Today from the Forums, we take a look at a high spinning player’s club testing involving Ping’s iBlade and i210 irons. WRXer ‘MofoJones’ is a +3.5 handicap player looking for more forgiveness who tested with a 7-iron and ProV1x and had this to say on his club testing:
“I tested using 7 irons, lofts shown on each club. I used ProV1x for the testing and was limited in shaft combinations that were consistent among each product. I used DG 120 X-100 for every head except the Mizuno (DG 130g X-100, I know it’s a very different shaft).
I started to swing slower after the T100, so ball speeds drops are a little misleading. I had a lot more swings than just the screenshots I have provided; I tried other shafts with each model as well, just kept the #’s with the shaft that I could compare and contrast the easiest with.
The fitter said that he had noticed a good 500rpm increase in spin with the Ping heads in fits, so I tried them. Was shocked to see the numbers back up his findings. I was more amazed that the i210 spun higher than the other heads even with a degree less of loft (33*). Never knew something with such a chunky sole could feel so good off the face and with turf interaction. We should have deleted a couple of bad swings from the data to compare the clubs more equal for std deviations, my first swing after waiting for the clubs to be built with each of the ping heads was slow and not great; hence the bigger outliers for std deviation
Numbers at a glance:
- Mizuno MP-20 MMC (DG 130g X-100): 33* Loft (Bent up 1)
- Ballspeed: 130.8 (STD DEV. 1.3) Backspin: 5449 (STD DEV.197)
- Titleist T100: 34* Loft
- Ballspeed: 129.6 (STD DEV. 1.0) Backspin: 5500 (STD DEV.191)
- **Start swinging slower at this stage of testing**
- Ping iBlade: 34* Loft
- Ballspeed: 128.5 (STD DEV. 1.0) Backspin: 5933 (STD DEV.422)
- Ping i210: 33* Loft
- Ballspeed: 129.6 (STD DEV. 1.7) Backspin: 6344 (STD DEV.410)”
‘MofoJones’ asks WRXers for their opinions on both Ping’s iBlade and i210 irons, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs in our forum.
Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.
- HighDrawsLowFades: “I’m a plus handicap and play the i210s. The short irons are actually my favorite part about them. Very consistent yardages and easy to flight etc. I even switched from a specialty wedge to the gap i210 because they’re so consistent. Good luck!”
- tets: “0 to plus handicap and I have gamed the iBlades … very solid clubs and much more forgiving than I had anticipated! To me, the i210s felt and looked chunky of tight firm fairways.”
- leftycabe: “I played both the iBlade and i210s and the i210s were superior in my mind. The only thing I did decide to change was I removed the GW and PW and went to the glide 3.0 wedges for them. Full shots were basically the same for both, but I found that around the greens I really preferred the glides because I like to play shots with an open club face and it just works better for me with a thinner sole.”
- Golf64: “The exact reason I bought 210s was the launch and spin numbers. Being a low launch and spin guy, the 210s were by far the best fit for me! And they are the softest cast club I have ever hit! Nice thing about these, a Pro can use them and a 15 capper!? Probably why Ping hasn’t replaced them yet, hard to beat!?”
- BoricuaGolf: “I play the iBlade, as you can see in my sig, I play all Ping, I’ve demoed the i200 and i210, in terms of feel, they are almost identical. But my numbers and overall performance is much better with the iBlade, I have a set of Callaway TA Prototypes (which I love), but the iBlades are much more forgiving. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon…just try out other clubs and stay with you think looks and performs best. Good luck.”
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Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.
The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.
“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf
As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.
The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.
Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway
Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.
Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.
The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.
The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.
“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.
As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.
This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.
Lob wedge or no lob wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing the necessity of a lob wedge. WRXer ‘rickybooby25’ kicks off the thread, saying
“Do you use a Lob wedge in your current set-up or not? Players nowadays immediately default to using a LW when playing a chip shot around the greens. I currently have a LW in the bag but have been debating on taking it out completely because it creates bad habits when facing a chip shot. What are your thoughts?”
And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in the forum, with some very interesting responses.
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.
- Chadwickog: “I am in the NO lob wedge camp, it simplifies the decision making when it comes to wedge play, and all shots are still possible if you know how to hit them.”
- jholz: “I’ve always looked at the lob wedge as a specialty club for special situations. Lower lofted wedges (54* or 56*) are the ones I use for the vast majority of generic chip shots.”
- timmekang: “I’ve mentioned this in prior posts, but I carry 2 lob wedges. Not all lob wedges are created equal to don’t be afraid to bring more than 1 out on the course with different bounce/grind/etc. and see what works best depending on your lie and circumstances.”
- lefthack: “I bought one, learned to hit it, but didn’t find a need for it in my bag when there are other clubs I would use more.”
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