There are two main reasons driving irons could be especially popular at this week’s Open Championship, again at Hoylake. The first is the weather, and the second is the increasing ability of manufacturers to make strong-lofted irons that are playable.
Ping, mostly a quiet and conservative family-owned club manufacturer, is unusually enthusiastic about the official July 3 introduction of the G30 family of clubs. The family includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers.
Ping brought its newest iron designed for better players, the S55, to Liberty National Golf Club before the start of the Barclays Championship. The S55 irons will be available to consumers starting Nov. 1.
Derek Ernst went from Q-School to the winner's circle in five months, capturing the Well Fargo Championship for his first PGA Tour title. Ernst, who defeated David Lynn in a playoff, used the following clubs.
After earning three consecutive top-10 finishes leading up to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Billy Horschel finally broke through and won his first PGA Tour event. Here is a complete list of the clubs he used at TPC Louisiana:
Next in the evolution of Ping's G series: the new G25. At the PGA Merchandise Show on January 24-26 in Orlando, Fla., Ping will showcase this new line. Bubba Watson has switched to the G25, as has fellow Ping staffer Hunter Mahan.