PING has designed some excellent golf clubs over the years, but perhaps where the company has left its mark the most is through constructing putters. The 2021 PING putters include a unique combination of materials and technologies to deliver excellent feel and forgiveness. In total, there are 11 head models in the 2021 PING putter series (three blades, four mid-mallets, and five mallets).
Each 2021 PING putter features a multi-material construction that includes 17-4 stainless steel, tungsten, and aluminum. The tungsten is positioned in the heel and toe to stabilize the clubhead at impact. The Dual-Durometer face insert includes a front layer of Pebax that is softer for precision on short putts, while the back layer is firmer to provide distance control on longer putts. The face insert also features shallower grooves that are uniform depth across the face, delivering extremely soft feel and consistent roll.
PING drivers have always delivered when it comes to forgiveness, and the G425 drivers are no exception. PING is taking MOI to the Max by improving DragonFly Technology, allowing for more weight redistribution throughout the clubhead in all three models. Each G425 driver also includes PING’s trademark turbulators on the crown designed to increase club speed on the downswing. Additionally, the G425 drivers produce explosive ball speeds and a pleasing sound thanks to a T9S+ forged clubface that flexes at impact and an internal rib structure inside the Ti-8-1-1 body.
Of the three models, the G425 Max will fit the most golfers and features an adjustable 26-gram tungsten weight in the back of the club that allows golfers to manipulate the center of gravity. The G425 LST offers lower spin (500-700 RPM lower than G425 Max) and has a 17-gram adjustable tungsten weight. The G425 SFT provides effortless launch and has a 23-gram fixed tungsten weight in the heel to promote a draw bias. All three models come with PING’s Trajectory Tuning 2.0 adjustable hosel that allows golfers to fine-tune loft and lie.
PING is significantly advancing performance in fairway woods with the G425 models thanks to a couple of key technologies. Facewrap Technology consists of a thin, high-strength maraging steel face that extends into the crown and the sole that increases face flexing for higher ball speeds and better launch. Additionally, Spinsistency features a complex face curvature that modifies the roll profile, particularly low on the face where the loft decreases by 2.5 degrees. This improves performance on mis-hits, specifically the common miss low on the face.
The G425 Max fairway wood is designed to fit most golfers with the combination of high launch and low spin. The G425 LST will offer lower spin and a lower, more penetrating ball flight. The G425 SFT includes more weight positioned in the heel to promote a draw bias and help those who frequently slice the ball.
Consistency is the name of the game for PING, and its new G425 hybrid delivers more consistent performance through a couple of new technologies. Facewrap Technology features a thin, high-strength maraging steel face that stretches into the crown and sole, improving face flexing and delivering high ball speeds regardless of where contact is made. Spinsistency, meanwhile, consists of a new face curvature that decreases the loft by 2.5 degrees low on the face to improve mis-hits.
The G425 hybrid is designed to fit all golfers seeking higher launch and easy-to-hit performance in that tricky spot of the bag between irons and fairway woods. It’s also worth noting that PING’s adjustable hosel allows for launch and spin conditions to be optimized.
Utility irons have been rapidly growing in popularity over the last few years and PING has been there every step of the way. The G425 Crossover supplies explosive distance, controllable workability, and reliable forgiveness all in one club. Distance is offered through a maraging steel face that flexes at impact, generating high ball speeds. Forgiveness is supplied by the toe and hosel weights implemented into the 17-4 stainless steel body of the clubhead, which add to the perimeter weighting and boost MOI.
The G425 Crossover is best suited for golfers seeking a lower-spinning and workable option to bridge the gap between irons and fairway woods in the bag.
PING re-engineered the clubface when designing the G425 irons, implementing a variable face thickness (VFT) construction into the 17-4 stainless steel body. This design is commonly found in fairway woods and hybrids and produces superb face flexing and, thus, excellent ball speeds. Despite a slightly smaller size, the G425 irons boast 3 percent higher MOI due to mass savings created by the new face design that have been repositioned to the toe and heel weights.
Additionally, the G425 irons offer terrific feel thanks to a multi-material cavity badge that dampens unwanted vibrations. The G425 irons fall into the game-improvement category and will fit any golfer seeking a set of irons that is forgiving and explosive.
G700 irons were a huge success for PING, as they provided players with incredible distance, forgiveness, and launch conditions. Brand new from PING are the G710 irons, which promise to deliver similar but improved performance in a stylish new design. Right away, players will notice the black PVD finish, which gives the G710s a more compact look at address. Additionally, the use of epoxy behind the clubface creates a quieter, more pleasing sound and feel.
But the incredible distance and high launch will remain, as a C300 clubface and improved face flexing mechanics generate faster ball speeds and make it easier to get the ball in the air. Also of note, the G710 irons will offer five percent higher MOI than G700, thanks in large part to enhanced perimeter weighting, tungsten weight in the toe, and new shaft weights, all of which combine to create a lower CG position that promotes improved accuracy on off-center strikes.
Brand new from PING to start 2020 is the Heppler putter franchise, which PING has created for players who prefer a firmer feel from their putter. Heppler putters feature a fully machined, solid face with no insert, which provides better feedback both acoustically and as it relates to feel in the hands. Heppler putters will also include the adjustable shaft length technology that PING introduced in the Sigma 2 line, but the shaft has been made stiffer to improve stability.
Each Heppler model was constructed using premium steel and cast aluminum, and the visual package is stunning as well, as a copper and black finish is accentuated by highly effective white alignment features. Additionally, there will be nine models in the Heppler lineup, ranging from traditional blades to high-MOI modern mallets. And as is always the case, PING will offer options that will fit any player’s stroke type.
In creating the new Glide 3.0 wedges, PING engineers wanted to make advances in terms of spin, forgiveness, feel, and versatility. Accomplishing those goals has been done in several ways, starting with patented wheel-cut grooves that increase ball interaction to create more spin. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46, 50, and 52 degrees) are less aggressive to provide optimal performance on full shots, while the higher-lofted wedges (54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees) feature a deeper sidewall and sharper edge radius to provide maximum spin around the green.
Additionally, Glide 3.0 wedges feature a higher-MOI clubhead. An elastomer insert also combines with soft 431 stainless steel to provide improved feel at impact. Most notable, however, are the four different sole grinds that are available in the Glide 3.0 lineup to meet the needs of any player. The TS is a low-bounce option, while the SS is a mid-bounce option and the WS a high-bounce option. Additionally, the new Eye2 Grind provides players with incredible short-game versatility, especially from greenside bunkers.
PING's commitment to recreational golfers includes everyone who plays the game, and it fully understands that women have different needs than men when it comes to their golf equipment. That mindset was the impetus for the original G Le golf club line and now the brand new G Le2 lineup, which was created specifically for women, their clubhead speeds, their swing tendencies, and the performance attributes that they value most on the golf course.
Noteworthy about the new G Le2 line, which includes a driver, four fairway wood and hybrid options, irons, wedges, and three adjustable length putters, is that each club has been made lighter when compared to G Le. The lightweight designs are crucial in terms of helping players generate clubhead speed, but they also make it easier to square the clubface at impact and create higher launch conditions. Additionally, each G Le2 golf club is custom built, and PING has increased its fitting options within the line to optimize performance for any golfer.
PING has had great success with its LST (Low Spin Technology) drivers and believes the new G410 LST will continue that trend. As the name would suggest, the G410 LST was created for players who need to lower their spin rates. More specifically, the G410 LST will spin between 200 and 400 RPM lower than the G410 Plus. Forgiveness, however, has not been sacrificed, and the G410 LST offers three percent higher MOI than its predecessor, the G400 LST.
Also of note, the G410 LST features a slightly smaller and more rounded shape at 450cc than the other G410 models. There is shared technology in the G410s, however, and that starts with Custom CG Tuning, which allows players to use a movable weight to create either a draw, fade, or neutral ball flight bias. Additionally, a new adjustable hosel gives golfers added loft adjustability and flat lie angle settings to help them further dial in their preferred flight conditions.
When it comes to PING’s new Blueprint irons, there are no mysteries. When you see this iron for the first time you’ll know immediately that it was created solely with elte ball-strikers in mind. PING staff member and former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen was among the touring professionals who played a critical role in developing the Blueprint irons, and they have been spotted in the bags of several PING players in 2019.
Most notable about the Blueprint irons is their incredibly compact profile, including thin toplines and narrow soles. For comparison sake, they would rank among the smallest irons on the market today, which promotes the workability that better players demand from an iron. The Blueprint irons are a true muscleback design and have been forged using soft 8620 carbon steel to provide a soft, crisp sound and feel at impact.
G-series irons from PING have been a revelation through the years for mid- and high-handicap golfers, most of whom need an infusion of increased distance, higher launch, and added forgiveness in their iron game. Plain and simple, G series irons have made golf more fun. Now, with its new G410 irons, not only has PING taken the aforementioned playability to new heights, it has done so in a more streamlined package that offers better sound and feel as well.
More specifically, the blade length of the G410 irons is three percent shorter when compared to G400 and there’s 10 percent less offset as well. That said, with what PING has done to add weight to the heel and toe region of the G410 irons, their MOI has also increased by eight percent. Also of note, Cor-EYE Technology and an undercut top-rail combine to provide exceptional ball speeds from across the face and naturally high launch conditions.
Over the course of the last several years, PING drivers have been lauded for what has been an industry-leading combination of distance and accuracy. With its new G410 drivers, PING will once again be offering significant ball speed and forgiveness for players of all ability levels, as well as the innovative aerodynamics it has been known for. But PING also has taken its customization offerings to a whole new level in both the G410 Plus and the G410 SFT.
Both new drivers feature a new, lightweight adjustable hosel that offers more fitting options, and the G410 Plus also features movable weight technology, which PING is calling Custom CG, to help players more easily create the shot shape they want or fight their most common miss. Of course, the SFT was designed specifically to help players fight a slice, and both new models feature a thinner, treat-heated forged clubface that is producing faster ball speeds than G400.
With its new line of G410 fairway woods, PING has been able to move the CG lower in the clubhead but also closer to the clubface to create an impressive combination of effortless launch and low spin, which is the ultimate recipe for maximizing distance. Additionally, there are three unique fairway models for players to choose from to fit their needs, and each features a new lightweight, adjustable hosel with added settings to help fine tune performance.
The three models, all of which utilize a maraging steel clubface that promotes ball speed gains, are the standard G410, the G410 SFT, and the G410 LST. The standard G410 will fit the widest array of players, while the larger, more lightweight SFT was designed for players who struggle with a block or a slice. Finally, the LST replaces the Stretch fairway in PING’s lineup, but it has a profile that’s 11 percent smaller and will also reduce spin by about 300 RPM.
With irons continuing to get longer thanks to technology, PING understands that hybrids need to push the envelope as well in terms of distance. As it relates to the new G410 hybrids, PING has taken a few measures to ramp up ball speed. Most notable is the use of maraging steel, which is lightweight but very strong, to construct the clubface, but the face has also been made thinner thanks in large part to a 6.5 percent increase in the profile size of G410 compared to G400.
The G410 hybrids also feature a low-density tungsten weight that has been positioned deep and back in the clubhead to promote naturally high launch and enhanced stability at impact. Additionally, a new adjustable hosel offers players more fitting options to dial in their preferred shot shape and trajectory, and the addition of three settings that provide flatter lie angles should prove especially helpful for the many golfers whose miss with a hybrid tends to be a hook.
PING first introduced its Crossover utility club in the G line and it was also part of the G400 lineup. Compared to those two iterations, however, the new G410 looks like it has been in the gym working out relentlessly. With a new, streamlined shape that is more reminiscent of an i500 long iron, the G410 Crossover will give golfers who want hybid-like performance and iron-like workability in one packages exactly what they’re looking for.
More specifically, with its maraging steel clubface, hollow design, and unique flexing mechanics, the G410 Crossover will deliver ball speeds and launch conditions more like a hybrid or even a fairway wood. That said, its sole design, tungsten weighting in the toe, and straighter clubface will allow players to shape shots the way they would be able to with a traditional long iron, albeit with far more forgiveness on off-center strikes.
PING’s new Sigma 2 putters offer groundbreaking adjustable shaft technology to help players self-fit their putter from a length standpoint to perfectly match their setup position, with the result being more consistent contact and better results on the greens. Each Sigma 2 putter can be easily adjusted to lengths between 32 and 36 inches by using a small tool that is inserted into the top of the grip. Adjustments, however, will not affect the grip, as it will stay perfectly aligned while any length changes are being made.
Additionally, a new Dual-Durometer face insert has been utilized in the Sigma 2 line. It features a soft front layer and firmer back layer, which combine to provide optimal precision on short putts but enhanced feedback on longer putts to promote improved speed control. In all, there are nine unique head shapes available in the Sigma 2 line, including classic PING models like the Anser and the Tyne, as well as brand new models like the Valor and the highly unique Fetch.