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Forum Thread of the Day: “Beefy driving/utility iron?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from golfman009 who is on the lookout for a “beefy” driving/utility iron. A fan of the G400 Crossover, golfman009 is searching for a club offering “around 17 degrees” and wants the club to be a released from the last five years. Our members give their thoughts and offer their suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Sonja Henie: “The Srixon ZU series is awesome. I have the ZU65 in 2 iron (18) and the 3 iron (20) — incredible club. The new version which is almost identical is the ZU85. Ridiculously easy to hit for a long iron. I’ve also used the G400 crossover. I like it but prefer the Srixon. I found that if you hit the Ping slightly high in the face (maybe off the tee), you get this weird dead shot that travels about 80 yards low and soft. It goes nowhere. But it is a great club if you hit it properly.”
  • MelloYello: “If you don’t mind something larger, the original Callaway X-Utility or X-Prototype models are probably the way to go. They are bulky, but they out-perform a lot of their competitors. They are as forgiving and powerful as any driving iron I’ve ever hit.”
  • jorgegm022: “I would go try the CBX Iron-wood. I’m playing it with the steel shaft, and it is phenomenal!”
  • Ping’s Duck: “Controller driving iron is lots of fun and pretty straight forward, having bulge and roll face, and cheap to find on eBay. A little older than past 5 years though.”

Entire Thread: “Beefy driving/utility iron?”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Dan

    Jun 4, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Ping Rapture is solid. I game a Callaway x utility 18 deg w/ steelfiber 95x. Think of a Rogue 3wd trajectory with rouge 5wd distance. Plus it has the same cup face tech and a forged neck for easy bending. Super long.

  2. Ransom

    Jun 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I’d just move up to the next gen Ping G410. I play it with an Aldila NV Green 80-X shaft and it’s a little boom stick! I can count on it for a solid 240 off the deck every time.

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 New Ping putter series at WCG Workday

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This week, the PGA Tour is at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton Florida, and we were on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and on the putting green where players were prepping for the first round of the WGC – Workday Championship where the purse is 10.5 million dollars!

It’s on the putting green where we spotted a whole line of new putters from Ping, and although we don’t have all the details about the new line there is enough visual technology to draw come conclusions including:

  • Dual-durometer inserts like the current Sigma 2 ( red accent )
  • Grooved insert technology
  • Heavy perimeter weighting on the heel and toe to increase MOI – assumed to be tungsten

Don’t forget that you can check out the full image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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To see the rest of the pictures and read what GolfWRXer’s are saying about the spotted putters, check out the entire thread in the forums here: 2021 WGC Workday Championship – 2021 Ping putters

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Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Cameron Smith’s new Scotty 11.5 putter. The flat-stick is a big hit amongst WRXers, and has even been described by one of our members as “basically perfect”.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Katke87: “Ooooh baby baby!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a new 5 and 11 to see which is more wonderful.”
  • TIScape: “Love it! I’m a slant neck fan. Identical to Homa’s it appears.”
  • MillerTime859: “That’s basically perfect.”

Entire Thread: “Cameron Smith’s Scotty Cameron 11.5 putter at the 2021 WGC Workday”

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Bettinardi signs LPGA Tour rising star Patty Tavatanakit

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Bettinardi Golf has announced the official signing of former World Number 2 amateur and LPGA Tour rising player Patty Tavatanakit.

Entering her sophomore season on the LPGA Tour, Tavatanakit will play her DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel) Studio Stock 3 putter, with the 21-year-olds first tournament this week at the Gainbridge Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Patty attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she became a 7-time winner and two-time WGCA First Team All-American. With her success at UCLA, Patty qualified and became the Low Amateur at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished T5. Turning pro shortly after, she earned the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year award in 2019 on the Symetra Tour.

Putter Specs:

Model: Studio Stock 3

Weight: 360 grams

Material: DASS (Double Aged Stainless Steel)

Face Milling: Micro-honeycomb

Finish: Black PVD

Speaking on joining Team Bettnardi, Tavatanakit said

“I was always a big fan of Bettinardi Golf during my collegiate days, and now I couldn’t be more excited to be part of their official Tour staff. Being able to visit their shop, see the technology, and try all their face millings to find my perfect putter was truly awesome.

The confidence I now have in my putting is the best it has been, and I’m really looking forward to this season and seeing it pay off on the greens.”

Tavatanakit joins a young lineup of LPGA Bettinardi Staffers, including Annie Park, Muni He, and PGA Tour stars, such as Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield Jason Kokrak, and long-time staffers Matt Kuchar and Fred Couples.

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