New Ping irons and wedges

Available in the autumn

Bob Warters's picture
Wed, 4 Sep 2002

Ping's i3+ and i3+blade.

No sooner has Ping re-invented its wide range of putters than the Gainsborough-based club-makers are tinkering with their irons and wedges.

The latest line of Ping irons, the i3+ game improvement and the i3+ blade models, feature a series of enhancements to the original i3 irons, while six new wedges have been developed with what is described as a bi-level sole to create improved results from turf or sand.

Main difference in the i3+ irons are the new shape of the leading edge and sole, new steel and graphite shafts and slimmer clubhead profile.

"The new lead edge permits shots to come off cleaner, and players will have better control of their irons," says Ping chairman John Solheim.

The i3+ blade irons have more offset in the shorter irons and with slightly less bounce, will enable better golfers to pick the ball easier off the turf. The i3+ irons feature increased perimeter weighting for forgiveness on off-centre hits.

The Ping i3+ blade and i3+ models of irons will be available in right and left-handed clubs for delivery in the autumn (£85 each for steel shafts, £107 graphite.)

The new, improved wedges.

Main difference in the new wedges from the i3 versions is the added cavity for weight and the bi-level sole, which Tour player Mark Calcavecchia, says makes the clubs versatile and the trajectory easier to control.

"I've got the 56 and 60-degree wedges in my bag," he says.

World Matchplay champion Kevin Sutherland says he hit one shot with the new 56-degree sand wedge and knew it was going into his bag.

"It felt perfect the first time I hit it. I love it around the greens, especially for short, tight-lie chip shots. It's a club I got very comfortable with immediately," said Sutherland.

Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Jeff Maggert are also using the clubs.

Lofts for the new wedges are 48, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees. They can be ordered individually or as a set in right or left-handed clubs (£98).



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