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Ping G20's Release and Used PING Golf Club Values:

On Thursday, August 11th, PING Golf launches its new G20 product line including the G20 Driver, G20 Fairway Woods, G20 Hybrid, G20 Irons, Anser Wedges and Anser Putters.  The new G20 product has generated a lot of buzz as there are already at least 23 PGA TOUR players competing with the G20 Driver.  Bubba Watson recorded the second longest drive on TOUR this year with a whopping 415 yard drive last week at the WGC-Bridgestone.  Hunter Mahan and others have also had the PING Anser wedges in their bags for most of their summer.   It will be exciting to see a more complete unveiling of the G20 and Answer product this week as the TOUR’s best players compete at the Atlanta Athletic Club for the 2011 PGA Championship.  Will the G20 driver be in the bag of the last major champion of 2011?

What does this mean for the trade-in values for used PING golf clubs including the G2, G5, G10, and G15...?  Now is the time to sell used PING golf clubs to earn top dollar.  The release of the new G20 line will continue to drive down the value of the earlier generation clubs, especially the G15 drivers and woods.   The older the generation of club, the less impact the new club release will have on your used golf club values.  The G15 clubs, especially the G15 driver and G15 fairways will be affected the most.   The used club value of PING irons are not as sensitive to a new release as the woods or the drivers, but it is always good to say ahead of the market curve to receive the most money on your used PING golf clubs. 

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Villegas Trades-In Cobra Golf Clubs

Camilo Villegas won the 2010 Honda Classic with mostly Cobra clubs. However, the Columbian's contract with Cobra was set to expire at the end of the season and TaylorMade stepped up to sign the 28-year-old to a new deal. Villegas' endorsement contract has him set to play TaylorMade® clubs, a TaylorMade ball, wear TaylorMade headwear, wear aTaylorMade glove, use a TaylorMade staff bag and wear adidas Golf footwear. More details on the relationship between Villegas and TMaG will be revealed on September 9. A lot of golfers decide to switch clubs helping create a thriving market for buying used golf clubs, and trading in your used golf clubs. Utilizing data from 2ndSwing and GolfStix Value Guide you'll can see if you want to make a change too.

The loss of the Medellin native and his "Spiderman crouch" could be considered a blow to Cobra Golf, which was acquired by Puma in March 2010. The company lost Geoff Ogilvy earlier in the season, and now touts Ian Poulter as its top club endorser and Fowler as its top apparel endorser. According to message boards and blogs Cobra didn't want to match the money TaylorMade was offering, but a change in equipment might have been a component. Villegas put a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 3-wood in play during the 2010 Open Championship.

During the 2010 Honda Classic, Villegas was using a 10.5 Cobra S9-1 Driver off the tee, 15.5 and 18 Cobra Speed LD fairway woods, and also had a 24 Titleist 903H in the bag. The young Columbian utilized Cobra Pro CB irons, 54, 58, and 60 degree Titleist Vokey Wedges, and a Scotty Cameron Putter. Cobra was a part of the Acushnet company line which also includes Titleist and FootJoy.

Pure speculation, but maybe Camillo's association with J. Lindeberg became an issue for Puma--who seems to be building out their apparel line aggressively with Ricky Fowler. Maybe this will have a domino affect on their relationship with Poulter who has his own clothing label.

Since Villegas has already made the swith to a SuperFast 3-wood, a move to the SuperFast Driver would be a logical move. Many tour players have been switched to Rescue TP Hybrids, R9 TP irons, xFT wedges, and the Penta ball. Keep your eyes open to see what's next. Some players struggle when switching their equipment contracts for more money--time will tell.


Final Round 64 Nets $1.4 Million
Those in charge of signing golfers to endorsement deals at Ping must be pretty happy these days. Their club design staff might also have a grin on their face as they get to work. However, it's probably Ping's Tour Pros with the biggest smiles and those ones finding a bit more money in their bank accounts this year. A lot of golfers thinking about a switch clubs might be looking to buy used golf clubs, and trading in their used golf clubs. Utilizing data from 2ndSwing and GolfStix Value Guide you can see if you want to make a change to Ping equipment like a lot of other winners on tour have done.

Ping PGA Tour Pro Hunter Mahan's final round 64, moved him to 12 under at Firestone Country Club, and netted him a $1.4 million first place check at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational. It was his second win on the season, as he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and secured his place on the Ryder Cup team.

Mahan along with Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, and Lee Westwood are all Ping Pros having great seasons. Oosthuizen won at the Open Championship using the same Ping Rapture V2 Driver and S56 irons that Mahan used in Akron. Watson won at the Travelers Championship using a bag full of Ping technology. Westwood won at the St. Jude Classic using the same Ping i15 Fairway wood .

Mahan has been putting his Ping Rapture V2 to good work this season and ranks first on the PGA Tour in total driving, Mahan is ranked 53rd in driving distance at 292 and 29th in accuracy at 68%. He didn't blow away the field in either category at Firestone, but at 21st in distance (306 yd average) and 30th in accuracy (62%) he once again showed his total driving ability.

The former Cowboy has given himself plenty of birdie opportunities this season employing putting his Ping i15 fairway wood, Ping i15 17 degree hybrid, Ping S56 3-PW irons and Callaway wedges to good use. He ranks 24th on tour in greens in regulation at 69%--he repeated that percentage in Ohio to rank 9th.

Mahan has been a little hot and cold this season with his putting--he's ranked 168th in putts per round and 141st in putting average. However at Firestone, Mahan found his roll finishing tied for 3rd in putts per round, 1st for putts per GIR, and leading the field in birdies.

Mahan's flatstick of choice right now is a Ping iWi D66. The Ping iWi were released late 2008, and D66 is a blade with a plumber neck hosel. The iWi series have a metal face inserted into a elastomer face combining which is an attempt to provide some of the feel that milled putters provide, with the soft elastomer face that many of Ping and Odyssey putters provide.


First Indian-Born PGA Tour Winner
Ping Golf is loving the PGA Tour this year, but after sending gold putters to Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer, they might be hating on the price of gold. Arjun Atwal won't get a gold putter for his win Sunday, as it wasn't a major, but he continued the trend of Ping PGA pros winning on tour with his one shot win at the Wyndham Championship aided by a Karsten Series Craz-E putter and Ping S56 irons. A lot of golfers might be thinking about a switching to Ping Golf clubs this year with all the wins they're racking up. Utilizing data from 2ndSwing and GolfStix Value Guide you can see if you want to make a change to Ping equipment like a lot of other winners on tour have already done.

Atwal's win gets the Indian-born player back his card for the tour, and gains him an entry into Masters Tournament next Spring. Atwal is the first Indian-born golfer to win on tour and the first Monday qualifier to win a PGA Tour event since 1986. While he's a long time pro, Atwal is probably best known for his friendship with fellow Windermere resident Tiger Woods and role in a deadly car accident police attributed to street racing.

The 37-year-old plays a 9.5° TaylorMade Burner SuperFast Driver off the tee for extra distance--probably because the standard issue Burner SuperFasts are extra long, 46.5”, and extra light at 283 grams, 14 lighter than previous Burner models. He also plays a 13° TaylorMade Burner fairway wood featuring Dual Crown Technology to lower CG in the club head--promoting high launch and low spin. TaylorMade's fairway woods also feature longer than standard lengths models, measuring 46.25” to promote that extra distance. Atwal has a pair of TaylorMade Rescue TPs in his bag of 19° and 22° which are designed to promote lower CG making it easier to launch the ball high and the clubs feature a low friction sole for clean contact.

The other part of the Florida resident's bag includes Ping S56 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts. The Ping S56s were in play for Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and it features a blend of blade designs for shot making and variable tungsten toe weighting positions for be center of gravity. There are also stabilizing bars in each club to optimize center of gravity location to promote higher trajectory long irons and controlled trajectory short irons.

Atwal has a unique pair of Fourteen wedges, a 54° and 60° MT-28 V4. Fourteen isn't a major player in wedges in the golf industry, but the clubs feature a milled face which the manufacturer says the grooves are completed one by one to allow even amateur players to professionally put backspin on the ball. Atwal used one of these clubs to get up and down on 18 to preserve his win.

The Karsten Craz-E putter features steel face performance with an insert feel. The elastomer insert in the cavity provides enhanced feel while maintaining the solid response of a steel-faced putter. Weight in the Craz-E was redistributed to the perimeter, increasing it's moment of inertia and there are all kinds of alignment aides in the design.


Matt Kuchar Caps Ten Top Tens with Win
Matt Kuchar has had an all-around solid season on the PGA tour this season. He leads the tour in top ten finishes with ten, and is first on tour in all around ranking, which basically means the Georgia Tech grad's game is pretty well rounded. He's tops on tour when you combine his rank in driving distance, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, putting average, eagles (holes per), birdie average, scoring average, and sand save percentage. Yet Kuchar hadn't been the low scorer in a tournament until his Sunday playoff win at The Barclays.

The 32-year-old Kuchar posted a 5-under 66 bogey free round Sunday, which put him near the top of the leader board, but it was Martin Laird's three-putt which created the playoff situation. Kuchar went on to hit his approach shot tight to the first playoff hole, while Laird two-putted for par.

Kuchar has been mightily consistent and those thinking about switching to more consistent clubs might be looking to buy used golf clubs like those mentioned below, and trading in their used golf clubs. Utilizing data from 2ndSwing and GolfStix Value Guide you can see if you want to make a change to Bridgestone, Tour Edge Exotics, Callaway, and Fourteen Golf equipment like the FedEx Playoff leader has.

Kuchar played a Bridgestone X Driver J38 Prototype 435 (10°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 shaft off the tee in New Jersey. He once again had a very steady swing from the tee box ranking 30th in accuracy (64.3%) and 34th in distance (277.6). The driver features an extended crown profile from shallow face promoting low and deep CG for high launch and low spin. Thd head is titanium with enhanced face thickness for forgiveness on mishits.

Kuchar plays a Tour Edge Exotics CB2 16° fairway wood with a Graphite Design Tour AD MD-7X shaft. The CB2 features a titanium face and steel body chemically bonded to increase stability. The no-weld construction is designed to optimize to produce maximum deep CG.

Kuchar replaced his traditional 3-iron with a 20° Callaway Big Bertha 3H Heavenwood Aldila NV 95X shaft. Callaway designed the club with an elongated, narrow face profile for low CG and used War Bird sole design promoting solid contact from all conditions. He continues his mixed set with a Fourteen Golf 4-iron--Martin Kaymer recently won at the PGA Championship with a Fourteen Golf wedges, so a manufacturer to keep an eye on in the future. Kuchar returns to Bridgestone J38 (5-PW, 52°, and 58° wedges, and he keeps a Fourteen MT-28 VS Forged 62° in his bag.

He rolls his Brigestone B330S with a Rife Barbados, an oversized mallet putter with a three line center cavity for alignment and outer edge mass for stability. The 304 stainless steel face is 100% milled with RollGroove technology.

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