’s. Im a mid handicapper and have had trouble with consistancy in my irons. The rocketbladez actually played a club down. Exp the 7 iron G20 went as far as the RB 6 iron. Best bet is to go to your local shop and try them out. My final purchase was the G20’s. Found on ebay in excellent condition 4-SW for 388 shipped. Couldnt of been happier. I have some extra dough for green fees in 2013

  13. Mike

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Ordered the set yesterday after spending time being fitted. Giving up my Raptors. They look as good or better then the I20’s.

  14. naths

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    i’m getting a set, just sold my i20s, if these make the game easier then great!!!, my plan is to use these for this season then move up to the i25s next season, loved the i20s but i’m just not consistant enough for them, mind you looking at the 25s even if i was scratch, these look lovely….

  15. John K

    Jan 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I just ordered mine this past Monday! Have to wait until February 11th to get them…boooh! Just not good enough anymore for a players iron.

  16. Ray M

    Jan 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    @Joe Golfer. You’re right. I didn’t mean to come off as attacking you. All the companies make their new clubs sound like they are for everyone. I get what you are saying. It all comes down to what makes the player comfortable. Play well Joe Golfer.

    • Frank Garrett

      Oct 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Its all about $$$$… they are jacking the lofts to make people buy the gap wedge and make people with 3 yr old or more irons set thinkin “update for improvement and distance” ……it’s always about $$$$

  17. cody

    Jan 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    ill be getting a set when do they come out

  18. pack7483

    Jan 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

    There will be tour pros playing these just as there are some playing the G15’s and G20’s. They seem to do just fine with the offset. These look much sleeker than the G15-G20s. I bet these sell really well.

  19. Austin

    Jan 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Nice looking SGI clubs. This just makes me want to wait for the update to the S56 before I decide what direction I am going to go!!!!

  20. Joe Golfer

    Jan 5, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Regarding FCM’s comment: my complaint about Ping’s offset is that they state, twice, that these new models have “Moderate” offset.
    Yes, the G series are Game Improvement clubs.
    But don’t say they have “moderate” offset if they still have a massive amount of offset compared to most other brands.
    Yes, loads of offset works for players who can’t square the face or get the ball up into the air, so it fits a certain category of player.
    Ping shouldn’t try to tell us that this new G series club is now moderate offset, with a thin sole, so it fits the better player also. It doesn’t. It’s still “perfect for high handicappers”, exactly as you mentioned. The beef is with the advertising. If they listed the offset in millimeters, as some companies do, knowledgeable golfers would know that they still have a tremendous amount of offset.
    Some golfers order a new set of irons without ever seeing them, as they just have to have the latest model or club du jour, or need to own the latest model every year, like having both the i20 and the G20.
    Describing this particular G25 as having moderate offset is inaccurate and midleading. The clubs are still high quality and “perfect for high handicappers”, but they’re certainly not perfect for the better player, and the description given by Ping is midleading.

    • Jerry

      Mar 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Your complaint is with marketing???? Dude, do you pay attention to marketing with ANY company??? That is what the marketing hacks are paid to do…make it sound like their product is the next best thing. If you hit these or any clubs, do some research on your own and get some professional advice on what you should buy who cares what marketing angle they use? Thats a ridiculous arguement because clearly you are well versed enough on golf and the equipment that you saw through the “marketing” right away so whats the issue?

    • Ken

      May 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I have a 2 handicap and I play the G25’s, the best iron I have ever hit and got that club back I lost between 50 and 56 years of age. Slight misses go on the green and the shorter irons are as or more accurate than the S56’s I replaced. I hit the i20’s and the G25’s and it was no comparison. People talk about working the ball. I’ve been playing golf for 41 years and have played at the national amateur level and seldom do golfers “work” the ball not unless they are in trouble. I can cut my 4 iron 190 if I need to but why. I play golf with my buddies from 0-6 and we have a blast and I was the last diehard. The 0 has been playing GI’s for 2 years and recently qualified for the Senior Amateur in Jersey. You shoot 78 with your mizuno blades and I’ll shoot 72 with my G25’s, makes no difference.

      • schengi

        Aug 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        WELL TOLD!

      • Rick

        Nov 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Agreed. I am 54 with a 6 HC. Have played pings all my life except for the last two years. For some reason I bought a set of taylormade 2.0 burners. They are long but sometimes in a bad way. Got the G25s yesterday. Had them fitted. Played today with them today. These irons are so much more consistent, better feel and ooooz with confidence. Will never ever play anything but pings again.

    • Tom

      Feb 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

      My handicap is +1.6 and I went and got fitted at ASU Karsten golf course two weeks ago. I hit every iron with different shafts and came to the conclusion that the g25 with the Cfs shaft was the correct fit for me. I am 51 years old and like the so called game improvement irons

  21. collingsom1asb

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Its funny that when Pings does something well, allot of people thrive on finding something negative to say. I say, bully!!!!! Ping lovers are gonna just love the new irons!!!!! These may be the best, well thought out and carefully engineered irons they have made to date. People who play Ping have come to realize that Ping just continues to make good stuff —– from an engineering standpoint and quality control, NOBODY does it better!!!! I say, well done Ping. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!! Carry on, ole chap!!!!!!

  22. FCM

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    …and don’t even compare Ping to TM on jacking up the lofts. TM is so overrated. They are backed adidas , so they have unlimited marketing funds. That’s why Nike will be one of the big boys in the next few years. Marketing $$$ is king. Ping does it with quality products year after year.

  23. FCM

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I hate how people complain about the offset on the G series. They are GI irons, so they are supposed to have offset. Ask anyone and they will tell how easy G series irons are to get in the air. They are perfect for high handicappers. I have the i20, but still use my G20 on occasion.

  24. Joe Golfer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Looking at the specs on Ping’s website, one can compare the offset between these G25 irons and the previous model, the G20. Barely any difference, despite this article twice stating that these new irons have “moderate” offset. Bah, humbug 🙂
    Compared to most brands, these still have a huge amount of offset, with only a few other irons categorized as super or max game improvement comparing as similar, such as Callaway’s Diablo Edge irons.
    Converting to millimeters to give folks a better idea, the new irons have only about a half millimeter less offset than the prior model, the G20.
    The five iron is still close to 7 mm’s in offset, which is a huge amount, so these would hardly be considered to have a moderate amount of offset.
    The term may be used as a selling point to those who order online without seeing the clubs in person, but these really do have a lot of offset.
    If you slice or push the ball, they may suit you well. Otherwise, get ready to start hooking the ball and hitting it higher than normal due to the offset.
    The Ping i20 will still give you forgiveness without the tremendous amount of offset of the G series.

  25. Joe Golfer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful looking finish, and the rest of the description sounds great.
    Photos still show an awful lot of offset, regardless of what the description says.
    Ping has always been king of massive offset in their G series of irons.
    I think the i series looks better while still offering forgiveness.

  26. kj

    Jan 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    26 deg 5 iron… starting to crank the lofts like Taylor Made i know its only 1 deg but this is how it starts

    • rob

      Jan 3, 2013 at 3:43 am

      The lofts on the G25 are the same as the G20 and the G15….so I don’t understand your point.

    • Joe Golfer

      Jan 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

      Nowadays a 26* 5 iron isn’t too bad, considering that everybody is strengthening the lofts. Titleists are much stronger now too. Callaway’s latest model is much stronger than previous ones. Even Mizuno is strengthening the lofts, more so on the JPX models.
      TaylorMade RocketBallz has the five iron at 23*, I think. Now that’s ridiculous, but then again, it’s TaylorMade. I still recall Nick Faldo shilling for them in a video, saying how he hits the new (at that time) Burner 2.0 five iron way further than his own five iron. He doesn’t mention that his own five iron had been a Mizuno MP model forged iron, so the loft was at a minimum a full club less. So even Faldo will play the huckster if the money is there.
      Eventually folks will need two gap wedges just to fill the void between PW and SW on many sets.
      These Ping lofts actually aren’t that bad compared to most companies, and you can probably factor in another degree of loft considering that the Ping G series are very high ball hitters due to lots of offset, so that by the time the face catches up to the shaft, you’ve got a bit more loft than the stated amount built in already.
      Check the Golf WRX homepage, as Tom Wishon has a great article about how many golf companies are ruining things by beefing up all the lofts so much, leaving little room between long irons and too much loft gap between the short irons.

      • Chris

        Jan 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Dude, what a whiner you are. Who cares what the loft is or wht number is on the sole? Bottom line, does the club perform well and help folks play better? TM is doing this and I think Ping is too.

        • t

          Jan 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

          its ruining the the game. the numbers and lofts due matter. people are hitting these clubs thinking “OMG, i just added 15 yards to my five iron”, when in reality the new 5 iron is the same loft as your old 4 iron. same goes for the TM rocket ballz 3 wood. it goes further, but its an inch longer than the old 3 wood. its deceitful.

          • Mork

            Jan 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

            Yes, they due.

          • Chris

            Feb 16, 2013 at 4:59 am

            So what? At the end of the day it is all about what did you shoot and how much do you owe me!

          • tim

            Mar 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

            So, we should all go back to Hickory shafted blades too?

            I have the RBZ irons, not that I love them, but they are helping while I get my swing more consistent. 145 yard par 3, who cares what you pull out of the bag! I hit a 9 or pw based on hole location and wind. I’ve played with guys you hit 5 wood to 145 and they get closer.

            Your game is YOURS.

            Forget about jacked up lofts and what they stamp on the bottom, go play Golf. Once I get my swing right again, I’ll upgrade to AP2’s and have to remember how far my 5 should go.

      • Frank Garrett

        Oct 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

        Titleist has a 44* pw and two gap wedges
        48* and 52* then a 56* sw……

  27. collingsom1asb

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Just ordered a set!!!!! Can’t wait to get ’em!!!!!! These really look slick!!!

    • Mark Tingey

      Feb 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Me Too !! Going the entire line, driver, fairways, hybrids, and irons!
      After reading the reviews, this is much more of a players club than what one might think.

  28. luke keefner

    Jan 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    waaayyy too much offset.

  29. Kadin Mahmet

    Jan 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    They look great! I have always liked Ping.

    • Mike

      Jun 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      I cannot believe how far I hit my 4 iron. I would mention it, but not many would believe me. Coming from MP-60s, I do not like the looks or not being able to dig the ball out (wide soles), but I did just shoot my best league round ever (was putting well too). I’ll give them this season to see if they grow on me or whether I go get a set of MP52s or 53s.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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