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Louis Oosthuizen switches to Ping iBlades at The Players

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When the best golfers in the world change equipment at high-profile tournaments like The Players Championship, they’re generally adding a course-specific club they’ve tested extensively before the event, as Jason Day did with his 2 iron. That wasn’t the case for Louis Oosthuzien, who decided to replace eight clubs in his bag this week. He added Ping’s new iBlade irons (3-9, PW), becoming the first PGA Tour player to use the clubs in competition.

Oosthuzien kept the shafts (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100, standard length) and grips (Golf Pride Tour Velvet Ribbed 58) the same, as well as the swing weight (D1), meaning the only new variables were the eight new iron heads.

Related: See in-hand photos of Ping’s new iBlade irons

It’s not clear how much time Louis Oosthuizen spent testing Ping’s new iBlade irons before he arrived at TPC Sawgrass, where the clubs were officially debuted to Tour players, but he obviously liked what he saw on the range. The No. 13-ranked golfer in the world didn’t challenge for the tournament, but he did finish T8 in Greens in Regulation at The Players. A more important stat: his T28 finish in the event earned him a little more than $68,325.

Ping isn’t saying anything about the new irons right now, but the iBlades appear quite similar to the company’s S55 irons, which Oosthuizen was previously using. He’s not one to change equipment as quickly as some other players on the PGA Tour, so it has to be assumed that he liked something better about the new irons.

Related: See photos of all of Oosthuizen’s clubs. 

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  1. TheCityGame

    May 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

    No, it doesn’t have to be assumed he liked something better about the new irons.

    It’s can be assumed he didn’t think they were worse than his old ones because he’s a Ping shill and is in the business of selling golfers new clubs. As are you.

    • S

      May 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Ping Shill? Dude is using Callaway Wedges and was using an I25 driver more than a year into the G30 series. Check your facts.

  2. Nick

    May 17, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I saw Bubba made/was about to make the change too cmyktaylor. Don’t know what happened there?
    These do look great, don’t they? Really nice and clean, like s55 but better! Can’t wait to give them a hit when they become available.

  3. cmyktaylor

    May 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    PGATour ran an article six days ago stating that Bubba was making the change at The Players. Did he end up not putting them into play?

    http://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2016/05/09/golf-equipment-bubba-watson-ping-iblade-irons-players-championship-tpc-sawgrass.html

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/15/21): Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

From the seller (@Hunter01): “Rare Tour Issue Odyssey Stroke Lab mini putter. From the tour van with tour crimp on hosel. 35” long with grip options available. This putter never came to retail but we’re made available to the tour in limited quantities. 329 firm.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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L.A.B Golf unveils new MEZZ.1 Proto putter

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L.A.B Golf has soft-launched its new MEZZ.1. Proto, which is currently limited to just 1,000 individually numbered putters.

The new mid-mallet putter is fully CNC machined from a billet of 6061 aircraft aluminum (body) and 303 stainless steel (midsection) for what L.A.B are calling their “best-feeling putter to date”.

The new addition includes 10 weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) that allow the company to individually build each putter to a golfer’s exact specifications.

Golfers can also choose their preferred alignment aid, with blank (no marking), line, and dot all offered with the new MEZZ.1 Proto.

The putter comes equipped with a headcover and is available to purchase now at LabGolf.com for $600.00.

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WITB Time Machine: Justin Thomas’ winning WITB 2017 CJ Cup

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Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX (tipped 1.5 inches)

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4 iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9 irons)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (52-12 F Grind, 56-14 F Grind), Vokey SM6 (46-10 F-Grind, 60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), S400 (52, 56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Prototype (flow neck)
Length: 34 inches, 350 grams

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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