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Ping G10 Debuts on Tour

Ping has just released a new driver out on Tour. Thanks to our forum member Stealthontour, we have new pictures of the G10, so let the speculation begin!

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Ping has come a very long way since Karsten Solheim began making putters in his garage in Redwood City, California. The company which pioneered game improvement technology has recently began rewriting their image to include designs such as the S-59 and S-58 geared towards better players while still staying true to its roots.

Perhaps the one category where Ping has made the most improvements to their design was in their drivers. The introduction of the G2 driver in 2003 was a radical change for the company towards embracing a more “mainstream” feel similar to other drivers in the industry. Gone was the old TisI Tech hosel and odd shape. The G2 was pure modern looks, feel, and performance. This was continued in the G5, and further expanded with the introduction of the Rapture in 2005 which incorporated composite construction with titanium and carbon fiber. From pictures on the USGA’s Conforming Driver List and those taken on the European Tour, it appears Ping is ready to take the next step in their driver line with the introduction of the G10.

Thanks to our forum member Stealthontour, GolfWRX has recieved fantastic images and information about the G10 and other fantastic pictures of the European PGA Tour from the Barclays Scottish Open.

Ping is traditionally very secretive about the information they release on their prototypes and new models. Quite a bit of speculation seems to be going around the G10 and its performance. It appears to be an all titanium model without the multi-material construction of the Rapture series. Will this be a replacement for the Rapture, or simply an addition to the line set to take over the G5’s spot? Join our discussion and add your opinion.

Photos: USGA, Stealthontour

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  1. Donnie J Barnes

    Sep 15, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I have just gave my set of Henry Griffen clubs to my local pro at Thibodaux Country Clup to sell and he hopefully has ordered a set of G 10’s. I am hoping that these clubs will help to lower my handicap. Everyone i know say that these clubs will help my game. I am presently working overseas and looking forward to getting home and play a round with the Ping G10 irons.

    Hope the help me out,

    Donnie

  2. russell

    Sep 8, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    i fink the g10 r betta dan the rapture cuz dey hav a betta feel well dats my opion i hav just brought sum of the irons nd i am so happpy wid em

  3. Harlely Baker 3rd

    Aug 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    G10 7.5 driver is amazing! I got one from the tour van,and it was too stiff,so I had it reshafted with the Diamana Blue….swing speed increased to 117 vs 102 with my 45 inch Taylor.
    On the course,I was much straighter,and i picked up on average 22 yards on firm fairway,5-7 yards on soggy turf.

  4. hrh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:44 am

    also, i see on their website that you have a choice of shafts between TFC 129D shaft flexes: Soft R, R, S and X, Grafalloy ProLaunch Red (R, S & X), and UST V2 High Launch 65 (R, S & X)

    what is the difference in any of these? i have a prolaunch in my G5 and like it, but i’m not so sure i want a red shaft (although if it hits it longer and straighter that’s what i want for sure)

  5. hrh

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:33 am

    so is this supposed to be an improvement on the Rapture too? Longer, straighter? I know the Rapture is more expensive. If the price difference wasn’t an object, which is “better”? (i’m a 5 handicap who doesn’t hit it long. Avg drive about 255)

  6. God

    Aug 20, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    I hit this driver at Golf Galaxy in Arizona. This is way better thna the other 2 models. Way less spin and way more forgiving better than the SuperQuad/Hibore XL/ Ft-i and cheaper too. Definitely get this one however, I do not recommend the Draw version as that one has caused some problems (short off the tee and causes hooks for slicers!!!!!!!!) Causes more problems than it solves. Get the regular though I’m getting a 9 degree stiff ball goes 280 straight and my swing speed increased 5mph to 115!!!!! Ping got a winner here

  7. Michael

    Aug 19, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve been saving my duckets to get a set of G5 irons. But now that the G10s are out, i guess it only makes sense to get them instead. The Rapture’s are still their MOST game improving iron right? Or is it just that they are made of a Ti/Steel mix? What are the G5 irons made of?

  8. blob

    Aug 15, 2007 at 5:15 am

    i can not wait i hav had the G2 G5 and now awaiting my G10

  9. smebiker

    Aug 13, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    The G10 series will be a replacement of the G5 series. It includes G10 drivers, G10 fairway woods, G10 hybrids, and G10 irons – both G10 and i10 (to replace the i5’s). The driver head is all Ti and the irons are stainless steel. You can check pix and specs at http://www.pinggolf.com.

  10. Z-man

    Aug 11, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t think it’s the ugliest driver I’ve ever seen…I’ve seen what the Sumo squared looks like lol. But I can honestly say i’ve never been a big fan of Ping – their drivers spin the ball way to much (both back and side) and on off-center hits you can definitely do better…

  11. ed williams

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    im excited to but not ready to give up my g5 just yet..i shaved 5 to 6 strokes off my game changing from the r5 to the g5 if the g10 can knock another 10 im ready to change today.

  12. bill

    Aug 9, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    is that not the ugliest driver you have ever seen

  13. falzar

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    hello, for me, this is only a replacement of the g5
    falzar

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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