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SPOTTED: New Ping Vault 2.0 putters

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Ping unveiled new “Vault 2.0” putters on the PGA Tour at the 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii on Monday, and forum member tod071 was there to capture photos of them all. The Vault 2.0 putters, as their names imply, are likely replacements for the Vault putters that were released in 2016. The original Vault release, however, consisted of four models — Anser 2, Voss, Oslo and Bergen — that were fully machined from 303 stainless steel. Judging by the photos we shot at the 2018 Sony Open, it appears there’s some additions to the Vault lineup in the 2.0 versions, as highlighted below.

While we do not have tech information on putters at this time, check out the photos below of each of the putter models, some of which appear to be offered in platinum, slate and bronze finishes. Also, join the discussion here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Vault 2.0 putters.

Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser

Ping Vault 2.0 Voss

Ping Vault 2.0 ZB

Ping Vault 2.0 B60

Ping Vault 2.0 Piper

Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch

 

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  1. momo

    Jan 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Laguna…. Laaaguna…. Laguuuuna…. Lagunaaaaaaaaaah

  2. Winger

    Jan 12, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Scotty has brought back the Laguna but only for tour only. It’s the putter Tiger used to win so many tournaments. Pings look weak and stale compared to the strong Scotty’s like the Laguna.

    • Darryl

      Jan 15, 2018 at 6:57 am

      The Laguna is just a variation (less charitable people might say “copy”) of the Ping “My Day” which dates back to the 60’s, you do know that, don’t you?

      Scotty hasn’t done anything successful that wasn’t first a Ping or Wilson TPA design.

      I’m a Scotty Newport 2.5 user. I don’t have a Ping or Wilson TPA putter in my collection, just before anyone screams bias or hater.

  3. HDTVMAN

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Just purchased a Counter-balanced Doon. It has the “ping” of a 1-A, and a very clean look. The ball rolls perfectly off the face without any skid, and the added weight gives me a very smooth stroke.

    • ralph

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      “without any skid” you say? That’s impossible and testing has shown that the ball skids in the first quarter to one third of the length of the putt regardless of putter and face design.
      The added weight will only give you a smooth stroke on long putts because you are swinging faster. On shorter putts the added weight will cause your slower stroke to wobble, and that’s a fact.

  4. Martin

    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:49 am

    All these Ping putters look the same from previous models sold in the 1990s. Does anybody else see the similarities? What makes these Vault putters so special now in 2018? Anybody?

    • Realist

      Jan 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Try looking into the tech of the putter face. These are not your typical no tech scotty cameron etc. Who cares if they look the same… they roll the ball much purer and more consistently regardless of where yous trike it on the face. Ill take that all day

      • ralph

        Jan 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm

        The face milling on these putters are not high tech and it will not roll the ball purer and more consistently if you hit all over the face. That’s because the milling is different from heel to toe. You must hit it on the sweet spot to be consistent. That seems so obvious.

  5. ImaPlayah

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Great looking Vault 2.0 putters.
    If they ever come out with a Copper D66, I’d be all over that.

    My Current WITB:
    Ping G LS Tec 9° – Mitsubishi Kuro Kage DC TiNi 60 @ 44.75″ – X
    Ping G 5 Wood @ 16.5° – Ping Tour 65 + 1/2″ – X
    Ping G 7 Wood @ 21.5° – Ping Tour 80 – X
    Ping i200 (5-PW) – KBS Tour Stiff + 1/2″
    Ping Glide 2.0 – SS 50°/ WS 56°@ 55°/ TS 60°- Ping AWT 2.0 Wedge + 1/2″
    Ping Redwood D66 (Starshot) – 34″ – Ping PP58 (Midsize) + 5 Wraps

    • DaJudge

      Jan 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Yer a childish show=off gearhead and probably a fake too.

    • HDTVMAN

      Jan 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      How do you like the i200 blades? I have been very tempted to pick up a set.

      • ImaPlayah

        Jan 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm

        Go ahead because you will not be disappointed. They are sweet irons.

  6. Bert

    Jan 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Did I miss something in the article about price?

    • PaulG

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      They are somewhere between $400 – 500, but they don’t come with an instruction manual. You have to figure out how to putt with them.

  7. Realist

    Jan 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Anyone know if they’ll be Sigma 2.0? Copper Tyne would be sick.

    • PaulG

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Beryllium copper would be “sick”. Plain old copper is ho hum.

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Best irons in golf of 2021: Best blades

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A new set of irons is the single biggest investment you can make into your set of golf clubs. At GolfWRX, to determine the 2021 best irons and their categories, we have compiled an expert panel of fitters to help you find out which of 2021 irons is best for your game.

In 2021, OEMs have continued to push the engineering envelope of iron design by utilizing new technology and manufacturing methods to create clubs that offer forgiveness, along with faster, more consistent club faces and launch windows. Not only that, but we are also seeing more segmentation of models from equipment manufacturers to help you determine your best set and/or set combination thanks to fitting.

These fitting options are important because irons are the key to better scoring and by building the perfect set, you create a cohesive group of clubs in your bag to help you reduce dispersion and hit it closer to your target.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find your personal iron set is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

We are in the era of not just maximizing distance but also minimizing the penalty of common misses for each player—this applies to irons just as much as it does with any other club in the bag. This is why, now more than ever, custom fitting is essential to help you see results on every swing you make.

Join the discussion about best irons 2021 in the forums!

The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you by offering recommendations for your individual iron set wants and needs with insight and feedback from the people who work every single day to help golfers get peak performance out of their equipment.

Best irons of 2021: How we did it

Before starting the process of building our best iron survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the endless number of iron options available to golfers. The consensus was clear—the best fitters in the world see all the options available in the marketplace, analyze their performance traits, and pull from that internal database of knowledge and experience like a supercomputer when they are working with a golfer.

It’s essentially a huge decision tree derived from experience and boiled down to a starting point of options—and it has nothing to do with a handicap!

Modern iron sets are designed into player categories that overlap the outdated “what’s your handicap?” model, and at GolfWRX we believe it was important to go beyond handicap and ask specific questions about the most crucial performance elements fitters are looking at to help golfers find the best set of irons for them. From overall performance to shotmaking, to helping players achieve better trajectories and speed, we strived to ask the right questions.

These are the best iron categories we have developed to help you the reader determine what rankings are most important for your swing and game.

Best irons of 2021: The categories

Best irons of 2021: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter,
 Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, 
Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carls Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Adam White: Co-Founder & Director of Club Fitting, Measured Golf
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van

2021 Best irons: Blades

This is by far the most straightforward category because it is defined by a single style of club—the blade AKA the muscleback or MB for short. Although modern variations offer a lot more playability than they did decades ago, blades are still defined by their workability, compact shaping, and lower ball flight. If you are looking for the ultimate test or just prefer something in the more traditional vein, these are for you.

Srixon Z Forged

best irons 2021 best blades

Their story: The Z-Forged irons from Srixon are forged from a single billet of soft 1020 carbon steel, and are designed to offer players an exceptional amount of feel throughout all shots. The irons also contain the patented Tour V.T Sole which is designed to provide more consistent ball striking while keeping the versatility to execute every type of shot.

From the fitters

  • I know this is will sound like an oxymoron based on the category, but thanks to the profile and sole design, the Z-Forged is quite a forgiving blade option.
  • This is my favorite blade iron because of the VT sole—it’s a game-changer for steeper players who take a divot but still performs great for those that don’t.
  • With blades all being very familiar, it often comes down to look and turf interaction, and the Z-forged arguably offers the best turf interaction of the group with the beveled leading edge.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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Callaway Apex MB

best irons 2021 best blades

Their story: The Callaway Apex MB is forged from 1025 carbon steel with a classic shape that is similar to other blade irons from Callaway’s past, but this time with a slightly narrower sole and less offset. Another improvement is the 20V grooves ensure optimal spin control in and out of the rough.

The centrally located weight screw in the back of the head allows Callaway builders to maintain the precise center of gravity locations when adding or removing weight from the irons—it’s not a new idea, but it’s one that is key to allowing the irons to be dialed into spec for each golfer.

From the fitters

  • With its compact profile and subtly square toe, the Apex MB is the best-looking blade on the market in my opinion. It’s also very easy to work the ball in any direction you want.
  • The central weight screw for adjusting swing weight has been great this year for quality control and to fine-tune during fittings. Although not everyone is sensitive to swing weight, this feature allows us, and secondly the builders, to get things just right.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Mizuno MP-20

best irons 2021 best blades

Their story: Mizuno calls the MP-20 “the ultimate tour blade” thanks to its melding of modern manufacturing techniques with classic styling. The MP20s provide flow throughout the set from top to bottom leading to greater control over ball flight. This flow also increases forgiveness (please remember it’s still a blade) and launch in the longer irons, with an increased ability to flight the ball in the scoring clubs.

To help create the classic Mizuno feel, the irons are also complemented with a copper underlay beneath the final chrome plating.

From the fitters:

  • The MP-20 is the quintessential Mizuno blade while also being quite a bit easier to hit—a relative term I know.
  • Not only is the iron great on its own, but Mizuno has a fantastic fitting cart full of shaft options.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

Titleist 620 MB

best irons 2021 best blades

Their story: The 620 MB offers ideal turf interaction throughout the set thanks to more camber and a tweaked leading edge.  In addition to the sole tweaks, the blade length is progressive from the longest iron to the shortest and the transition is so smooth that unless you set clubs next to each other, it’s quite difficult to notice. The final design element is the face height progression which transitions from more shallow to tall in the pitching wedge to offer the greatest control over ball flight.

From the fitters:

  • As long as the player has the skill set to play a blade, the 620 MB is consistent and the misses are not too bad.
  • This is a “traditional blade” in every sense, and sticks with slightly more traditional lofts. The other great thing Titleist did with the lofts of the MB is match them exactly to the 620 CB so you can easily build combo sets—because even at this point Adam Scott isn’t using a blade 3-iron.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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TaylorMade P7MB

Their story: Making something seem simple is often the most challenging. What makes the TaylorMade P7MB great is in the nuance and very fine details that the designers made upgrades to compared to the previous models. The P7MB keeps the same workability as the previous generation P730 but with some extra forgiveness built into the longer clubs by the way of a slightly longer blade length. The irons are also manufactured using a multi-step forging process which includes a 2,000-ton forging press to push the quality tolerance of every 1025 carbon steel forging to its peak.

From the fitters:

  • A lot of the players I have worked with have given great feedback on the look and feel of these irons. I also love that the whole P-Series irons can be easily custom-built as combo sets—P7MB’s mixed with a couple of P7MC longer irons is a real “gamer” set.   
  • This is without a doubt the nicest looking and best-performing blade TaylorMade has ever produced.

For more photos/info, read our launch piece and check out this forum thread.

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Matthew Wolff WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees @ 9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HD 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 X

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (3-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (50-09SB, 56-12SB, 60-09LB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Proto (33 inches, lie at 70, 3.5 loft, D4)
Grip: TaylorMade Red/Black

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ’21 Pix

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord (+3 double-sided tape)

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Tony Finau WITB 2021 (April)

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @7, Big -)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1.5 inch)

3-wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 degrees @14), D5+ swing weight
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX (42 inches)

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Ping Blueprint (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 105 X (3), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

  

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50-10, 56-10), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (60-10S)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125 X (50, 56), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 125 Wedge

Putter:  Piretti Elite Custom

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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