May 09, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Bubba Watson arrived at THE PLAYERS Championship on Monday with a new set of PING iBlade irons, his first iron change in three years. (Jonathan Wall/PGATOUR.COM)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Bubba Watson has had little trouble working his way into PING's latest woods, wedges and putters over the years. But when it comes to his irons, the two-time Masters champion is incredibly loyal.
Prior to switching to PING's S55 irons at the 2013 BMW Championship, Watson employed the same S59 model irons for nearly a decade, going back to 2004 when he was playing the Web.com Tour.
The comfort level Watson had with S59, coupled with his ability to work the ball both ways and vary the trajectory, made it nearly impossible to get the clubs out of his bag.
Since Watson made the successful switch to S55 in 2013, he's added a second Green Jacket and four PGA TOUR titles. Until this week, S55 was the only piece of equipment in his bag that hadn't changed in the last few years.
But that will likely end this week after Watson arrived at THE PLAYERS Championship on Monday with a new set of PING iBlade irons (3-PW) in the bag. The irons have pink paint fill and Watson's first name stamped on each head.
The iBlade, which debuted at THE PLAYERS, features a compact head, topline and little offset — three traits that have been found on previous S Series models.
A Custom Tuning Port (CTP) is also visible in the back cavity that most likely distributes weight to the perimeter for improved forgiveness and feel. The CTP has been a staple of past irons PING has introduced.
Unlike most of the equipment in PING's lineup, the company has varied the release date of the better playing iron model. More than three years passed between the launch of S56 and S55; it was two-plus years between the debut of S55 and iBlade.
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