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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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Justin Thomas WITB (2020 Zozo Championship)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees, B1 setting, T1)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 TX (44 7/8”)

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 85 TX

5-wood: Titleist 915 Fd (18 degrees @18.75, C3 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4), Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

Photo c/o Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5.5 Tour Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/23/20): Mizuno ST200G, Custom TP Mills, Raw Cleveland irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds 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

Member Fatrambo – Raw Cleveland 588 Forged CB

Just WOW! This is not a set you see often, and for those looking for a bit of history surrounding this set, the Forged 588 irons were the last set of forged irons produced by Cleveland before they left the “players iron” market behind.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Raw 588 CBs

Member EVandy – Custom TP Mills Putter

There’s custom, and then there is CUSTOM, and this TP Mills is a perfect example of a handmade, built-to-order beautiful putter.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TP Mills Putter

Member bigdaddy78 – Mizuno ST200G driver

We recently spotted what looks to be the next drivers from Mizuno on the USGA conforming list, so expect to see a few more of these pop up as golfer start prepping for 2021. But if you are someone still looking for a current. model at a great price, snag this one quick.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: ST200G

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: Flybyublue

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of Flybyublue.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: Flybyublue

Handicap: 1.8

Flybyublue WITB

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Subzero Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Tour AD DI-6x

3-wood: TaylorMade ’16 M2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Purple 75g 05

Driving iron: TaylorMade UDI Tour Preferred (19.5*)
Shaft: Tour AD AD-85 x

Irons: Srixon Z545 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 Tour105 x

Wedges: Vokey SM8 (50-08F, 54-10S, 58T raw)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Putter: Odyssey O-works Black 3T (WH Insert)
Grip: Odyssey SX Black

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Midsize

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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