STILL GLOWING in its 50th year from staff player Angel Cabrera's victory in the US Masters in April, Ping is breaking with golf industry tradition by introducing a range of new clubs in mid-August.
Says Ping's chairman John Solheim: "The G15 Series continues Ping’s focus on developing the most forgiving, easiest-to-hit clubs available in golf, while the i15s will deliver the forgiveness we all need, but engineered to provide the workability that a lot of the more skilled golfers look for."
The clubs were introduced to Ping Tour professionals earlier this month with Mark Calcavecchia putting the G15 driver in his bag immediately at The Open. He then set the US PGA Tour’s record of nine straight birdies at the RBC Canadian Open last weekend.
“The early feedback from our Tour staff has been very favorable,” says Solheim. “Several players put the clubs in play immediately and others will wait for the opportune time. I had great comments from the pros at Turnberry.”
Custom fitting is a key feature of the new ranges. In both the G15 and i15 irons, 12 color codes (lie angles), multiple shaft flexes in steel and graphite and six new Ping grip sizes provide comprehensive options. The metal woods all offer multiple lofts to complement the weights of each head - and two stock shafts in various flexes.
Recommended prices for G15 irons will be £80 per clubs (steel) and £96 (graphite) and for i15 irons £85 and £100 respectively. Drivers (all with graphite shafts) will be £249 (G15) and £289 (i15) and graphite-shafted fairway metals £170 (G15) and £190 (i15).
Ping is also launching distinctively different-looking G15 and i15 hybrids with graphite shafts in a range of lofts, priced at £135 (G15) and £155 (i15).
Look out for our first impressions of the new Ping range next week on Golfmagic.com.
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