Ping’s new G10 series could well prove to be the company’s most versatile product to date. At one end of the scale Tour pros like US Open champion Angel Cabrera and Chris DiMarco have switched to the driver; at the other, Ping’s new Ascending Weight Technology in the iron shaft – the longer irons have lighter shafts – will help beginners generate clubhead speed.
G10s will be available with a new Ping graphite shaft – the TFC 129 – with four flexes designed to suit the golfer’s swing profile.
Ping brought in a supercomputer to help them redistribute the driver’s head design. The result is an even thinner crown and face on this 460cc 6-4 titanium head, with weight moved to lower the center of gravity. The club, which features Ping’s patented variable face thickness technology, is also available in a draw version, which has an internal weight pad near the heel to encourage face rotation. The hosel is also a quarter of an inch further forward.
“We’ve engineered a lot of little improvements into the G10 driver which added up to significant performance gains,” said John K. Solheim, PING’s Vice President of Engineering and the grandson of company founder Karsten Solheim. “Golfers of all skill levels will see improvement in distance, accuracy and consistency.”
Lofts; standard G10; 7.5°, 9°, 10.5°, 12° and 13.5°
Draw version is offered in 9°, 10.5°, 12° and 13.5°
UK RRP £239 per club (Graphite shaft only)
G10 Fairway and utility clubs
The fairway woods have a sleek, low-profile crown and a weight pad on the sole, aiding performance from all lies. The club also has a longer hitting area, with the head longer heel-to-toe. As with the driver, there is a draw version.
Lofts: 3-wood (14°), 3 (15.5°), 4 (17°), 5 (18.5°), 7 (21.5°) and 9 (24.5°).
Draw version: 3 (15.5°), 4 (17°), 5 (18.5°) and 7 (21.5°)
UK RRP £165 per club (Graphite shaft only)
The 17-4 stainless steel G10 hybrid is engineered with a sloped crown to create a high-launching, solid feeling, versatile alternative to mid and long irons. Six lofts provide replacement options from the 1-iron through 6-iron and fairway woods. A weight pad running parallel to the ground positions the center of gravity low and back to increase launch angle and reduce spin. The sole design is tapered and the bounce height is increased in the higher lofted hybrids to provide performance from all conditions.
Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°, 28° and 32°
UK RRP £114 (steel); £129 graphite
A large, perimeter-weighted 17-4 stainless steel head features a new cavity shape, extreme low toe weighting and a wider sole. “The new cavity design of the G10 allowed us to add a lot more performance to our large headed, maximum forgiveness iron option,” said John K. Solheim, PING’s Vice-President of Engineering. “We’re able to remove weight from the face yet make it even more stable than before. The weight is then repositioned in the low toe to drive up the MOI and increase forgiveness. It’s a game improvement iron that will appeal to a variety of golfers.”
An elastomer insert promotes a solid sound while a wide sole provides forgiving ground impact and contributes to a high launch.
Ping will also launch an i10 iron, designed to appeal to golfers who prefer the look of a smaller, blade-style club but still rely on the forgiveness of a cavity back. Its compact head features blade-like offset and a thin top rail to give it a players’ iron look.
UK RRP £75 per iron (steel); £90 per iron (graphite)
Shipments begin September 1, 2007.