For PING, the i500 represents a foray into a completely new product category for the company, one it’s calling the Players Power Iron. And it’s an apt name, as the classic, elegant look of the i500 is going to appeal to better players and even the most discerning golfer. But at the same time, these are irons that deliver explosive distance numbers and towering launch conditions to help the average player, and that performance is made possible thanks in large part to a hollow design and forged C300 maraging steel clubface that flexes like a fairway wood at impact.
So who’s the i500 iron going to best suited for? That will be a long list. Lower-handicappers will love the look and the shot-shaping ability that comes with the compact blade shape and limited offset. They’ll also enjoy a sound and feel that’s more crisp than the G700. But more modest ball-strikers can also benefit from the i500, as it will provide the game-improvement performance and forgiveness that they need to hit better iron shots. Add it all up and what you have is a winning combination and an iron that’s likely to be a massive commercial success.
PING’s new i210 will be stepping into some big shoes as it replaces the i200, which was a huge success. How good was the i200? Good enough that it was played by numerous touring pros around the world as well as countless mid-handicap amateurs. Still, PING believes that the i210 will be a significant upgrade, as it will still provide the precision performance that golfers loved about the i200 but in a more streamlined shape that appeals to the eye. Additionally, the i210 is softer than its predecessor and ranks as far and away the softest iron PING has ever made.
A new sole design will also make the i210 a better fit for a wider array of golfers in terms of turf interaction and make it easier for players to work the ball, and its new Hydropearl 2.0 finish will give players a more traditional look while also offering more durability. In terms of fit, as was the case with i200, expect the i210 to rank among the most versatile in the game. It’s certain to go immediately into bags on Tour, and it has everything recreational golfers want and need.
In creating its new Glide Forged wedges, PING set out to meet the needs of its staff of Tour players and in the end created a wedge that it new would appeal to the game’s most serious amateurs as well. Glide Forged wedges feature a compact shape that will appeal to the eye of better players, and they will provide a softer sound and feel than any PING wedge that’s ever been made. Additionally, the face and spin technologies, construction, and shaping were all implemented to create an amazing level of precision, control, and versatility.
Also unique about Glide Forged wedges is tungsten toe weighting, which offers a level of forgiveness that belies their compact shape. There are also exciting customization options available, including eye-catching graphics and the ability to take advantage of personalized stamping. PING understands that Glide Forged won’t appeal to everyone, but for those who want the ultimate in precision, performance, and feel, they’ll deserve serious consideration.
PING has always been a serious player in the junior club market, and it’s pushing the envelope even further with the introduction of its Prodi G line. Created to provide optimal performance for players between the ages of 7 and 13 and with the latest technologies available in its inline adult offerings, PING did extensive market research and testing with junior players to ensure that it was creating products that offered the proper fit and weighting to help young golfers learn the proper technique as they develop their golf swing.
The Prodi G line offers woods, irons, and wedges in two flex options, as well as a Voss-style putter, and clubs can be purchased individually or in four different packages, each of which includes a Hoofer stand bag. Best yet, for customers who purchase packages or at least five Prodi G clubs during the same traction, they will be eligible for PING’s “Get Golf Growing” program, which allows each club to be sent back to PING for a one-time complimentary adjustment.
PING engineers had one goal in mind when they began the process of creating the G400 MAX driver ... to create the straightest, most accurate driver in golf. To accomplish that goal, the G400 MAX features a slightly larger footprint than its G400 stablemates, 460cc as opposed to 445cc, and additional tungsten weight has been positioned low and deep in the clubhead. The end result? A driver that can claim more than 9,900 combined MOI points, which is an astounding six percent higher than the highly forgiving standard G400.
That said, the G400 MAX isn’t just for higher-handicap players. It features all of PING’s aerodynamic advancements and face technologies, which means it’s fast. And given just how accurate the G400 MAX is, plenty of better players, including members of PING’s tour staff, are likely to put this driver into play with longer shafts to increase swing speed and add even more distance.
When it comes to the irons it creates primarily for mid- and high-handicappers, PING prefers to label them as game-enjoyment rather than game-improvement. And for those players who need more distance to get the most out of their iron play, the new G700 irons are going to offer plenty of enjoyment. With a hollow body design and clubface that’s been constructed using high-strength, lightweight C300 steel, the G700 irons are definitely long, but they’re also incredibly forgiving and offer impressively high launch conditions.
The G700 will, however, fit a wider range of player than its description might suggest. From a playability standpoint, these irons will provide average players with everything they need to hit and hold more greens, a key to shooting lower scores. But with their clean shape, solid feel, and high level of consistency, the latter of which is often missing in a distance iron, better players who could benefit from a few extra yards might also be great candidates for the G700 irons.
Glide 2.0 wedges have been a huge success since their release. PING, however, is never one to rest on its laurels, and subsequently took feedback from its staff of touring professionals to create the new PING 2.0 Stealth wedges. What’s new? For starters, the sleek, dark finish looks stunning and will eliminate glare on the course, and these wedges have also been constructed using soft 8620 carbon steel to deliver a more muted sound at impact. Additionally, a new half groove at the bottom of the clubface is giving players even more spin around the greens.
Of course, what has made PING wedges so popular are the different sole grinds that are offered to help players pick wedges that will work for their game, and that will continue with the Glide 2.0 Stealth lineup. Between the SS, ES, WS, and TS sole shapes, regardless of how you deliver the club at impact or the turf and sand conditions where you play most often, PING will have options to help you hit the shots you want and perform better from 125 yards and in.
Putters have been a major focus for PING since the company was founded nearly 60 years ago, and the new Vault 2.0 lineup is offering players a high-end product that flat out delivers in terms of look, feel, and performance. Each Vault 2.0 putter has been meticulously crafted from premium materials to provide exceptional feel and PING’s patented True-Roll Face Technology is helping players improve their speed and distance control. Additionally, tungsten weighting in the sole is providing the type of balance through the stroke that every player can benefit from.
The Vault 2.0 line is also offering a myriad of great options in terms of model and finish to give golfers the exact look they want and a putter that will match up perfectly with their putting stroke. Included are blade and mallet designs, as well as models that will work well for players with slight or strong arcs in their stroke or those who putt using a straight back, straight through approach. And the platinum, stealth, and copper finishes being offered are visually stunning.
The multi-material design combines drag-reducing technology with a speed-inducing forged face and MOI-raising tungsten sole weight to deliver longer drives and fairway-finding forgiveness.
Streamlined design combines with bolder turbulators and Vortec Technology to advance aerodynamics (15% less drag) for more clubhead speed.
Engineered to increase face flexing (6% thinner, 16% more flexing) and deliver a powerful sound and feel, the forged face is precision machined to produce hotter ball speeds (1-2 mph) for more distance (approximately 5 yards) across the entire face.
It’s ball speed and stopping power comes from an innovative maraging steel face that flexes 30% more than any previous design-- making it our hottest, highest launching fairway wood ever. A low lead edge and new, bolder turbulators elevate your ball flight and confidence from any distance.
Maraging steel face
One of strongest and most flexible alloys in the world, maraging steel is an ideal face material to deliver faster ball speeds that launch shots farther, higher and straighter.
An ideal option when gapping your set for mid-to-long distance shots, the G400 hybrids combine maraging steel faces with CG optimization to deliver more distance and forgiveness. Hotter ball speeds launch shots higher and farther while internal weighting keeps your ball flight on line and under control.
Engages at impact to increase face flexing for higher launch.
The precision, workability and control of an iron combined with the ball speed and forgiveness of a hybrid make the G400 Crossover a high-performance and versatile option for golfers of all skill levels. The maraging steel face delivers faster ball speeds and higher launch to produce 30% more stopping power. The addition of a tungsten toe weight increases forgiveness resulting in 17% tighter dispersion. Turf interaction is greatly improved with a thinner sole.
Tungsten Toe Weight
20 grams, externally joined for higher MOI and greater forgiveness.
Face flexing technology that launches the ball faster and higher so you’ll enjoy more distance with the stopping power and feel to hit approach shots closer than ever. Imagine hitting one less club to the green with the height of two less clubs – giving you tour-player type performance with the forgiveness you need to find the putting surface more often.
Faster ball speeds generate gains in distance and shot height for stopping power.
Toprail Undercut Cavity
Combines with COR-Eye Technology to amplify and expand face flexing (18% more) to increase ball speed and launch the ball higher.
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