PING strikes Gold at Golf Digest awards

G20 and friends step onto winner's rostrum in the 2012 Hot List

Golfmagic Equipment
Wed, 11 Jan 2012
PING strikes Gold at Golf Digest awards

PING has achieved its strongest ever showing in Golf Digest’s 2012 ‘Hot List’ issue by winning eleven Gold Awards – the most of any company.

Highlighted by Editor’s Choice honours for its stunning new i20 iron in the magazine’s annual review, PING celebrated further success with just about every other club in its resume, including the G20 driver, Anser forged wedges and Scottsdale Series putters.

“To be the leader in such an important and thorough equipment review is further validation for one of our strongest, most comprehensive product lines in history,” said PING chairman and CEO John Solheim.

“Our strategy is to offer the highest-performing products that appeal to all types of golfers and abilities. These results show we’ve accomplished our goal by taking a balanced approach to product design, which ensures golfers can optimise their games through a combination of technology and custom fitting.”

PING claims its i20 irons are a progressive design, meaning the long irons are slightly larger, high launching and more forgiving, while its short irons are smaller and feature less offset to provide exceptional control.

The G20 Series also swept gold in each category it entered, with the editor commenting ‘the upgrade is so good that even G15 users might consider changing’, while PING further strengthened its reputation for innovation in putter design with victories for both Anser and Scottsdale blade and mallet putters.

Elsewhere, Titleist picked up gold awards for its popular 910 series, as used by the PGA Tour’s most recent champion Steve Stricker, with TaylorMade’s brand new RocketBallz design following suit. 

All judging was based on a 100-point scale, with gold products earning a score of 93 or more.

A selection of 2012 Golf Digest ‘Hot List’ Gold Award winners


i20 irons (Editor’s Choice) and hybrid
G20 driver, hybrid, fairway wood and irons
Anser forged wedges
Anser Milled putters
Scottsdale Series putters (both Blade and Mallet)
K15 irons


910-D2 and D3 drivers; 910H; 910 fairway wood
AP1 712 and AP2 712 irons
Vokey SM4 wedge


RocketBallz driver, irons and fairway wood
Ghost Spider putter
R11 irons


AMP driver and irons


588 Forged wedge (chrome and satin)
588 CB irons


MP59 and JPX 800 Pro irons


RAZR Fit driver, hybrid, fairway wood and XF irons


Method Core putter

Click here for a full list of results.

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