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9 hours ago, Pens #1 fan said:

Who’s the “Head Guy” at Golf Galaxy? 

Poor description by me; sorry. 

 

He's a good friend who manages the equipment and fitting section of the local store.  Former PGA teaching pro, college player, etc, and a VERY good clubfitter, so he's not just a guy on the payroll there.  Again, his take is that nothing new will be coming out until the supply chain issues lessen; there is "reputational damage" from fitting someone and then having them wait months for the clubs they ordered.

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On 6/11/2021 at 9:22 AM, Foreleft said:

With Ping heads cast in China, the supply chain is likely the culprit. Wonder if they are regretting shuttering the domestic casting of clubs at this point.

Maybe they are rethinking the business decision & model now...made in AZ used to be a selling point and part of the buying decision with their clubs 15 years ago.

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13 hours ago, Foreleft said:

Goodyear and Cooper make tires in the US.

 

why would it be outrageous for GP or Lamkin to do the same?
 

 

 

 

 

Because that's not where the raw materials are, but regardless of that, it doesn't solve anything. There's a rubber shortage. No matter where the clubs are made, if there's a problem getting grips, there's a problem, full stop.

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On 6/26/2021 at 6:40 AM, bluedot said:

Poor description by me; sorry. 

 

He's a good friend who manages the equipment and fitting section of the local store.  Former PGA teaching pro, college player, etc, and a VERY good clubfitter, so he's not just a guy on the payroll there.  Again, his take is that nothing new will be coming out until the supply chain issues lessen; there is "reputational damage" from fitting someone and then having them wait months for the clubs they ordered.

With respect to your friend he has no idea what he’s talking about. I59 September and i500 replacement sometime around November 

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1 hour ago, AzSuperHack76 said:

Saw the new 525 head today! It is slick! Very similar in size and shape to the old 500 but with some different styling/design on the back of the head. Obviously was not allowed to take pictures but in the looks department it is a step up from the old version. 

And I thought the 500 looked good in the back...

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I was quite happy with the looks of the i500...and from what I heard so were most others. It was the sound/feel that turned a lot of people off. If they can improve that then I will definitely give them a demo.

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1 hour ago, AzSuperHack76 said:

Saw the new 525 head today! It is slick! Very similar in size and shape to the old 500 but with some different styling/design on the back of the head. Obviously was not allowed to take pictures but in the looks department it is a step up from the old version. 

Any idea on price?

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No idea on price. I had the iron in my hands for about 20 seconds. I'd say it's similar in size with the i59 which is pretty close to the 500, a nice compact head. The 500 was very basic in terms of design, just a few subtle design touches on the "muscle back" portion of the 525. No idea on terms of feel or sound As i didn't hit it, but it has to be an improvement, the 500 was awful. 

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On 8/30/2021 at 11:08 AM, Anser3 said:

 

Does any OEM's manufacture their own grips?  Just curious.  I can't think of any.

I feel like most used to or at least put their brand name on a common grip. Ping is the only one that comes to mind with a full line of grips. I think Ping was the last hold out and they stopped around the time the Ping G25 came out. Probably because they could get tour velvets for cheaper than they were making their own anyways and the timing was right because they didn't want to retool their grip molds for the adjustable clubs ala the Tour Velvet 360 which is the defacto industry standard these days.

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12 hours ago, ProjectX said:

I feel like most used to or at least put their brand name on a common grip. Ping is the only one that comes to mind with a full line of grips. I think Ping was the last hold out and they stopped around the time the Ping G25 came out. Probably because they could get tour velvets for cheaper than they were making their own anyways and the timing was right because they didn't want to retool their grip molds for the adjustable clubs ala the Tour Velvet 360 which is the defacto industry standard these days.

 

That's what I thought (most just take a grip manufacturer's grip and slap their own logo on it).  I thought Ping grips were made by golf pride for years.

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1 hour ago, Anser3 said:

 

That's what I thought (most just take a grip manufacturer's grip and slap their own logo on it).  I thought Ping grips were made by golf pride for years.

If they were they still had their own separate designs. Specific ones I remember were the 703 and ID8... there may have even been and ID8 360? I don't remember any other Golf Pride Grip like those and don't remember any made by golf pride branding or anything like that. I'd imagine this could have also stopped when they stopped manufacturing clubs in the US too. 

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19 hours ago, AzSuperHack76 said:

Saw the new 525 head today! It is slick! Very similar in size and shape to the old 500 but with some different styling/design on the back of the head. Obviously was not allowed to take pictures but in the looks department it is a step up from the old version. 

Everyone should like the new black color 😉

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20 hours ago, sniper said:

Any similarities to i59?

Biggest complaint on i500 = feel

 

biggest new tech on i59 = Alumicore 

 

potential main reason for the i500 lack of feel = hollow 

 

0 insider knowledge, but Alumicore seams like an obvious upgrade 

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