PING unveils G family

PING introduces G driver, iron, fairway wood, hybrid and "Crossover" clubs for 2016

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016

PING unveils G family

Fresh off topping four of the major hardware product categories in the UK with its popular G30 range, PING is once again ready to spread its wings with the launch of the G family for 2016.

The new range encompasses G drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, "Crossovers" and irons. 

PING G DRIVERS

PING is launching three new drivers in the G range with the standard version, LS Tec (Low Spin) and SF Tec (Straight Flight) in 460cc with a T9S face and Titanium 8-1-1 body.

The key feature of the G driver, as played by Bubba Watson, is new Dragon Fly Technology, which contributes to increased distance, forgiveness and consistency by saving 8 grams of weight from the crown to better position the centre of gravity (CG) and increase the moment of inertia (MOI).

First Look: PING G driver video review

With weight being re-allocated within the structure, PING engineers have been able to move the CG 0.48" lower and .064" deeper to increase he MOI (6% higher top/bottom, 1% higher heel/toe) when compared with the former G30 driver.

The G driver also comprises new Vortec Technology (back of the head) to improve clubhead aerodynamics by minimising wake turbulence for faster clubhead speed and stability, as well as revamped Turbulator Technology (front of the crown) to further improve the aerodynamics and enhance the clubhead speed.

PING claims the LS Tec spins approximately 400 RPM less than the standard model, while the SF Tec is the more forgiving option with an approximate 12-yard shot-bend correction compared to the standard. 

With each driver available to adjust +/-1 degree, the standard and LS Tec each come in 9 and 10.5 degrees and the SF Tec comes in 10 and 12 degrees.

RRP: £349
Stock shafts: Alta 55 High Balance Point (X 63g, S 59g, R 55g, SR 53g)

PING G FAIRWAY WOODS

PING is also launching G fairway woods in standard (169cc), SF Tec (175cc) and Stretch 3 (184cc) models.

The fairway woods, which feature a thinner Carpenter 455 steel face for higher ball speed and higher launch, have been designed with a lower leading edge that raises the impact position (12% higher) on the face to get the ball airborne easier. 

A cascading sole design has also been designed in the G fairway wood so that the club produces more face bending for faster ball speeds, while a 25% thinner crown against the former G30 fairway wood ensures better forgiveness on low impacts. 

Turbulators feature on the crown, but rather than aid the aerodynamics like with the driver, they are there to aid better alignment and inspire confidence over the ball.

PING claims the SF Tec comprises a more heel-side CG that is .150" deeper than the standard 3-wood, while the Stretch 3 has a CG that is .065" more forward than the standard 3-wood. 

With adjustability providing +/-1 degree once again, the standard model is available in 3-wood (14.5 degrees), 5-wood (17.5 degrees) and 7-wood (20.5 degrees), the SF Tec is available in 3-wood (16 degrees) and 5-wood (19 degrees), and the Stretch 3 comes in a 3-wood (13 degrees).

RRP: £220
Stock shafts: Alta 65 High Balance Point (X 69g, S 68g, R 64g, SR 63g)

PING G HYBRIDS

The new PING G Hybrid only comes in a standard version and just like the fairway wood, features a Carpenter 455 steel face and cascading sole design.

Turbulators feature on the crown, but rather than aid the aerodynamics like with the driver, they are there to improve alignment and inspire confidence over the ball. 

It comes in a 2H (17 degrees), 3H (19 degrees), 4H (22 degrees), 5H (26 degrees) and 6H (30 degrees).

RRP: £180
Stock shafts: Alta 70 High Balance Point (X 79g, S 76g, R 73g, SR 69g)

PING G "CROSSOVERS"

PING is introducing a new Crossover club in the G range, a product that offers the distance of a hybrid, but the control and accuracy of an iron.

Its key feature is extreme toe weighting where the weight is concentrated in the toe region to position the CG low and back, while expanding the perimeter weighting for a high MOI.

First Look: PING G Crossover review

It also comes packed with a tiered internal sole to maximise face bending for faster ball speeds, and the Carpenter 455 steel face is back for more to strengthen the spin rate against a standard iron. 

The Crossover comes in 3-iron (18 degrees), 4-iron (21 degrees) and 5-iron (24 degrees).

RRP: £180
Stock shafts: Alta High Balance Point (X 77g, S 72g, R 68g, SR 64g); AWT 2.0 (X 109g, S 96g, R 91g)

PING G IRONS

The key feature of the new game-improvement G irons from PING is COR-Eye Technology, which provides a 32% thinner face for four times as much face bending against the former G30 iron.

PING tells us that the COR-Eye Technology "increases ball speed by 1.25 mph for distance with control, resulting in an average of five yards additional carry with a higher maximum ball height and steeper landing angle compared to G30."

First Look: PING G iron video review

The simulataneous activation of the sole, face and top rail creates a diving board-like effect, springing the ball off the face at faster speeds.

The irons also contain a hyper 17-4 stainless steel that enables the COR-Eye Technology design to function by allowing for a thinner face which produces faster ball speeds for more distance.

A concealed custom tuning port also positions the CG .015" deeper and helps raise the MOI (5% top/bottom, 1.5% heel/toe) for more forgiveness, higher launch and tighter dispersion.

G irons are available in 4-9, PW, UW, SW and LW and come with a stock steel AWT (Ascending Weight Technology) 2.0 shaft that improves distance and accuracy with the long irons and adds more control with the short irons, as well as a stock CFS shaft for graphite fans. 

RRP: £92 (steel); £104 (graphite)
Stock shafts: AWT 2.0 (X 119g, S 104g, R 98g); CFS Graphite (S 78g,  R 66g, SR 62g)