Notes from the testing team: Comparing StingRay spin – 100 yd shot, 56 degree loft

Comparing StingRay Spin – 100 Yd Shot, 56 Degree Loft

Nearly every golfer would agree that one of the most aesthetically pleasing sights on a golf course is a wedge shot that hits the green, bounces once or twice, then spins backward. There is no mystery how to get a golf ball to back up like a 16-year-old pizza delivery driver on a poorly lit street.

Backspin. Sweet, sweet backspin.

LOTS of backspin, in fact.

Watch any great wedge player on tour, and you will see plenty of examples where the ball hits just past the hole then rolls back and stops for an easy tap in.

Those players are consistently generating over 10000 rpm of backspin from an agreeable lie. Some players can even spin it close to 13,000 rpm. That level of wedge performance takes endless practice with impeccable technique, but wouldn’t it be great to have a club that does the work for you?

How about a wedge that consistently generates well OVER 10,000 rpm on full shots? Sound good? We think so, too. The StingRay wedge has a proprietary face design that is carefully engineered to deliver more than 10,000 rpm with ease and feels buttery soft on every strike.

To prove out the design, we handed StingRay and another without our proprietary traction face technology for comparison to our resident scratch golfer and told him to hit 100 yard approaches off a matt to maintain consistent lie and moisture conditions.

The results were staggering. StingRay produced more than 12,000 rpm of backspin ON EVERY SHOT. The average spin rate was an eye-popping 12,583 rpm. More impressive was the consistency of spin produced by StingRay’s advanced traction face technology. Because we have painstakingly designed every aspect of StingRay’s face to produce backspin, you get the same performance every time. (And, that’s why we also proudly stamp >10RPM on every head.)

StingRay vs. Reference Club

Measurement of ball immediately after contact, shows the StingRay (red trace) to consistently produce significantly more spin than the reference club (black trace). All results were collected using Foresight Sports GCQUAD launch monitor.

Compare the results of StingRay to the reference club, and then think about how many times you tried to hit a great backspin approach shot with your current wedge and watched your ball bounce, bounce, bounce off the back of the green. Now, it is definitely possible to get high backspin rates with some other wedge, but the data tells us that is usually the exception rather than the rule for a lot of golfers.

To make sure we weren’t biasing our sample, we even tried comparing StingRay to a popular competitor’s wedge, and the results are even more impressive. We won’t tell you what the other model was to save some embarrassment for their R&D staff, but let’s say you have seen this wedge on tour… frequently. To say there was any comparison in spin rate is to say that the Burj Khalifa and your local post office are both buildings.

StingRay vs. Competitor

Launch backspin from StingRay and a popular competitor’s wedge

With that much spin on every shot, why wouldn’t you put StingRay in your bag?

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