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Just switched from 2017 to 2018 Ping Hoofer. My initial impressions and comparisons...


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#31 brew4eagle

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

2018 Hoofer $30 less than 2017 Hoofer???

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:52 PM

 brew4eagle, on 17 February 2018 - 04:36 PM, said:

2018 Hoofer $30 less than 2017 Hoofer???

Yep. And it was $160 on a TGW.com one day sale earlier this week ($200-20%).

My credit card has price protection so I filed a claim to get the difference from what I paid reimbursed.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:09 PM

 LaxinMaximus, on 07 February 2018 - 02:33 PM, said:

how does the new strap system feel carrying the bag one shouldered? looks more of a backpack style where as the x system was essentially a straight strap with another that allowed it to be carried two shoulder?

I wanted to provide an updated response to your question after having used the bag a few more times.  While I may have said that the bag carries a little too upright, I don't think that's a fair answer.  I don't know about you, but when I carry a bag using only strap, that same arm is somewhere on the bag keeping it steady, balanced, and less upright.  I originally did not do this cause I sought out to provide a technical answer without any outside influence, like a supporting arm or hand.

After playing quite a few more times, I can say that the bag really does carry nice on one strap when I use it like I a normal human being.  The straps are simply very well ergonomically designed.  

Hope this helps.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:12 PM

 chinaski, on 15 February 2018 - 11:18 AM, said:

The strap system is one of my favorite parts of the Hoofer. I carry single strap for mostly shorter distances on the course, but find that I use single strap almost exclusively from car to house or course. That could be a deal breaker for me. Fortunately I'll get 5 years easy with my 2017.

I do really like that magnetic pocket though. I carry my range finder in the zippered upper pocket (where is says hoofer) in the elastic pouch currently.

Just posted an update on single strap carry.  Long story short, it's quite nice.
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:24 PM

 madeinguam81, on 17 February 2018 - 07:52 PM, said:

 brew4eagle, on 17 February 2018 - 04:36 PM, said:

2018 Hoofer $30 less than 2017 Hoofer???

Yep. And it was $160 on a TGW.com one day sale earlier this week ($200-20%).

My credit card has price protection so I filed a claim to get the difference from what I paid reimbursed.

The 18s are weak thatís why, trying to stir up sales


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:49 PM

 madeinguam81, on 17 February 2018 - 07:52 PM, said:

 brew4eagle, on 17 February 2018 - 04:36 PM, said:

2018 Hoofer $30 less than 2017 Hoofer???

Yep. And it was $160 on a TGW.com one day sale earlier this week ($200-20%).

My credit card has price protection so I filed a claim to get the difference from what I paid reimbursed.
TGW allowed PING to be included in 20% sale?
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:58 PM

 brew4eagle, on 17 February 2018 - 08:49 PM, said:

 madeinguam81, on 17 February 2018 - 07:52 PM, said:

 brew4eagle, on 17 February 2018 - 04:36 PM, said:

2018 Hoofer $30 less than 2017 Hoofer???

Yep. And it was $160 on a TGW.com one day sale earlier this week ($200-20%).

My credit card has price protection so I filed a claim to get the difference from what I paid reimbursed.
TGW allowed PING to be included in 20% sale?

Yep.  Crazy I know, but maybe WRXer above has a point about Ping not moving as much as they thought.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 03:13 PM

I am getting fatter grips, current grips give loads of tangle at the base- will this be the same?

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:59 PM

does the cart strap area do a better job of reducing bag twisting in the cart and constriction around the shafts, compared to previous models?

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 02:02 PM

 madeinguam81, on 04 February 2018 - 12:03 PM, said:

I previously had the '17 Hoofer and the only reason I upgraded so soon was because I had a store credit at my local golf shop that was burning a hole in my pocket.  

The biggest differences I've noticed from last year's model to this year's are:

- Magnetic pocket.  This is my favorite new feature cause it fits my large Bushnell X7 rangefinder easily.  This was a smaller zippered pocket in the 2017 model and didn't easily fit my X7.  I ended up using this pocket to hold my tees last year.

- The main apparel pocket is bigger this year but I don't put a bunch of stuff in there anyway so I really can't tell the difference.

- The water bottle pocket is significantly better in the new model.  It's a lot more flexible and holds much larger bottles, the quart sized Gatorade for example fits fine.

- No more X strap system, however the new straps are very comfortable.  I've yet to walk a round with the new bag so I'll report back on how it feels soon.

- Design.  At first I didn't care for the much smaller PING logo on the apparel pocket but the color combination I went with far outweighed that.

The one thing that's consistent and the best thing I like about Hoofers is the quality and durability of the bags.  These things are tanks.  

If you have a question that wasn't answered here, I'd be happy to help.

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I love the color on the OP's bag. Anyone using the Hoofer 18 on a push cart?

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 05:37 PM

View PostPerseveringGolf, on 18 February 2018 - 03:13 PM, said:

I am getting fatter grips, current grips give loads of tangle at the base- will this be the same?

just realised I have a branded Ping Hoofer thats 15 years old and still looks and feels fantastic- club tangle was an issue- now with mid size grips + 2 wraps club tangle is a PITA

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:02 PM

Same old annoying club tangle for 2018 as in previous years?

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:22 AM

View PostTommyj, on 16 April 2018 - 03:02 PM, said:

Same old annoying club tangle for 2018 as in previous years?

Yup. Kills me that people accept/gloss over this when other bags don't have this issue.

It should be renamed the Ping Tangler.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 01:33 PM

about time to break down and get a new bag. all i hear about when it comes to ping bags is their tangle, yet they are consistently ranked pretty high. is this really a problem. i'm wanting a bag that will be on a cart majority of time but still able to carry occasionally.

should i skip over the hoofer because of the tangle with so many other options.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:05 PM

View PostHoosierMizuno, on 19 April 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:

about time to break down and get a new bag. all i hear about when it comes to ping bags is their tangle, yet they are consistently ranked pretty high. is this really a problem. i'm wanting a bag that will be on a cart majority of time but still able to carry occasionally.

should i skip over the hoofer because of the tangle with so many other options.
Yes, tangle is terrible.  Otherwise a great bag.  Those that don't think it's a big deal have gotten used to it or never tried a non-tangle brand.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:06 PM

I picked up the '18 and have 3 rounds with it. Went with the divider model. I do GP White 2Gs which are notorious for club tangle.

Initially was getting tangle on the clubs and starting disassembling the bag to see what was up.  The culprit for me was the stupid rain cover that is packed into the hip pad.  It actually pushes the toward the center of the bag creating a ton of tangle.  After I took out the rain cover I haven't had any major tangle issues.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:07 PM

View PostHoosierMizuno, on 19 April 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:

about time to break down and get a new bag. all i hear about when it comes to ping bags is their tangle, yet they are consistently ranked pretty high. is this really a problem. i'm wanting a bag that will be on a cart majority of time but still able to carry occasionally.

should i skip over the hoofer because of the tangle with so many other options.

It's generally not as bad on a cart, as the pivoting of the bottom "hoof" when putting the bag down with the stand deployed is what causes the tangle. It bunches everything together.

I have been a Hoofer loyalist for a long time, but moved to Sun Mountain this winter.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:06 AM

I never understood why PING doesn’t use full length dividers on both the standard and 14 models.  I cannot imagine it could possibly add much weight for some cheap synthetic fabric to go all the way to the bottom?
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