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Phelps can swim, but he hopes to “sink” with Ping

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Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps can swim — he has 70 medals in international competition that confirms it. But recently, he’s been spending more of his time learning how to sink — sink putts that is.

Phelps has signed an endorsement contract with Ping to play a full set of the company’s custom-fit clubs, including the new G25 driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. Around the greens, Phelps will be using the new Tour wedges with Gorge grooves and Scottsdale TR (True Roll) Senita putter.

PING customized his new set in a red, white, and blue theme honoring his 22 medals in Olympic competition. But at 6-feet 4-inches tall, Phelps needed more than aesthetic changes to his clubs to make them work for him. His G25 irons are 1 inch longer than standard and 3 degrees upright. To accommodate his large hards, his grips are 1/32 inches over standard.

Michael Phelps

Phelps’ official debut with the clubs starts when he tees off at the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he’ll be paired with Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

“Michael is a legendary sports icon, and we all watched with great pride as he represented the United States while dominating his sport in international competition over the last decade,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “We’ve custom-built his clubs to ensure he has every chance to improve and we believe he’ll dedicate himself to golf with the same intensity he gave to swimming. His global presence as a golfer will bring PING tremendous exposure and just as importantly, shed additional light on the game in general.”

Phelps golf career is only five years young. In that time he has been able to establish a handicap of 16, just two shy of how many gold medals he has won. Golf fans and swimming fans will be able to see more of Phelps’ Ping set when Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project” airs on Feb. 25, where the swimming star will be the subject of an eight episode series with Hank Haney.

“I know how difficult the game of golf is, but I’m really serious about getting better and the experts at PING have already helped me a lot,” Phelps said. “They looked at my swing on the range and dialed me into clubs that perfectly fit my stance and swing. Considering how tall I am and the length of my arms, they showed me how important and beneficial it is that I play with custom-fit clubs. Once I had clubs that were built specifically for me, my ball flight improved right away. PING has a long history of helping golfers play better, so I’m excited to see how much I can continue to improve my game with the help of their equipment.”

Here’s what’s in Phelps’ bag:

Driver: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees)

3 Wood: Ping G25 (15 degrees)

Hybrid: Ping G25 (20 degrees)

Irons: Ping G25 (4 through U Wedge)

Wedges: Ping Tour with Gorge grooves (54 and 58 degrees, SS grind)

Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Senita

Check out the photos in the gallery below:

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Kadin Mahmet has a passion for golf. He has coached at the collegiate level and has worked as an instructor specializing in youth athletics. You can follow Kadin on Twitter @BigKadin. "Like" Growing Up Golf on Facebook @ facebook.com/Growing.Up.Golf for more content.

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  1. Blanco

    Jan 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Nice move by PING here… have to say though, all patriotism aside, they disgraced those woods with all that paint. The other clubs look cool though. Can’t wait to hit the driver and hybrid.

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB: 2018 U.S. Open

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

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

Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

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

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only T10 Select Newport 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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

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Matt Parziale WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 US Open (6/11/2018).

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP-7X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Proforce V2

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 T-MB (2-iron)

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 52-12F), Titleist Vokey 2018 Tour Proto (58-06K)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Rife Abaco Island Series
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Parziale’s clubs.

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A list of Titleist players who are already using the TS2 and TS3 drivers

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Titleist began its “validation process” for its new TS2 and TS3 drivers at the 2018 U.S. Open. What does that mean exactly? Well, surely getting the approval of Tour players on the new designs is crucial. And judging by the amount of players who already switched into the new drivers at the U.S. Open, that validation process is going well.

Titleist reports that 17 players out of the 35 players in the field using Titleist drivers are using the new TS2 or TS3 drivers, including major champions Jimmy Walker and Justin Thomas.

Below is the full list of Titleist professionals who are using either the TS2 or TS3 driver at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new Titleist drivers here.

Titleist TS2 driver

  • Ben An (9.5 degrees)
  • Lanto Griffin (10.5 degrees)
  • Bill Haas (9.5 degrees)
  • Chesson Hadley (10.5 degrees)
  • Matt Jones (10.5 degrees)
  • Mike Miller (9.5 degrees)
  • Cam Smith (9.5 degrees)

Titleist TS3 driver

  • Eric Axley (9.5 degrees)
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello (9.5 degrees)
  • Charley Hoffman (9.5 degrees)
  • Adam Scott (10.5 degrees)
  • Webb Simpson (10.5 degrees)
  • Justin Thomas (9.5 degrees)
  • Jimmy Walker (8.5 degrees)
  • Richy Werenski (10.5 degrees)
  • Will Zalatoris (9.5 degrees)

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new Titleist drivers here.

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