First Look: PING i25 series, Karsten irons and Karsten TR putters

PING introduces comprehensive product line with big distance gains, forgiveness and consistency for golfers of all abilities

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Thu, 2 Jan 2014
First Look: PING i25 series, Karsten irons and Karsten TR putters
PING i25 series, Karsten irons and Karsten TR putters

PING has today introduced its i25 family of clubs - a comprehensive new product line that delivers big distance gains while offering forgiveness and consistency for golfers of all abilities.

Products include the i25 driver, irons, fairway woods and hybrids; the long, high-flying Karsten hybrid/iron set, and the Karsten TR putters with fully machined variable-depth grooves.

Also unveiled was the innovative PWR metalwood shaft family that uses variable weight and balance points to ensure a proper fit.

The new products can be pre-ordered beginning today at PING-authorised golf shops.

“Our constant push for innovation continues to inspire technologies that help every type of golfer play better,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO.

“The new metal woods and irons carry a common theme of increased distance but are engineered with the improved consistency, forgiveness and feel that we design into all PING clubs. Together with a proper fitting to determine the best combination of models, golfers can expect improved performance throughout their set. To help golfers make more putts, our patented variable-depth-groove technology is milled directly into the face of the new Karsten TR series, yielding unmatched distance control.”

A distinguishing characteristic of the i25 driver and fairway woods are subtle racing stripes on the crown, which improve the consistency of clubface orientation at impact.

The same width as a golf ball, the stripes offer a visual cue (consciously or sub-consciously) that can lead to multiple benefits. They can help the player aim the clubface accurately, align one’s body to the target, and assist in taking the club back on the proper path. All of which helps facilitate delivering the clubface squarely at impact, Solheim said.

To optimise performance with the i25 driver, fairway woods and hybrids, PING engineered an industry-first shaft series that offers different weights and flex profiles without altering the club’s swingweight. Called PWR (Performance, Weighting, and Responsiveness), the shafts are matched to golfers by the weight and flex that fits the motion of their golf swing and their desired shot shape.

“With adjustable clubs, fitting for shaft weight has been limited because of its effect on swingweight. The PWR Series overcomes that by varying the CG location of the different weights so we can offer options that optimise ball flight while providing a better-feeling, more-responsive shaft,” said Solheim.

PING i25 Driver