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Today from the Forums: “Ping iBlade vs i210 irons – High spinning player’s club testing”

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Today from the Forums, we take a look at a high spinning player’s club testing involving Ping’s iBlade and i210 irons. WRXer ‘MofoJones’ is a +3.5 handicap player looking for more forgiveness who tested with a 7-iron and ProV1x and had this to say on his club testing:

“I tested using 7 irons, lofts shown on each club. I used ProV1x for the testing and was limited in shaft combinations that were consistent among each product. I used DG 120 X-100 for every head except the Mizuno (DG 130g X-100, I know it’s a very different shaft). 

I started to swing slower after the T100, so ball speeds drops are a little misleading. I had a lot more swings than just the screenshots I have provided; I tried other shafts with each model as well, just kept the #’s with the shaft that I could compare and contrast the easiest with.

The fitter said that he had noticed a good 500rpm increase in spin with the Ping heads in fits, so I tried them. Was shocked to see the numbers back up his findings. I was more amazed that the i210 spun higher than the other heads even with a degree less of loft (33*). Never knew something with such a chunky sole could feel so good off the face and with turf interaction. We should have deleted a couple of bad swings from the data to compare the clubs more equal for std deviations, my first swing after waiting for the clubs to be built with each of the ping heads was slow and not great; hence the bigger outliers for std deviation

Numbers at a glance:

  • Mizuno MP-20 MMC (DG 130g X-100): 33* Loft (Bent up 1)
  • Ballspeed: 130.8 (STD DEV. 1.3) Backspin: 5449 (STD DEV.197)
  • Titleist T100: 34* Loft
  • Ballspeed: 129.6 (STD DEV. 1.0) Backspin: 5500 (STD DEV.191)
  • **Start swinging slower at this stage of testing**
  • Ping iBlade: 34* Loft
  • Ballspeed: 128.5 (STD DEV. 1.0) Backspin: 5933 (STD DEV.422)
  • Ping i210: 33* Loft
  • Ballspeed: 129.6 (STD DEV. 1.7) Backspin: 6344 (STD DEV.410)”

‘MofoJones’ asks WRXers for their opinions on both Ping’s iBlade and i210 irons, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • HighDrawsLowFades: “I’m a plus handicap and play the i210s. The short irons are actually my favorite part about them. Very consistent yardages and easy to flight etc. I even switched from a specialty wedge to the gap i210 because they’re so consistent. Good luck!”
  • tets: “0 to plus handicap and I have gamed the iBlades … very solid clubs and much more forgiving than I had anticipated! To me, the i210s felt and looked chunky of tight firm fairways.”
  • leftycabe: “I played both the iBlade and i210s and the i210s were superior in my mind. The only thing I did decide to change was I removed the GW and PW and went to the glide 3.0 wedges for them. Full shots were basically the same for both, but I found that around the greens I really preferred the glides because I like to play shots with an open club face and it just works better for me with a thinner sole.”
  • Golf64: “The exact reason I bought 210s was the launch and spin numbers. Being a low launch and spin guy, the 210s were by far the best fit for me! And they are the softest cast club I have ever hit! Nice thing about these, a Pro can use them and a 15 capper!? Probably why Ping hasn’t replaced them yet, hard to beat!?”
  • BoricuaGolf: “I play the iBlade, as you can see in my sig, I play all Ping, I’ve demoed the i200 and i210, in terms of feel, they are almost identical. But my numbers and overall performance is much better with the iBlade, I have a set of Callaway TA Prototypes (which I love), but the iBlades are much more forgiving. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon…just try out other clubs and stay with you think looks and performs best. Good luck.”

Entire Thread: “Ping iBlade vs i210 irons – High spinning player’s club testing”

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max Rocket 3 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
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Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
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Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-11 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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When you buy a Scotty Cameron putter, you know what you are in for: quality craftsmanship, stunning attention to detail, and of course—one heck of a flat stick. Cameron has been refining his designs for more than 25 years at Titleist, and the Special Select line has become a showcase for timeless shapes known the world over, including the Newport 2.

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Classic shapes never go out of style, and as far as the Newport 2 in the Special Select line goes, it brings me right back to my Art of Putting Oil Can Newport 2, the one putter I wish I had never sold from my collection.

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It has a noticeably thinner top line than any recent Cameron releases, which may or may not appeal to all golfers, along with sharper lines along the bumpers.

Design as a holistic utility, ebbs and flows throughout history. What was popular for a very specific reason at one point may not appeal to the same people as tastes and preferences change. The Special Select line brings back a lot of classic influences, which as a whole, will appeal to a very large number fo golfers familiar with Camerons of the past.

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The benefit of the modern Special Select versus the classic designs are the customization options available. The Special Select head weight changes based on the length of the putter to keep feel the same, and if you want to go a step further, you can choose to have your putter built to either the “light” or “heavy” spec directly from the Titleist custom shop. With the trend of putter heads getting heavier, I can see this becoming a very popular option.

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Scotty Cameron has always had a keen eye for putters and this line is no different,

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

Special Select Line Update:

All of the changes made to the new Special Select line versus previous releases are tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: to promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address when the putter is soled.
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There are eight models to choose from in the 2020 Special Select line; three blades, and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any player’s stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2 ( featured here), Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Special Select putters retail for $399.

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

TaylorMade Golf has introduced their new yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls which are available online and at retail today.

Designed for high visibility, the yellow balls feature all the same technology as the original TP5 and TP5X golf balls which includes a 5-layer construction as well as a low compression core designed to increase launch angle and reduce drag.

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As a reminder, the TP5 and TP5X also contain the brand’s HFM (High-Flex-Material). Described by the company as its “fastest material” ever, HFM is a tightly wound spring, which is designed to create more rebound energy when compressed for added ball speed.

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The balls also include TaylorMade’s Speed-Layer System, which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, creating a Speed-Layer System that enables a soft core to be wrapped by increasingly rigid materials. This system allows each outer layer to become progressively faster with the aim of controlling spin rates without affecting speed or distance.

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The yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls are available to purchase on taylormadegolf.com and through their global retail partners at retail or online.

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