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In a recent blog about one or two long game problems I wrote about my SOS calls to Mizuno and Ping. I’ve already told you about the Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 2-iron now in my bag, but what about my new Ping G10 3-wood and Ping Rapture V2 hybrid?
For some time I’ve been flitting between a Ping G10 3-wood with the stock TFC shaft and a Ping G5 3-wood with an Aldila NV shaft. Aside from head size issues - I prefer the G10 off the deck and the G5 off the tee – I’ve been seeking some middle ground between the two shafts. With the TFC I’ve been tending to hook it when the swing gets a bit quick under pressure, while I’ve always found the NV a little stiff which means my distance suffers when my timing’s out.
All I wanted, therefore, was a G10 with a shaft less likely to go left under pressure yet not cost me too many yards. Was I asking too much? Apparently not. My new weapon arrived fitted with a Mitsubishi Rayon JAVLN shaft that Ping’s boffins had calculated would satisfy my demands. I can report that as of today’s date it hasn’t cost me a single hook-to-oblivion nor any noticeable distance.
As for the Ping Rapture V2 hybrid, I now have a 17 degree model with the same JAVLN shaft, and early indications are that this is a powerful and highly playable club from tee or fairway, though I’ve yet to see how playable the largish head and stongish loft are from the rough.
My next dilemma? To accommodate all three new clubs, I’m going to have to drop something. But what? In my first round I left the 3-iron out, thus going driver, 3-wood, 2-iron, 17 degree hybrid, 4-iron, but I’m not convinced that’s the answer.
Any suggestions gratefully received!
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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