Golf News for Thursday, August 23, 2007 | Equipment

Ping announces introducing new G10 Metal Wood Series clubs

PING’s quest to improve golf equipment performance and lower the scores of golfers through innovation and custom fitting continues with the introduction of the G10™ Metal Wood Series.

The new series, which includes drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, is available to golfers beginning September 1, 2007.

“Technology is moving fast and we’re finding ways to improve our products like never before,” said John Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The design and research tools available to our engineers are amazing. It’s a lot of fun to be a golf club engineer right now. The G10 family and our other new products are evidence of our desire to continually push technology with the goal of helping golfers lower their scores and enjoy the game more.”

G10 Driver & G10 Draw Driver

The 460cc G10 driver is engineered with a cast body and fully machined face from high-grade 6-4 titanium. The 460cc club head features a larger profile with a taller face and deeper crown that produces a higher moment-of-inertia for greater forgiveness and increased ball velocity.

Using finite element analysis driven by a Cray Supercomputer, company engineers optimized the crown, sole and face structure interaction to ensure maximum energy transfer to the ball. Thinner crown and face designs provided discretionary weight which was positioned inside the club head to lower the center of gravity for reduced spin and higher launch. PING’s patented variable face thickness technology produces a thin, highly responsive hitting surface for increased ball velocity and greater consistency across the face.

Initial response from PING’s worldwide tour staff has been positive, with several players switching to the new driver, including Chris DiMarco and U.S. Open Champion Angel Cabrera. The long-hitting Cabrera first used the G10 driver at the Barclay’s Scottish Open where he led the field in driving distance.

“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.”

A G10 Draw version is available to promote a right-to-left ball flight. The internal weight pad is positioned farther back and closer to the heel to help club head rotation. Together with a hosel positioned .25” farther forward, the strategically placed weight pad helps provide golfers a custom-fit option to help correct a left-to-right ball flight.

Available TFC 129D shaft flexes: Soft R, R, S and X. Also offered in Grafalloy ProLaunch Red (R, S & X) and UST V2 High Launch 65 (R, S & X).

The standard G10 driver is available in 7.5Ëš., 9Ëš, 10.5Ëš, 12Ëš and 13.5Ëš lofts. The draw version is offered in 9Ëš, 10.5Ëš, 12Ëš and 13.5Ëš lofts.

U.S. MSRP is $350.

G10 and G10 Draw Fairway Woods

The G10 Fairway Woods are engineered with a crown that intersects the sole to create a low profile head that combines with a shallow face for improved performance from all types of lies.

The intersection of the crown and sole results in a skirt-less design which allowed PING engineers to reposition mass for a lower center of gravity location. The low center of gravity (CG) is achieved by positioning a large weight pad on the sole. The weight pad is formed from discretionary weight repositioned from the crown, face and hosel. The location of the CG provides higher ball velocity and reduced spin.

The shallow face is longer heel to toe to increase the effective hitting area for added forgiveness and consistency. Its low lead edge and bounce angle effectively lower the center of gravity which produces increased energy transfer and makes getting under the ball easier.

A G10 Draw version is available to promote a right-to-left ball flight. The internal weight pad is positioned farther back and closer to the heel to help club head rotation. Together with a hosel positioned .15” farther forward, the strategically placed weight pad helps provide golfers a custom-fit option to help correct a left-to-right ball flight.

Available in 3-wood (14Ëš), 3 (15.5Ëš), 4 (17Ëš), 5 (18.5Ëš), 7 (21.5Ëš) and 9 (24.5Ëš). Draw version available in 3 (15.5Ëš), 4 (17Ëš), 5 (18.5Ëš) and 7 (21.5Ëš).

Available TFC 129F shaft flexes: Soft R, R, S and X. Also available in Grafalloy ProLaunch Red (R, S & X) and UST V2 High Launch 75 (R, S & X).

U.S. MSRP is $255 per club (graphite only).

Shipments begin September 1, 2007.

G10 Hybrids

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.

Discretionary weight from the crown and face is combined into a weight pad running parallel to the ground that positions the center of gravity low and back to increase launch angle and reduce spin. The variable face thickness design is machined and plasma welded for higher ball velocity and consistent response across the hitting area.

The sole design is tapered and the bounce height is increased in the higher lofted hybrids to provide performance from all conditions.

Available in 15Ëš, 18Ëš, 21Ëš, 24Ëš, 28Ëš and 32Ëš lofts.

Available TFC 129H shaft flexes: Soft R, R, S and X. Also offered in Grafalloy ProLaunch Red Hybrid (R, S & X) and UST V2 High Launch Hybrid (R, S & X).

U.S. MSRP is $150 per club w/steel shaft and $175 w/graphite shaft.

Shipments begin September 1, 2007.

PING TFC 129 Graphite Shaft
The PING TFC 129, a new PING proprietary graphite design, is one of three standard shaft options in the G10 Metal Wood Series. The shaft is designed to match the player profile and ball flight characteristics of the intended user. The X-flex, for example, features a stiffer tip and heavier butt weight to reduce spin and produce a boring trajectory. The R-flex is designed with a softer tip to promote a higher trajectory.

According to John K. Solheim, this new approach to shaft design will benefit golfers of all abilities.

“In the TFC 129 Series, each of the four flex offerings is engineered to match the specific profile of the golfer,” he said. “Faster swing speed golfers will reduce spin with the stiffer tip while golfers with slow swing speeds who need help launching the ball higher will benefit from the softer tip.”

PING introduces G10 and i10 iron designs

Two new custom-fit PING® iron series featuring game improvement technology for players of all skill levels are available world-wide to golfers beginning September 1, according to John A. Solheim, company Chairman & CEO.

“Golfers are looking for various attributes in their irons,” said Solheim. “Forgiveness, feel, control and appearance are factors that golfers consider when matching an iron to their games. The G10™ provides golfers maximum forgiveness in a larger, higher launching head design. The i10™ has a players’ iron look at address and still provides a high level of forgiveness for its compact size. Both irons represent our on-going commitment to improving the game through innovation, quality and custom fitting.”

G10 Irons
The 17-4 stainless steel G10 irons are engineered with extreme low toe weighting to increase the moment-of-inertia for added forgiveness and consistency. The large, perimeter-weighted head features a new cavity shape and wider sole.

The center of gravity is positioned away from the face and low in the club head to promote higher launching, lower spinning shots. By creating a new shape for the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), PING engineers stabilized the hitting area for consistent ball velocity across the club face. An elastomer CTP insert helps produce a solid feel and sound. The wide sole provides forgiving ground impact and contributes to the high launch characteristics of the iron.

“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. “

The G10 irons feature a stainless steel shot finish and Atomic Orange color scheme.

Available 2-9, PW, UW, SW and LW.

U.S. MSRP is $107.50 per iron with the PING AWT steel shaft (Soft R, R, S & X flexes) and $135 per iron with PING TFC 129i graphite shafts (Soft R, R & S flexes).

Shipments begin September 1, 2007.

i10 Irons
The i10 irons are 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. A narrow, cambered sole ensures performance and playability for golfers who place a high priority on shot control.

The new cavity design is engineered to provide consistent performance and a solid feel across the club face. The rib structure of the Custom Tuning Port (CTP) stabilizes the face and improves feel and consistency. Weight savings from the new cavity and face structure is positioned on the low toe to provide a high moment-of-inertia for its blade length. Its center of gravity location is closer to the face than the G10 iron to create a lower, more penetrating ball flight.

The i10 irons feature a stainless steel shot finish and Atomic Orange color scheme.

Available 2-9, PW, UW, SW and LW.

U.S. MSRP is $107.50 per iron with the PING AWT steel shaft (Soft R, R, S & X flexes) and $135 per iron with the TFC 129i graphite shafts (Soft R, R & S flexes).

Shipments begin September 1, 2007.

PING Ascending Weight Technology (AWT) Shaft Design
The standard steel shaft in both the G10 and i10 irons is the new PING-designed Ascending Weight Technology (AWT) series. In the new series, the long iron shafts are lighter than the short irons shafts to produce a set that provides the golfer consistent weight progression from driver (the lightest shaft in the bag) through the wedges (the heaviest shaft in the bag).

The new shafts help increase club head speed in the long irons and add control and consistency to the short irons.

PING TFC 129i Graphite Shaft

The PING TFC 129i is a new PING proprietary graphite shaft engineered to match the player profile and ball-flight characteristics of the intended user. The S-flex, for example, features a stiffer tip and heavier butt weight to reduce spin and produce a boring trajectory. The R-flex is designed with a softer tip and is lighter to promote a higher trajectory.

PING, G10, i10, TFC, AWT and TFC are trademarks of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation.

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