The PGA Tour star endorsing Ping clubs who draws the most attention is undoubtedly Bubba Watson and his pink headed and pink shafted G driver seems to be prominently shown in every telecast. But the company got started with a putter that made a “ping” sound when it struck the ball also has some other very interesting clubs for 2016 besides drivers.
Making use of their Cor-Eye Technology, a circular section on the back of the hitting area, Ping Golf engineers came up with the G irons, their latest entry in the game- improvement category.
Cor-Eye was introduced with the GMax model last summer but in the G irons the goal was to get the same playing benefits from a smaller clubhead without sacrificing traditional loft values, which would perhaps produce too low a ball flight, for the sake of getting more distance. Cor-Eye means a much thinner face that “bends like a diving board at impact (hinging at the bottom and shifting the face back),” according to Marty Jepson, Ping’s product development director. “It’s amazing . . . the face deflection is four times greater than the G30 irons.”
Compared to the G30s of last year, Ping says the new Gs also produce less ball spin so they believe players can expect at least five additional yards with each club. Engineers were also able to build in other performance-enhancing adjustments such as a five percent increase in MOI from top to bottom of the blade and added beveling on the rear edge. The Ping G irons come standard with Ping AWT 2.0 steel shafts for $110 per iron. They also will be available with Ping CFS graphite shafts for $125 per iron.
G hybrids are a “wood-style” design with a variable thickness face and Ping’s Cascading Sole where the front of the sole as it meets the face acts at impact like a hinge for additional trampoline-effect. The combination of a hotter face, more face flex at impact and revised aerodynamics according to Ping testing should translate into more distance.
Ping G hybrids come in 17-, 19-, 22-, 26- and 30-degree lofts with the high-balance- point Ping Alta graphite shaft stock for $247.50 each. But the newest from Ping that drew most of our interest is in what they are calling a new club category, the Crossover, and according to John Solheim, Ping’s Chairman & CEO, “People love the look and feel of the Crossover because they haven’t seen anything like it.”
The Crossover isn’t entirely a hybrid and it’s certainly not a long iron but can replace higher lofted fairway woods, traditionally designed hybrids and long irons by combining the workability of long irons missing in hybrids with the forgiveness found in well- constructed hybrids. Think of it as a lower hitting hybrid matched with a higher launching iron so the ball speed is similar to a hybrid but having the spin of an iron.
Cast with a Carpenter 455 steel face and a 17-4 stainless steel body, the Crossover is available as a 3-iron (18 degrees), 4-iron (21 degrees) and 5-iron (24 degrees). Each has a flat face like an iron, but is hollow like a hybrid or metal wood which helped engineers pull the center of gravity lower and much farther from face so it gets the ball up from most any lie. Extra weight was positioned internally in the toe to help place the CG directly in the middle of the hitting area.
Crossovers come standard with the Ping Alta graphite shafts at the same pricing as G hybrids. In the never neverland of Bubba Waton’s high speed swing, while testing the 3-Crossover he hit it 280.1 yards.