New Ping product lineup

By July 10, 2008, 4:00 pm

Those of you who follow Ping's release cycle already know that the S-series and Rapture product lines are due for replacement. Those who follow very closely have already seen the S-58's successor in the Japanese released of the S-57. Well, the S-57 has finally made it's way onto domestic soil, debuting at the Buick Open and is slated for retail release this fall.
Ping staffer, Daniel Chopra was impressed enough with the performance of the S-57 irons to put them into play for the Buick Open, resulting in his best finish since his season opening win at the Mercedes. Bubba Watson went back to the S-59 irons he has gamed for the bulk of his professional career after trying the S-57 in a practice round. Fortunately we were able to get some pictures of Bubba's irons while we visited the Ping Tour Van at the Buick Open.


The S-57 irons are very similar to the S-58 in specs and size. However, the S-57's edges are rounded off, providing a softer, more refined finish that more skilled players have come to expect in a blade. Here are a series of Photographs and some comparison Pics of the new S-57 and the current S-58.
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The technology is apparent in the tuning pocket, a carryover from the S-58 allowing for Ping to manipulate the weight distribution to provide more forgiveness in the long irons and more control in the short. The tuning port also serves to mute the sound enough to give a more forged feel while providing the durability fans have come to expect from Ping. The tungsten insert toward the toe and the milled grooves that have proven successful in the Tour-W wedges will also make their way into this product line to further distinguish these newcomers from the S-58. Ping fans can expect these to hit the shelves around September.
For more information on these irons, and for a sneak peak into the Ping tour van, follow this link to the Ping coverage from the Buick Open.
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Now, the Rapture line is a bigger mystery. We're expecting to see the new driver, which has been dubbed the V2 (Rapture Version 2) make its first public appearance at or around the British Open. Critics of the half moon will be happy to know that it is no more. Fans of criticizing Ping's gaudy alignment aids will be also be pleased as a twin Raptured alignment aid will replace the half-moon on both the driver and the fairway woods.
Word on the street says Ping has done away with the carbon crown altogether. But in keeping with the Rapture's philosophy of pushing technology and utilizing composite materials, we've heard reports that Ping is adding tungsten to the sole of the driver on the heel and the toe and toward the back to expand the sweet spot, increase forgiveness, and lower spin. Expect to see more information and pictures in the next month or so.

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

Watch the video below.

The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”

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But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”

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Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 9:52 pm

Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)

What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.

Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.

Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.

Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18