Ping G Fairway Woods, Hybrids and new Crossover
For most golfers, fairway woods and hybrids play a relatively limited role during a round of golf. But when they are called upon, golfers expect those clubs to be more versatile than any other in their bag.
Take Ping’s G drivers, for example. They’re designed exclusively to help golfers hit their tee shots as far as possible. Ping’s G irons also share a singular focus; they’re made to help golfers hit their iron shots as close to the pin as possible.
Fairway woods and hybrids aren’t so simple, though. Sometimes golfers need to hit them as far as possible, while other times the clubs are called on for finesse shots, or to help a golfer advance a ball from a nasty lie in the rough.
With its line of G fairway woods, hybrids and a new club Ping is calling a “Crossover,” the company is offering golfers a smorgasbord of options that aim to help them find the club or combination of clubs that will best fill the distance gap between their driver and longest iron.
The G fairway woods, hybrids and Crossover will be in stores February 11.
Ping G Fairway Woods ($287.50 MSRP)
- Lofts: 15 (3 wood), 17.5 (5 wood) and 20.5 (7 wood)
- Size: 167 cubic centimeters
- Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 65, Ping Tour (65, 80)
- Length: 43 (3 wood), 42.5 (5 wood), 42 (7 wood)
- Swing Weight: D1
Calling a modern day fairway wood a “little driver” is a fair assessment given how far today’s fairway woods fly. Unlike drivers, however, most golfers want to be able to hit their fairway woods from all sorts of lies, making head size and shape crucial elements to their design.
Ping’s new G fairway woods are the same size as the company’s G30 fairway woods, but they have a shallower head shape and a redesigned leading edge that Ping says will help golfers contact their shots 12 percent higher on the club face when hit off the ground. The higher contact point gives golfers a higher launch angle with the clubs, adding height that makes the fairway woods more effective from long range.
Ping also made the new fairway woods’ club faces from a lighter, 455 carpenter steel, and returned to a Variable Face Thickness (VFT) design that is thinnest on the edge and thicker in the center to help a golfer’s bad shots fly more like their good shots.
Although the G fairway woods do not share the weight-saving, Dragonfly-inspired crowns used on the G drivers (insert link), their crowns are impressively thin. At 0.019 inches, they’re 25 percent thinner than the G30 fairway woods, which helped Ping engineers improve the shaping and internal weighting of the club heads.
What the G fairway woods do share with the G drivers, however, is their high-friction face finish. Although it seems counterintuitive, the added face texture actually reduces spin rate when used on low-lofted clubs. The effect is most prominent in the 3 wood (14.5 degrees), which has four grooves, but no grooves in the center of the club face to increase the golf ball’s interaction with the rough surface at impact.
There are more grooves in the 5 wood (17.5 degrees, 5 grooves) and 7 wood (20.5 degrees, 6 grooves), which are spaced progressively closer together on the club face. According to Ping, the progressive groove design helps create more consistent launch conditions for each fairway wood.
The G Fairway Woods are also offered in SF Tec models (16, 19 degrees). They have a center of gravity (CG) that’s located more toward the heel of the club, which adds 5-8 yards more draw bias to the fairway woods. SF Tec models also have a slightly lighter swing weight (DO) and a more rounded, larger club head (180 cubic centimeters) that’s similar to Ping’s K15 fairway woods.
Ping G Stretch Fairway Woods ($287.50 MSRP)
- Loft: 13 degrees
- Size: 184 cubic centimeters
- Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 65, Ping Tour (65, 80)
- Length: 43 inches
- Swing Weight: D2
There is a subset of golfers less concerned with the versatility of their fairway woods, and more concerned with hitting them as far as possible. For them, Ping created the G Stretch, which has 13 degrees of loft and measures 184cc, 17cc larger than the 14.5-degree G fairway wood.
The distance-focused design uses all the same technologies as the standard G, with the exception of its slightly more forward CG, which along with its lower loft helps reduce spin.
Compared to Ping’s Rapture fairway wood, which was released in January 2014, the Stretch is 28cc smaller, making it more playable from the turf. Whereas the Rapture was made from titanium and tungsten construction, the Stretch’s club head is made with a 17-4 stainless steel body and a 455 carpenter steel clubface. Even at its smaller size, it will perform better on off-center hits than the Rapture, with a 6 percent higher moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness.
Ping G Hybrids ($247.50 MSRP)
- Lofts: 17 (2), 19 (3), 22 (4), 26 (5), 30 (6)
- Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 70H, Ping Tour 90
- Length: 40.75 (2), 40.25 (3), 39.75 (4), 39.25 (5), 38.75 (6)
- Swing Weight: D1
Ping’s G Hybrids are designed to help golfers do what they might not be able to do with their long irons – hit shots high and far from a variety of lies and have them stop quickly on the green.
To make them launch higher and faster, Ping engineers gave its new hybrids the same 455 carpenter steel club faces as the G fairway woods, reduced their crown thickness by 25 percent, and added a high-friction finish to reduce spin. The new faces saved 8 grams of weight from the G30’s face design, which was used to create loft-specific CG locations (more rearward in the low lofts, more forward in the high lofts) for each of the five hybrids.
Ping fans will be happy to hear that the looks of the G hybrids were inspired by the company’s highly regarded Anser hybrid, and the flatter, boxier face profile of the Anser is evident in the G hybrid at address.
Compared to the G30 hybrids, the G hybrids will produce approximately 1 mph more ball speed, a 0.25-degree higher launch angle and 300 rpm less spin. That should result in about 4 yards more distance, according to Ping.
And of course, for the first time, Ping now has a hybrid with Turbulators.
Ping G Crossover ($247.50 MSRP)
- Lofts: 18 (3), 21 (4), 24 (5)
- Stock Shafts: Ping Alta 70H, Ping Tour 90, Ping AWT 2.0 (steel)
- Length: 39.75 (3), 39.125 (4), 38.5 (5)
- Swing Weight: D1
Ping’s new G Crossover clubs are designed to fill the yardage gap that’s often created when golfers transition from their longest iron to a fairway wood or hybrid.
The clubs look a lot like oversized irons at address, but they’ll launch significantly higher and with noticeably more ball speed thanks to their hollow-bodied construction and 455 carpenter steel face inserts.
The Crossover clubs are available in three stock lofts – 18 degrees (3 iron), 21 degrees (4 iron) and 24 degrees (5 iron) — and their selling point is their lower-spinning trajectory when compared to Ping’s G fairway woods and hybrids.
The clubs can also be bent to specific lofts and lies, and they have the flat-face design certain golfers prefer to hybrids and fairway woods.
The Crossover clubs are also much more forgiving than their iron-like looks indicate. According to Ping, they have a 31 percent higher MOI than the company’s Rapture driving iron, released in July 2013. To put the MOI difference in perspective, it’s like comparing the company’s blade-like S55 irons to its super-game-improvement G Max irons.
- See more photos of the new clubs, as well as what GolfWRX Members are saying about them in our forum.
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Spotted: Luke Donald’s new Odyssey Versa 12 CS putter
Luke Donald has been using a center-shafted Odyssey #7 putter for a very, very long time. Recently Luke decided that he wanted to change it up and try some new putters, according to Joe Toulon, Callaway’s PGA Tour manager.
The new putter is an Odyssey Versa Twelve CS mallet, center-shafted, of course. Odyssey’s Versa high contrast alignment system debuted in 2013 and brought back this year with a full line of head shapes. The Twelve CS is a high MOI mallet with a raised center section and “wings” on the sides. The head is finished in black and then a large white rectangle runs down the center of the putter to aid in aligning the putter towards the target. There is also a short site line on the top, right next to where the shaft attached to the head.
Odyssey’s famous White Hot insert is a two-part urethane formula that offers a soft feel and consistent distance control. The sole features two weights that are interchangeable to dial in the desired head weight and feel. The Versa Twelve CS usually comes with Odyssey’s Stroke Lab counterbalanced graphite shaft but Luke looks to have gone with a traditional steel shaft and a Super Stroke Claw 2.0 Zenergy grip in Red and White.
Our own Andrew Tursky asked Joe Toulon about the type of player who gravitates towards a center-shafted putter:
“Since it’s easy to manipulate the face angle with something center shafted, probably someone with good hands. If you’re a good chipper you may like the face control that a center shafted putter offers.”
Check out more photos of the Odyssey Versa Twelve CS Putter.
7 takeaways from an AWESOME equipment talk with Padraig Harrington
Fans of golf equipment have long known that Padraig Harrington is one of us. Throughout his career, Harrington has been willing to test new products, make changes from week to week, and play with a bag of mixed equipment brands.
What equipment fans may not know, however, is just how brilliant of an equipment mind Harrington truly has.
Ahead of the 2023 Valero Texas Open, I caught up with Harrington to pick his brain about what clubs are currently in his bag, and why. The conversation turned into Harrington discussing topics such as the broader equipment landscape, brand deals in 2023, his driver testing process, why he still uses a TaylorMade ZTP wedge from 2008, square grooves vs. V-grooves, and using a knockoff set of Ping Eye 1 irons as a junior.
Padraig Harrington’s 2023 WITB
Below are my 7 major takeaways from the extensive gear talk with Harrington.
1) Padraig’s stance on equipment contracts, and why he prefers Wilson
Harrington is a longtime Wilson staffer, and although he supports the brand and uses their equipment, he doesn’t use a full bag of Wilson clubs. He finds Wilson’s understanding of a player’s need for flexibility to be beneficial to the player, and it’s attracting more and more professional players to the company (such as Kevin Kisner and Trey Mullinax).
“Wilson wants me to play whatever I’m comfortable with. It’s very important. They’re not a manufacturer that says, ‘We want you to play 14 clubs.’ There’s always a club you don’t like. That’s just the way it is. So Wilson is like, ‘We want you playing well and playing the best clubs for you.’
“I am very comfortable with their irons. I’m very comfortable with their wedges, as you can see. They have an old hybrid 4 iron that I love. They have a new hybrid 4-iron that is too powerful. I put it in the bag last week and I had to take it out. The thing is, I use a 4-iron and a 5-wood. My 4-iron has to go somewhat relative to my 5-iron, and then I have to bridge that gap between 4-iron and 5-wood, so it has to do both. The new 4-iron was going 230 yards. My 4-iron goes about 215-235, maybe 240 on a warm day. And my 5-wood is like a warm-day 265 in the air, but I have no problem hitting it 235, so I can cross it over. But this 4-iron, the new version, it just went. I couldn’t hit the 215 shot with it; it’s just too powerful. That’s why I have the old 4-iron in the bag, but it does the job to bridge the gap…
“As players get more money, they’re less dependent on manufacturers. They need the service of a manufacturer – because, like I need to be on that truck and get things checked. But you’re seeing more players see Wilson as an attractive option because you don’t have to use 14 clubs. If you’re not happy this week with the putter; you know, Wilson has the putters, they have everything, but if you want to chase something else for a moment…remember, there’s two things you’re chasing. If you’re a free agent, it’s not good to be changing a lot. That is a distraction. But it’s nice to have the option that if somebody…like I feel Titleist has come out with a great driver. And I’m able to work my way straight into Titleist and say, ‘Hey, gimmie a go with that. Oh, this is a great driver, I’m going to use this.’ Wilson is aware of that. They want their players to be happy and playing well. Like it’s still 10 clubs, but it’s just not 14 and the ball.
“The irons are great, there’s no doubt about that. They’ve won the most majors. They make a gambit of irons. If you want to use a blade, they have the blade. If you want to use my iron, which is just a good tour composite, it has a bit of a cavity-back, you can do that. If you want to use the D irons that have rockets going off there, you can have them. Like the 4 iron, the one they gave me, it was a rocket! And guys are happy to carry driving irons like that, but mine has to match in with the 5-iron. It was just too high and too fast.
“So yeah, I think you’re going to see manufacturers go more of that way. Our players want to be independent, but the problem is that full independence is not great. You don’t want a situation where you’re turning up – as you see kids who make it into their first tournament, and the manufacturers start giving them stuff, and they’re changing. You don’t want to be the guy changing too much.”
2) The dangers of a 64-degree wedge
Although Harrington himself uses a Wilson Staff High Toe 64-degree wedge, he seldom practices with it. Here’s why he warns against it:
“The big key with a 64 wedge is DO NOT use it. No, seriously, do not use it. It’s a terrible wedge for your technique. That club is in the bag and it gets used on the golf course, and it gets used when it’s needed, but you don’t practice with it, because it’s awful. So much loft will get you leading too much, and you’re going to deloft it. Hit one or two shots with it, then put it away. You’re better off practicing with a pitching wedge and adding loft to be a good chipper instead of practicing with a lob wedge and taking loft off. A 64-degree wedge is accentuating that problem. It’s a dangerous club. It does a great job at times, but it certainly can do harm.
“It’s not bad having it in the bag for a certain shot, but it’s a terrible club to practice with. I literally hit one or two full shots with it, a couple chips with it, and that’s it. I know if I spend too long with it, I’ll start de-lofting.”
3) The interchangeable faces on TaylorMade’s ZTP wedges from 2008 were Padraig’s idea?!
I couldn’t believe it myself, but Harrington says that the idea for TaylorMade to offer interchangeable face technology on its ZTP wedges in 2008 was originally his idea…
“The TaylorMade is obviously attracting a lot of attention, but that was my idea! Myself and a consultant for Wilson, I got him to build changeable faces and he sold that to TaylorMade…that’s fully my idea. He sold that then to TaylorMade, and TaylorMade produced them, which I was happy about. But TaylorMade couldn’t sell them. You can’t get people to clean the grooves, so they weren’t going to buy a new face. Why have 400 faces at home? So I went out and bought these faces to make sure I had them for life. And I was home chipping a while ago, and I have a nice 58. I like the grind on that wedge, and the fact I can just replace the face and have a fresh face every three weeks, it’s just easy, so that’s why that’s in there.”
4) Driver testing isn’t all about speed
“The driver companies know I’m a free agent when it comes to drivers, so every time a new driver comes out, they’ll come to me and say, ‘Hey, would you have a look at this?’
“I will test everything, yeah, but it has to beat what I have in the bag. And Wilson’s new driver is the same. They brought out a new driver and it’s great, but I love the driver I’m using. So I say, ‘Look, guys, not only do you have to be as good as the incumbent, you have to be better, because I already know this and I’m familiar with it.’
“Wilson has built a very, very good driver. There’s know doubt about it. But I love the driver I’m using. And none of these manufacturers can build me a driver that’s better.
“Ball speed gets a driver into the conversation, and then you bring it to the golf course. So the driver has to be going as good as my current driver, and then I bring it to the course and see if I can hit the thing straight. I have gone down the road [of prioritizing speed]…I used a driver in 2014, and it never worked weekends. But it was fast. I used it for about six weeks I’d say – six tournaments – and I missed six straight cuts. It never worked the weekend. It was really fast on the range, but it just wasn’t good on the course.”
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5) Playing with knockoff irons as a junior
“I played as a junior for Ireland, under 18’s, and I owned half a set of golf clubs, and they were imitation Ping Eye 1’s. I borrowed the other half set off my brother. We had a half set each. I had the evens, he had the odds. In that tournament, there was a guy playing with Ping Berylliums with graphite shafts. They cost 1,900 pounds. Mine cost 100 pounds, and they were knockoffs. So I played, for my country, with a set of knockoffs. Before I used those knockoff clubs, I used a mixed bag of clubs. As in, I picked up whatever club they had. The 6-iron might go farther than the 5-iron. The 5-iron might go with a fade and the 7-iron might go with a hook, but I knew what my clubs did. Each club had a purpose.”
6) Using square grooves and V-grooves simultaneously
Square grooves – or “box grooves” – were outlawed by the USGA in 2010 because they were said to help golfers spin the ball too much. V grooves are said to provide less of an advantage because they restrict the sharp edges of the grooves, thus reducing the amount of friction imparted on the golf ball. Prior to the rule change, however, Harrington actually used both V grooves and box grooves, and he’d adjust his setup depending on the golf course.
“What’s interesting is, when the box grooves were around – very few people know this – I carried two sets of clubs at all times. I carried a V groove and a box groove.
“Yeah, see, the box grooves were unbelievable out of the rough, spin wise, but if the rough got to a certain level, the ball would come out so low and with spin that it wouldn’t go very far. Your 7-iron coming out of this rough would only go like 140 yards and it wouldn’t get over any trees because it would come out so low. What I was doing was, if I got to a golf course with this sort of a rough, I’d put in a box groove 7-iron and a V-groove 8-iron. If I got in the rough and I had 170 yards, I’d hit an 8 iron and get a flyer, because the 7 iron wouldn’t get there depending on the lie. And I couldn’t get it over things. So if there were trees, you needed the V groove to get over the trees. A box groove wouldn’t get up in the air.
“No one else was doing it. I played with the box groove for a couple years before I realized that in certain rough, you need the V groove to get there. Hale Irwin played a U.S. Open seemingly with no grooves. Off the fairway it’s meant to make no difference. I would disagree, but that’s what the officials would say. But out of the rough you needed the flyers to get to the green. The V grooves were doing that for me. You get your flyer to get of the rough to get the ball there, but then if it was the first cut of rough, or light rough, or Bermuda rough, or chip shots, it would come out so low and spinny that you’d have no problem.
“I can’t believe that people didn’t realize that I was doing this two-groove thing all the time. I swear to you, you could stand here, you would not launch a 7-iron over that fence there if it was box grooves out of light rough, and V groove would launch over it. The launch characteristics were massively different.”
7) Blame the person, not the putter
Interestingly, Harrington, for all his tinkering, has only used a handful of putters. It turns out, there’s a good reason for that — although he’d like his current model to be a few millimeters taller.
“I used a 2-ball when it came out. Then I used a 2-ball blade, which I won my majors with. I always had a hook in my putts, so not long after I won my majors, I went to face-balanced putter because it helps reduce the left-to-right spin. I started putting really badly in 2013 and 2014 – I had some issues. And then come 2016-2017, I just said, look, I putted well with this putter. If I use this putter, I can’t go back and say it’s the putter’s problem. It’s gotta be me. So I went back to the face-balanced 2-ball blade because I’ve had good times with it. I may have only used 5 or 6 putters in my career.
“I’m really happy that I’ve got a putter that I know I’ve putted well with, and I don’t blame the putter. I can’t say that anymore. I don’t blame my tools, I blame myself if I miss a putt. So it comes down to…I know the putter works, then it’s me. Me, me, me.
“You know, I’ve toyed with using other shafts in the putter, and I will look at other putters, but things are askew to me when I look down. So I can’t have a putter with a line on it. It doesn’t look square to the face. I’ve never putted with a putter that has a line on it for that reason. I line up by feel. I know that putter works, I know it suits me, so that’s why I go with that…
“I prefer a deeper putter (a taller face). The one issue I have is I hit the ball too high on the face, but they won’t remodel the whole system to make me a deeper putter. I’ve tried some optical illusions to try and get it where I hit the ball more in the center, but I hit it high. It seems to be going in the hole so I’m not going to worry about it too much. But in an ideal world, if someone came along and said they could make the putter 3-4 millimeters higher, I’d be happy with that.”
See more photos of Padraig Harrington’s 2023 WITB here
TaylorMade survey on ball rollback finds everyday golfers massively against introduction of Model Local Rule
In response to the USGA and R&A’s recent announcement that they plan on rolling back the golf ball for the professional game, TaylorMade Golf issued a survey asking everyday golfers to voice their opinion regarding the topic of golf ball bifurcation. Today, they are sharing the results.
Almost 45,000 golfers across more than 100 countries spanning a variety of ages, abilities and participation levels took the time to complete the survey and have their voice heard, with some of the major findings shown below:
- To the best of your knowledge, do you agree with the proposed golf ball rule?
- 81% No
- 19% Yes
- Do you think average hitting distances in professional golf need to be reduced?
- 77% No
- 23% Yes
- Are you for or against bifurcation in the game of golf (i.e., different rule(s) for professional golfers versus amateurs)?
- 81% Against
- 19% For
- How important is it for you to play with the same equipment professional golfers use?
- 48% Extremely important
- 35% Moderately important
- 17% Not important
- If the proposed golf ball rule were to go into effect, would it have an impact on your interest in professional golf?
- 45% Less interested
- 49% No impact
- 6% More Interested
The results also show that 57 percent of golfers aged 18-34 years old would be less interested in the pro game should the rule come into effect, while five percent said they would be more interested.
“The goal of our survey was to give golfers the opportunity to voice their opinion on this proposed ruling as we absorb the MLR and its potential effects on the everyday golfer. We are grateful that nearly 45,000 golfers across the world felt the need for their voice to be heard. The overwhelming amount of responses show the passion, knowledge and care for the game our audience possesses. Each response and data point is being reviewed as we will utilize this feedback in our preparation to provide a response to the USGA and R&A.” – David Abeles, TaylorMade Golf President & CEO
You can check out the survey results in full here.
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Apr 13, 2016 at 2:51 am
Bought the standard G 3 Wood last month and it is awesome! I planned on getting the XR as I had hit it well before and I love my Big Bertha Alpha, but after hitting this club it was an easy decision to go with the G Wood instead. I’m not a long hitter but consistently hit it 230 with a nice easy swing. Mishits go far enough and straight enough.
Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 am
Crossover iron? I’m guessing “driving iron” was too confusing for most golfers. I will have to look into this beast because my normal 5 iron left something to be desired and my new 5 hybrid as well.
Jan 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm
Ok I’m glad we got through all of that, now back to the Ping clubs. I have hit the all 3 clubs, the driver didn’t beat out my old driver for forgiveness but the 3W & Hybrid were absolutely off the charts on forgiveness with a little more distance. My fitter says and I will agree, that the fairway woods and hybrids will be popular in 2016, you gotta hit them!
Jan 15, 2016 at 2:45 am
Will there be 6 and 7 Crossover irons?
Jan 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm
I’m surprised Ping chose to put the club number on the bottom of the iron instead of the loft. Is 24 degrees really a 5 iron? For those that care about how clubs look at the bag drop (not me of course), do I really want the world to see my two five irons (pairing with my 26 or 27 deg 5 iron)? It seems like they are not maximizing their appeal.
Jan 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm
You’re completely missing the point. It’s not about the loft, it’s about the distance the club goes. There are so many variables that you need to consider.
Jan 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm
The crossover clubs look eerily similar to the Adams A7OS transitional hybrids, which are VERY easy clubs to hit…
Jan 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm
Jan 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm
Crossover looks like Rapture DI. Are those fitting cart screws in the heel?
Jan 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Are those fitting cart screws or “Parson Tungsten Screws” in the Crossover?
Jan 13, 2016 at 9:24 am
I would guess neither. That may just be the access port where they can add hot melt to adjust the weight at the factory… Or something like that…
Jan 13, 2016 at 10:14 am
That’s exactly what it is.
Jan 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm
These are some of the most ignorant comments I have ever seen. Really? REALLY? shouldn’t be on the course till you can break 90? Tell me this hot shot…..how do you learn to break 90 till you have spent time on the course?
Attitudes like this are what turn people off from the game. BTW, I have played with people who shoot 110 who play faster than scratch players. My guess is pro golfer is one of “those golfers”
Jan 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Fact. 95% of all golfers NEVER break 100. Of the 5% that do 95% of those never break 90. Golfers are all fisherman. Lies lies and more lies. Next time you golf with guys you have never played with , ask them what they shoot. All will say 80s,90s, none will say 100 or more. Watch
Them move their ball for better lies. Give themselves gimmes from 4 feet etc.
Jan 11, 2016 at 11:41 am
That crossover is going for a test run! I hope it is as good as it looks.
Jan 11, 2016 at 11:20 am
Disappointed. My faithful G25 replacement won’t be anything with bumps on the top of it. And they have also ruined the clean look of the hybrids as well. They will sell but not to those of us who like our clubs to be gimmick free.
Feb 14, 2016 at 12:58 am
Your g25 is a pancake. These woods are deeper (taller face). G25 were unworkable
Jan 11, 2016 at 11:11 am
LOVE those little bumps on the crown…said no one ever.
Jan 11, 2016 at 9:13 am
“For most golfers, fairway woods and hybrids play a relatively limited role during a round of golf.”
Your definition of “most golfers” is one with which I’m not familiar.
Jan 11, 2016 at 9:58 am
Cuz most golfers suck and shouldn’t be golfing, they should be at the range.
Jan 11, 2016 at 10:33 am
EXACTLY. If you cannot break 90, you have no business being on a golf course.
Jan 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
Golf courses would go broke
Jan 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm
I dun think there will be anybody breaking 90 if they are new to the game?
So u started at the 80s? Impressive
Jan 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Howiejr, I think golf is suffering in interest level because a round of golf takes WAY too long (4-5 hours or longer), and people don’t have the time to play. That’s mostly because of one thing– poor golfers. Also, a lot of poor golfers or beginners quit the game because they get so frustrated playing golf and getting bad results. I think the game would grow tremendously if golfers had to pass a skill test before ever stepping foot on a golf course (an etiquette lesson, too). People not interested would quit and that would stop wasting everyone’s time and make everyone happier. Plus, those people could just go to the driving range and have fun. Those interested who cannot break 90 yet would have something exciting to work towards, and those people would probably end up spending MORE money on the game by going to the driving range during free time, and probably make them healthier by giving them more daily exercise. Ultimately, everyone would be happier and the game would be stronger than ever!!
Jan 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm
I was wrong when I posted on another article being the worst comment that I have ever heard. What you have just posted is by far the worst thing ever written on here and we are dumber for having read it. The fact that you refer to yourself as “Progolfer” and the demeaning way you refer to people trying to grow in the game reeks of arrogance. The world of golf is not all about you sir.
Jan 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm
yeah this just doesn’t make sense (besides the etiquette part, i think more experienced golfers should fill someone in who is not cohering to etiquette on course unknowingly). i was a beginner not to long ago, and the only way i got better was actually teeing it up and playing. the range for a beginner can only do so much, i know all i use to do was see how far i could hit it, and how fast i could tee up another ball. Breaking 90 is literally impossible for anyone who is first stepping on a course, and if some jackwagon like you is blowing his stack because the beginner in front of him is having a hard time its just makes it all the less fun for all. What I do think would help the game for beginners would be to follow the tee it up initiative or find a par 3 course to learn the fundamentals of the game on a non intimidating lay out. I played the same 9 hole crummy par 3 over and over, and it really did me well, and i was glad there wasn’t a guy pretending to be a progolfer behind me.
Jan 12, 2016 at 12:09 am
You people are pathetic, and that includes GolfWRX. I wrote a long response which apparently the GolfWRX editors screened and didn’t allow me to publish. I’m done with this thread and I don’t have to defend myself, especially to people like you. I’m going back to my amazing life, which was built on the pillars of honest, hard work. Have fun, because I know I will!!
Jan 12, 2016 at 8:23 am
Good riddance! The GolfWRX community will be better off without you and your arrogant attitude.
Jan 13, 2016 at 11:48 am
I get the time thing, but fat lazy people are happy enough to sit through a 4 hour NFL or MLB game on a Sunday. Golf takes too long? Ha. It’s more that people are lazy, and they would rather not have to be bad at the game and embarrass themselves and prefer to sit at home and be lard
Mar 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm
You are an idiot.
Jan 11, 2016 at 9:01 am
Waiting for a Tour Pro to put the Crossover in their bag. Until then, I won’t buy it.
Jan 11, 2016 at 10:39 am
since i’m not a tour pro… this looks really nice and i will try it as soon it hits the shops
Jan 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Wow. I hope you are being sarcastic. Regardless, you’re in luck because I guarantee a PING staff player will game this in 2016!
Jan 11, 2016 at 10:08 pm
Because you only play what tour pros play?