PING has announced the launch of the new G series, which they say will provide measurable performance gains without sacrificing any important attributes.
The new G range includes three driver options — standard, SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology) and LS Tec (Low-Spin Technology) – along with three fairway woods (standard, SF Tec and Stretch), hybrids and irons. PING has also announced the introduction of G Crossover, a new category of club designed to provide the distance of a hybrid with the control and accuracy of an iron. All new products can now be pre-ordered and will go on sale to customers on 11 February.
The most visible innovation on the G driver is the newly designed crown, which utilises Dragonfly Technology to enable mass to be redistributed low and back in the clubhead for optimal CG placement, making it both the longest and most forgiving PING driver ever. Inspired by the complex design of a dragonfly’s wings, the G driver’s crown utilises external weight-saving support structures and is both the lightest and thinnest that PING have ever manufactured.
Speaking to GOLF RETAILING,Dave Fanning, European Marketing Director of PING said: “The key thing for us is that we will only ever bring a product to market if we think it is considerably better – that’s John Solheim’s remit to all of our engineers. We don’t bring a product to market unless it is ready and an improvement.
“The key thing is forgiveness and the length, but we’ve also make it a little bit nicer to look at. When you look down the iron, it looks more streamlined and classic, like a player’s iron but it doesn’t give up any forgiveness.”
Through the use of Dragonfly Technology, a thinner crown enables weight to be re-allocated within the head to move the CG even lower and deeper to maximise the MOI for maximum forgiveness. As well as repositioned turbulators to further delay air flow separation prior to impact, the new G driver also features Vortec Technology which improves clubhead aerodynamics by minimising wake turbulence for faster clubhead speed and stability.
– Lofts 9 °& 10.5° in standard and LS Tec heads, and 10° & 12° in SF Tec head (adjustable +/- 0.6° or 1°)
– Std. Length 45.75”, D3, 206g (standard), D4, 207.5g (LS Tec), D1, 203g (SF Tec), 460cc
– Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta 55 (SR, R, S, X); Optional shafts (Std. length 45.25”): Tour 65 & Tour 80 (R, S, X)
– RRP £349
G Fairway Woods
A lower leading edge sits closer to the ground which raises the impact position on the face to make getting the ball airborne easier. The properties of the Carpenter 455 steel face allow for a thinner, variable-thickness face, which increases flexing at impact to deliver increased ball speeds and higher launch through improved roll-radius consistency. A new cascading sole design engages more of the structure at impact, resulting in a large springing effect for faster ball speeds. Like with the driver, a thinner crown means discretionary weight has been used to move the CG lower and further back, making it easier to get the ball airborne and launch it higher.
– Lofts 3W (14.5°), 5W (17.5°) & 7W (20.5°) in standard head, 3W (16°) & 5W (19°) in SF Tec head and 3W (13°) in Stretch
– Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta 65 (SR, R, S, X); Optional shafts: Tour 65 & Tour 80 (R, S, X)
– RRP £220
Through a similar use of a cascading sole design and a Carpenter 455 steel face, the G hybrids enable more face flexing for increased ball speeds. Combined with un-painted grooves in the middle of the face, the addition of turbulators improves alignment and inspires confidence by providing improved ball capture at address.
– Available 17°, 19°, 22°, 26°, 30°
– Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta 70 (SR, R, S, X); Optional shafts: Tour 90 (R, S, X)
– RRP £180
With its introduction defining an innovative new category, the G Crossover provides golfers the distance of a hybrid with the control and accuracy of an iron. An iron-style Carpenter 455 steel face coupled with a tiered internal sole maximises both trajectory control and distance, while extreme heel-toe weighting expands perimeter weighting to provide hybrid-like forgiveness.
– Available 18°, 21°, 24°
– Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta (SR, R, S, X); Optional shafts: Tour 90 (R, S, X), PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)
– RRP £180
Featuring PING’s revolutionary COR-Eye™ Technology, the new G iron’s thinner face facilitates more flexing which results in additional carry with a higher max height for increased stopping power. The newly designed cavity structure houses the concealed Custom Tuning Port that connects to the sole, enabling each iron’s centre of gravity to be moved lower and further back for extreme forgiveness. Also new in the G iron is the Ascending Weight Technology (AWT) 2.0 shaft which provides improved distance and accuracy with long irons and more control with short irons and wedges.
– Available 4-9, PW, UW, SW, LW
– Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)
– Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS Graphite (65 SR, 70 R, 80 S)
– RRP: £92 per club w/steel shaft; £104 per club w/graphite shaft