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Just got the news today, K.J. Choi has signed a multi-year deal to play PING clubs.  Looks like it's a minimum of 13 clubs and he will have them in play for the Sony Open this week in Hawaii.

 

The biggest surprise for me are the irons, at least for this week he's bagging G400 irons!  It's not often we see tour pro's actually putting GI (or maybe even SGI?) irons in play.  I'm not a guy that puts a ton of stock in tour pro's WITB, but to see a set of forgiving irons in a pro's bag definitely makes me take notice.

 

Check out the press release below and let us know what you think

 

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PING signs K.J. Choi

to equipment contract


 

PHOENIX (Jan. 10, 2018) – Eight-time PGA Tour winner K.J. Choi, the first Korean to earn a PGA Tour card and to win on tour, has signed an agreement to play PING equipment, PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim announced today. Choi will make his debut as a PING Pro at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which begins Thursday.

 

Asia's winningest golfer, Choi, 47, has amassed 22 victories worldwide since turning pro in 1994 and he's spent 40 weeks in the top 10 in the world rankings. His first professional victory was the 1996 Korean Open. Since joining the PGA Tour in 2000, he has earned more than $32 million, his first tour win coming in 2002. His most notable title is the 2011 Players Championship.

 

“K.J. has played a lot of PING equipment in his career and been a friend to us going back to 2011, and he's been a consistently strong performer on tour for many years. We're proud to make him an official member of the PING team,” Solheim said. “He's a friendly, highly likeable person and widely respected by his peers. He's been on four Presidents Cup teams, playing in three and serving as vice captain of the International Team in 2015, so he's competed at the highest level internationally. He'll bring the PING brand tremendous exposure and credibility around the world, especially in South Korea, where he's extremely popular among golfers.”

 

A powerlifter in his native South Korea before picking up golf, Choi said he's had an ongoing connection with PING in Korea and the U.S. for years and is happy to formalize the relationship. “I have long admired PING equipment for its quality and I feel it's a true collaboration when I work with the tour-player staff. I can be very particular about what I want from a golf club, and their attention to detail is as keen as mine, so they always find the right solution for me and my game. I'm truly excited to be on board with PING and very much look forward to the season ahead.”

 

As part of a multi-year agreement, Choi will play a minimum of 13 PING clubs. This week he'll rely on a G400 driver and fairway woods, G400 hybrid, G400 irons, Glide 2.0 wedges, and a Sigma G Piper putter. Choi's headwear and golf bag will feature PING branding.

 

Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

 
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That's cool! It would be fun to see how they got to those irons and if they are stock like we can buy or ping did some tweaking to them.

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It doesn't surprise me that much the KJ would game GI irons, remember he was one of the first pros that put hybrids in the bag LONG before they were cool.

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That's a god signing, one of the more respected companies out there, with a very respected and successful tour player.  I think it's so cool he's going with the G400 irons, at least for now.   I'm thinking there may be a switch in a month or two when a new model hits the market.  But that's just pure speculation, but hey this is the internet.   Speculation thrives on the internet...ha

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Wow.  Hopefully that works out for him!

 

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It doesn't surprise me that much the KJ would gave GI irons, remember he was one of the first pros that put hybrids in the bag LONG before they were cool.

I was wondering how many hybrids he'd have in the bag. I believe at times he has carried as low as a 5H. Guess we'll discover how good those G400 Hybrids really are!!

 

 

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Makes my tongue  hard, GO KJ!

 

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Interesting. I never see anyone playing Ping irons anymore. Drivers on occasion.

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I'm a big PING fan so I like it. Realizing a GI iron could help him is smart IMO. I hope he plays well.

 

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Like this, PING man, myself! Maybe I should give him some tips!

 

 

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Nice safe signing for both KJ & Ping!

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Smart move -  Average Joe sees a tour player with SGI clubs and says: "Hey!  I can play a pro's club!"

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The Tank! Met K. J. At a Texas am qualifier his son was playing in (his son is a great player himself) really good fella, Ping made a very good choice in signing him!

 

 

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Good move for Ping globally. This move may get them more in the Asian market. I will guarantee those irons have been tweaked because KJ is pretty smart himself technically on clubs. Remember he was the first with the really over sized "Superstroke"  putter grip. I remember we used to call them KJ Choi grips.

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Good move for Ping globally. This move may get them more in the Asian market. I will guarantee those irons have been tweaked because KJ is pretty smart himself technically on clubs. Remember he was the first with the really over sized "Superstroke" putter grip. I remember we used to call them KJ Choi grips.

With so much offset on these, stock, it does seem like some alterations would have been made. I would think it would have been reduced just to make shaping shots a lot easier. Many Tour reps say the true PGA equipment is quite different from what we can get, so I'd put money on the fact these G400s are “different” in some way.

 

Although..... KJ did, supposedly, buy clubs off the rack at a store for a tournament some years back.

 

 

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