The Ping ChipR Wedge is an innovative club designed to help golfers improve their short game. It is specifically engineered for golfers who struggle with chipping and pitching shots around the green. Through extensive researching and testing, Ping has developed a wedge that boasts unique features capable of elevating your game to new heights.
In this review, we will delve into the Ping ChipR Wedge’s design and technology, performance and feel, and how these attributes make it stand out among other clubs available on the market. Most important, is it worth a spot in your bag?
Ping ChipR Wedge Specs
Chipping-specific clubs are not a new trend. However, PING apparently has seen an opportunity in that niche market. The PING ChipR is a unique hybrid, a combination of a wedge and a putter that aims to boost your chipping confidence. It’s a great-looking club with a sleek design. And our testers found it to be incredibly easy to use, with the potential make a sizable difference in your short game.
In terms of specifications, the Ping ChipR is packed with features found in their latest Ping Glide 4.0 wedge, such as the Hydropearl finish and Micromax grooves. Some of the key specs include:
- A similar weight to a PW/LW
- A similar loft to a 9 iron at 38.5 degrees
- A bounce of 8 degrees
- The standard length of a putter at 35 inches
How We Tested
As most of you know, our bread-and-butter testing is done indoors at our testing facility in Yorktown, Va., but for this unique opportunity, we took our testing outside. We utilized a short game facility at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
When we are conducting testing, our golf ball of choice is Titleist Pro V1.
The PING ChipR is designed to make chipping easier. That’s its sole purpose. So our testers hit from two different scenarios around the green: the fringe and the rough.
In each scenario, testers were given their choice of club selection. They hit 10 shots with their selection and 10 shots with the PING ChipR. During this process, we recorded proximity to the hole with testers’ gamers and the PING ChipR. Shots outside of 25 feet were considered outliers.
The testers’ handicap indexes range from 1.0 to 15.0.
Let’s check out the results.
Ping ChipR Review: The Fringe
A bump-and-run chip is the premise of the PING ChipR. Hitting from the fringe, a few paces from the green is an ideal scenario to test the ChipR. Now, not every golfer plays a pure bump-and-run shot in this situation. Some opt for more lofted wedges (sand wedge or lob wedge), which was evident during the test.
In this scenario, a 55% of the testers had a closer proximity to the hole. Overall, the ChipR beat out the gamers in average proximity to the hole…by 1 inch. Does it go to show that the ChipR excels with its bread and butter? There is an argument to be made. Check it out for yourself.
Ping ChipR Performance: The Rough
Our out-of-the-rough situation consisted of a 25-yard approach to the flagstick. With the flagstick in the middle of the green, this shot provided testers with plenty of room to execute a bump-and-run pitch with the ChipR. A lot of testers utilized a more lofted club. Most wanted to carry the ball onto the green and let it release.
This is where we saw a smaller percentage of the testers benefit from using the ChipR. However, those that did saw a better proximity to the hole results versus their gamer. Even from the rough, testers were surprised with how easy the ChipR glides through the rough.
Ping ChipR Review: Hitting Over a Bunker
Acknowledging that this is not an ideal scenario for the PING ChipR, we wanted to have some fun. Every tester chose a higher-lofted wedge for this shot. Most were extremely successful in executing it. However, using a higher-lofted wedge increased the likelihood of a heavy or thinned shot.
The observation with the PING ChipR is that it allowed for more consistent strikes and enough height to carry the bunker. However, due to the low, piercing ball flight, it did not provide enough peak height to hold the green. Is hitting over a bunker with the ChipR possible? Yes. Is it worthwhile? Only if you have a lot of green to work with.
Ping ChipR: Tester Feedback
With such a unique and situational purpose, gathering feedback from our testers about this specialty club was paramount. Much like Most Wanted Testing, subjective feedback does not play a role in rankings or results. However, it gives us an opportunity to communicate golfers’ feedback about the PING ChipR. This feedback provides insight for every consumer. Here are some of our testers’ comments:
- Monty H. (1.2 index) – “A great club to potentially have in your bag. Extremely situational but allows for a great bump-and-run shot. Easy to make a repetitive, putting-like motion.”
- Floyd M. (13.5 index) – “Love it. The heavy weighting provides confidence and stability through the chipping motion. I’d play it.“
- M.C. M. (15.0 index) – “Offers tremendous upside but will take time to get use to it. The weighting is too heavy for my liking and I wouldn’t buy it.”
- Casey B. (6.9 index) – “A nice club and I’d highly recommend it for beginners, juniors or those looking for a club to provide confidence around the green.”
- John S. (10.1 index) – “Feel is good and the weighting, albeit heavy, isn’t unappealing. Easy to hit and I’d consider buying it.”
- Tom S. (8.1 index) – “Plain, simple look. I wish the scoring lines were more pronounced. I could get use to it quickly and like it overall.”
- Chris N. (5.0 index) – “Ideal product to execute a bump-and-run shot. An elevated shot is difficult to achieve so it’s one-dimensional. It assists with minimizing heavy shots and is forgiving.”
Throughout this test, we observed the playability of the PING ChipR. There are plenty of golfers who still use a gap wedge, sand wedge or lob wedge depending on different scenarios around the green. Rightfully so, especially since wedges offer versatility with loft options and bounce/grind combinations. Each of us delivers the club to the ball differently so golf wedge technology has definitely created a club for almost any circumstance.
With the ChipR, PING has created a simple-to-use specialty club. There are potential performance benefits by using it. We saw lower-handicap players successfully achieve closer proximity to the hole. It allowed higher-handicap players not to blade or chunk a straightforward chip. Regardless of your ability, the ChipR might be worth your consideration. If you have the chipping yips, if you lack confidence, if you play relatively flat golf courses, it may be the worth a spot in your bag.
Who is it for?
The Ping ChipR Wedge is designed for golfers who struggle with their short game, specifically those who have difficulty in performing bump and run shots, or who lack confidence with their traditional wedge. If you’ve been having issues with inconsistent chipping, this club might be just what you need to improve your game.
You may benefit from using the Ping ChipR Wedge if you’re often facing shots within 40 yards of the green, either from the rough or fringe. With this club, you can apply a putting-like stroke to achieve distance control and consistency, reducing the chances of chunking or blading your shots.
Design and Technology
The investment-cast, 431 stainless steel head is perimeter weighted for forgiveness, offers a composite cavity badge, and its hydropearl chrome finish repels water. Available to be custom fit for length, loft and lie (10 color codes).
Ping has incorporated innovative technology into the ChipR Wedge to help improve your chipping and short game. The Micromax grooves on the clubface enable better contact and increased spin for improved control on your shots. The club also features a composite cavity badge that helps dampen vibrations and create a softer feel at impact.
In addition to the groove technology and the composite cavity badge, the Ping ChipR features a unique sole design that promotes versatility and adaptability for a variety of short game situations. With these design and technology elements combined, the Ping ChipR Wedge aims to give you improved confidence and better results around the green.
Remember to practice your chipping and integrate the Ping ChipR Wedge into your game to maximize its benefits and enhance your short game skills.
Performance and Feel
The Ping ChipR performed well in testing. When you apply a putting-like stroke, you can achieve distance control and consistency without fear of chunking or blading your shots.
When hitting from the fringe (a few paces from the green), 55% of testers had an improved shot with the Ping ChipR.
Understanding the Feel
The feel of the Ping ChipR wedge is truly remarkable. When you hold it in your hands, you can sense the sturdy construction and high standard materials used to build this club. The balanced weight distribution throughout the head and shaft allows for a smoother, more controlled stroke, instilling confidence in your game.
As you make contact with the ball, the ChipR emits a pleasant and crisp sound that further enhances the overall experience. The combination of performance, feel, and sound establishes the ChipR as an essential accessory in any golfer’s bag. With practice, you’ll develop an improved sense of touch for your short game that translates to lower scores and increased enjoyment on the course.
The Ping ChipR features a loft similar to a 9-iron, at around 38.5 degrees. This unique loft allows for a versatile approach around the greens, giving you more control and confidence during your chip shots.
The Grip and Shaft
A well-designed grip and shaft make a big difference in your chipping game. The Ping ChipR features a comfortable dyla-wedge grip similar to that of a putter, which provides excellent feedback and control. Plus, the 35-inch putter-like shaft length enhances your consistency when chipping, making it easier for you to execute your shots.
Weight and Lie Angle
With a similar weight to a pitching wedge or lob wedge, the Ping ChipR has a well-balanced feel, giving you better control during chip shots. The lie angle of the club ensures a more upright and comfortable stance, which further improves your ability to make accurate, consistent chip shots.
Spin and Grooves
The Ping ChipR comes with Micromax grooves, which promote increased spin for better control around the greens. These grooves, combined with the club’s loft, help create the right amount of backspin to get your ball to stop more quickly on the green. This becomes especially helpful when trying to get your ball close to the pin from just off the green.
Cambered Sole and Cavity Badge
The cambered sole on the Ping ChipR makes it easier to slide through various turf conditions, helping you maintain consistent contact with the ball. This leads to more predictable chip shots, so you can feel confident knowing you have a club that adapts well to different surfaces. Additionally, the cavity badge is made of 431 stainless steel, which adds a touch of style and durability to the club.