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In yet another crazy busy week for golf equipment we got a peek at a new putter from PING and new irons, a new driver, fairway woods, and hybrids from Wilson Staff. Its all in the lead up to the big PGA merchandise show. It feels like everyone is releasing stuff early. Hopefully we still get a good surprise.
Wilson Staff Preaches Distance
As I said earlier Wilson released an update to a fairly popular line. The company announced the D300 driver,fairway woods, hybrids, and irons. I cant say they are the prettiest things in the world but if they do what they say they do they will be good for some golfers. As you can see it is covered by a bunch of odd looking bumps. It reminds me of the Ping “Turbulators”. The biggest problem I see is getting a golfer to even try it. Is this going to be a driver that some one picks up off the shelf to go hit it? Do they grab it look and instantly put it back? On Driver Vs Driver they showed the executives at a bunch of golf stores the prototypes and got their thoughts. How did this pass those guys? As far as the new irons go, They remind me of the C200 irons that were released last year. There ar elittle slots all the way around the iron filled with a polymer. It gives you better feel while also allowing the face to flex and give you added distance. It almost look like they combined the C200 and the D200. Not to sound crass but they probably wont be replacing the PTx.
The new Custom Shop alternative?
The coolest news though is what PING decided to launch today. Its pretty much a putter lab where you can get a little crazy with customizing your putter. You can customize the bumpers to say what you want and have some fun with the paint fill. Its not Tom Slighter custom but again,it allows you to have some fun. Whats also interesting is the fact that this is a new putter you can do this to. Its a new design from PING. Its called the PLD1. Not sure how they want you to pronounce that but thats the name. Its a mix between the Voss and an Anser. Its a slick looking putter. I wanted to give the customizer a shot and see what it was going to run me. I played around and figured everything out. I was ready to go until I saw the price tag. $600. I sighed,closed my screen and off I went to look at other things. Its pretty fair to what the Scotty Custom Shop charges but you cant sell a PING like you can a scotty. Especially a customized one.
The week is almost over. What other surprises could possibly be coming out? For the sake of the blog I hope a ton!