StingRay vs. The Incumbents

In previous blog posts, “StingRay spin 100 yards” and  “Comparing StingRay – 60 yard shot” we have shown how our proprietary wedge technology gives any golfer more backspin with a lower launch angle on every shot.  We have also explained in “Why Spin Matters” why increased backspin and lower launch angle are the elements of a great short game.  Now we would like to demonstrate how much easier it is to have a great short game with StingRay than any of the other famous brands you’ve heard of.

After getting some very positive reviews from around the golf world we were asked how StingRay measures up to the most beloved wedges in golf.  So, we sent our resident scratch golfer back out to the practice range armed with an arsenal of new weapons and a Foresight GCQUAD launch monitor.

The answer, unsurprisingly, turned out to be no contest.  StingRay blows the doors off the competition.

First, these were the clubs:

The Tale of the Tape: Wedges Under Test

Brand Model Loft Bounce
Indi StingRay 56 12
Titleist Vokey SM6 56 12
Callaway Mack Daddy MD3 56 12
TaylorMade Milled Grind 56 13

Note: all test clubs were brand new in shrink-wrap prior to testing,

Now, without any further adieu, here is what happened:

Note: average based on 12 shots for each club, error bars are one standard deviation around the mean value

For those following the story of StingRay all along should not be at all surprised by these backspin numbers. Compared to these popular competitors you will achieve 40 – 50% more backspin on full swings.  Our carefully engineered Traction Face technology ensures you get PGA Tour level spin on every shot.

StingRay easily laps the field when it comes to backspin, but what about launch angle, the other important aspect of wedge play?  Thanks again to the careful thought put into design and engineering, StingRay outperforms the incumbents in this aspect, as well.  Compared to the typical high-end wedge you not only get awesome spin, but you also launch the ball up to 5 – 8 degrees lower.  That combination allows you to play far more aggressive shots around the green without fear of the ball rolling away from the target.  And, who doesn’t want to play without fear?

Note: average based on 12 shots for each club

This testing confirms how StingRay stacks up to the competition.  Out of the gate you will be hitting better wedge shots. This low launch, high spin combination is the mark of great wedge players. It’s that shot you see the pros make on TV every Sunday: it comes in hot, skips once, twice, stops on a dime or backs up. Mastery of spin and launch means precise control of pitch, lob, and chip shots to get up and down from anywhere.

There is another important aspect of these results that should be screaming out to all golfers right about now. The stats nerds in the audience (Hi there! Wanna see the Student’s T-test results for the data?  Drop us a line ) have already spotted the error bars on each chart.  The error bars are plus and minus one standard deviation from the mean. StingRay’s variance is roughly half that of the competition.

What does that mean to those of us with a more tenuous grasp on stats jargon? Thanks to Traction Face, Scoop Back and the intense attention to detail put into StingRay, you will get amazingly consistent performance on every shot. Big backspin rates and optimal launch conditions are baked into the clubhead, and unreliant on you making ideal contact. Is it possible to hit someone else’s wedge like StingRay? Sure, by accident.

Recall, the above data from competitors’ clubs was produced by a scratch golfer who plays rings around us normal duffers blindfolded.  For golfers who don’t pay the mortgage with his or her short game, using one of these popular wedges will be an inconsistent and ultimately frustrating experience.  If someone with a collegiate national championship ring sees that much variation in performance with a well-known wedge, what can we mere mortals expect?

Why, as golfers, do we do that to ourselves?

Don’t we tend to have vastly more fun hitting tremendous pitches, lobs, and chips that stop on a dime or back up, than having the gut-churning feeling of watching your ball roll, and roll, and roll off the back of the green?

StingRay seems like the logical answer to these imponderable questions.

There is another critical dimension to the impressive performance factors and consistency of StingRay. Many of our satisfied customers report that it is actually improving their wedge technique. Since a little confidence is often what unlocks one’s ability in golf, people who see the product of low launch and high backspin are training their brain and body to achieve a more optimized approach to wedge shots.  So, when they go use a different wedge for tournament play or to maintain their handicaps, they take this newfound ability with them and hit those clubs better than ever.

Try a StingRay today. We guarantee you’ll love it.  If you’ve read this far, click here get yours today.