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Spotted: Raw Ping S159 wedges in Harris English’s bag

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We posted photos earlier this week from the RSM Classic of new Ping S159 wedges, and it turns out Harris English has been testing them for a little while now. Ping looks to be offering a bunch of grinds with its new wares, and players are noticing.

We caught up with English ahead of the event in Georgia and asked him about his new raw S159 wedges.

“Man, they’re good. I like the raw look…I haven’t had that in a while. And really just in the 60. They have so many more different grinds, which is great. Every player is different and they have kind of a good base to start with and you can kind of start working off that. So they have a lot more options.”

The new Ping wedges look to have a classic and compact shape, but also an insert in the back that we can assume will dampen vibration for a softer sound and feel. Ping isn’t giving us any details yet on the new wedges, so we’ll have to speculate. In Harris’s bag, he has been testing out four of the new Ping wedges and thinks he will be putting them in play this week at the RSM Classic.

With all the new sole options Ping is offering, it is interesting to see how a player gets into his wedges. We asked Harris about that process and how he got into his four wedges.

“I tried everything. Hit different shots. Hit the tight lie, hit the flop shot, hit it out of the rough, hit it out of the bunker. You just kind of hit all the shots you’re going to have and kind of see what works best.”

Below is Harris English’s wedge setup at the RSM Classic.

46 degrees, S-Grind, 12 degrees of bounce

52 degrees, S-Grind, 12 degrees of bounce

56 degrees, S-Grind, 12 degrees bounce

60 degrees, T-Grind, 6 degrees of bounce

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Spotted: Tiger Woods in Sun Day Red shoes, apparel at Genesis

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After last night’s brand launch event, we fully expected Tiger Woods to arrive at Riviera for practice rounds ahead of the Genesis Invitational in Sun Day Red apparel.

What was less certain — perhaps unlikely, depending on who you talked to — was that the 15-time major winner and recent FootJoy Premiere Series enthusiast would sport Sun Day Red footwear.

However, Woods is doing just that, as evidenced by these shots from our tour photographer.

While we don’t have product details for the new shoes — or much in the lineup, really — we do know product will be available at retail starting May 1. Additionally, polos will cost between $115 and $175, cashmere sweaters will be $250 to $350, per a New York Times report.

Woods and Nike ended their famed 27-year relationship in January. The Genesis Invitational is Woods’ first “non-Nike” tournament.

Check out more photos of Tiger in Sun Day Red here as well as a full WITB look.

 

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Whats in the Bag

Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (February)

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  • Tiger Woods WITB accurate as of the Genesis Invitational. Woods’ 3-wood will be a game-time decision.

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9.75)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @13)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees @18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: 2023 TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 Raw (56-12TW, 60-TW11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (2024)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

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Ping launches s159 wedges (and WebFit Wedge app)

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We originally spotted Ping’s s159 wedges at last year’s RSM Classic. Today, Ping’s new wedges are heading to retail. The company’s latest tour-inspired wedges are available in 25 loft/grind combinations, which Ping calls its “most extensive and versatile wedge line to date.”

John K. Solheim, Ping CEO & President said s159 wedges, “are already winning on Tour and we’re seeing a lot of players converting to them around the world. They love the clean look, the soft feel and, most importantly, the ability to launch and spin their shots with precise control. With six grinds designed to perform in a variety of playing conditions and techniques, we have a wedge to fit every golfer.”

Ping s159 wedges: Key technology

Ping crafted s159 heads from 8620 carbon steel with a straighter leading edge and refined shape based on player feedback.

  • Ping engineers positioned an elastomer insert behind the wedge face to enhance feel.
  • Engineers also paid close attention to the hosel transition for better blending with Blueprint S and T irons.
  • Ping offers the s159 wedges in two finishes: Hydropearl 2.0 and darker, anti-glare Midnight.

Precision-milled, wheel-cut grooves have been precisely crafted to reduce variations in spin owing to conditions. 54-to-62-degree wedges are configured with tightly spaced MicroMax grooves. Wedges south of 52 degrees have wider grooves with more milling.

“Our R&D team has gained a lot of notoriety for this [“wet and dry”] test, which has revealed remarkable performance results when applied to our last several wedge models,” Solheim said. “A lot of fitters refer to it as the ‘spray-bottle test.’ The s159 consistently leads in the wet testing, out-performing other wedges. Considering it’s rare when a shot doesn’t encounter some level of moisture or loss of friction, this type of control provides a clear and convincing short-game advantage.”

Ping s159 grind details (via Ping)

New “H” or Half-Moon Grind: A shot-saving option for players with steeper angles of attack who like to manipulate the handle and play with versatility. It performs best in softer conditions. Available in 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

New “B” Grind: For a shallow angle of attack and neutral face delivery. Low-bounce design sits low on the turf on square-face shots, providing forgiveness via the sole width to deliver score-lowering performance in firmer conditions. Available in 58°, 60°

“T” Grind: The most versatile option allows players to manipulate the face for shot-making precision around the greens. Ideal for medium to firm turf conditions, includes a 62-degree option at the request of our tour pros for more versatility. Available in 58°, 60°, 62° (new)

“W” Grind: Maximum forgiveness through the turf. Best fits a steep angle of attack who might also have a lot of handle lean and a player who prefers the look of a specialty wedge but relies on a little more forgiveness in their scoring clubs. Available in 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

“E” or Eye2 Grind: Continues to be the ultimate bunker club, carrying on a 40-year tradition of helping golfers get up and down from the sand. It plays with relatively low bounce on square or slightly open face shots. Available in 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

“S” Grind: Fits a wide variety of conditions and techniques. Designed with ample bounce in the mid-section to play full shots and provides greenside versatility due to heel/trail edge relief. New 48-degree option helps in gapping. Available in 46°, 48° (new), 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°

Pricing, specs, availability

Stock shafts: Ping Z-Z115 wedge, Ping Alta CB Black (SR, R, S). *several optional stock shafts are available, including offerings from True Temper and KBS

Stock grip: Ping 360 Dyla-Wedge Lite grip

Price: $197 (steel); $212 (graphite)

At retail: Now

WebFit Wedge app

In conjunction with the s159 wedge launch, Ping also announced its new WebFit Wedge app that allows golfers to quickly and easily select a wedge grind via a series of questions about their short game tendencies and typical playing conditions.

“It’s no secret shopping for wedges can be confusing as golfers try to understand all the nuances of a wedge’s design and what’s best for them,” said Solheim. “With our new WebFit Wedge app, our goal is to simplify the process of finding a wedge that fits the golfer while also educating them why a particular grind is best for them. It was developed in-house by our data scientists and relies on our massive collection of wedge data, much of it mined from our relationship with Arccos, to make very precise recommendations.”

“The app doesn’t require downloading, logging in or signing up for anything. It’s a very simple experience but very rewarding for users. It will be accessible via a QR code in golf shops and on ping.com. We strongly encourage golfers to engage the app in their wedge-buying process.”

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