Ping has always been in the pantheon of modern drivers. Now, the Arizona-based company, which has its European headquarters in Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, claims its latest G15 and i15 series of drivers for both club golfers and the more elite player, have taken this most dynamic part of the game to new levels.
Pros seeing the new drivers for the first time at The Open at Turnberry couldn't wait to put them in play and when they are available for club golfers in mid-August, Ping is expecting a stampede - even in the current economic conditions.
Ping says its new G15 driver - already creating scoring history in the bag of Mark Calcavecchia - nine successive birdies in the Canadian Open last week - has been engineered for golfers seeking maximum forgiveness as well as distance and accuracy.
The 460cc titanium head has a larger face and is longer front to back than the G10 and features Ping’s ultra thin crown enabling an external sole weight to lower the centre of gravity and deliver higher trajectories and reduced spin. The Ping-designed TFC149D high balance point shaft also helps claim higher ball speeds and less twisting at impact.
It's available in four lofts ( 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.5 degrees), three draw versions ( 9, 10.5 and 12) and upto four flexes and priced at £249 (graphite shaft only).
Fairway metals from the Ping stable have always been much sought-after by pros, elite amateurs and club players, delivering the kind of versatility all abilities of golfers demand. The G15 and i15 fairway metals, say Ping, are even better than ever.
The elongated, low profile design of the G15 fairway metal (£170) has a larger head and an external weight pad on the sole for a higher, long trajectory that lands softly. There's also a draw option (in three lofts - 15.5,17 and 18.5 degrees) and an extra 21.5 degree version in the standard model.
The sleek, low-profile i15 fairway metal (£190) has been developed for better golfers who demand distance and versatility, says Ping. It's internally weighted for a more penetrating flight and has 14, 15.5 and 18.5-degree loft and Tour shaft options.
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Ping drivers: G15 and i15 will be in demand